TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten best books I’ve read in 2017 (so far!)

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I LOVE weeks where we get to talk about the best books we’ve read. It’s fun to be able to talk about things that annoy me, but being able to recommend things makes me so happy.

I haven’t read as many books in 2017 as I wish I had. I’m behind on my Goodreads target for the first time in two years, which is disheartening. Hopefully, this week will inspire me to pick up more titles and fly through them at the speed of light!

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10) ‘Queen’ by Aimee Carter

Queen by Aimee Carter

‘Queen’ is the third and final book in Aimee’s Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy. The Blackcoat Rebellion gets better with each installment, and I easily read the entire set within a week! I put ‘Queen’ at the bottom of this best books list because I can’t remember exactly what happened in this installment… All three books blend together, so I’m not sure what happened when!

9) ‘Happy’ by Fearne Cotton

Happy by Fearne Cotton

I can’t recommend ‘Happy’ enough. I’m a huge fan of Fearne Cotton as it is, and though I’m not really into the mindfulness thing, I do enjoy reading self-help guides. They don’t always give you reasonable advice, but this one touched upon a variety of things, meaning that there’s something for everyone inside.

8) ‘Crongton Knights’ by Alex Wheatle

Crongton Knights cover

I LOVED ‘Crongton Knights’. Alex Wheatle writes a modern take on the classic quest plot, and it’s one of the most absorbing books I’ve read in a very long time.

7) ‘Doing It!’ by Hannah Witton

Doing It cover

A guide to love, sex and relationships, written by an amazingly open Youtuber – if you like honesty, you’ll love ‘Doing It!’. I genuinely believe this book should be required reading for all teenagers, because despite being 21 years old I learnt a lot from it.

6) ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper

‘The Dry’ is one of the best books I’ve read of all time. If you like thrillers with impossible to guess endings, you NEED to give this one a go!

5) ‘Wing Jones’ by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

When ‘Wing Jones’ was released at the start of the year, the hype surrounding it was unreal. I bit the bullet and gave it a go anyway, and I actually read it in one sitting! Wing is so lovable, and once you started discovering her story you can’t physically leave it alone.

4) ‘Girl Up’ by Laura Bates

Girl Up by Laura Bates

‘Girl Up’ should be required reading for all teenagers, too. Laura Bates is also the author of ‘Everyday Sexism’, another must-read for young people discovering feminism and what it means to be a woman.

3) ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ is a bunch of short stories effortlessly weaved together. It’s impossible to care for one character more than the others, because they’re all so compelling! Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is a genius.

2) ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ by Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ is ADORABLE. Telling the story of Steffi, who is mute, and Rhys, who is deaf, it’s a brilliant romance all about accepting difference and understanding the importance of compromise and communication.

1) ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

There’s only one contender when choosing from the ten best books I’ve read this year. I had no choice but to pick ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’. Not only is it one of the most exciting #ownvoices books that has been released in 2017 so far, it’s also a hilarious romantic comedy. This novel is astonishingly good. I literally do not have the words to express how much I enjoyed this contemporary, and how deeply I fell for both Dimple and Rishi!

That’s all for this week’s topic! Leave a comment down below telling me the best book you’ve read in 2017: I’m going to put them all in a jar and pull one out to decide my next read.

  • debnance

    I’m on the list to read Dimple. And I’m definitely adding Happy to my Amazon list. I love to read about happiness.

  • Oo, you definitely have me intrigued by The Dry – I don’t tend to reach for thrillers so I’m always glad to have recommendations. I’ve heard so many great things about Wing Jones and When Dimple Met Rishi, clearly I need to give them a try. Great list! =)

  • I’ve heard great things about When Dimple Met Rishi – it sounds so fun and unique. I don’t usually read YA contemporary (although I’ve enjoyed the few bits I have read), so I might see if I can encourage my local library to pick this up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s very unique! It doesn’t feel like YA, because the characters are both about to go to university and there’s a lot of focus on family, so I hope you’ll enjoy it if your library can get it in.

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I just checked yesterday and my library has a copy of The Dry which I placed on reserve. I’ve seen it popping up so many places and people really love it so I couldn’t resist. I’ve also seen a lot of people rave about When Dimple Met Rishi. Nice list!

    • It’s so worth it! I hope you love it as much as I do <3

  • Ellie

    Dimple made my list too this week! Most year’s I am behind on my GR challenge for the whole year and then I read loads over the xmas holidays.

    • Yay! For the last couple of years I’ve stayed ahead, but this year I am really struggling ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully I’ll be able to claw my way back!

  • I’ve heard good things about The Smell of Other People’s Houses but I have yet to read it. Will have to pick it up at some point! Great list ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I liked it a lot more than I thought I was going to. Sometimes I struggle with multiple perspective novels, especially when there’s more than two, but they’re all so fully formed that you can’t get them confused.

  • I can’t wait until I get The Dry from my library – I am hearing so much about this book!

    • I’m excited to see what you think of it – I loved it so much!

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    Oooh, I actually havenโ€™t heard of some of these. Iโ€™ll have to look them up! Great list! Hereโ€™s my T10T for this week!

    • I hope you find something you’ll enjoy!

  • My sister was literally just telling me that I need to read The Dry, so I’m excited to see that on your list. I’m thrilled to see When Dimple Met Rishi too as that’s one I’m really looking forward to reading this year.

    • DO IT! You will not regret it. It’s one of the least cliched thrillers that I’ve read in a very long time. When Dimple Met Rishi is wonderful: it’s so funny and utterly adorable <3

  • Leslie Hauser

    Hi! Almost all of these are new to me! I need to get to When Dimple Met Rishi.


    • Hopefully you’ll like some of them when you check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve heard so many fantastic things about When Dimple Met Rishi! I’m glad that you loved it! ^.^ Happy sounds really good. I love self help books! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I’m not a huge fan of self help books, but I really loved that one! Fearne Cotton’s such an inspiration.

  • Great to see When Dimple met Rishi on the top of your list. ๐Ÿ™‚