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Best Books of 2017

Best Books of 2017 | College with Caitlyn

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I did a post like this last year where I shared my favorite books of 2016 and it was so popular that I thought I’d share a list for 2017! I think I only had five on my list last year but this year we have twelve. Granted I also read more than double (maybe even triple) the number of books I read last year. I finished out 2017 by reading a total of 51 books!

Let’s get into these books before this post gets way too long. I could talk about books forever!One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards Review

One Was Lost

This was one of the first books I read in 2017 and it did not disappoint. I’m so glad I bought it because I’ll totally be reading this one again and again.

It also doubles as inspiration to go hiking because of the setting so it’s a win-win!

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…”

Details:

308 pages

5/5 stars

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maybe in Another Life

This book was what got me starting to transition into adult fiction this year. The alternating universe between chapters is just so intriguing and the outcomes in both really made mequestion my outlook on life.

Also, I totally cried at the end.

Description from Goodreads:

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.”

Details:

342 pages

5/5 stars

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari Review

Modern Romance

Aziz made nonfiction so dang appealing and now I’m on a huge nonfiction kick so stay tuned for some more reviews on books like this!

Anyway, this book really taught me so much about romance and made me realize I play way too many games when I’m “dating.” So now I don’t and I’m straight up about what I want out of a relationship.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS: 

“At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.“

Details:

279 pages

5/5 stars

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Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Niell a book review

Only Ever Yours

I don’t like sci-fi or dystopian books anymore, but I picked up this one and look where we are! All the metaphors and hidden messages had me in awe. If I had to write an essay about any book in the world I would choose this one. There’s just so much to dissect!

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..

And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .”

Details:

400 pages

5/5 stars

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My Not so Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella book review

My Not So Perfect Life

This book taught me so much about how people don’t always have their shit together. Even those people who we think have the perfect life.

If you’re looking for a good book to get you into adult fiction and change your mindset at the same time you gotta read this.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?”

Details:

448 pages

5/5 stars

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The Bear by Claire Cameron a book review

The Bear

This novel was super short but boy did it pack a punch. It’s told from the POV of a five-year-old, making it one of the most creative books I’ve ever read. Plus, the ending is such a tearjerker.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.

At her dying mother’s faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family’s canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna’s heartbreaking love for her family — and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.”

Details:

208 pages

5/5 stars

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A Stranger in the House Book Review

A Stranger in the House

I got into suspense novels this year because of Kayla and thank the lord because I would never have picked this book up if I hadn’t started giving the genre a chance.

Let me tell you something about me: I despise predictability. And this book is impossible to predict. If you read this and told me you were able to see what was coming next I would declare you a psychic on the spot.

Plus, the ending is one of the best endings I’ve ever read.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOOD READS:

“Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.”

DETAILS:

305 pages

5/5 stars

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Find Her by Lisa Gardner book review

Find Her

Yet another suspense novel, Find Her was such a good read for my creepy book marathon in the fall. I especially loved how it was told in alternating chapters between Flora and the police officer. Great read for anyone would love real things and not just fluff.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS: 

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.”

Details:

402 pages

5/5 stars

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How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore review

How to Break a Boy

Hands down my favorite book of the year.

I don’t know what else to say besides I can relate to Oliva on such a personal level that reading this taught me more about myself than I thought a book could. Sadly, I was a lot like Olivia in high school and it took me way too long to realize how damaging that way of life was for me and those around me. I’m so happy I found this book though and will totally be purchasing it soon so I can read it all the time.

Description from Goodreads:

“Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do–through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change–but it’s impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne’s war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won’t go down without a fight–not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what’s left of herself.”

Details:

342 pages

5/5 stars

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Wrecked by Maria Padian review

Wrecked

This one wasn’t the best writing, but the story and message were so important that I had to include it. The way the story was told really showed how difficult it can be to sort out cases like this, which is something I think the public should be more aware of. Not all sexual assault cases are black or white. Especially not when the parties were intoxicated since their memories are distorted.

This is also a great read if you want to learn more about the reporting process at the college-level.

Description from Goodreads:

“Everyone on campus has a different version of what happened that night.

Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked.

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with.

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible—especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.”

Details:

368 pages

4/5 stars

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston review

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Not a five star book because of how happy-go-lucky it is (which always bothers me), but again such an important message that I couldn’t leave it out. This book is very similar to the last except it happens at the high-school level. I enjoy books written from a high school level more, so I prefer this over Wrecked though.

I’ve been seeing copies of this at a lot of bookstores and I’m so tempted to pick it up for keeps because it’s something I can see myself reading again.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.”

Details:

248 pages

4/5 stars

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So out of the 52 books I read this year, these were the top twelve!! I hope you found your next book. But if not, stick around because I’ll be sharing more this year.

Have you read any of these before? What was your favorite book of 2017?

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