At the end of 2016, I made a post about my 5 favorite reads of the year that was a hit. Since I’m on track to read more books this year than last, I’ve decided to round up a list of my five favorite books that I read during the first half of 2017 (January through June). The books aren’t ranked in any sort of way, but they were all fantastic to me in different ways. I’ve given my favorite reads mini reviews here, along with linking to their fuller reviews too. Let me know the title of your favorite book you’ve read this year in the comments! I’m already nearly done with some new reads that I feel like will make this list in December (like Mandy Len Catron’s How to Fall in Love with Anyone and the widely adored The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas)!!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
I’m not quite sure how I made it this far in my reading adventures without reading The Bell Jar, but I’m happy that I finally did. I’m not going to lie, this book had me feeling some type of way while I was plunged into its depths, but my reading month of January was well suited for melancholy. Plath does a fantastic job of describing a specific type of depression that can occur during young adulthood and I was repeatedly stunned by how she spun words. Full review here.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
This was a DELIGHT!! I don’t think I’ve read something so quickly this year or laughed so much at suburban shenanigans in my life. If I were the type to go to beaches, this would be a great companion to read while lounging in the sand. I still haven’t seen the HBO series that is based upon this novel, but if it’s half as delicious as reading this was, I can’t wait to watch it. Full review here.
Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed.
I began diving into poetry last year and this collection, gifted to me by my grandmother, was the first thing I read in January and was a fantastic way to start my year! You can follow the poet on Instagram to get a taste of her remarkable flavors that I find myself returning to again and again and again. Full review here.
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.
This book garnered a lot of attention during the election cycle and has reasonably gotten a lot of divergent reviews. While I don’t agree with everything that’s written in the book, I do identify with a lot of Vance’s experiences, including spending important developmental years in rural areas and leaving a home base to attend an elite university where fitting in seemed difficult at times. Other books have tried to capture these experiences, with researchers detailing anecdotes from studies, but this memoir does a better job of capturing the experience than other things I’ve read. This remains one of my favorite books to discuss with others and always leads to fruitful conversations! Full review here.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry.
This was a dreamy, perfect dip into the YA pond. This is primarily a story about a teenager stumbling through her grief of losing a loved one, whilst wading through a world full of magical realism and some typical teenage problems. This book was a hug that I wish I could have given to the teenage version of myself. Full review here.
Let me know what your favorite read has been this year!