As is my wont, I've compiled a list of the ten books I liked best of all the ones I read this year. You can read my previous years' lists here: 2016, 2015, and 2014. (I do a similar thing with movies, and my 2017 list for those is here on my other blog.)
I read and reviewed 56 books this year, plus I know I read a couple more that I never got around to reviewing. I've split this list into two parts, as usual -- those I've read before and those that were new to me.
These are in alphabetical order because I don't feel like getting them into a favoritey sort of order. Titles are linked to my reviews. Here we go!
New to Me
As You Wish by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden -- I got to see The Princess Bride (1987) on the big screen thanks to TCM and Fathom Events this fall, so it felt like the perfect time to finally read Elwes' memoir about the filming. I want to own a copy.
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay -- I liked it, then I was frustrated by it, then I liked it again, and by the end, I loved it. Currently vying with A Portrait of Emily Price for the distinction of being my favorite Katherine Reay book.
Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland -- hilarious, heart-warming, and adorable.
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis -- even better than I expected.
A Sidekick's Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley -- one of the funniest fiction books I read all year!
The Story People by Heather Kaufman -- sweet and charming. I've already pre-ordered Kaufman's next book, Loving Isaac.
The Usurper's Throne by Charity Bishop -- engrossing and thrilling. I can't wait for the next book.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler -- my favorite author, what more can I say?
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien -- Enchanting as always -- this was my seventh time reading it. (Though we're only about halfway through it for the read-along, I started it back in August for my niece's lit class, so I'm done reading it already.)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- I like this on better every time I read it.
How about you? What wonderful books did you discover or re-read in 2017?