My Year In Books 2017

January 6, 2018

I keep putting off writing this as I just know I’m not going to be able to mention all the books I want to. This has been a great reading year for me and I can’t think of any book I read that I really didn’t enjoy. I got through quite a few books that have been on my TBR for a while and I’ve read and loved some books that I never thought I’d pick up. I didn’t re-read quite as many books as I usually do which I think meant I got through more that usual, I’d set a target of 52 and actually read 68 which is a huge amount for me!

The lovely people at Goodreads put together a great bookish infographic at the end of each year, I only wish they gave you an option to embed it but you can see mine here if you want to have a nosy at what I’ve read. 

I’ve tried to narrow it down to 10 favourites from the year. I always think it’s hard to choose favourites, especially with hindsight. It’s so easy to be influenced by what other people thought of them or how popular they have been over the year. I have just had a look back through what I’ve read and picked out the ones that stand out for me – this isn’t at all based on which book had the most important message or a novel that may be beautifully written. These are just ten books that I look back on now and think, ‘yes, I genuinely enjoyed reading that’. 

We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

The Secret Of Nightingale Wood – Lucy Strange

The Nightingale – Kristen Hannah

Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

A Court Of Wings And Ruin – Sarah J Maas

Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer

Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham

The Power – Naomi Alderman

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness

Some of the books I’ve loved the most this year have been the ones I didn’t expect to love; We’ve Always Lived In The Castle, Scrappy Little Nobody and Fangirl where three big surprises for me. Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In The Castle was the first book I read way back in January and it has stayed with me throughout the year. If you haven’t read it then please do, she is such an amazing writer and it feels like she’s been skipped over when looking at other famous American authors from the same period. 

Fantasy is my go to genre for easy reading; I love a bit of escapism so that’s why Sarah J Maas has made it on there. I have read The Court Of Thorn and Roses books several times and I can’t help but love them. Chaos Walking had been on my TBR for a while and I’m so pleased I ticked them off this year – Patrick Ness has such a beautiful way with words that I’m never disappointed with his books.

The Power very nearly didn’t make it on here – there are a few things I wasn’t sure about at first. It starts off so slow and I wasn’t feeling engaged with the characters. However, it ends so strongly and the whole concept of the book is just brilliant. By the time I’d finished it I was so blown away that I could forgive the slow start. 

If I could recommend one of these books for you to try for yourself it would be The Secret Of Nightingale Wood. This was passed onto me by Bookworm and Theatre Mouse and I believe she bought it for the beautiful cover alone! It’s a children’s story but don’t let that put you off. It reminds me of the type of books I used to read, like The Secret Garden or The Little Princess. It’s got that feel to it but manages to be totally original as well. I read it fairly early on in the year yet the more I think of it the more I like it; it’s got so much heart and I can easily imagine that most people would fall in love with it. 

I’d love to hear what books stood out for you from last year and any that you’re looking forward to reading this year!

You can follow me over on Instagram to see what I’m reading this year.

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  • Jenny Taylor

    This is fab and mentioning you and your love for books on my blog post about reading tomorrow. I need to write some of these down I bet I would love them. I have read a book a week this year almost every week and it’s been such a lovely relaxing and fab hobby to get back into as I did before kids.

    January 7, 2018 at 8:33 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Oh thank you Jenny – I will pop over and have a read! I’ve seen a few of your books on your IG and seems as if we like similar things. A book a week is amazing, especially after the busy year you’ve had!

      January 8, 2018 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Notmyyearoff

    I might use this as a guide this year!! I’m trying to read more. I got through far too much chick lit last year 🙂

    January 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Girly fantasy is my version of chick lit – I read far too much and get stuck in a loop! Nothing wrong with reading what you love though, embrace the chick lit 🙂

      January 8, 2018 at 9:41 am Reply
  • Karen Beddow

    I adored The NIghtingale and fellt exactly the same about The Power as you. We have always lived in the Castle has been a fave of mine for a long time. I’ve just ordered Fangirl and Scrappy little Nobody so thanks for those recommendations xxx

    January 11, 2018 at 9:55 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Hope you like them Karen, Fangirl really surprised me as I didn’t think it was going to be my kind of thing but it was so charming, think you’ll like Scrappy Little Nobody too! I remember saying you loved We Have Always Lived In The Castle, can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner xx

      January 12, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Gail

    Love your bookish round ups Hayley, still some books here I haven’t read so must get around to looking them up! I loved Fangirl too, it was a good one. I particularly liked the nod to The Outsiders which is one of my all time favourite books xx

    January 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      The Outsiders is high on my reading list when I get through a few more! I know how much you love it and sounds like my kind of thing! xx

      January 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm Reply

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