Best Books of 2017 So Far

June 27, 2017 Annual "Best Books" Lists 23

Can you believe it’s already time for the Best Books of 2017 So Far?!

Last year, 60% of the books on my June Best Books of 2016 So Far list ended up on my overall favorite books of 2016 list. Which, based on the massive reading slump I had during the first few months of last year, is kind of shocking.

I don’t feel like the beginning of this year has been as slumpy as last year, so we’ll have to see how many of this year’s halftime crop make it to the finish line…

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 Best Books of 2017 So Far


All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (my review)
The book that definitely isn’t for everyone, but was for me…

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan (Spoiler Discussion)
The book that totally messed with my head…

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (my review)
Started to fill the empty hole Friday Night Lights left in me…

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (my review)
The book I’ve been recommending to absolutely everyone and the top seller via my affiliate links…

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (my review)
The dark, campus novel I’d been searching for ever since loving Black Chalk

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (my review)
Best nonfiction of the year so far…and best audiobook.

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey (my review)
The psychology of going to Mars…and the most unique book I’ve read all year…

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (my review)
Had me feeling a full range of emotions…

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt (my review)
A new addition to my Best of the Brain Candy list and the first of my two winning sports novels this year…

White Fur by Jardine Libaire (my review)
The most gorgeous writing of the year so far…and a love story I actually enjoyed!

What are your favorite books so far this year?

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23 Responses to “Best Books of 2017 So Far”

  1. renee

    Bear town is at the top of my TBR followed closely by White Fur and This is How it Always Is. You’ve got an interesting assortment, I may add Stranger in the Woods to my audiobook list

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    I could have guessed at the ones we had in common! Almost put This Is How It Always is on my list. I really debated between it and a couple of others. I’d forgotten about The Wanderers, but need to give it and Trophy Son a try. They both sound perfect for a change of pace and with your endorsement….

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Hope you love it! It’s been hit or miss for some people, but was obviously a total hit for me.

  3. Allison

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but Beartown and This Is How It Always Is are on my list because of your reviews!

  4. Madeline

    “Dead Letters” is our intersection. But I have “Beartown,” “Based on a True Story” and “If We Were Villains” on hold. “White Fur” too but after reading the sample, I’ve my doubts.

    We depart on “All Grown Up” and “The Wanderers.”

    • Sarah Dickinson

      White Fur is certainly not for everyone. There are very explicit sex scenes if those bother you. For me, the beautiful writing did it.

      And All Grown Up and The Wanderers are definitely books that I don’t think will appeal to everyone. I was thinking that as I was reading All Grown Up…that many people would really get annoyed with Andrea.

      I’d say Villains and Beartown fall in the Dead Letters category (wide appeal) and Based on a True Story won’t appeal to some people. If you like concrete answers, you will probably get really frustrated with Based on a True Story. But the not knowing and the wondering was a big source of the appeal for me.

  5. Annie

    Haven’t read any 🙁 I’ve added Beartown to my TBR (didn’t know much about it but now I totally want to read it!) And we were villains, which sounds awesome too!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Hope you get to both and they work for you! I’ve been recommending both a ton lately!

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