10 Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

Because we are now halfway through the year (craziness), this week’s prompt for Top 10 Tuesday is the 10 Best Books You’ve Read This Year (so far). I have only read 15 books so far this year but most of them have been pretty terrific. Here are the creams of the crop, two of which I haven’t technically finished yet but I’m far enough in to know they deserve a place in this grouping.

It’s an eclectic mix: poetry, graphic novels, mysteries, young adult, historical fiction, essays, light and fluffy love stories, science fiction… Whatever you are in the mood to read, it’s quite possibly on this list:


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – This timely novel is going to force you to think about uncomfortable things but you’ll be glad you did.

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling – A commencement speech by JK Rowling – a quick read that will leave you feeling inspired.

A Circle of Quiet by Madeline L’Engle – My favorite book to read by the pool. Essays on her life, writing and society that make me feel like a better person (and a better writer) just for my proximity to her words.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Historical fiction that brings you to the front and center of the underground railroad but with an added twist.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – A science fiction story about multiverses that will make your head hurt in a good way.


Wires & Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer – Fans of The Lunar Chronicles especially need to check out this graphic novel continuation starring Iko. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go read this. NOW.

Envelope Poems by Emily Dickinson – Scraps of poetry written, literally, on envelopes. Enjoy hidden gems and the inside mind of one of the world’s most famous poets. Then go write some of your own.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – This is like Sherlock Holmes meets John Green. Extremely readable and fans of Sherlock will especially enjoy this take on the world of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – A love story starring a girl who is allergic to literally everything. You won’t guess where this one is going.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – Part love story, part finding yourself. This one is for the ladies with wanderlust who kind of want to drop everything, move to Scotland and open a bookstore.

Have you read any from this list? What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?


Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

8 responses to “10 Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)”

  1. Shane Morgan Avatar

    I’ve heard good things about all of these books. Would definitely like to read Everything, Everything. I read The Sun is Also a Star and that one was good 🙂


  2. Alison Doherty Avatar

    I LOVE Everything Everything. In fact, I’ve been thinking about rereading it recently!


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Have you read The Sun is Also a Star?


  3. iloveheartlandx Avatar

    Small Great Things was one of my best books of last year. I read A Study in Charlotte this year too, but I wasn’t as keen on it as you.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-113/


  4. Lauren @ Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf Avatar

    This is the second list I’ve seen that lists The Underground Railroad. I’m starting to think I need to give this book a try. Everything Everything is currently in my TBR pile. I find the plot fascinating – I can’t even begin to imagine being allergic to everything. It really puts my one allergy to tree nuts into a new perspective. Great list! 🙂


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      What I love about Everything Everything is that you can relate to the main character even when you have nothing in common. She’s very easy to root for.


  5. Sofii @A Book. A Thought. Avatar

    Everything Everything is on my list too! I love that book ❤. I’m dying to read Dark Matter I don’t stop listening to how amazing it’s 😊


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I really need to read Yoon’s new book – it’s sitting impatiently on my bookshelf. Dark Matter is good but intense. Find someone to read it with you so you can gasp together.

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