Tuesday, June 27, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Top Reads of 2017 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This weeks theme is top books I've read so far in 2017. These books are in no particular order because I can't be bothered to try to rank them right now.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan arrived in my mailbox at the perfect time. I was having a horrible day as a stay at home mom and started reading it right away. And it is so spot on for the expectations of mothers nowadays that I both love it and hate it because a lot of those expectations make me angry. And I'm not really a big fan of feeling angry.

Feed by M.T. Anderson. My love for this book may be due in part to the fact that I listened to the audiobook at 1.5 speed. The main characters are teenagers, and the nature of the story is definitely conducive to a fast-paced relation of events. I also think that listening to it at an increased speed actually helped me get into a future teenage mindset (not that they necessarily talk fast, but still.) In any case, this dystopian was a winner for me.

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. This book got under my skin because it felt almost realistic. Like I have no problem believing that in a few years the next big thing in reality entertainment would be something just like what this story describes. And that is kind of terrifying. Like when my kids are teenagers, this could be the kind of thing they're tempted to do on the internet. That should scare everyone.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. This book was so enlightening for me, and it was really interesting to me to learn about life under apartheid, especially since Trevor could apparently pass as a white boy as far as South Africans were concerned. That added an interesting dimension to the tale.

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. I needed to read this book because I'm a bit of a Gilmore Girls fanatic. And I'm pretty sure Gilmore Girls fanatics account for about 95% of Graham's target audience. She definitely spends a lot of time dishing about her time on Gilmore Girls. But she also talks quite a bit about her life leading up to being cast on the show as well and Hollywood dynamics for female characters. I basically found the whole thing pretty interesting.

Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera. I originally wanted to read this book because Rivera's character on Glee is one that I love to hate. She is a straight up witch sometimes, but she has her good moments too. So I don't even always want to hate her. I didn't know that Naya was a child star too though. And her account of growing up somewhat in the spotlight, but not fully in the spotlight was very interesting to me. And I love how unapologetic she is about some of her life choices that others may judge harshly. It's a great attitude to have.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison. Clearly 2017 has been a big year for memoirs for me. I guess they appeal to the reality tv fan living inside me, and they make for good audiobook listens. And this is a memoir that I wanted to read because of Madison's place in the reality tv world. I'm actually surprised by how much information we get about life inside the Playboy Mansion in this story. And I'm sure we didn't even get all of it. If you liked The Girls Next Door, I definitely recommend this book.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This book was such a trip, but in a good way. I finished this book like a month ago and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what went on. I'd love a sequel or a prequel that shows us how Carly and Kaitlyn became the way they are (because I think they weren't always like that, but maybe I'm wrong, maybe they were.) Usually at the end of a book I feel like I know what happened, but that's not the case with this one, and that's not a bad thing.

So that's the books I've liked best so far in 2017. What are the best books you've read so far this year? - Katie


  1. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:


  2. I agree with 2 of them. And disagree with another 2 of them. And dunno the rest. You're welcome.

    1. You agree with Trevor Noah and Lauren Graham, and probably disagree with The Dead House and Feed. You're pretty transparent. :) - Katie