Today I’m finally bringing you guys my Top 5 Reads of 2017. Every other book blogger and YouTuber under the sun seems to have released their list this week, so I though it was best time I brought you mine. So without further ado (and in no particular order):
The Possible by Tara Altebrando
The Possible was one of the first books I read in 2017 and it stuck with me the most throughout the year. This was my second book to read by Tara Altebrando and she has yet to disappoint. Her stories always keep me on the edge of my seat and genuinely wondering what’s going to happen next! The added supernatural element to the whole thing was just bonus points too.
How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh
Did you honestly think I was going to get through this list without at least one YouTuber book on it??? You obviously don’t know me that well then ;). I’ve been watching Lilly’s videos for 2 if not more years now and I think she’s funny, smart and not to mention one the most motivational and hard working people I know. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched her motivation videos. When I saw she was bringing out a book I knew I was going to get it and read it, and that I did. If you’re looking for the ultimate guide to getting your ass into gear, then you need to read this book!
Note to Self by Connor Franta
Connor is another favourite YouTuber of mine, but I have to say he’s very different from Lilly. I have to say I absolutely love his aesthetic and everything he does. His book is a work of art and one that’s beautiful to even look at. If I didn’t stop for twenty minutes to read one of his beautiful passages, I was staring at the gorgeous photos he takes. If you like great photos, I recommend you check out his Instagram (hashtag goals).
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Another non-fiction (which I read a lot of this year), this one is by Austin Kleon. I read this one more recently back at the end of November, start of December and absolutely fell in love with it. I didn’t review it simply because I could have written a thesis on it. I kept a notebook with me as I was reading it and I can’t tell you how many notes I took on the damn thing and its less than 150 pages. Like Lilly’s book, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a kick up the ass to get your motivation going, but more so if you’re a creative (re: writer or artist), as it will really get your creative juices pumping again.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
I’ve saved this one for last as it was my most anticipated read of 2017. If I didn’t read any other book last year other than this one, I would have been happy. I first read John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars a little over three years ago and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. His work really struck a chord with me at the time of reading TFIOS and I knew that Turtles would hopefully have the same impact if not something similar.
And there you have it: My Top 5 Books of 2017! Did any of these make it onto your list?
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