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I’ve got what you could call an eclectic taste in books. I spent my teenage years thinking that everything I read had to be a genuine classic or on one of those greatest books of all time lists. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that while the classics are justifiably so, there’s also nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned romance or mystery book…

Since then I’ve just picked up any books I like the look of. I’ve read an awful lot in 2017 but have managed to narrow down my favourites to just 9. I hope you find something that takes your fancy.


The One About Travel

The Worriers Guide to the End of the World  – by Torre DeRoche

The Worriers Guide to the End of the Wordld - Torre DeRoche

I absolutely adored Torre’s first book, Love – With a Chance of Drowning, so was very excited for her next venture. This book is set at an entirely different part of her life, and although she has to deal with a lot of heartbreak, the humour in this memoir is fantastic.

In the same year that Torre lost her Dad to cancer, her 10-year relationship also broke down. To try and combat the horrific grief she did what she usually does when things get rough, sets off to go see some more of the world.

What ensues is a chance encounter with a fellow traveller which forges a friendship that will push Torre to new limits. I can’t remember a time I switched from laughing out loud to sobbing so quickly and frequently! I read this on a transatlantic flight so my fellow passengers must have thought I was crazy.




The One about Financial Independence

How To Retire Early: Your Guide to Getting Rich Slowly and Retiring on Less – by Robert and Robin Charlton

How to Retire Early - Robert and Robin Charlton

If you want to read one book that will explain the concept of Financial Independence and how to achieve it succinctly and without bamboozling you – this is it.

Robert and Robin are rare in the world of FI in that they’ve been doing this early retirement thing for over 10 years. They started their journey to FI with barely anything in the bank and in 15 years had saved enough money to never have to work again.

They both come across as very down to earth, didn’t have ridiculously high-flying careers and prove that early retirement can be possible without winning the lottery.




The Romance

The Hating Game – by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game - Sally Thorne


I’ve loved Sally’s writing for years so was very excited to see her first published novel this year.

The premise is an office romance, which on the surface can sound like a million other books. But where this one shines is the lightning quick and hilarious dialogue between the two leads.

Lucy and Joshua are Executive Assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing house. When they’re up for the same promotion the claws are out, with each one determined to destroy the other. After spending years hating each other they begin to question the fine line between love and hate.





The Thriller

The Huntress Moon – by Alexandra Sokoloff

Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff


I absolutely love this series! The Huntress Moon centres around an FBI agent investigating a number of deaths and ‘accidents’ when he realises that the same mysterious woman seems to have been at each scene. He comes to realise that he’s tracking the rarest of criminals, the female serial killer.

I love a good thriller but particularly got into this series because the premise is so unusual. You very rarely read a book about a serial killer and then actually start to empathise with them.

The characters are so well developed and the way the author drip feeds details from their various pasts is brilliant.





The Feel-Good One

A Man Called Ove – by Fredrik Backman

A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman


Set in Sweden, Ove is the grumpy man next door who would yell at kids to get off his lawn and grumble about having any contact with his neighbours.

But behind Ove’s grumpy exterior there is a story and a reason for his profound sadness.

Ove is shocked when his new neighbours are a boisterous family with two young girls. They disrupt his routine and cause him all sorts of upset and what follows is the most heartwarming and lovely story of unexpected friendship.

I challenge you to read this one and not feel better about the world afterwards!





The Who Done It

Holy Island – by LJ Ross

Holy Island - LJ Ross

LJ Ross is from the NorthEast of England (the same as me) and has written a series set in locations around beautiful Northumberland. So when I saw a photo of the lovely Holy Island on the cover of her book, I downloaded it after barely reading the synopsis.

This book and the following series surprisingly became some of my all-time favourite crime/mystery books.

Our lead character is Detective Chief Inspector Ryan, the man in charge of major crimes for Northumbria Police. He’s taken refuge on Holy Island after a family tragedy when a gruesome murder rocks the tiny island community.

I love LJ Ross for her wonderful characters and the woven relationships between them, you will love Ryan and his team. I’ve been to most of the places in her books and the way she describes them is very evocative and true to life.




Because the Pacific Northwest is my Happy Place and I Adore Sea Otters!

Must Love Otters – by Eliza Gordon

Must Love Otters - Eliza Gordon


Holly is having a bit of a quarter-life crisis with job, boyfriend and general getting through life issues.

When yet another caller kicks the bucket during her 911 shift, she decides to use a spa retreat voucher from her dad at a resort in British Columbia. She aims to spot her favourite animals, the adorable sea otters, but gets more than she’s bargained for.

This part of North America is one of my favourite places on earth and I could smell the pine and ocean while reading the book. This is a great Sunday afternoon novel, incredibly funny and lets you drift away to beautiful BC.





The One I Couldn’t Put it Down

The Ghostwriter – by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter - Alessandra Torre


This was one of those books that I just couldn’t stop thinking about for days after.

Our narrator, Helena, announces on the very first page that she is dying and will have passed by the end of the book. It’s quite a shocking opener and hooked me straight from the get-go.

Helena is a wildly famous author but incredibly private and has become a full recluse in the last few years. She has one story left to tell, the story that will kill her.

Helena is incredibly complicated and I can guarantee you will really dislike her at points in the book, but her history and the gripping story she tells will have you on the edge of your seat.




The One About Money

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

Although this book constantly makes it onto the bestseller lists for personal finance, I didn’t get around to reading it until this year.

Although I disagree with Robert Kiyosaki about certain things and he’s become quite a controversial figure, the points he raises in this particular book are still true many years later and a good foundation for changing the way you think about money.

His rich dad is his childhood best friend’s father. He is very street smart and business savvy, becoming a self-made millionaire and one of the richest men in Hawaii. His poor dad is his own father, an extremely intelligent academic who was an employee his whole life and struggled financially.

The book centres around the advice both dads gave and how that shaped the way Robert thought about money.



Have you read any of my top books of 2017? What did you think?


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An eclectic mix of top reads from 2017 including mystery, personal finance, memoir, romance and thriller.













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2 Responses

    • Maddie

      I absolutely love the series, devoured them all in a couple of months! Can’t wait for the next one 😀


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