The Best Book I Read in 2017

At the end of each year, many of us reflect on who we are what we did and what goals we may have for the future.

I don’t tend to set new goals at the start of a new year. I’m not sure why. My life is pretty goal-oriented, so I feel like I just do what I do and try to be better when I can. We can always find time to improve. It doesn’t have to start at the beginning of each year.

I do, however, like to think about what I’ve read and narrow down that year’s reading to a best book. The best book I read in 2017 was A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.


While I read it, I kept instagramming passages from its pages. It is full of delicious prose, witty insights, and marvelous truths about the human experience. I absolutely loved the experience of reading this book.

After this one, I picked up Towles’s first book Rules of Civility, thinking I was in for another treat. While the writing was good and the story was interesting, it just wasn’t the same as A Gentleman in Moscow.

A Gentleman in Moscow is a rare gem, an experience that I hope to repeat each time I pick up a new book, but that only comes along every once in a while.

What was the best book you read in 2017?


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  1. I already have this book on my list, but now I will be more committed to actually reading it. I love it when a book really stands out.
    I don’t think I can choose a favourite, but I think the one I am most glad to have read is “Black Berry, Sweet Juice” by Lawrence Hill. It had been on my to-read list for a long time, and I ended up loving it.
    Happy New Year to you and your family! 🙂

  2. I bought this book when I discovered my library’s single copy had a 40+ person wait queue. It did not disappoint, and landed at No 3 in my own Best Books list.

  3. I’ll definitely put this novel as one of my 2018 goals! I looked over my Goodreads list for 2017, and I had given 5 stars to four books. I read All the Light We Cannot See early in 2017, so I may have been later reading it than others, but I thought it was great–everything a novel should be, including external and internal conflict between Good and Evil, plus compelling new characters triumphing in imaginative, extreme circumstances. For enjoyment this summer, I indulged my inner child and read the first two Harry Potter books, finding out why my daughters had loved them so much. On a different tack, I also re-read the Fagles translation of the Odyssey, which I had taught to high school sophomores. The ancient narrative and poetry fed my soul once again.

    1. It sounds like you read some great books this year! I am sad to learn that my daughter doesn’t love Harry Potter as much as I do. I hope you enjoyed reading those books!

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