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?