2017 Book Roundup Part 2

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been a minute, huh? (Also my favorite podcast—check it out!) Earlier this year, I published a list of the books I had been reading since I decided to take a break from exclusively reading Harry Potter. A lot of people seemed to enjoy it, so I thought I would finish out 2017 with a list of the rest of the books I’ve read this year.

(Part 1 is here if you want to catch up.)

If you are on Instagram, I try to document everything I’m reading. You can follow me or look for the hashtag #lindseysbookshelf ❤

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

This book. I hate to start a list off with a book that I hated, but here we are. I heard about this series on a podcast and thought it sounded interesting. Thursday Next is a detective in a futuristic world (that actually takes place in the 80s), and the book has a lot of literary references. I just could not get into it. I was kind of bored and had to trudge through. As much as I love mysteries and references to classic literature, I just don’t love sci-fi…especially in books.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This book was an impulse buy at Target one day. It’s a super short, cute little book that explains the Danish concept of hygge (kind of like cozy living). I read this in the summer, but I have big plans for putting some of the tips in practice this winter.

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Oh Jenny Colgan, your British chick lit can do no wrong. I’ve read almost all of her books, and they are all lovely, quick little reads. Always taking place in the UK, usually involving a single woman baking something and falling in love. Enough said.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

This is the first Nick Hornby novel I’ve ever read! I actually have had this sitting on the “to read” shelf for a long time, and I just kept putting it off. I’m so glad I finally picked it up this summer. Funny Girl is about a young actress in England in the 1960s who wants to be the next Lucille Ball. The story follows her career, from her first auditions to her becoming a major star. It’s a really fun story and made me want to read some of his other books.

The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway

I picked this up randomly at Barnes and Noble one day, not knowing anything about it other than the title was cute and the back cover seemed like it would be a perfect book to end summer with. So, like a lot of chick lit, it’s not very deep and you can pretty much predict what will happen from page 1, but it’s a fun story about a single girl who meets a guy on a solo trip to China, and adventures ensue.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible had also been on my list for a long time, and I finally bought a copy this summer. WHY did I wait so long?? This is probably my favorite book I read all year. It’s a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and takes place in Cincinnati (in Hyde Park, the neighborhood I lived in when I lived there). It is so fun (unless you are an Austen snob, then don’t even bother—you’ll hate it) and I had a hard time putting it down at night.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Immediately upon finishing Eligible, I picked up my old Norton critical edition of Pride and Prejudice. I think the last time I read this book was my first year out of college (creeping up on 10 years now!). It’s such a timeless story—I loved reading it now just as much as I did the first time. Also need to watch the Keira Knightly movie version ASAP.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The first Agatha Christie novel I ever read was last year, when I read And Then There Were None. I remember that I liked it, but nothing about it made me particularly interested in anything else she had written. However, I had seen the previews for the new movie version of Murder on the Orient Express and thought it would be fun to read the book first. I am so glad I did. First of all, this book is SO good. I honestly had no idea what the resolution would be. Secondly, the movie was only OK. As per usual, the book was much better. (If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m not NOT recommending it, but I don’t think it is a must-see for the big screen. It will be a great lazy winter Sunday movie.)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway

I picked up this vintage copy of The Snows of Kilimanjaro on a girls’ trip to Nashville a few years ago, and have never gotten around to reading it. It wasn’t my favorite Hemingway—it’s a collection of short stories, and some were good, some were depressing as hell. I honestly don’t think I was in the mood for this book. I would love to go back to it later and see how I feel about it.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

After loving Murder on the Orient Express so much, I decided to read another Agatha Christie. I had heard that Death on the Nile was another great mystery with a twist ending (and they also are making a movie out of this one). While I didn’t love it as much as Orient Express, it still was very good—it takes place on a ship on the Nile (duh). I had my suspicions about what happened, but wasn’t exactly sure how it would pan out in the end. Definitely recommend if you’d like a good, classic mystery.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

I finished out 2017 with the last book in Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery series. They are all so good and I really hope she decides to do more. This Christmas story was so cute and romantic, and the perfect ending for my reading for the year.

True confessions, I started reading a Harry Potter book the other night. I do have a few books lined up for the coming year, but the Freeform #HarryPotterWeekend marathon made me nostalgic.

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy New Year’s celebration. And please try to read something good if you have a few days off work. ❤