2017 in Review: the Books

Finally, I found a some time to go through the books I read in 2017 and pull together my top-rated books.  This is everything I read rated 9 and above.  The only thing I’ve cut in the interests of your time is this year’s Cybils shortlist, because every single book on that list also made my personal best-of-the-year list.

Here is my standard disclaimer about rating books:

“I have never liked doing a public scale rating of books – the librarian in me would rather describe what’s in the book and let you decide if it sounds good for you. But I do give books number ratings on my own private spreadsheet. I shamelessly borrowed the Book Smugglers’ 10-point rating system for this, where 0 is “I want my time and my money back”, 5 is “meh” and so on. For my purposes, 7 is a book I enjoyed, 8 is one I loved and 9 is one I really, really loved. 10 only gets given out retrospectively to books I find myself re-reading and thinking about a lot – a true personal classic.”

This is the first year since I’ve been doing this that I didn’t track or review any picture books. Even though I do still bring them home from time to time, both of my children have now moved out of picture books as their primary form of reading.  I am including here books that I reread this year.  Most of them are personal favorites that my children and I listened to in the car, but I did make time this year to listen (always listen, it seems, never read in print!) a few just for myself as well.

I’d love to hear what your favorite books of last year were as well!

Early Chapter

Middle Grade




About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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5 Responses to 2017 in Review: the Books

  1. Charlotte says:

    nice books! But of course our taste is so similar I was bound to find them thus…

  2. Oh, forgot about the Evil Wizard Smallbone! Middle grade novels of 2017 I haven’t gotten around to reading yet—it’s becoming a largish list.

  3. Pingback: 2021 in Review – the Books | alibrarymama

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