The Best Books I Read in 2017


You know that break I’ve been taking? It’s finally over.

This year I have done what I haven’t done in five years: I’ve spent more time at home than I have abroad. Crazy, I know. At the start of the year on a trip to Tahiti, I made a promise to myself that I would take some time off exploring the world to explore other interests.

As such, I’ve had a lot of time to read and this has led me to find some really positive-perspective books that I want to recommend.


If you haven’t already read this book then put on some clothes, get in your car and go buy it now (or just click the link – whatever is easiest). This is hands down one of the most soul-revealing books I have read. It makes you realise you’re not the only one, that someone else has been through that too. It leaves you with answers to questions you thought would forever be unanswered. It’s the kind of book you want two copies of: one to devour and ripe out the pages to put in frames around your living room and the other as a good copy to pick up every so often you feel like feeling. It’s that good.

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I picked up this book on the shelf at Target on a late night mission to buy some wooden coat hangers. The cover page is what grabbed my attention and within the first few pages, I was hooked. This is a great read for those who love to dream when they travel and create little stores and scenarios for strangers they see along the road (guilty).

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It’s no secret I loved Janice’ first book “Paris Letters”, so I was a little beyond giddy when I received an email from her, offering to send me a copy of her new book (ummm, yes please!) I loved reliving my own adventures through Paris in this book and think any fellow Paris addict will adore the pages.

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Speaking of Paris, I saw this book in a homewares store and knew I had to have it. I have the New York edition of Megan’s books and absolutely adore it, so took a leap of faith and added this one to my coffee table collection, too. It’s a very pretty book with plenty of beautiful drawings and would make a perfect gift.

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Are you sensing a theme!? Yeah, I’m proper obsessed. I read this book earlier in the year en route to Paris from the Netherlands and yes, you guessed it, I was travelling alone. I really enjoy how light-heartedย Jojo Moyes’ books are and would recommend them to anyone who likes an uplifting read on the train.

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I was in Tahiti at the beginning of the year and swamped with rain, so was relieved to see I had packed a good book for my travels. A Moveable Feast is a classic by Hemmingway, written during and about his exploits in Paris. I could read this thing back to front and inside out.

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

It’s not how good you are, It’s how good you want to be

Radical Self Love by Gala Darling


Over to you! What were your fave reads in 2017?

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    Ferrari City Abu Dhabi
    January 14, 2018 at 12:42 am

    I just love to read while traveling.

    Felicia Lasmana
    January 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    You might like French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude by Mireille Guiliano. Thank you for you recommendation! I read the “How to be Parisian” and it is awesome and beautiful book!

    ig viewer
    January 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing the list! I guess I will add these books to my list and read them in 2018. My New Year resolution for 2018 will be reading more books.

    January 2, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Awesome Collection of books. thanks for providing list of the books.

    December 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I also read the book Girlboss, which was quite entertaining.
    The other ones you mentioned, I haven’t read yet. But they all sound really good, and some of them I have put on my to-read list.
    I love seeing a traveler who also enjoys books and wants to share some recommendations. Soon I’ll be going abroad again, so your recommendations are definitely valued. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    December 29, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a great information.

    December 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I have started reading How to be a Parisian! Tell Tale is next on the list ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anand Tiwari
    December 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Great collection of books.. Currently i am reading A MOVEABLE FEAST BY ERNEST HEMMINGWAY.

    Kendra Springfield
    December 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I love this list. I hope I get to read everything here. Not to mention the books for 2018.

    December 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Currently loving The Secret Edition by Rhonda ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 27, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I managed to read a lot of books this year, but I donโ€™t think I read any that you have reviewed hereโ€ฆbut when it comes to your recommended reading list I did read How To Be Parisian Whenever You are? and it was a fun read.

    December 26, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Ohhh you just can’t beat the Paris theme! I love the holidays, since I finally have time to curl up with a book again <3

    xx Julia

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    December 25, 2017 at 1:25 am

    I managed to read a lot of books this year, but I don’t think I read any that you have reviewed here…but when it comes to your recommended reading list I did read How To Be Parisian Whenever You are? and it was a fun read.

    Arthur J Poirier
    December 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I have read a number of books on your list this past year. One of the most fascinating books I read that is not on your list was ,โ€The Not So Big LIfeโ€ by Sarah Susanka . It is a follow up from her preceding book, โ€œThe NotSo Big House โ€œ. It combines a number of my interest , minimalist living and small space architecture.
    Paris is my favourite city . I lived in France for six long summers and frequently viisted Paris. I have been splitting my time primarily between Toornto, Canada and Asia with forays to Europe, South America and the Carribeans for the past 28 years. I have been traveling Globally for the past 50 years.
    You can check out my website and perhaps look at the blog ,โ€ Arthurโ€™s Happiness Projectโ€.

    Those of us afflicted with wanderlust respond tothe itch differently ,but neverthless the itch must be scratched if we desire contentment in our lives.

    December 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Girl boss was super inspirational for me and gave me a kick up the rear to start working a little bit harder for my dreams

    December 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Loved this post! I definitely want to make more time for reading in 2018, so I will try out one of these books to kick off the new year. I have heard SO many things about Milk and Honey, but always thought poetry would be a bit boring. You’ve got me convinced though! I want to go pick it up now!

    Mia |

    December 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Currently reading โ€œAwaken the Giant withinโ€ by Toni Robins. Definitely a must-read book ๐Ÿ™‚