Books I love in 2017 | a list

Back in February, Simon and I were on the verge of nervous breakdowns when some sweet, sweet friends of ours booked a little beach chalet for us and told us to go get some head-and-heart space.

So we did. It was February, so it was cold, but we spent the days in our wellies, finding seashells with the boys, or exploring castles in the English countryside. And at night, we’d pour ourselves glasses of wine, light a fire in the woodburner, and read for hours. It was heaven.

And it had been a long time since I’d gotten lost in a book like that, and not binge-watched Netflix every night, so I told Simon I was going to bring some of that holiday feeling home with me and rediscover my love of reading. And I did.

This month, as I’ve put my phone down for September and am staying off social media, I’ve got my nose in a book even more often, and I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve been loving for those of you who have joined me in my phone-less month, and for those of you who haven’t, but just want a good book to read.

I kind of hate choosing a book at the library because the back sounds good, and then reading the first chapter only to feel disappointed that it’s not as great as you’d hoped it would be. There’s nothing like getting a recommendation from someone who’s already read it, right? So here we go. You’re welcome.


Fiction to Get Lost In

  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty:: want it
  • The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty:: want it
  • The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena:: want it
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green:: want it
  • Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (this book currently holds the title of My All-Time Favourite):: want it


Historical Fiction (my new fave genre)

  • The Island, Victoria Hislop:: want it
  • The Tea Planter’s Wife, Dinah Jefferies:: want it
  • I Can’t Begin to Tell You, Elizabeth Buchan:: want it


Non-fiction that’s changed me (and maybe made me cry in the bath)

  • Prototype, Jonathan Martin:: want it
  • Love is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield:: want it


Classics I’ve Read More than Once

  • Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery:: want it
  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles:: want it


In the Bullpen

These are the books either already on my nightstand or reserved at the library for me in 2017. They’re mostly ones I’ve heard about from trusted sources – a mix of fiction and non-fiction.

  • Tribes, Seth Godin (I’m halfway through this one already):: want it
  • The 4-hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss:: want it
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuk:: want it
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Wall:: want it
  • Paper Towns, John Green:: want it
  • How to Survive a Shipwreck, Jonathan Martin:: want it


I’ve linked all these up to Amazon so you can buy your own copies if you fancy.

And I’d love to hear some of your favourites that I can add to my list!



Author: Faith

Faith Dwight is a photographer and a writer. She is a Southern American girl living just north of London with her British husband, Simon and their two halfling sons.

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