Favourite Books of 2017

Hi, beauties, 
It's been a little while... I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and spent lots of quality time with friends and family. 
As you know, I read A LOT. So today I'm sharing my favourite books of 2017. It was hard to only pick a few as I've read some incredible books this year (literally just finished reading one which is now on my top favourite books, ever.. I'll save that one for a separate review). 
Grab a cup of tea and snuggle down, this could be a long post. 

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure: I fell in love with this book at the beginning of the year. I thought about it for days after I finished reading it (if that's not a sign of a truly great book, I don't know what is). But Then I Came Back explores life after death and first love. Estelle has such a beautiful way with words, I truly felt like I had been transported into Eden's world. 

In But Then I Came Back, Eden wakes from a month-long coma and wonders if it would have been better if she died that night. She experienced the In Between (maybe-afterlife) that was so blissful and peaceful she felt like she could stay there forever. Away from the drama of her twin brother dating her best friend and her failure to impress at her dance audition, she didn't have to worry in the In Between, she could just be free. 

Odd Birds by Ian Harding: This was such a pleasant surprise. Actor, Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), an avid birdwatcher writes a collection of essays about his life in Hollywood, career, and family - through the lens of birdwatching. Throughout the book, Ian takes readers on hiking quests to find a red-cockaded woodpecker, releases a red-tailed hawk back into the wild, showcases unusual acting classes and the daunting Hollywood audition process. We learn some PLL secrets, like the fact, Ian wasn't allowed to cut his hair or shave his own face. 
Odd Birds was such an easy read. Ian is a beautiful writer and I felt like I really was right in the forest with him. 

I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk: You all know by now that Lindsey Kelk is my favourite author.... OF ALL TIME. Seriously. I have loved every single book. I Heart Forever is another addition to the I Heart Series which chronicles the adventures of Angela Clark. The book picks up with Angela's husband Alex packing up to go travelling, leaving Angela behind to get up to all kinds of things. I don't want to give too much away, so just trust me, you'll love reading about Angela's adventures. 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus: I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was the perfect mix of Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club. One of Us is Lying tells the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 
The book showcases each characters POV and it provided a different perspective and their own angle to the plot. It really was such a compelling read. If you're looking for something to add to your own reading list, I really recommend this. 

100 Nasty Women Of History by Hannah Jewell: This was an incredible read. Hannah documents all the women who were deemed too nasty for their times, too nasty to be recognised, too nasty to be paid for their work, and sometimes too nasty to be allowed to live. 
I really enjoyed this book. It includes a great collection of historical women from all over the world. The majority of them I had never heard of before. I even started highlighting some of the stories so I can look back on them whenever I'm having a bad day. I want to buy a copy and give it to everyone I know. 

Unqualified by Anna Faris: I knew I was going to love this book. I'm a little bit obsessed with Anna Faris. I listen to her podcast every week and love how honest she is about life and love. Her memoir, Unqualified, showcases candid stories about love, life in Hollywood, her childhood, and advice from listeners of her podcast (Anna Faris Is Unqualified). I loved this quote:
"I've heard the suggestion that I don't need a tight group of girlfriends anyway because your partner should be your best friend. But I've never bought that. The idea that your mate must be your best friend feels to me like an overused mantra that puts unnecessary pressure on your relationship. I really believe that your partner serves as one purpose, and each friend serves another. There's the friend who you confess things to and the friend with whom you do the listening. Or this is the person I talk to when I'm feeling lonely and sad, and this is the person I talk to about work shit, and this is the friend I'm still in touch with because we grew up together. To be honest, I think the notion of best friends, in general, is messed up. It puts so much pressure on any one person when I truly believe it's okay to have intimacy with different people in different ways." 

I'd love to know what books you loved reading this year. 
xxx Hayley 

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