The Best Books I Read in 2017

It really annoys me that I haven’t met my Goodreads reading challenge this year! I was meant to have read 52 books. I’ve completely read 47, and half read about 50 or more… which is ridiculous!

This year, I somehow cultivated a tendency to start reading one book before switching to another, depending on what’s going on in my life, or if something more interesting catches my eye.

I definitely need to be more disciplined – curbing my tendency to spend a fortune with Amazon, and trying my best to finish what I already have.

On the upside – I read some great books this year. There were lots of good ones. You can find the full list here.

Here are some of my favourites in no particular order:




  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight – this was one of my favourite books of the year. So many people recommended it in 2016. I’m glad I finally got round to reading it. It’s a great story. I wasn’t familiar with how Nike got started at all so found it really interesting, and inspiring.
  • Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull – I really enjoyed this book, especially the first half when Ed writes about the start of Pixar, his interactions with Steve Jobs, and Disney. I’m a huge fan of Bob Iger and having worked at Disney I’m probably more interested than most in stories about the company.




  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – I’d put off reading this book for a long time. Mainly because of it’s length and because I find it hard reading anything that is non-fiction sometimes. I like feeling like I’m learning something and rarely indulge in story books. (I should read more fiction however as it’s much easier to switch off when reading a good story!) I’m so glad I read this book. It’s beautifully written and having travelled around India and being familiar with Australia, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it over the summer when I was pretty ill. The parts on suffering really resonated with me.