Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

Hey there.  You know, January is a good time to look back at the last year and kind of take stock of where you’ve been.  Along those lines, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the books I read and pick my favorite books of 2017.

First, I was surprised when I looked back at my list to see that I read 27 books this past year. While I realize that many people read a lot more than that, I, nonetheless, impressed myself. (wink) Some I loved and some….not so much.  In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a quick recap.

In January I told you about:

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

For the Love by Jennifer Hatmaker

You can read all about those books here.

In March I reviewed these books here:

The Rule of 4 by Ian Caldwell

The Royal We by Heather Cocks

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer

I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown

May’s book review included:

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

You can read all about my thoughts on these books here.

 

In the summer, I read the following books which you can read about here.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

 

And, in December I finally got around to reviewing the books I read in the fall.  You’ll find info about these books here.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

 

Then, in December I read, but reviews are still to come:

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood

Wow!  That was a lot of books. 🙂  When I reviewed the list, I definitely remembered a few favorites.  Some, I recommended over and over to friends.  Still, there were three that really stood out to me.  These are the ones that really stuck with me and stayed in my thoughts.  They are the ones that top my list for 2017.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris was a psychological thriller that I simply could not put down.  It was disturbing and thought-provoking.  I loved it!

Following that up,  my second favorite of 2017 was For the Love by Jennifer Hatmaker.  First of all, I have to say that I love Jennifer Hatmaker.  Insert heart eye emoji.  Everything she says and writes I adore.  Honestly, I feel like I could be BFFs with her.  Doesn’t everyone who reads her feel that way?

This book really spoke to my heart.  I laughed out loud.  I felt inspired to make some changes and re-think some things.  It felt just like having a conversation with a friend.  If you have not read it, go get it now.  It will not disappoint.

Drum roll,  please…   At last, we get to my favorite book of 2017,  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  This was my first novel to read by this author.  Yes, I know, she’s written lots of great books, but something always held me back from reading her books….too sad? too real?  This one I had to read for my book club.  I was shocked by how much I loved this story.

This novel has stayed with me for months since reading it.  I think about it and try to imagine myself in the story.  I wonder how I would feel and what I would do.  It’s all about race relations, which feels very timely.  I felt like it was an honest and probably accurate portrayal of race relations ~ even though I thought we were much further along.   I think this is probably one of those important books to read.  Add this to your list for this year for sure.

So, have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  In fact, what I’d really love to know is what was your favorite book of 2017?  I am always on the lookout for good reads.  Tell me all about it in the comments below.  And, if you don’t want to miss any posts, I’d love to have you on my email list.  You can join that here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time~

11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the list. One of my resolutions this year is to read more! Going to look for Jennifer Hatmaker’s book. You sold me! Visiting from Made By You Monday party.

    1. Author

      Yay! You will LOVE it! I would love to hear your thoughts after you read it, so please come back and let me know.

  2. Popping over from DIY, Crafts & More Link up. I haven’t read these, but love Jodi Picoult so I will put it on my kindle wish list!

  3. I enjoyed A Man Called Ove so very much. I look forward to going over and reading your review. I have For the Love and Little Fires Everywhere on my TBR list for this year!

    1. Author

      You have to come back and tell me how you liked For the Love. I seriously LOVED that book. Happy reading!

  4. I read Jodi Picoult’s book, My Sister’s Keeper, my first introduction to her and found her compelling and deeper than I expected. This book dealt with chronic illness, genetic engineering , medical autonomy, and family dynamics, all heavy topics but somehow she made it work as a riveting story that was believable. The one your read sounds equally interesting, so thanks for presenting it.

    1. Author

      Yes, I would say this dealt with heavy topics, but in a way that you couldn’t walk away. I also felt it to be an honest portrayal of race issues.

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