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~