Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish, and it’s a listers dream post!  Today I’m sharing my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017 aka my 2017 Book Hall of Fame.

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

 

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

 

Book Review : Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather WebbThe Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel Harrington

First Up – My 3 favourite books of the year

Last Christmas in Paris is full of feels.  All the feels.  Gut wrenching feels, tear jerking feels, heart-warming feels, excited butterfly in the stomach feels, hopeful feels, falling madly insanely in love feels.  This book has them in abundance and I shook with emotional while reading it.

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane will always be special to me.  I read it the night before an upsetting hospital procedure, and I thought nothing would distract me from thoughts of what was ahead.  Thankfully I had this book on hand, and it diverted all my thoughts and emotions into a pleasanter place.  It clicked like a switch.  Trish’s thoughts off.  Book on.

The Break is special, just like all Marian Keyes books are.  A realistic family portrait that made me laugh and cry.  If you’ve ever read a Marian book, you’ll know she has a talent for creating engaging characters that bubble over with life.  If you haven’t ever read a Marian book, what are you doing with your life?

 

Next – The School themed books

Class by Jenny ColganGirlhood by Cat Clarke

 

The Dark Lake is a fab debut.  Heads up to all fans of police procedural thrillers, Sarah Bailey is the new author in town, and she is one to watch!

Class is a fast, fun, frivolous read that stirred up nostalgic feels for all the boarding school books of my childhood.

Girlhood – I flat-out loved this book!  Because, I savour book about friendship, so I adored how this book focused on the sisterhood theme, with no major romances thrown into steal the limelight.  Friendship deserves the spotlight and I’m so glad that it was centre stage in Girlhood by Cat Clarke.

 

Followed by – The surprise hits

Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultCountless by Karen Gregory

 

Small Great Things wowed me.  Overall it’s an understatement to say this isn’t an easy read. Yes, I wanted to flinch from the brutal storyline, but I also wanted to stay up all night reading it. Highly recommended.

Countless by Karen Gregory hits a myriad of emotions, and caused me countless tears.  The emotions jumped straight from the page to strike me where it hurt.  In the heart, in the gut.  All over.  Because it’s such a realistic portrait of an eating disorder, and I ached while reading it.

Caroline featured everything I wanted a Little House tie-in to include.  Faithful to original but also fresh and new.   I loved hearing the familiar story from Ma’s POV. Her bravery and her ability to make a home anywhere is inspiring. And her self doubts made her more realistic and human.

 

So  that leaves one more to make 10….maybe…

The Stolen Marriage by Diane ChamberlainKeep You Safe by Melissa HillDon’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

 

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain describes how a community pulled together, and built an urgently needed polio hospital.  With engaging characters who grow stronger and stronger through adversity, it’s a book that pulls you in and inspires. I loved it!

Well if ever a book reminds you that there are two sides to every story, it’s Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill.  Honestly, I would have said I had little or no interest in the topic of vaccines, but this book transformed it into an absorbing subject. I engaged with all the characters and thoroughly enjoyed every single page of this courtroom saga.

When I’m in the mood for a twisty fast-paced read, I know turning to a Harlan Coben book will deliver just what I need.  It’s my hard and fast thriller read rule and Don’t Let Go was no exception.

 

Ooophs, that’s 12 books.  Ultimately, I couldn’t cull any of them, they earned their place in my 2017 Book Hall of Fame.

 

Talk to Trish:  Have you read any of these?  Do any catch your eye?  What book topped your 2017 read list?

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15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017”

  1. Sophie Alex (@bookslikewolves)

    I actually haven’t read a single one of these books, but Jodi Picoult’s one is catching my eye, as well as Girlhood! I really want to read a book spotlighting friendship, so that may be a good option.
    I LOVE the cover for Countless! And the bottom line of that book sounds powerful. It definitely looks like a myriad of emotions!
    Sophie Alex (@bookslikewolves) recently posted…Blogmas Day 12: Top 17 Books of 2017

  2. Brandie

    Harlan Coben made my list for the year, too! LOVE his books. So did A Stolen Marriage. I was so surprised by how much I loved that book. I ordered a copy of Last Christmas in Paris yesterday. I think I’m going to start it asap when it arrives. Glad to see how much you loved it!
    Brandie recently posted…{Best of 2017} Favorite Books

  3. Jo

    I read Countless this year too, I liked it, but it’s not really my kind of book, I reckon that people who enjoy contemporaries would like it a lot more than I did. Having said that, it was a very raw portrayal of an eating disorder and I liked that everything didn’t end HEA.
    Jo recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #137

  4. Cori

    I need to read The Last Christmas in Paris before the holidays are over. I love that it is one of your top reads for the year. Great list!

  5. Jo

    I have had “Last Christmas in Paris” on my reading list since last December and I’m finally going to read it. This Sunday I’m flying back to my hometown for Christmas and taking the book with me, seems like a good time to read it 🙂

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