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Top Ten Best Books of 2017:
This is always so hard! Seriously, ya’ll, it’s like picking 10 children from the orphanage and leaving the rest of the 200 plus kids behind with no hope for adoption… or maybe I’m being a bit dramatic?
Here’s the thing, my top ten is pretty fluid, depending on the day I do it, the mood I’m in, and the way the planets are aligned (I mean, maybe? I don’t know, but there’s a lot of factors involved).
Some books are no brainers. The Hate U Give was a powerful read, and usually books like this don’t work for me- I tend to push back against books that have strong messages in them, and The Hate U Give was written specifically for the Black Lives Matter movement. But guess what? The book is AMAZING! And the message is one that people need to either hear (which is pretty much every person in America or the world who isn’t black) or a book that readers need to see themselves reflected back in. And while it deals with death, protests, bravery, and a bunch of other heavy things, there’s still so much love, warmth and even laughter in this book. It’s one of the books I handed most to customers who came into the bookstore. I’m sure I’ll be recommending it for years to come.
These Things I’ve Done is one of my favorites, because I legit re-read it after I was done. I NEVER do that anymore. My TBR pile is insane, the books I have to read for book club or the arcs I have to review for the bookstore are numerous and unending, so other than a few planned re-reads (The Night Circus, Harry Potter), I don’t have time to re-read. But there was something about this book, these characters, that really got to me. I hope to make time in 2018 for more of the author’s books.
Wolf in White Van and Hounded were two older books on my list, but I loved both of them. I actually spent a month binge-listening to the Iron Druid series, another thing I rarely do these days.
This year was fantastic because not only did I get a huge ass Stephen King (and Owen King!) book to wallow in, but I also got a Joe Hill novella collection. Both were amazeballs, but I refuse to choose between them.
Young Jane Young is a fantastic look at the people behind the newspaper scandals. I love Gabrielle Zevin, so it’s no surprise that I loved this one, even more than the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.
Laini Taylor is one of my favorite authors, and Strange the Dreamer is an amazing novel. I snagged it on audiobook too, so I can re-read it before the next book comes out. Her writing is just so lovely.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter was one of the best thrillers I read this year, but her writing can be dark as hell, so warning. 🙂
And finally, there were so many books that made me laugh this year (I listened to a lot of great memoirs by funny people, including The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish just recently), but I love the crap out of the John Dies at the End series. It’s definitely not for everyone, but What the Hell Did I Just Read? was a perfect book for me.
I could have easily filled a Top 50 post, for reals, but for today, right at this moment, these are my top ten. Five minutes from now I’ll probably really regret not adding that one book I loved…
As a bonus picture, here’s what I listed as my favorite reads of 2017, half way thru the year:
So, I loved all these too (and a few hung in there all year!).