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11 Favorite Books From 2017

11 of my Favorite Books From 2017

I should open this list by saying that these are books I’ve read in 2017 – but all of the books on this list are written in either 2016 or 2017!  (Apparently I’m a half of year behind.)

Whether they are published in 2016 or in 2017, they are still great books that I recommend any year you pick them up!

If you are struggling this holiday to figure out what to get a family member or friend who enjoys a good book, any of these would work as a great gift!

Are you personally looking for a good book to get yourself out of reading funk and back into the reading groove? All books below are ones I highly recommend!

11 Favorite Books from 2017

 

On my list this year, I’ve got 2 fiction, 5 young adult, and 4 non-fiction (2 of which are memoirs).

Let’s get to it!

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2017 Book Recommendations

Fiction

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Published October 11th 2016

Can Jodi Picoult write a bad book? I don’t think she can. Obviously, Small Great Things is a wonderfully written novel. But I think that this is the most relevant, relate-able, and most important piece of work by Picoult. Full Review >

Where to BuyAmazon • Barns&Noble • Target • iBooks

 

The Mothers

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Published October 11th 2016

Whenever I think about how to describe The Mothers, I seem to just say, “I love the book, I love the writing, I love the theme, I love the pretty cover, I love, I love, I love…” Full Review >

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes

Young Adult

The Thousandth Floor

One Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Published August 30th 2016

Many others have said The Thousandth Floor is a book for lovers of Gossip Girl. They are absolutely correct! The prelude opens with revealing one girl is falling off the thousandth floor, and has you in its clutches from then on forward. Full review >

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes

((The second book of this series was published August 2017 and I HAVE to get my hands on it. You can purchase The Dazzling Heights at Amazon or Barnes & Noble now))

 

Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court Series by Sarah J. Maas

(A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, & A Court of Wings and Ruin)

Published May 5th 2015, May 3rd 2016, May 2nd 2017, respectively

The silver lining of finding this series after all three books have been published is that they can be devoured one right after another! These books have been listed high on numerous young adult and fantasy book lists all three years. Besides the overall writing, story telling, and character building, I love that each book is a story retelling: Beauty and the Beast, Hades and Persephone, and Snow White. I promise you, Prythian is a world you’ll beg not to leave. Full review>>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

 

The Divinity Bureau

The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare

September 21st 2017

I started reading The Divinity Bureau on a long car trip and was HOOKED. THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK! Dystopian world. Forbidden love. Real characters. All these things intermingled, and wonderfully written, created a fantastic book! Full review >>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble

 

Letters to the Lost by Brigit Kemmerer

Published April 4th 2017

I don’t even know how to write a review for this one. It gripped me and didn’t let me go. I’m still thinking about Letters to the Lost. Have you ever seen A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray? You know the drill: boy and girl exchange messages, keep their names a secret, but reveal what they wouldn’t to the public. Letters to the Lost used this plot line successfully. Full review >>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • Walmart

 

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Published October 3rd 2017

I’d dare to say Colleen Hoover is one of the most recommended authors. Without Merit is the quirkiest book Colleen Hoover has ever wrote. But basically, you don’t need a review for this one – just read it. Full review >>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audio • Barnes & Noble • Target • Walmart

(I also read another Colleen Hoover book this year, It Ends With Us, which I also highly recommend. You can purchase it at the following places: Amazon • Audio • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart)

Non-Fiction

The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Published October 18th 2016

Does this need a summary or review? If you haven’t heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines, you have been living under a rock. The Magnolia Story is about how Chip and Joanna met, fell in love, and how they started their business and family. This story will warm your heart. Full review >>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audio • Barnes & Noble • Target • Walmart

 

Talking As Fast As I Can

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Published November 29th 2016

Who is not a Lauren Graham fan? Cue all the Gilmore Girl feels. I will warn you: if you read this book, you will feel very very very nostalgic. Full review >>

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • iTunes • Target • Walmart

 

Success Intersection

Success Intersection by Pat Williams

Published  January 31st 2017

Using sport references and story-telling to show ‘what happens when your talent meets your passion.’ Laid out are simple steps to focus your talent and passion. Full review >>

 

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Published on February 22nd 2017

If you’re at all into personal development, you’ve heard of Tony Robbins. Not only has he accumulated wealth himself, but he has helped so many others do the same. This book is packed full of information to help investors (both beginning and veteran investors). And if you need any more reason to purchase this book, all profits are being donated to feed families.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble • iTunes • Target

 

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Nothing pairs better with a good book than a glass of wine.

Okay, this could be argued depending on what time of day it is. Steaming coffee in hand is usually the way to go in the morning.

However, picture this: unwinding after a long day at work with a page-turner, rose lavender bath salts in the tub, and a heavenly glass of wine.

Personally, my wine tastes started with the $6.99 bottles of wine from Aldis. (Which doesn’t actually sound that bad after finding out Aldi’s Rose was voted best in the world!)

Recently I’ve started trying different kinds of wine. My favorites are the dry reds, but sometimes I bring home sweet whites for my husband to try too.

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Book Review: Such a Rush

Such A Rush Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Such a Rush  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jennifer Echols (Website, Goodreads)

Published – July 10th 2012

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

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Book Review: Without Merit

Without Merit Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Without Merit  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 3rd 2017

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us

It End With Us Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – It Ends With Us  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 2nd 2016

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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Book Review: Roar

Roar Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Roar (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Cora Carmack (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 13th 2017

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Summary – In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

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Book Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Letters to the Lost  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Brigid Kemmerer  (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 4th 2017

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Synopsis:

Title – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Taylor Jenkins Reid (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 13th 2017

Genre – Fiction

Summary – From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

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Book Review: Last Exit to Montauk

Last Exit to Montauk Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Last Exit to Montauk  (Goodreads)

Author – Phillip Vega (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 26th 2017

Genre – Love Story

Summary – It’s the late 1980s, summertime, on the North Shore of Long Island. The air stirs with possibilities as it often does during this time of year. And so begins the romance between one Hispanic seventeen-year-old male, on the verge of manhood and ready to conquer the world, and one beautiful and intelligent young woman named B. It is much more than romance, though. B will forever become a part of this young man’s soul. He will never forget her.

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Book Review: Everywhere and Every Way

Everywhere and Every Way Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Everywhere and Every Way  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jennifer Probst (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 31st 2016

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Summary – Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

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