My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2017

FAVORITE READS

I didn’t realize how hard this list was going to be to make until I actually sat down to make it! Wow! Looking back I read some utterly amazing books in 2017!  The ones that I’ve narrowed down for my top ten favorites were all 5 Star reads for me and out of the 175 books that I read in 2017, I was very lucky to have an excellent 5 star reading year. But the ones that I picked as my top reads are books that I absolutely loved, still can’t stop thinking about, and I’d reread because I loved them that much! They completely engrossed me; some made me laugh and others made me cry. They were all books that impacted me in some way.

These are all books that I read in 2017, but 2 out of the 10 were not published this year. The first 8 books on my favorites list aren’t in any particular order; however, my two most favorite books of 2017 are listed last-they were too closely tied to chose, so they both have the honor being my all-time favorite for this year!

*The title/link takes you to my review. All synopsis courtesy of Goodreads. *

 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living–and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

 

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

 

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The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart

Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom.

For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted. While her older sister, Laci—a mute, musically gifted savant—is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann’s eyes to a world beyond the creek that’s borne their name for generations.

Carrying what’s left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann’s blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a traveling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton’s attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could—divide the family for good—Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways…

 

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The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

What is the difference between justice and revenge?

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house–one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past–and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course–because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the terrifying monsters at the door.

 

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The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

 

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

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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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.

 

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

 

MY TWO MOST FAVORITE READS OF 2017

 

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

 

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

 

What were your top reads in 2017? Did any of my favorites make your list? I’d love to know, so please be sure to tell me in the comments below!! 🙂

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48 thoughts on “My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2017

  1. I haven’t created my Top Ten List yet…although I do have a page on my Curl up and Read blog on which I enter my favorite book each month. So I’ll be drawing the Top Ten from that page. It is always a challenge, though, as the monthly favorites are well-loved.

    I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere, The Wife Between Us, and The Good Daughter. There were many others, too. I guess I’ll compile my list once the year is over, as some will be December reads.

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    1. I should start doing a monthly favorite then it won’t be so hard to make a year end list! Great idea! You definitely listed my 2 favorites, but The Wife Between Us is up there at the top. I loved that book. I thought about waiting to make my list, but I don’t think I’ll have time to read more than 1 more book before the end of the year, unfortunately with family visiting and the kids out of school. Oh well! I look forward to your list!

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  2. Hey, Stephanie! What a great list of books you have here. I haven’t read most of these, but The Wife Between Us was pretty good for me. I’m glad you loved these and hope to read more of them soon. ❤ Hope all is well and that we can chat soon! ❤ Much Love!

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    1. Thanks! I had such a wonderful time reading them all!! I hope you get a chance to read more of them! Hope you had a great Christmas! We did. We just kept it low key but finally celebrated with family Thurs. Seems like I’ve been busier while on break than before, which I’ve hated. Dentist appts, physicals for the kids, play dates, my Dr appt, on and on. I feel like a taxi, haha! I’m almost glad they go back to school next week so I can have some alone time to finish my lesson plans for following week. Time needs to slow down….Sending you hugs and love! 🤗❤

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  3. I’ll definitely have to check these out…I always enjoy your faves! The only two that I have read are the last two, The Good Daughter and Little Fires Everywhere and I absolutely loved them! I picked up both based on your reviews 🙂 I’m reading another Karen Slaughter right now, Faithless. I’m having a bit of a time getting into it and keeping the characters straight but I think that might be because of all the craziness of the season, my reading is sporadic at best.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Stephanie! And I hope there is no more strep in your house. Oh! I forgot to mention a while back, make sure you get new toothbrushes after you start your antibiotics so you don’t reinfect yourselves!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn!! I’m glad you loved my 2 favorite picks!! You may be having trouble with Faithless since it’s #5 in Slaughter’s Grant County series and they have to be read in order to make sense. I’m not sure if you started with book #1, but it’s Blindsighted. I’ve not wanted to read much at all either though even though I have about 3 books going. I think it is the holidays and I’m tired of looking at books from work and school!! I’ve been binging on Netflix, and I never do that lol!

      We did! I hope you did too! We just celebrated with my parents today. I hope it’s gone too! We both finished up our antibiotic last night so fingers crossed! She goes back for a throat recheck Tues. Lol, I bought 2 new toothbrushes for us both! And new toothpaste..a travel size and big one. One toothbrush to use while on antibiotics then throw away when done with them, same with the travel toothpaste, and the other toothbrush and toothpaste for now that we’re finished with the antibiotic. Too bad I can’t spray her with Lysol like I have everything else or bleach,lol!

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      1. Ohhhhh….its a series!!! I had no idea! Well that explains a ton! LOL Okay, I will have to pick up Blindsighted, then!

        You’re a smart cookie with the toothbrushes! I made that mistake before and my son was reinfected. Then the lightbulb turned on…doh!

        We had a very nice Christmas. We cut back on exchanging gifts and simplified the get togethers (there was always waaaayy too much food anyway!) and it took a lot of stress away.

        Now, it’s all about relaxing and enjoying some time off with my boys. And working on some New Year’s Resolutions!

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    1. Thank you! They were both so great! I know Riley Sager has a new one coming out in the summer, but I’m not sure about Celeste Ng, doubtful since it was 3 yrs between her 1st book and Little Fires, but I’m definitely looking forward to new ones in 2018 from one or both author!

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    1. Thanks, Inge! It was really hard to narrow it down! I think you’ll enjoy the 6 on your tbr! Yes, it will! I have so many books still to read from previous years that I’m afraid I’ll never get to them with all the amazing books being released in 2018! 😁

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  4. Great list. I have only read It Ends with Us and Little Fires Everywhere from your list. However, I recently got a copy of The Wife Between Us which I can’t wait to read. Definitely adding some more titles from your list to my TBR. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful 2018.

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I loved, loved The Wife Between Us and can’t recommend it highly enough! I hope you enjoy it! I’m so glad you are adding some of my favorites to your TBR!! ❤

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