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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten Favorite Books 2017

Hey all! I was planning on doing a post featuring the best books I’ve read this year, and surprisingly the Top Ten Tuesday topic this week is top Ten Favorite Books of 2017! If you don’t already know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish that features weekly top ten prompts for all to share. I’ve participated before, so I thought I would combine my already written post with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

I’ve split my list up into genres to make it easier to read through. Some of these books are NOT new releases while others did come out in 2017. First comes THRILLERS!

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The Best Thrillers I’ve Read: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Thrillers are one of my go-to genres, and I always find it interesting to see different authorsโ€™ takes on the genre. You would think there wouldnโ€™t be any fresh ideas out there, but some authors proceed to raise the bar and shock me every time!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My first choice was technically published in 2015, but this was the book that inspired me to start a blog this year! I absolutely adored this book and the ideas it brought to my brain. I wanted to share it with everyone I knew, but not everyone is a reader, so I decided to make this my very first book review!

Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

emma in the night which book to read first

This is a 2017 release and the ending was spectacular! I never would have guessed what happened, and the family dynamic of the characters was very intriguing. I love stories that revolve around family, and this one was no exception.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Another 2017 release, I read this during October as it was the perfect Halloween read! I love horror movies and the Final Girl trope, so this book was right up my alley. It had such a slasher movie vibe to it that I loved, and the main character was so unreliable which made the ending even more interesting!

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison

Lie To Me

This was chosen for Salt Water Reads book club on Instagram, so I jumped at the chance to read it. It has a very Gone Girl feel in the beginning, but trust me when I say the two are very different! Another domestic thriller, which is one of my favorite subgenres, this book’s ending threw me for a loop!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Bonfire

I read this last Friday, literally in one day. It was that good. I’ve had this ARC since October and I finally got to it. I was skeptical about it at first, but I’m so glad I read it! It’s got that small town vibe that is so gossipy and juicy that I’m so glad I don’t live in a town like that. Again, awesome ending! My review will be posted in a few days.

And those are my top five thrillers of 2017! This was difficult as I read so many good ones, but these definitely deserve my top five spots! Now, onto Historical Fiction…

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The Best Historical Fiction I’ve Read: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Historical fiction is my other go-to genre. I’m a big history buff, so it’s fitting that I list my top historical fiction novels this year. There are so many interesting periods in time, so there are an unlimited number of stories for authors to tell!

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

I don’t know if this technically counts as historical fiction, but I’m grouping it here anyway. This was an awesome take on the tales of the Northmen. During the Viking Age, the Northmen never really wrote down their myths and legends. They were passed on by word of mouth, and Neil Gaiman did phenomenally in his retellings!

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Stars are Fire

I LOVED this book. It takes place just after World War II during an intense drought in Maine, and features a woman fighting to survive with her children after her husband disappears fighting the blazes. It’s such a wonderful, feminist tale that inspired me immensely!

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

I technically filed this one as Magical Realism, but it takes place during the ’60s in New York City so I think it counts! I’m no stranger to Alice Hoffman. Her writing has such a magical quality without seeming too much like fantasy. And this novel about the Aunts in Practical Magic is no exception!

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

The Other Alcott

Elise Hooper’s debut novel received mixed reviews, but being a Little Women fan and an artist, I knew I would love it. And I did. The first half was filled with Little Women nostalgia while the second half surrounded the birth of abstract art in Europe!

The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch

The Revolution of Marina M.

I loved this book! While being very long at 800 pages, it was so full of immense detail about the Russian Revolution. Janet Fitch filled my mind with so many amazing pictures with this coming-of-age tale. Plus, it was released on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. I’m assuming that wasn’t an accident!

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And those are my top ten favorite books of 2017! I’m so glad I started blogging this year! Without my blog and all that comes with it, I might not have gotten the chance to read all of these amazing books. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

  1. People keep recommending Janet Finch to me… I’ll definitely add The Revolution of Marina M to my list. And Bonfire – I am so stoked to read the book, glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  2. I read Bonfire in one day too. Once I started it I just couldn’t put it down, but I agree – definitely wouldn’t want to live in that town! I also read and loved Big Little Lies this year and then preceded to read all of Liane’s other books. She certainly knows how to write a good thriller! Great list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This is such a great list! I read my first Alice Hoffman this year (Faithful) and really loved it. I want to read Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic next. The Other Alcott is on my TBR for next year. I read Little Women for the first time last year and despised Amy. I can imagine it would be horrifying to find out she was based on you! I’ve heard raves about Big Little Lies and have added it to my must read for 2018. So many great books – now I just need more reading time!

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