I only read 22 books in 2017. This is a crazy low number for me: less than half of what I usually read. But 2017 was a crazy year! I got married, we moved into a house (that we’re renting), we spent 2 weeks in Disney World, my cousin got married, my parents got divorced… so it’s no surprise that I didn’t read as much as usual.
And I certainly didn’t read many books that were published in 2017. But of the 22 books I read, I picked 5 favorites to share with you. Maybe you’ve read them (some are a few years old) or maybe you’ve never heard of them. They’re winners in my book, which means you haven’t read them yet, you should at least check them out!
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: A great motivational, non-fiction read. Whether you’re a writer like Gilbert or a small business owner like myself, the Big Magic she talks about in this book will give you hope, and a little motivation to work your butt off.
4. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen: If you’ve read Sarah Dessen before, you know her formula. A girl you relate to falls in love with a boy she probably shouldn’t, he lets her down and then redeems himself and we all live happily ever after. Yet somehow, Dessen always surprises me a little and I devour her books even if I expect to know exactly what will happen. Once and For All did not disappoint.
3. The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman: A wonderful historical fiction novel set in the early 1930’s in a circus. Not at a circus, in a circus. The characters are circus workers! I could not put this book down. It was incredible and made me want to read everything else Wiseman has ever written.
2. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner: Another book that made me want to read everything the author has written. This one takes place both in the 1940’s and present day. We hear the miraculous, incredible life of a young woman who survived Nazi Germany while it tore her family apart as it is being told to a student working on a research paper. Have tissues close by.
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Grab some tissues and get ready to be angry, frustrated, sad, excited and anxious all at the same time. There’s a reason this book is getting a ton of attention: it is fabulously written, and a timely story that EVERYONE needs to read.