Brooke’s Best Books of 2017

Brooke’s Best Books of 2017

As promised I have also created a list of my top books of 2017.  Unlike Kayla, I had a bit of a rough reading year, spending too much time reading books I didn’t love and not reading as much as I would have liked.   Thankfully, I still met my goal of reading 40 books last year, and of those 40 I have pulled out my top 7.

Are you ready?  Can I get a drumroll?  Let’s do this.

1.) Meg by Steve Alten – This blast from the past published in 1997 was a book I randomly found while looking up titles similar to Jurassic Park.  If you checked out my 2016 list you’ll know I’m a sucker for dinosaurs, and dinosaur sharks have twice as much to love.  Seriously, just look at that cover, how could I not read this book.  Despite there being some serious misunderstandings about sharks being mindless killers (but hey, it was the 90s) this book was a wild adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who would be eaten next.  It also ended with a major cliffhanger, so be prepared for me to gush about the sequels in 2018.  Read if you love suspense, sharks, or deep sea exploration.

2.) The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson – This three book series was superheroes meets future dystopian society.  Sanderson, a master of characters, created a diverse cast of individuals who were witty, smart and each amazing in their own way.  This series is also one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.  MacLeod Andrews was outstanding, bringing these already fantastic characters to life.  Though this series is technically under the middle-grade genre, it is well up to the task of wowing adult readers who are kids at heart.  Read if you love action, plot twists, or laughing.

3.) The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson – This nonfiction title came to me at the perfect time over the summer.  2017 was a year filled with many different challenges in my personal life and this novel about persistence in prayer and the faith to dream big dreams has given me lasting encouragement. Read if you have big dreams, love being inspired or need a pep talk.

4.) Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – This book is living proof that romance can be well written and about so much more than just the hanky panky.  If you can look past the awful cover (seriously, I read this on audiobook just to avoid looking at the cover) the story inside is truly magical.  With themes about loyalty, persistence and being loved despite your flaws, it will have you swooning over the male lead and dreaming about moving to a farm.  I will note that the beginning of this book is a bit slow (and the whole book is loooong) but once you get into the story you won’t want to stop.  Read if you love historical fiction, traumatic backstories, or romance.

5.) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake –  This book was so different from anything I have read.  I loved the universe the story was set in and was fascinated by the concept.  If you are a fan of dark fantasy I would recommend you give this book a try.  Read if you love female leads, magical powers, or political power plays.

6.) 59 Seconds: Think a little, Change a Lot By Richard Wiseman – Another nonfiction novel this is the love child of a psychology textbook, a self-help book and Ripley’s Believe it or not.   Full of tricks to help improve everything from your creativity to your parenting you will enjoy the clever life hacks as well as the fascinating psychological studies.  Plus, the audiobook version is read by a man with a very appealing English accent as an extra bonus.  Read if you love your brain, self-improvement or sexy British men.

7.) The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – If you are a Harry Potter fan and haven’t read this yet shame on you.  This was the first thing I read in 2017 (I waited until I received the book for Christmas to read it) and I loved it.  Though it was not the 8th Harry Potter book all Potterheads dream of, it was still a fun adventure that included all my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series.  Plus it was fun to read the play script versus the typical novel format we are all familiar with. Read if you love Harry Potter, magic, or the theater.

There you have it, folks.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Kayla’s top 10 books here.  Hopefully, between our two lists, you’ll find some new books to love this year.  Happy reading and happy writing!  Be sure to tell us about your best reads in the comments.

Stay Amazing My Friends,

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