Best of 2017

Another year is wrapping up and I’ve added quite a few excellent books to my shelf! I’ve been taken to magical places, been introduced to new characters, found a new love for poetry, and even read outside my comfort zone! There are several series that I have fell in love with, and looking forward to the next books to be released in 2018. I have a new passion for indie authors, and a new found call to action in supporting them. Overall, 2017 has been a wonderful year of reading. Narrowing the “best” down to ten was HARD. There are far more that I would highly recommend and that are loved by yours truly! I really wanted to give you what I found to stand out, books that left a mark on me!

Without further ado in no specific order, I give you The Best of 2017!

  1. The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

I would call Nadia Murad brave, and the book heroic, but that wouldn’t touch the surface of what this book is.  Nadia tells her story. A Yazidi girl from a small village in Kocho, Iraq who was forced from her home, sold into slavery by ISIS, repeatedly beaten and raped, and lost over half of her family either by murder or consequences of trying to escape slavery. This book is relevant NOW and I implore you to read this one in 2018 if you haven’t already. #NeverAgainIsNow

2. More Than Bread by Marya Layth

A book of poetry and prose, More Than Bread is perhaps the book that left the biggest impression on me personally. The poetry and prose written by Layth touched me on a spiritual level and I honestly believe that the author is a true philosopher and I am keeping my fingers crossed that one day she’ll write a full length philosophical novel. I cannot express how much I loved this book!

3. Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner

Written in the 1930’s and not published until decades later, this book is a first hand account of the rise of Hitler and Nazism from an average person’s view. This book belongs on every shelf.

4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The intellectual honesty of Hemingway in this novel is unmatched. If you want to know what life was like in Paris during a time when Hemingway was poor and relatively unknown, this book is for you. Full of intrigue and fascinating tidbits about some of the lost generations most well known and beloved authors, this non fiction is a must read.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No spoilers. I love everything about this fantasy; the world, the characters, the magic. I have the #2 (Crooked Kingdom) of this duology on my shelf and will be immersed into this world again very soon!

6. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

I consider this one a classic read. A book that is considered children’s, but with lessons even adults could be refreshed on. The story will fill you with love as well as heartbreak. There is no purer heart than that of a child.

7. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

This historical fiction won’t be for everyone, it is in no way a light read. This historical fiction is heavy on history and intellectuality. The subject matter is serious and not your typical happy ever after. You will find plenty of lesser known history, and even 17th century feminism. I recommend this book for history lovers and readers who are looking for something deeper to add to their TBR. The Weight of Ink was my first 5 Star of 2017.

8. Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Hands down, the most underrated book of the year! This historical fiction/adventure is exactly what The Weight of Ink is not- an easy and an absolutely fun and light read! It actually anger me that this book wasn’t more highly rated by critics. I can easily see Dragon Teeth on the big screen! Loved!

9. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This is one that I almost replaced with another title. I had issues with this novel (you can read the full review) however, once I got past the slow beginning, this book blew me away! The magic and world sucked me in and I cannot wait for the next book to be released in 2018! Seriously, if you haven’t read it hurry up and grab it!

10. In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

This non fiction follows the life of William Dodd and family during his post as American ambassador to Germany in 1933. As soon as I would say “that can’t be true” something else would be said that blew my mind. If you are interested in the rise of Hitler, history or politics, this book is a must read!

That’s a wrap! Let me know if any of my favorites are on your list to be read! I hope you all have a blessed Christmas and a very happy new year!

 

Jessica xoxo

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