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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: My (Even-Though-It's-Not-Over-Yet-I'm-Still-Playing-Along) 2017 Reading Favorites

Even though the year isn't *quite* over yet—thank goodness, since I've still got 50 books to read to reach my goal of 200!—I'm going to play along today and talk about the best reads I enjoyed in 2017.  In the "Books Read in 2017" section at the bottom of my blog, you can see that I starred 22 books as favorites, so I'll have to narrow it down to my 10 most favorite. Before we get to that, though, I want to mention two things:

(1)  I'm hosting a fun giveaway that hasn't received a lot of entries yet.  This means your chances of winning a copy of Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters' Stuff are really, really good!  Thick and glossy, this cookbook retails for $22.99.  It's full of yummy recipes, easy crafts, and fun ideas for every season of the year.  Whether you want this for yourself or for Christmas giving, you have to enter to win.  Take a look at this post for more details.  Good luck!

(2)  Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme.  It's a great way to discover new blogs, give some love to those you already visit, and, of course, add some intriguing new reads to Ole Mount TBR.  To join in, all you have to do is click on over to The Broke and the Bookish, read a few guidelines, make your own list, then have a good time hopping around the book blogosphere.  If you want to add some pizzazz to your Tuesday, TTT is the ticket.

Okay, here we go with my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017:

1.  The Beautiful Mystery by Louise PennyI adore the Chief Inspector Gamache series, so it's not surprising that both installments I read this year made it to my favorites list.  All the books are excellent.  This one, eighth in the series, is an especially intriguing "locked room" mystery set in a remote monastery that does not allow visits by outsiders.  Until a monk turns up dead.  Gamache and his right-hand man are called in to find the killer.

2.  How the Light Gets In by Louise PennyThis mystery, ninth in the series, revolves around a dead woman who—Gamache is surprised to discover—is not just any old lady, but a celebrity with a very, very interesting history.  As he investigates her murder, Gamache also has to deal with personal and professional turmoil, all of which make this novel difficult to put down.

3.  The Forgetting by Sharon CameronThis was the first book I read in 2017 and boy, did it start my reading year off right!  This YA novel is unique and intriguing.  The less you know about it going in, the better.  Trust me, though, it's worth the read. 

4.  The Passion of Dolssa by Julie BerryI read this one, an even more unique YA novel, because it was nominated for a Whitney Award.  It ended up winning in the YA General category and also being selected as a Michael L. Printz Honor title, neither of which surprised me at all.  It's a lovely historical that's interesting, exciting, and well-written.

5.  Before We Were Yours by Lisa WingateAdoption stories always reel me in, and this one was no exception.  The novel tells a heartbreaking story based on the real-life antics of Georgia Tann, a money-hungry woman who basically sold babies for her own profit and gain during the 1930s and 40s.  Ultimately hopeful, it makes for an engrossing read.

6.  Worth the Wrestle by Sheri DewI loved this inspirational book about wrestling with your questions and doubts.  Dew writes in an uplifting, engaging way that just speaks right to my soul.  This is a life-changing book, which I absolutely adored.

7.  You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee EllisI enjoyed this quirky MG novel set in a locale (Provo, Utah) with which I'm very familiar.  It's about a young girl living in a trailer park who dreams of winning the lottery and making a better life for herself, her mother, and her younger sister.  It's a sweet read about appreciating what you have—even, maybe especially, when it seems like you don't have much at all.

8.  Wool by Hugh HoweyThis dystopian chunkster may look intimidating, but it's actually very readable.  The world it introduces is complex and fascinating.  I loved immersing myself in this one.

9.  Lemons by Melissa SavageThis MG novel is as bright and enjoyable as it sounds.  It stars two Bigfoot hunters who make a startling discovery right in their own backyard!

10.  My Bonny Light Horseman by L.A. MeyerI've long been a fan of the irresistible Jacqueline "Jacky" Faber.  Her adventures never fail to make me smile.  Since her creator passed away suddenly in 2014, I am reading the series slowly, savoring each book, knowing there will be no more.  This one, sixth in the series, is just as delightful as all the rest.

There you go, my Top Ten.  You can see the other 12 books I enjoyed most this year by scrolling to the bottom of my blog and checking out the titles on my "Books Read in 2017" list that have asterisks.  So, what do you think of my list?  Have you read any of these?  What were the best books you read this year?  I'd love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor.

Happy TTT!        


  1. I haven't read any of these but The Forgetting is definitely on my need to get to list.

  2. The Forgetting and The Passion of Dolssa are both on my five-star list this year, and I enjoyed My Bonny Light Horseman and Rapture of the Deep (I guess I'm not taking those as slowly as you are). I also thought The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won were pretty impressive. Happy holiday reading!

    1. I'm glad we agree on so many books :) I read THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE last year, I think, but I haven't read the sequel yet. I've heard good things, though.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I put Worth the Wrest on my list. I think it will be a good one for me to read. I also put Before We Were Yours. It sounds interesting! :D

    1. It's really good. Very honest and timely, I think. Plus Sheri Dew is so personable when she talks and writes that it's like she's speaking directly to you. I love her!

  4. Great list! There are several on there that I hope to read next year. :)

    1. Oh, good! Can't wait to hear your thoughts :)

  5. I haven't read a whole lot of YA this year, but The Passion and The Forgetting look really interesting. Particularly The Passion, I don't think I've ever read any historical YA!

    Nicole @ whatadifferenceawordmakes (wordpress)

    1. Really? I love YA historical. This one's set in Medieval times, which isn't a period I usually read about, but I really loved it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I have Wool on my TBR (and my Kindle) - I have heard so many amazing things about it!

    1. It's really good. Also really long! It takes some patience, but it's worth it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. The Forgetting and The Passion of Dolssa are on my TBR list, so I hope I like them as much as you did.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I do, too! They're both really good.

      Thanks for coming by!

  8. The Forgetting is on the top of my list for the beginning of the year. I need to read it!

    1. You do! It's a good one. You'll probably see all the plot twists coming with your witchy plot predicting ways, but you should still read it!

  9. I’ve got to stop reading your blog man. My “to read” list keeps growing!!! (I’m teasing of course! I LOVE your blog)

    1. Ha ha! I'm glad you're finding lots of new books :) If I have copies of the ones you're interested in, I'm happy to lend them out. Just let me know!

  10. I will be reading Before We Were Yours for a book club in 2018. Yay! I have wanted to read the Inspector Ganache series, but haven't started it yet! Great list!

    1. It's a good read. Heartbreaking, but also hopeful. You definitely need to read the Gamache series. It's one of my all-time favorites!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  11. I don't think I've heard of any of these books, but they all have BEAUTIFUL covers! The Passion of Dolsa really caught my eye - I may have to check that one out in the new year :)

    1. They do, don't they? DOLSSA does have an especially eye-catching cover, doesn't it? It's understated, but intriguing nonetheless.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I just discovered the Inspector Gamache series this year, and I put Still Life on my list. I'm planning to read the rest of the series ASAP! Here's my list from today.

    1. It's such a good series! I love Gamache, especially. He's so noble and wise. I'm *almost* caught up on the series, but I still have several books to go ...

  13. I just read the first 2 books in the Inspector Gamache series and I loved them! I heard the series gets better as it goes along so I'm really looking forward to continuing with it! I've heard great things about Lemons and now I need to add You May Already Be a Winner to my TBR. I love quirky MG!

    1. Yes, the series definitely gets better as it goes! I've loved all the books I've read so far. LEMONS is a fun one. YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER is also really good. It's definitely quirky, but also realistic and hopeful in the end.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Oh, good! I'll be interested to hear what you think of the ones you read.

  15. Lemons sounds like a fun story! I used to watch the show where four people go look for Big foot. They go these cities/towns and interview the people. And then at night they go to the place where people saw big foot. (forgot the name of it) I thought the show was very entertaining, VERY! :)

    The Passion of Dolssa sounds like a really interesting book. Even though I teach history, I don't read a lot of historical fiction. Non-Fiction, yes, lots but historical fiction almost none. Hmmmm. But, honestly this sounds really good.

    1. LEMONS is cute. The Bigfoot theme is fun. I never watched the t.v. show you're talking about, but it does sound entertaining! Ha ha.

      I read a fair amount of historical fiction, but I usually avoid the medieval period for some reason. I really liked DOLSSA, though. It kept my interest and Berry's prose is really lovely. If you try it, let me know what you think.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  16. I read my first Louise Penny this year and enjoyed it. I plan on reading more of her books next year.

    1. She's great! I'm glad I'm not the only Louise Penny fan around here :)

  17. Wool is on my TBR. I picked it up in a charity shop this year, and still haven't got round to it yet!

    1. It's a good one! I hope you love it when you get around to reading it :)

  18. Awesome list, Susan. I haven’t read any of these books but i’ll Check out each one of them. Thanks for sharing your favorites of this year. ❤️😁

    1. I hope you'll find a new book to love somewhere on this list!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  19. I've seen lots of good things about Before We Were Yours. It's on my list. And I've read Dolssa, and thought it was good too.

    1. I'm glad you loved DOLSSA, too. Not many people have read it, but it's SO good!

  20. I haven't read any of these but The Forgetting sounds like a good one and the cover is gorgeous!

    1. It is good and, I agree, its cover and that of its sequel are both super pretty.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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