Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2017

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  Top Ten Tuesday  is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at  The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I am well into my second year of blogging.  In is interesting to note that I have read so much less because I am writing about books instead of reading them and also because I have been sucked into the time warp that is Twitter.  Send help.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas 

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Series: no
Published: February 28th 2017
Rating: Full review of The Hate U Give
Times read: 1
Recommended by: The whole world really but I first say it on Goodreads

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” 

This is such a gimme. The Hate U Give is both a pointed social commentary commentary and a warm hearted story of a girl learning to unify the two worlds that she inhabits. I have lost count of the number of times that I have recommended it.  It has gotten huge amounts of accolades and awards and frankly it deserved every single one.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

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Series: no
Published: August 9th 2016
Rating: How have I not reviewed this?  SHAME
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Goodreads

“A story can tell the truth...but a story can also lie. Stories can bend and twist and obfuscate. Controlling stories is power indeed. And who could benefit most from such a power?” 

The writing was beautiful, the atmosphere enchanting, and There was also a tiny dragon "no bigger than a pigeon" who spends the book convinced that he is "perfectly enormous' and that he just happens to be in a land of giants.  I could have died of the cute.  The book manages some super dark concepts with a light touch and after I finished reading it I felt better about the world.


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

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Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Published: 1908
Rating: Full review of Anne of Green Gables
Times read:1
Recommended by:  So many people over the years but my friend Mary finally tipped the balance when she sent me an article about what the books vs. the films.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 

Oh, the shame of not having read this book as a child.  But now that I have I am going to feel forever sad that past me was so stubborn. It also makes me want to plan a trip to Prince Edward Island.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han

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Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published: April 15th 2014)
Rating: Full review of To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Times read:1
Recommended by:  I have had it on my TBR pile since 2014 so I have no idea anymore

“It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.”

Another one that I help out on reading for an embarrassingly long time.  I am going to be honest and admit that it was the "boys" part of the title. In my head Lara Jean was somehow juggling 5 or 6 guys and I wasn't interested in that story. But after seeing it recommended over and over again I was finally convinced to take the leap and I am so glad that I did. Sisters! baking! The most adorable fake relationship in the history of fake relationships! I heart Lara Jean forever!


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertal

The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli

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Series: Yes-ish?
Published: April 11th 2017
Rating: Full review of The Upside of Unrequited
Times read:1
Recommended by:  Becky Albertalli is an autobuy for me.

"I don’t think there are words to explain how I feel. Okay, you know the emoji that’s laughing and crying all at once? It’s that. I am that."

I loved this book but it made be think a whole lot about high school me and holy crap was I exhausting.


Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl

Kids Like Us
by Hilary Reyl

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Series: no
Published: November 14th 2017
Rating: Y U No review, Tara?
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Cait at Paperfury

"Layla says that neurotypical people project on us a lot. They think we can be happy only if we become like them. They don’t understand that the way we are is the only way we can be, like having blue eyes, or being male or female, or being human even. It’s not something we can change, Layla says, and they should stop making us try. I’m not sure what my own opinion about this is, but I think about it more than once every day."

I have been thinking about this line ever since I read it.  


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin
by Nic Stone

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Series: no
Published: October 17th 2017
Rating: Full review of Dear Martin
Times read: 1
Recommended by: The whole internet but I think that Goodreads' algorithm steered me to it first.

“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?”

I might love this book more than The Hate U Give which is saying a whole lot. It hasn't gotten nearly the same amount of attention as THUG and that is a shame. I have been shamelessly tossing this at everyone because I will not rest until the whole world has read it.


“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.”

The Night Circus
by Erin Morganstern

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Series: nope
Published: May 24th, 2012
Rating: Full review of The Night Circus
Number of times read: 1
Recommended by: It escapes me

“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.” 

This book has a different feel than anything than I can remember reading before.  It was magical.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor

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Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published: March 28th 2017
Rating: Full Review of Strange the Dreamer
Number of times read: 1
Recommended by: Autobuy author

“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.”

This is a fairy tale.  Or a dream made into a book.  If it was a movie it would be shot in that gauzy soft focused way that flashbacks are shot in.  Oh, my GOD the writing.  I loved every word and am DYING to read the next book.  


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

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Series: kind of a spin off...
Published: February 2nd 2016
Rating: Full review of Salt to the Sea
Number of times read: 1
Recommended by: myself as soon as I say Ruta had another book out

“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.” 

I read Salt to the Sea in one sitting and immediately bought my mother a copy so that I would be able to talk to her about it.  It is the story of a disaster at the end of WWII and yet the commentary of refugees, war, and guilt are especially relevent in today's world.  

Do we have any of the same favorite books?

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