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Here we are to the end of the 2017. I have saved my favorite TMST post of the year for last:
What were your favorite books of 2017?
I love putting together my favorite books of the year list. It is always fun to see how my reads stack up with everyone else. So let’s get to it and see what books earned the coveted five star rating on my blog:
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren:
This is a surprise book for me. It was recommended by Nick@Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Book List. This is a coming of age book and a love story, but it is rather unconventional. A teen bisexual boy living in Provo, Utah, falls in love with the bishop's son. It is a beautifully written book that explores love and identity. It was an amazing read.
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones:
Twelfth Grave is another outstanding edition to a favorite series. Ms. Jones proves again and again that she knows how to spin one amazing story. I love the characters, the humor, the story lines and everything about this series. It continues to impress and amaze me even after twelve books, which speaks volumes of a series. If you want a fabulous series, look no further!
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover:
This was an outstanding read. I liked that this one took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting all the humor. This is a departure from the normal CoHo read as it is lighter and more humorous, but still packed with the tough stuff. I couldn’t get enough of this quirky, dysfunctional family. Keep an open mind when reading this one and just enjoy the ride.
Out of the Easy by Rupta Sepetys:
Out of the Easy is an exceptional read. I loved the rich, diverse cast of characters. This is a book to read and savor because of the gorgeous writing, the intriguing story and the setting. A book that features a whorehouse in New Orleans in the 1950s... what isn’t interesting about that?
The Passage by Justin Cronin:
The Passage was an amazing reading experience. I loved this epic story with its tremendous characters, outstanding story telling and its thrilling suspense. This is a book not to be missed especially if you are a Stephen King fan. I am tearing into the next book immediately!
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews:
Wildfire is an outstanding read. I couldn’t get enough of the characters, the magic, the action and the humor. These books are addictive, perfect for whenever you are in a reading slump. Do yourself a favor and grab all three, you will devour them.
White Hot by Ilona Andrews:
White Hot was an exceptional book. I loved this one. The characters are amazing, the story outstanding, and the world building phenomenal. If you are suffering from Kate Daniels withdrawals, or you just need something fantastic to read, pick up this series immediately.
The Dairy Queen Series by Katherine Gilbert Murdock:
The Dairy Queen Series has vaulted onto my favorites shelf. I just wish I had read these sooner. If you want a fun, realistic and entertaining series with an unassuming heroine, look no further. This is a series that I completely loved. I urge you to check it out, and if you can get your hands on the audiobooks, do it! I love that these books are quick, light and wonderful.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:
I loved the breathtaking writing, the complex story telling, the amazing characters and the outstanding world building. This is a book that stole my heart and captured my imagination. I wanted so much more, especially after that cruel ending. I need the next book now. Please don't miss this one! I will definitely purchase this book for my shelf.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh:
I See You was a stunning and terrifying psychological thriller that captured my attention and held it hostage throughout. I loved this realistic and scary story, and the ending was a jaw dropper. The audiobook was outstanding, a must listen. If you are on the hunt for the big, buzz thriller of the season, this one is one to grab!
The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown:
This was a story with heart and soul. It made me sad and it made me happy. This is a book that reminded me to grab hold of life and live it. I could go on and on, but I am not going to. Just take my word and read this book.
My favorite book of the year shouldn’t be a surprise to all you regular readers out there as I have been shouting praises for this book all year. The best book of 2017 for me was:
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman:
This is a book I absolutely adored. I loved this book fiercely. It made me laugh and cry. I loved the heart and the humor. This is Ms. Waxman's debut novel, and it is a gem. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!
These are my five star favorites of 2017. What books did you read and love this past year?
This will be the final TMST post of the year as my blog will be on break for the holidays. TMST will return on January 2nd 2018:
What are your goals for 2018?
If you are interested in participating in TMST on a regular basis, please feel free to email me as I have the questions planned out through September 2018. I will gladly email them to you if you wish so you can plan ahead.
Thank you for all your love and support throughout the year. Enjoy your holidays, be safe, healthy and happy. I will see you back in 2018!!