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Best Books of 2017

I have always loved the gazillion “best books of the year” lists that come out at the end of every year. I love to see what I agree with, what I don’t, and what I missed. This year, since I have the blog, I’m doing my own “best books of 2017”. I would love to hear your thoughts, too, since you know I love these kinds of lists! What were your favorite books of the year?

First a recap:

number of books read = 41

total pages read = 15,052

fastest book read = Since We Fell by Denise Lehane – 419 page book, blew through in 5 days

slowest book to sludge through = The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 337 page book took 15 days to read

books by authors I had never read before = 26

This surprised me the most! Because I’m blogging myself now, and reading a lot of other people’s book blogs, I’ve discovered a lot of new-to-me authors. I now have 26 new authors that I am familiar with their work. Some I can’t wait to read more from – Karin Slaughter, Riley Sager, Anthony Horowitz, Sarah Pinborough, Jane Harper, Dennis Lehane, Chris Carter, M. J. Arlidge, and Robert Bryndza.

Of the 41 books I read this year, I only gave the coveted 5-star review to five books. That made doing a top 5 list incredibly easy! Here are my favorite books of the year in order of publication date. Click on the links for my previous review.

Camino Island by John Grisham
This was a complete departure from his normal legal thriller, and that was a very good thing. More of a summer beach read, it takes place in a quaint resort town off the coast of Florida. The plot centers around stolen Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts, and a book store owner who deals in rare books. Throw in a love triangle, a community of authors, and the FBI who are always one step behind, and you have the perfect bibliophile’s beach read.
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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
A throw back to the golden age of detective mysteries, this was a mystery book within a mystery book. Famous author, Alan Conway’s editor sits down to read his latest manuscript only to discover the last three chapters are missing. To top it all off, Alan Conway himself is found dead of an apparent suicide. Convinced that there is a connection between the missing chapters and Alan Conway’s death, his editor goes in search of the truth.
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Final Girls by Riley Sager
Where Magpie Murders pays homage to the golden age of detective novels, Finals Girls pays homage to slasher movies where only one victim remains standing at the end, thus the title Final Girls. With only three girls that the media has dubbed ‘final girls’ remain, and one of them turns up dead, and the other mysteriously appears on the doorstep of the third, let the games begin. Who can be trusted? Are they all just victims of their horrendous past?
I knew this book would be pure entertainment and it certainly was.
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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
This book cemented Karin Slaughter as one of my go-to authors. For me this story had it all – brilliantly plotted, well drawn characters, deeply emotional, and atmospheric. The plot centers around two sisters and two brutal crimes that happened twenty eight years apart. Nestled among the graphically violent nature of the plot, is a heart felt and endearing story that makes you feel all the feelings that make up a great story.
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Origin by Dan Brown
This installment of the popular Robert Langdon series starts with Langdon attending a major announcement at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain hosted by his former student, futurist Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch is set to reveal a scientific discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” Sound familiar? Yes, this book has all the elements that made The Da Vinci Code a best seller and for Dan Brown fans, this is a must read.
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Although, these were my 5-star reviews, there were many other great 4-star books worth mentioning: The Dry by Jane Harper, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. Thank you for reading my blog this year and Happy New Year! Let’s all find many great books to read in 2018!

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