5 Favorite Books of 2017

With the start of a new year comes the annual barrage of best and worst lists. I'm happy to add mine into the ring. Out of the 52 books that I read in 2017, I've chosen 5 as my favorite books of the year. Here they are, listed in no particular order.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This was one of my most anticipated novels on my TBR list, and it did not disappoint. Through the profound story of an escaped slave, Whitehead crafts a metaphor for the treatment of African American people throughout history. It is a literary masterclass that kept me riveted from start to finish. 

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Equally effective as a psychological thriller and character study, Chaon's novel tells the story of one man's decent into madness. The subject matter is dark. The novel is full of sexual and emotional abuse, drug addiction, and mental degradation, but those who can stomach the darkness are in for a real treat. 

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan 

A lot of fiction has been written about World War II, but Keirnan's latest novel offers one that is poignant and deeply moving. The story follows Emma, a young baker who has become a beacon of hope for a war-ridden town. Throughout the book, she struggles to surmount her own personal doubts to live up to the expectations of those she loves. It is a story that has haunted me since finishing the last page. 

The Force by Don Winslow

In my review, I called The Force "the best thriller of the year". I've read countless other thrillers during 2017, but none came close to topping this one. Winslow writes of Denny Malone, a good cop turned bad. His attempt to maintain justice and keep his power within the hierarchy of the NYPD is one that you can't look away from. 

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

This is a book that almost defies description. It tells the story of a young girl grappling with the loss of her uncle to AIDs. It is a coming of age story that touches upon love, loss, and acceptance of others. Beautifully written and emotionally captivating, Tell the Wolves I'm Home will leave you contemplating the multitude of layers it holds long after you complete it. 

And just like that, one year ends and another begins. As always, I'm grateful for everyone who has been a part of my Book A Week challenge. Last year was one of best years yet, and I can't wait to share a whole new crop of books with you as this new year begins!

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4 Responses to “5 Favorite Books of 2017”

  1. I have seen Ill Will pop up on a few year end lists. I have the book. Hmm, maybe I should give it a go.

    1. Definitely give it a go. And be sure to let me know what you thought!

  2. Tell The Wolves I'm Home made my favorite list the year I read it. I want to listen to it on audio. I am intrigued by The Force.

    1. I’m not sure why Tell the Wolves wasn’t on my radar sooner, but I’m so glad that I finally read it! You’ll love The Force!


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