The 4 best books I read in 2017

I read so many really good books in 2017, and here are my top 4. These are the books that I read throughout the year, and still stick out in my mind and are books I recommend to others. 

Early in the year, I made a promise to myself: if I started a book and didn't like it, I wouldn't finish it. Instead, I would move on to a book that grabbed me right away. There are too many amazing books out there to read one that I don't really care for. 

I can always tell when a book is going to make my top 5 list when I have a "book hangover" after I finish it...which for me, is not being able to focus on starting a new book for a few days after because I am still thinking about the one I just finished. All four of these books left me with serious book hangovers. ;)

Here they are, in the order that I read them:

1. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: I read this book over the summer, and I remember sitting in my backyard and wishing I had someone to talk to about it, because it was such a powerful and emotional story. It's no surprise that it also ended up being my online book club's first book.  This is a heart-wrenching historical novel about three different women during WWII. If you love historical fiction, read this book! 

Lilac Girls: A Novel
By Martha Hall Kelly

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This is another historical fiction book, but with a completely different feeling from Lilac Girls. Set in 1960s Hollywood, it tells the life story of actress Evelyn Hugo. Don't let the cover fool you...this story is so much more than just an actress with seven husbands. I could not put this book down, and more than once, I found myself cornered in the kitchen, reading while making snacks for my kids.  I still think about this book today, months after reading it. 

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3. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood - Oh my gosh, this book. It gave me all the feels, ranging from curiosity to shock to love. Before reading it, I knew it would be heavy and full of controversial issues, and it definitely is. Everyone who reads this book will have their own opinion of it, but that is part of what makes it a great book, in my opinion. I read it with an open mind, and I found my opinion of some of the issues shifting after getting multiple perspectives from the characters in a book. This is the first book that has ever made me cry while reading it. I sat on my couch, reading this book with tears streaming down my face, while my husband and kids wondered what in the world I was reading. This book was voted 2016 Book of the Year, and I can absolutely see why. 

4. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter - This is a fast-paced thriller that I read in about 3 days when I was sick with a cold. This was a graphic, disturbing book with many triggers (rape) but despite that, I could not put it down. The story was unlike anything I've ever read before, and I thought about this book even when I wasn't reading it. The writing style is fantastic, and makes me want to read more of Karin Slaughter's books. This is a must-read for fans of mystery/thrillers.  

Pretty Girls
By Karin Slaughter

Have you read any of these? What were some of your favorite books of the year? Leave a comment below and let me know! 

Thanks for reading!

Pam

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