I love keeping track of the books I read every year! It’s great to look back and remember my favorites. Reading brings me so much happiness and enlarges my soul. I love seeing things from a different perspective or learning something new. And sometimes I like to enter a different time and just enjoy myself. Below are the books I read in 2017. I would love to hear what you have read this year in the comments below. I’m always looking for books to add to my list.
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain– Man, Ernest Hemingway is a total jerk.
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (audio)- Listened to this with my kids. Beautiful story. Loved the courage shown. A great reminder to always help others.
- The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright-Probably one of my favorites! You have been warned: you might cry.
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton– lovely!
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton–
- April Lady by Georgette Heyer– Be prepared for a lot of Georgette Heyer this year. Hooray for library ebooks.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Reread for me. I finished it with my son Yoda. We are working on the second one now.
- Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer–
- The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
- Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
- The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale – I thought this was fictional till about half way when I realized it was a true story. It was about the 1st sensational murder. Very interesting.
- How to Train a Dragon # 4 How To Cheat a Dragon’s Curse by Cressida Cowell (audio) -Our family loves this series. Great for road trips. I really need to read them in order.
- How to Train a Dragon #8 How To Break a Dragon’s Heart by Cressida Cowell (audio)Great for road trips.
- These is my words by Nancy Turner– LOVED it! Also I don’t know if I have enough grit to have lived back then. Thankful I’m alive today.
- Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah– Love The Nightingale more but I enjoyed this book.
- The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas– I really enjoyed this book, until the end. One character had too big of a flaw to look past.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold– Hated it. Liked the idea. But hated that the killer assaulted the girl before killing her.
- To The Rescue by Heidi S. Swinton (audio book)- LOVED learning about Thomas S. Monson. Especially his dealing during The Cold War. His example of service was inspiring.
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell– Charming and a great read. Some choice words so I would avoid an audio version. I’m pretty good at glancing over swear words.
- Worth the Wrestle by Sherri Dew– I love having access to desert bookshelf. This book is a great one to listen to every so often as it encourages you to grow.
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty– It was thought provoking.
- Major Pettigrews Last Stand by Helen Simonson– Another favorite!!! The characters are easy to love. Or dislike.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner– I enjoyed it, but was kinda freaking out that my son had already read it. I bought it for me and I wasn’t quite ready for him to read this subject manner.
- The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline– Loved learning about this time period and this part of history.
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan- The only bummer was my son INSISTED I read these books around September, when I was suppose to be sewing our family Harry Potter Costumes.
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan -Yep. I then had to read ALL of them.
- The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan- Annabeth kicks some serious butt. Love her.
- The House of Hades by Rick Riordan– Seriously no self control. I should have posted costumes a lot sooner.
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan— Loved this series! I’m sure I will reread them again next year. Loved all the characters but Percy and Annabeth are still my favorite.
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan– (reread) Then I had to reread all the Percy Jackson books.
- Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan– (reread)
- Percy Jackson and The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan– (reread) Unfortunately we are missing books 4 and 5.
- The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan– Because we have that one. I have been meaning to visit the library to get the next two.
- False Colours by Georgette Heyer
- Venetia by Georgette Heyer
- Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer
- Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson- I really enjoyed this one.
- Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
- The Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer– Probably my least favorite Georgette Heyer. It just wasn’t romantic enough for me. And the FIL drove me crazy.
- The Toll Gate (reread) by Georgette Heyer
- Cotillion (reread) by Georgette Heyer one of my favorites!
- Sprig Muslim (reread) by Georgette Heyer. They are so easy to reread while I’m waiting for my kids at school.
- Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen My girlfriend lent me her copy. I enjoyed her books.
- The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
- The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
- Treasure Island (audio for about 3/4, but I fell asleep on the drive back from Utah and had to finish reading the book)
Favorites books for 2017
Number the Stars, The Orphan Keeper, These is My Words, To the Rescue, and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.
I ended up reading more books than last year. (You can see the 31 books I read in 2016) And the year before (just 20). But as I’ve said before it’s wonderful for your kids to see you reading for enjoyment. Sometimes they try to talk to me and I have to remind them I’m in the middle of a really great part- just give me 10 more minutes. And I’m totally not embarrassed 11 of those 46 are Georgette Heyer. I simply love her books. Or that I have so many children’s books on my list. I might even get Superfail on the list for 2017 if I can squeeze in extra reading time in the next 3 days.
Another great way to squeeze in more reading is with audio books. My husband told me about Desert’s Bookshelf Plus. It’s an audio book service and if you click over to his site you can try it out for 30 days for free! Listening to books on road trips (a lifesaver!) or while you do housework is a great way to read new material. My friends recently listened to Fablehaven and they loved it! You can also read The Orphan Keeper, one of my favorites this year, with this app.
Recording what you have read has been so rewarding. I love looking back and reviewing my reading lists. This next year I’m going to try to read another biography, some more historical fiction, and some classics I haven’t read yet. My ‘want to read’ list on my phone is always growing. But I would love to hear what you have read recently! Share it in the comments below.
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