Best Reads of 2017

I’m a bookworm. Like majorly. So much so that people actually come to me for book suggestions. It’s very humbling, actually. And I love it because when I enjoy a book, I become its biggest advocate. Like I can go on and on to someone about what makes it great and why “even though you don’t really like to read, this will change your mind.” (Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong.)

But the truth is that I love sharing my opinion when I really love something or when I really hate it. So I’ll start here, with some of my favorite reads of 2017.

P.S. No spoilers, I promise!

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.03.55 PMInto the Water, Paula Hawkins

I’ll be honest. I only bought this book because Paula Hawkins, who wrote The Girl on the Train, wrote it. If you’re not familiar with The Girl on the Train, you won’t enjoy any of these books I’m about to list so – peace out.

A woman gets a call that her sister is dead. Dun dun dun. They’ve ruled it a suicide, but this isn’t enough for her. After some independent investigating, she develops a working theory, but not without putting herself in some danger. Definitely a page-turner, not necessarily as suspenseful as her debut novel. But I’ll buy the next one, just in case.

The Sisters Chase, Sarah Healy

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Last year I subscribed to Book of the Month Club – I’ll give more details about that in another blog because I definitely have some opinions. This was one of the books I received and I actually loved it.

Big sis, little sis and mom are struggling to make ends meet while running their family owned motel. When mom suddenly dies in a car crash, big sis finds out that the motel isn’t worth what they owe in property taxes. So they decide to go on a trip (destination unknown until the very end * eye roll *) Along the way, they go on a few adventures but some of big sis’s secrets unravel, and well. If you like plot twists, you’ll love this one.

I really loved it because the age difference between the two sisters was the same as mine and my youngest sister, so some of the dialogue was totally relatable.

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

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You’ve probably heard of the series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. I actually saw the trailer and any time I see the words “based on the New York Times Best Seller…” I’m like “Yup. I’m reading that.”

Think… PTA moms with Range Rovers. In a pretty affluent town, a couple of moms become friends when their kids all wind up in the same kindergarten class. Each family has their own issues – ex husbands with new wives, career driven husbands with no time for current wives, and some unspoken mystery that we wait for what seems like forever to find out. But as the plot unravels and you find out some of their “secrets” worlds are turned upside down. Season 2 should be out soon, but in the meantime, I’ve got to go check out some of her other books because WOW.

The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.19.12 PMAgain, I have some serious loyalty to this woman. I think it came up in “recommended for you” somewhere. But once I realized she wrote Big Little Lies, I was sold.

A wife stumbles (snooping) across a letter written to her – in the event of her husband’s death. Only he’s not dead yet… But she reads it anyway, because duh. You would too.

The letter is basically a confession from him that makes her wonder, did she ever really know him at all? And what was she supposed to do with the information when he died?

This book changes point of view A LOT. Just when you’re getting into one character’s story, she switches it up. And honestly, I didn’t care for one of the character’s story line… like, at all. BUT there is a purpose for it and it does come full circle so power through it!

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.21.12 PMBehind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough

I feel like I could’ve written this book. On the surface, the plot is sort of cliché, but hear me out.

Louise, a secretary in what seems like a dead-end job, meets a man at a bar. The two hit it off, and all but fall in love. She goes into work the next day and – surprise! Her new boss is the guy from the bar – and he’s married. But it doesn’t end there. She befriends a woman at her son’s elementary school and the two become best buds. Until… She discovers the woman is married to her boss AKA secret lover. It’s super juicy and you’re pulled in from the beginning. But there’s more to this married couple than Louise realizes. And once she starts to figure things out, is it too late for her to run?

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.22.07 PMYou Will Know Me, Megan Abbott

I picked this up because it was about a gymnastics prodigy but it also had a bit of a mystery/murder vibe to it. I was far from a professional gymnast but I tried at one point. If you don’t mind waiting until the last ten pages for an insanely good plot twist, you’ll love it. I read so many good reviews so even when I was ready to give up, I kept reading. Not my favorite but it gets bonus points for throwing a plot twist in.



Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.22.36 PMLies She Told, Cate Holahan

This book is ridiculous. It’s like inception but with books instead of dreams. Liza is the narrator. She’s a writer working on a new novel. Her and her husband are having some issues and one of his friends goes missing. Beth is the protagonist in Liza’s book… You kind of get the sense that Beth is Liza. Lines are blurred and you can’t really tell the difference between reality and fantasy. You have to pay attention. It’s rare that I have to flip back into the book and ask myself “Wait, who was I just reading about?” But I had to do that a lot with this one. But it was definitely worth it.


Final Girls, Riley Sager

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The Final Girls are what the media has dubbed a group of girls – each the sole survivor of her own tragedy. Quincy, the main Character, survived a massacre out in a cabin on vacation. The Final Girls haven’t really met, only exchanged a few letters and phone calls for “moral support” and how to handle the media and talk shows begging for interviews. When one of the Final Girls is found with her wrists slit in her bathtub, only moments after she left Quincy a voicemail, Quincy starts to think it wasn’t really a suicide. Meanwhile, another Final Girl has shown up on Quincy’s doorstep asking for a place to stay. Quincy takes it upon herself to do some digging, and realizes, she may have just let a stranger stay in her house.

Ok, if you like murder and psychopaths, this is right up your alley. And I’m just going to leave it at that.

I know what you’re thinking, and I agree – I need to branch out and include different genres. This is just what I like! But seriously, stay tuned for my “Most Anticipated Reads of 2018” list because I’m going to try and include at least one non fiction book… Maybe.

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