Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Why is this on my Best of 2017 list? I still remember being so angry at the events in the book, so caught up in the emotions of the characters. I wanted Ruth to be vindicated. I intensely disliked Turk. I loved this book!
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Oh, my. First, let me tell you this is a chick book and if you like those, then you will LOVE this book. If you don’t, then you should still read it. I am not a chick book lover because I find them very formulaic and trite and improbable, but every once in a while don’t we all want that little romance? A little mystery….maybe even impossible situations?
Why is this on my Best of 2017 list? Simple! I really liked the characters. I loved the story of meeting every year and all the drama that happened with these two. It reminded me of another book called One Day. I loved that book, too. Yes, this one is a chick book, but try it.
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
At the last battle, a group of Indian children is taken captive. One of these eventually goes away with Thomas and John – as a servant. The two travel with Winona until they learn of the Civil War, so they leave Winona with someone and go to fight. Eventually, they return to her and travel to Tennessee to live. This, however, is not their happily ever after, as a soldier arrives to tell them the chief wants Winona back. There’s a lot more that comes with the event, but I will leave that to you to read. The book also delves into the relationship between the two men. They are lovers, but this is never related in great detail.
“We begin to see a country whose beauty penetrates our bones. In the far distance we see a land begin to be suggested as if maybe a man was out there painting it with a huge brush. He is choosing a blue as bright as falling water for the hills and there is a green for the forests so green you think it might be used for to make ten million gems. Rivers burn through it with a enameled blue.”
Why is this on my Best of 2017 list? It’s different. The style was fabulous and I loved the historical content. I also really hoped that Thomas and John would be alright in the end.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
“Then slowly, the right fist Jacob has been banging against the wooden railing unfurls and is raised over his head, moving back and forth like a metranome.”
Why is this on my Best of 2017 list? I learned so much from reading this book. It will truly give you a perspective of Asperger’s that will stick with you!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Why is this on my Best of 2017 list? This is the one book you must read. It will resonate with you for quite some time and the next time a tragedy like this one occurs you will find yourself questioning the stories of those involved.
Thanks so much for sticking with my monthly book reviews! Here’s hoping that 2018 will bring some new reads our way that keep us up into the wee hours of the morning!
Do you use EReaders?
I have tried a Nook and a Kindle and I love both, but sometimes I forget to carry them with me. Guess what? You can get the Kindle app and use it on your phone – so your book is always with you! If you think it’s too small you are going to be surprised! Also, I like the way the pages turn much better than my real Kindle!