Favorite Books of 2017

I’m a big fan of my “read” bookshelf over on Goodreads. I’m horrible at actually reviewing books, but I love marking them as read so I can go back and remember them.

According to Goodreads, I read 30 books last year, and that was exactly what my goal was. Of course, I feel like Stephen King’s It should have counted as at least 3!

I thought I’d take a moment to give a shout-out to five of my favorites from last year, in case anyone was looking for a recommendation (and to make up for the fact that I’m so bad at writing reviews!)

In January I read “Baby on the Oregon Trail” by Lynna Banning… and I loved it! I grew up on Little House on the Prairie, loving to immerse myself in the adventures of Laura and her family. This was the grown-up version of that. I was hooked right away when I met Jenna and her (step) children, and found the way the author connected her with the love interest to be very unique. It was fun to watch their love blossom as their trip progressed through out the novel, and I’m looking to read more frontier books in 2018!

I read “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas after I saw John Green (among others on Twitter) recommend it. I read it in a day, completely couldn’t put it down. I recommend it to everyone now. It’s very though-provoking and unlike anything I’d ever read before. It’s an extremely powerful look at how hard it is to try to have allies on both sides of an issue, and how wrong people can be about things. I can’t wait for the film to come out (I believe they already finished shooting), and I think the author is doing a sequel.

“Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder has been on my “to read” list for a long time. It seems like every time I read a book on writing they cite it. I guess I didn’t rush to pick it up because it was on “screenwriting”, but really it has basic story structure tips that can be helpful to any story writing.

Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” spoke so much truth that I already have it on my “to re-read” pile. It was inspiring and motivational and makes me think about resistance (laziness, fear) in a whole new light. A must-read for anyone struggling to create!

One of my favorite things is a book that I open up and can’t put down. Another of my favorite things is soap operas.   Which means “Propositioned by the Billionaire Moose” by Eve Langlais is on my favorites list because it grabbed me into it’s soap opera-like goodness and I don’t even know how long it took me to read. I opened it up and didn’t put it down until it was over. A Grandfather who is going to give the family maple syrup business to whichever grandchild can marry and produce an heir first? Yes please! Add in some shifters (Moose, Lynx and Wolves) and the story was like a candy bar that was too good to not just gobble up! Lucky for me, Eve’s doing another of these Howls Romance books (the continuation of cousin Rory’s story) that is coming out in the spring!

So there’s my 5 favorites of 2017. What were yours? Leave me a recommendation and I’ll put it on my list for 2018!