I’m a little disappointed to say I did not read as much as I hoped in 2017. Fortunately, the books I did read this past year were all quite good, so I wanted to share my top 4 reads of 2017. It was a little hard to choose my favorites, but like last year, I picked 2 non-fiction and 2 fiction!
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My husband and I have watched several seasons of Fixer Upper (Chip and Joanna’s show). We have always enjoyed the two of them and the work they do, so I was very interested in hearing their story. They both narrate (which is why I would recommend the audio), and share their individual backgrounds, early marriage, and journey to the life they now live. My husband and I listened together and enjoyed “getting to know” this unique and creative couple.
I included the Magic of Motherhood in my October favorites. It is a collection of essays from about a dozen moms. The stories span the range of topics from infant loss to infertility to everyday mom-life. I found myself drawn into each story, nodding my heading in agreement with shared experiences and being stretched by stories I have never known. It really is the perfect book to read and give as a gift.
I loved, loved, loved this book. It also just might be my favorite audio I have ever listened to (and I have listened to a lot of audio). It’s a story about a 12 year old girl living in Pennsylvania (in post WWII times). It is a beautiful and bittersweet story about family, friendship, bullying, and overcoming difficult trials.
I tried to break away from another Lauren Wolk for my second favorite, but when an author is good, she’s good! I decided to read (not listen to) this book and was drawn in right away. Wolk truly is a beautiful story teller and invites us into the world of 12 year old Crow,whose desire to know more about her past results in discoveries that shape a page-turning story.
Both Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea are considered children’s books. I believe that children’s fiction novels are some of the best books you can read!
What about you? Do you enjoy non-fiction or fiction? What were some of your top reads in 2017?
Until next time,