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message 1: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Dec 31, 2017 05:48PM) (new)

Beth | 2212 comments Mod
Hi, everyone! Now that the year is well and truly winding down, I thought I would post a fresh thread for folks to share their top reads of 2017!

I'm looking forward to getting recommendations for 2018 based on everyone's top reads!

Edited to add - if you can, try to stick to a top 10! I'm terrible at this, so no judgement here if you have to go over! :D

Edited again to add, if you prefer to do it by genre, that's fine, too!


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1636 comments Mod
I have a top 11. It was so tough to narrow down!!

My top read:
The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Other favorites (not listed in any particular order):
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano Long Way Gone by Charles Martin The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection Hope Reaches Across the Centuries Through One Single Bottle, Inspiring Five Romances by Joanne Bischof Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3) by Connilyn Cossette The Divide (The Alliance #2) by Jolina Petersheim Many Sparrows by Lori Benton The Space Between Words by Michèle Phoenix The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2) by Julie Klassen


message 3: by Maria (last edited Jan 02, 2018 02:42AM) (new)

Maria | 132 comments My top reads:

The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen From the Start (Walker Family, #1) by Melissa Tagg Like Never Before (Walker Family, #2) by Melissa Tagg Women of Courage 31 Daily Devotional Bible Readings - The Remarkable Untold Stories, Challenges & Triumphs Of Thirty-One Ordinary, Yet Extraordinary, Bible Women by Jennifer Carter

Not CF but clean stories:

The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview Sway (Romance Revisited #1) by Melanie Stanford Darcy's Dilemma (A Fair Prospect, #2) by Cassandra Grafton Desperate Measures (A Fair Prospect #3) by Cassandra Grafton

Classic:

Persuasion by Jane Austen Venetia by Georgette Heyer Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


message 4: by Windi (new)

Windi Fun!! Ive found two new (to me) authors this past December, and they are both listed in staci's and maria's top reads. Amanda Dykes and Melissa Tagg. And in fact i just purchased "the message in a bottle" from amazon and cant wait to start reading it 😊


message 5: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1636 comments Mod
Hope you love it Windi! I am not much into novellas, but was swept away by that collection.


message 6: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Jan 01, 2018 07:35AM) (new)

Beth | 2212 comments Mod
I don't usually pick a favorite, but I think I can say that this was my favorite book of 2017--
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Then these are my top reads
Life After by Katie Ganshert Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3) by Connilyn Cossette The Divide (The Alliance #2) by Jolina Petersheim Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe Loving Luther by Allison Pittman The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen A Song of Home A Novel of the Swing Era (Pearl Spence #3) by Susie Finkbeiner The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection Hope Reaches Across the Centuries Through One Single Bottle, Inspiring Five Romances by Joanne Bischof Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

And I read some wonderful non-fiction in 2017 - these were my top 3:
Fiercehearted Live Fully, Love Bravely by Holley Gerth A Heart Like His Intimate Reflections on the Life of David by Beth Moore One Thousand Gifts A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp


message 7: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (creativecountry0407gmailcom) | 258 comments My top fiction reads of last year were:
1. 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1) by Alexander McCall Smith

2. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy and

3. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

My top non-fiction reads of last year were:

1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

2. All Things Bright and Beautiful (All Creatures Great and Small) by James Herriot
and

3. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot

4. Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg


message 8: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Ann | 23 comments My two favorite reads for 2017:
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter

My other top reads:
The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2) by Melanie Dickerson A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #1) by Melanie Dickerson The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) by Melanie Dickerson


message 9: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1636 comments Mod
Beth wrote: "I don't usually pick a favorite, but I think I can say that this was my favorite book of 2017--
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Then these are my top reads
Life After by Katie Ganshert[bookc..."


Beth, glad you enjoyed Confessions of X. That was a favorite from 2016. So good!

Loving Luther and Catching the Wind are both on my TBR.


message 10: by Windi (new)

Windi Staci i am not much for novellas either but due to health reasons in december i needed something short but interesting. I stumbled onto amanda dykes and WOW! I was disappointed she hadnt already written more that i could dive into but definitely looking forward to this collection. 😁


message 11: by Angie H (new)

Angie H | 40 comments Favourite reads of 2017:
Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege, #1) by Jessica Dotta A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) by Kristi Ann Hunter Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay The Power of a Praying Life by Stormiest Omartian The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance, #1) by Becky Wade Close to You by Kara Isaac I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (secular) Becoming Momstrong How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John In the Middle of the Mess Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life by Sheila Walsh


message 12: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Jan 02, 2018 09:32AM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
Here are my 2017 favorites by genre:

Historical Fiction:
The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron The Accidental Empress (Sisi, #1) by Allison Pataki A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) by Kristi Ann Hunter Above and Beyond A Novel of the Civil War (Military Heroes Through History #2) by Jessica James Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1) by Roseanna M. White

Contemporary Fiction:
Stray Affections (Snowglobe Connections, #1) by Charlene Ann Baumbich Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Biblical Fiction:
Doctor Luke's Assistant by David A. Todd

Bible Study:
Mad Mary A Bad Girl from Magdala, Transformed at His Appearing by Liz Curtis Higgs

Children's Fantasy:
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Autobiography:
Living with No Excuses The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier by Noah Galloway

Contemporary Suspense:
The Dead Saint by Marilyn Brown Oden

My top three favorites were:
The Prayer Box (Carolina Heirlooms #1) by Lisa Wingate My Soul Sings (Sweet Sanctuary #2) by Kim Vogel Sawyer and Last Christmas by Margery Kisby Warder


message 13: by Andrea, Hospitality Coordinator (new)

Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 1885 comments Mod
Here are my favorites from 2017, out of the 136 that I read.

Rereads:
Sweet Sanctuary (Sweet Sanctuary #1) by Kim Vogel Sawyer The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

New-to-Me Authors:
Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1) by Connilyn Cossette Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma The Sweet Side of Suffering Recognizing God's Best When Facing Life's Worst by M. Esther Lovejoy

Other Favorites:
A Sandy's Seashell Shop Christmas by Lisa Wingate Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay Life After by Katie Ganshert Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer Imperfect Justice (Hidden Justice #2) by Cara C. Putman The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay


message 14: by Hunter (Totally NOT a communist ☭) (last edited Jan 02, 2018 02:43PM) (new)

Hunter (Totally NOT a communist ☭) (codenameagentmcmuffin) I read very little in 2017 ((can link anyone interested to my reads of the year if asked)) but my favorite was

The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass

I had waited about a year for my library to get it and then they did and I was so happy!


message 15: by kerry ♥️ (new)

kerry ♥️ (kclingenpeel3) My favorite novel of 2017 was, without a doubt, A Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers... absolutely amazing!


message 16: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
Kerry ✨ wrote: "My favorite novel of 2017 was, without a doubt, A Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers... absolutely amazing!"

That is a really good book!


message 17: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2212 comments Mod
Kerry ✨ wrote: "My favorite novel of 2017 was, without a doubt, A Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers... absolutely amazing!"

Definitely one of my top favorite books!


message 18: by Windi (new)

Windi My fav read of 2017 is actually a re-read. I hope that counts. I cant link the cover or title since we lost our hard drive last night, but i did finally see how to do that before it went kaplooey! So for now i am using my phone and i will just list it.
Charles Martin is my fav author, hands down, and i hope to re-read most of his books this year. I started with "When Crickets Cry" and of all the books i read last year that is the one that stands out as a fav. First, for me to re-read says a lot by itself. Because there are far too many great books still waiting to be read, I tend to spend little time rereading. When I do i feel as if i am visiting with an old friend.
"When Crickets Cry" moved me just as much if not more than the first time I read it several years ago. I wonder are there other Charles Martin fans here? I havent seen any of his titles in any lists yet nor seen him referenced. Just curious.


message 19: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1187 comments Top reads: Always on My Mind (Christiansen Family, #4) by Susan May Warren You're the One that I Want (Christiansen Family, #6) by Susan May Warren

Other favourites:
Rosemary Cottage (Hope Beach #2) by Colleen Coble The Tender Vine (The Diamond of the Rockies #3) by Kristen Heitzmann Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (Sunset Cove #3) by Colleen Coble


message 20: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 37 comments Windi - I am also a Charles Martin fan. One of my favorite books last year was Long Way Gone


message 21: by Maria Clara (new)

Maria Clara (mclara) So difficult to narrow down! I'm going to choose only one from each author and assume re-reads are obviously favorites haha

Top reads in no particular order

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1) by Connilyn Cossette A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1) by Roseanna M. White The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1) by Elizabeth Camden The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter


message 22: by Angie H (new)

Angie H | 40 comments Windi wrote: ""When Crickets Cry" moved me just as much if not more than the first time I read it several years ago. I wonder are there other Charles Martin fans here? I havent seen any of his titles in any lists yet nor seen him referenced. Just curious. ..."

I've read about 3 books by Charles Martin and my favourite was When Crickets Cry, but I enjoyed the others I read too!


message 23: by Windi (new)

Windi Jackie and Angie ... im happy to see other Charles Martin fans here 😊


message 24: by AlegnaB † (last edited Jan 10, 2018 06:56AM) (new)

AlegnaB † (alegnab) | 1014 comments Book covers are shown below.

Pride and Prejudice (reread and my favorite book)
The Making of Pride and Prejudice
Macbeth
The Flames of Rome
Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division
Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids
The Painter's Daughter
A Note Yet Unsung
Redemption
Remember
Forever

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen The Making of Pride and Prejudice by Sue Birtwistle Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare The Flames of Rome by Paul L. Maier Con Job How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division by Crystal Wright Show Them Jesus Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander Redemption (Redemption, #1) by Karen Kingsbury Remember (Redemption, #2) by Karen Kingsbury Forever (Firstborn, #5) by Karen Kingsbury

I loved all of the books in Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption and Firstborn series, even though I gave five stars to only three of them. I’m rather stingy with stars.


message 25: by Andrea, Hospitality Coordinator (new)

Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 1885 comments Mod
I understand that, Alegna. I only gave four stars to each of these books but really loved them too. There were just a couple of things I was unhappy with in both books, which took off a star each.
Remembering You by Tricia Goyer Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1) by Connilyn Cossette


message 26: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 1 comments Can anyone help me find a book I read in the past year but can neither remember the author or the title?! The storyline that I remember goes as follows:

A girl marries, not long after marriage, her husband and either his parents or her her parents are killed in a carriage accident after the carriage slides on ice going over a bridge, a river is involved anyhow. She gets very depressed and eats a lot of chocolate. A friend who married and went west invites her to come and stay. Reluctantly she agrees and on the train out, meets a doctor who turns up staying near the ranch she's staying at. On the ranch, she gets involved in ranch work and looses weight and gets over her depression and ends up falling in love with the doctor who has some sort of past.

I'm sorry I haven't the details more specific, my memory of it is a bit blurry. It is Christian fiction set in the 1800s or so I think. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated! TIA


message 27: by Andrea, Hospitality Coordinator (new)

Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 1885 comments Mod
Elizabeth, I'm not sure what book that is, but it sounds interesting. I've put the word out on my general update on GR and will also post it on FB.


message 28: by Jaycee (last edited Jan 11, 2018 02:11PM) (new)

Jaycee Weaver (jayceeweaver) | 3 comments My top four (out of over a hundred!) that were published in 2017:

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon Until I Do (The Resolutions Series Book 1) by T.I. Lowe

Also worth mentioning are:

Always by Jenn Faulk Begin Again (Home In You, #2) by Crystal Walton Just Maybe (Home In You Book 3) by Crystal Walton Believing in Tomorrow A Christian Romance (The Callaghans & McFaddens Book 4) by Kimberly Rae Jordan

I have a strong affinity for books that are authentic and deal with difficult topics. I especially love Christian authors who don't shy away from pointing out the good AND the not so good things the church does and how believers (and nonbelievers) respond, both positively and negatively, to those things. I appreciate strong character growth and an original story, or at least an original twist on a concept.

I gave more feedback on each book on my website: https://jayceeweaver.com/2018/01/02/f...


message 29: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2212 comments Mod
Jaycee wrote: "My top four (out of over a hundred!) that were published in 2017:

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany TurnerLady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano[bookcover:The Esther Paradigm|3..."


Jaycee, you have described my favorite types of books perfectly! :)

I thought Lady Jayne Disappears was an excellent debut, can't wait to read her follow-up novel!


message 30: by Tamara (new)

Tamara | 3 comments I thought I would add my favorites of 2017 here, so in no particular order;
Beyond Justice by Cara Putman
Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix
Crooked Path by Irma Joubert
Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden
Jane of Austen by Hilary Manton Lodge
and one that wasn't published in 2017 but I read in 2017...
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


message 31: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 942 comments These were my top six CF reads of the year:
High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2) by Melissa Jagears Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1) by Roseanna M. White Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


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