I’m sad to say I didn’t get to read a lot this year. Life with a toddler is hectic, to say the least, and just being able to write was a monster undertaking. More often than not, I chose to write instead of read, and my goal of 52 books read in 2017 wasn’t even close to being met. Here are my top 5 books of the past year:
1. I started out the year with Bishop’s Queen by Cristin Harber. If you haven’t read her Titan series, you really should. There hasn’t been a book in the series I haven’t enjoyed, or added to my ‘to be read again’ pile.
2. Next up was Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. O.M.G. – this was a funny, straight-forward, honest, down-to-earth biography of one of my favorite actresses. She’s from Maine, which makes her even cooler (since that’s my home state too!), and reading her book kind of brought me home for a little while. Reading this book, I felt like we were besties, sitting in a coffee shop, catching up on life. Definitely a must read!
3. The Plantagents: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones. This book was long, like seriously long, so if you don’t really care much about medieval England, or the history of the kings and queens of England – I would suggest not reading this book. However, if like me, you adore British history and are somewhat obsessed with kings and queens, especially those of England, then crack this book open and get to reading. The amount of research and detail inside is astounding. I wanted to take notes, but since I bought it on my kindle, I couldn’t really do that. This was a fantastic read and I’m currently working through the second book: The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagents and the Rise of the Tudors.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. With all the chatter about this book, plus the Hulu series, I had to read this book. I’m really glad I did. The premise of the book intrigued me and I had no trouble imagining this scenario playing out in the near or distant future. I thought the book was well-written and the characters were amazingly developed. I didn’t love the ending, but I enjoyed the story. I definitely recommend this book.
5. Rookie of the Year by Brea Brown. This is the second book of her The Underdog Series, and it was just as good as the first book. She’s another author I recommend highly and if you haven’t read her books, get to it. This second book follows Maura and Jet as they plan their wedding and Maura adjusts to the life of being with Jet the star quarterback. It’s full of humor, will give you all the feels, and leave you waiting with bated breath for the next book.
I hope you enjoyed my list and I hope you try out any that you haven’t read yet!