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Best Books of 2017 and My 2018 Reading List

I love when other people post about their favorite books of the year – I’m constantly looking for new inspiration to add to my pile and love seeing what other people thought about books I’ve already read.  So if you’re like me and are looking for some new titles to read this year, here are my top 5 books I read in 2017.  At the bottom, you’ll also see my 2018 Reading List.  I’m sure I’ll add to this list throughout the year and I doubt I’ll read everything – if you have any suggestions, leave it in the comments!!

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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This young adult novel was originally on my list of books I wanted to read-aloud with the kids this year, but after picking it up at the library I realized my kids were too little for the story line.  I had heard such wonderful things about it though so I decided to read it myself and I’m so glad I did!  Fish in a Tree tells the story of Ally, who is incredibly smart but struggles to read and write.  As a military family, she has switched schools so often that she has been able to hide the fact that she can’t read from her teachers and is instead labeled a troublemaker.  But that all changes with one teacher who sees her for the smart, creative girl that she is.  I strongly recommend this one for any family with kids who are mid-elementary school and up!  I will definitely be revisiting it when my kids are older.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

This one may seem like a wide deviation from my normal recommendations but I loved it.  This is the fourth book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (I’ve been hooked on them since the beginning), however the first written by a new author since the original author Stieg Larsson passed away.  It is written with the blessing of Larsson’s family and stays true to the original style and characters.  While it is quite long, the story will keep you hooked from the beginning.


In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

This fiction story is a beautifully written romance based on the biblical account of Ruth and Boaz.  This was one of those books that had me sneaking away to devour the pages and I was disappointed when I finished that it was over.  I’d recommend this for women regardless of their faith if you’re looking for an easy to read story that will warm your heart.  I’ll be sneaking off to reading another one of her books this year too!


The Shadow by Kimberly Rae

I loved this book from Kimberly Rae, so much that you can see one of her earlier works in on my 2018 Reading List.  It is the first in a trilogy and its work supports the real life ministry of Rahab’s Rope, an organization that fights sex trafficking and supports its victims.  You can see my full review of this book here.


Different: The Story of an Outside the Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally and Nathan Clarkson

This was hands down, the best book I read this year.  I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who has an “outside the box” child.  This book is filled with encouragement, inspiration and stories that will comfort you in knowing that you are not alone.  There is a reason why God gave us the children he did and it is our job as parents to recognize that each child is a perfect gift from God and make sure our children know that as they grow up so that they may flourish in this world.  Sally and Nathan Clarkson each tell their story from their perspective (mother and son, respectively) and while I loved Sally’s words, reading Nathan’s perspective no how instrumental his mother’s unwavering support and love was in his life was the most moving part to me.



The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly

Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich

Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich

Knights in Training by Heather Haupt

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Effective Parenting in a Defective World by Chip Ingram

Shredded by Kimberly Rae


Don’t forget to leave me your favorite books of the past year in the comments!! Happy Reading 🙂

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