And now… Amy’s list!!!!! Did you guys know we’re book twins? What Amy loves, I LOVE and yes… after browsing this list of awesomeness, it’s obvious I have read a TON of ’em, but I LOVE that there are some here that I haven’t read.
One even, that she barely even gave 4 stars, and yet it made her best of list. YOU KNOW you wanna know why. Or I do. 😉
That kind of tease calls to me SO hard. Because I “get” that feeling. A book you didn’t love, and yet affected you so hard that you will always remember it, talk about it, maybe even tell people to read it…
DESPITE your reservations. Because something else made it. And so… it’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait!!!
“So, 2017 wasn’t a year packed full of 5-star reads for me, what with not having as much time to read, finding myself in book slumps more often than I can ever remember, and having way too many DNFs.
BUT! There were several which stayed with me even months later. I’m making my list not based on the star rating I gave each book but rather if it affected me to the point where simply seeing the title or cover or even thinking about it brings back all the feels I felt when I read it.”
In no particular order, here they are:
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis ~ I went into this expecting one thing and finished it feeling something wholly different. How can you possibly feel anything other than macabre fascination for a girl like Alex? Trust me…you can with this one.
Everything You Want Me to Be: A Novel by Mindy Mejia ~ Three POVs, including the dead girl’s, Hattie, and it kept me guessing who killed her until the moment of reveal all while endearing Hattie to me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It was one of those where you know the character is dead from the start, and yet by the end you want to throw a screaming, crying temper tantrum just to make it not so.
“I leaned into the window, out of his view, and wiped my eyes as the murder scene unfolded in my head. I watched Hattie fall. She fell over and over, never reaching the ground, caught in that last moment for infinity. My mind couldn’t make her live and wouldn’t let her die.”
Oh. My. Heart.
The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book 1) by Amy Harmon ~ Why this one? Because it isn’t often anymore that a PNR or UF gives me the feels I felt in the early post-Twilight days. And this one did. I. Loved. It.
Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar ~ If you’ve read it, you get it. If you haven’t, I can’t explain it other than to say it’s beautifully heartbreaking and yet heart healing as well. And, it’s Leylah Attar. Need I say more?
Girls on Fire: A Novel by Robin Wasserman ~ This one was barely 4 stars for me, and yet the end left me with that disturbed feeling I love and totally wasn’t expecting. THAT is why it makes this year’s list.
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray: a romance novel by Tarryn Fisher ~ She took a character who was one way and changed her right before our eyes in a believable and heart-wrenching way. I felt every emotion right along with her, and I was emotionally exhausted and yet emotionally full by the end of it. And this song takes me right back to the heart of the book every time I hear it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dnaH788dMtg
Ghosted by J.M. Darhower ~ Holy moly, BEST SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE I HAVE READ IN SOOOOOOOO LONG!!!!! I get giddy just thinking about how much I loved this one. The perfect balance of medium-grade angst and high-grade butterflies. *swoooooooooony sigh*
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios ~ The random placement of foreboding statements in the midst of her describing how she fell for him was executed perfectly.
“A year from now I’ll be screaming F*ck you, F*CK YOU into a pillow because I won’t have the guts to say the words to your face. But right now, a boy is staring at me from the end of the hall and even though he doesn’t say a word, he’s claimed me. I’m new territory and you’ve planted your flag.”
THIS is such a fitting song for Bad Romance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tLR3Gqz5PEs
The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre ~ Wow…WOW. A gut-wrenching story within a heart-breaking story. And yet it was never depressing. How is that possible?? Duh, it’s Alessandra Torre. 😉
Drive by Kate Stewart ~ Author of my beloved Room 212, she did it again with this one. From the prologue, we knew we were going to be put through the wringer as the h struggled with having her heart pulverized while being in love with two men, and yet her love for one was never diminished by her love for the other. But in the end, we knew our hearts were going to break right along with hers and the one she would not choose. What a nice take on a love triangle!!!
Okay, one more song (it’s not sad, more wistful with a catchy tune and OH, so fitting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wKghBQbNxWA
Until It Fades: A Novel by K.A. Tucker ~ Winner this year of the why-didn’t-I-read-it-sooner category for me, I had a sickening, cheek-aching grin on my face for a big portion of this book. Well, aside from the parts where her past mistakes were so cruelly held against her. And because of what she went through, I didn’t want for there to be any real angst or turmoil for her and the H. *GASP!* I know. I KNOW! Imagine me not wanting any angst or drama or emotional turmoil. Inconceivable. But will that happen often?
I think not. 😉
Thanks for another fabulous year on the blog, my friends!
*huge group hug*
Wanna know more of Amy’s favorites?
- Reader Favorites – Amy’s Top Favorite Books List:
- Reader Favorites – Amy’s Top 13 Reads for 2015
- Reader Favorites – Amy’s 2016 Top Ten List
- Reader Favorites – Amy’s 11 Best Books of 2017 List
- Reader Favorites – Amy’s Best Books of 2018 List
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