Reader Favorites – Anna’s Top Ten of 2017 list

by Maryse on January 6, 2018 · 16 comments

in Book Recommendations

It’s Anna’s turn!! :D !!!!

She’s been a fellow reader with us for awhile now (since 2015!!), but is one of “quieter” book-buds. ;) Nonetheless, she joins in every once in awhile (from many of her comments, I see she’s a BIG Rachel Van Dyken fan!!), and she’s sent us this great list!

But first… shall we get to know her better? I think YES! Here are some of her 2017 comment highlights!

About finding the blog! P.S. I am SO thrilled you’re with us, Anna!!

“I first found your blog when looking for something to read after Beautiful Disaster. Your blog has helped me find new books that I would not have discovered otherwise. Thank you for making my reading life better. :)

Her own reader confession:

“I love broken tortured heroes! At least I thought I did but I haven’t read most of the books mentioned above. I have a lot of catching up to do. My favorite broken heroes are Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.”

When she joined in and answered one of bev’s fun quizzes here (I LOVE these!!):

Last book to leave you giddy? Mists of The Serengeti

Last song that you had to sing along with? I’ve been listening to a lot of Fall Out Boy

Scent you are wearing? Aveeno Lavender lotion

Flip flops or proper shoes in summer? Flip Flops

Pre order you are expecting next? Cheater’s Regret (Curious Liaisons Book 2) by Rachel van Dyken

Saw this on a blog and hit on our only in books stance, but Hero you love in book but would run from in real life? Daemon from Black Jewels series

Hero you’d love as much in real life? Darcy

If you had to read the 10th book on your tbr, what book? Strung (A Seaside Novel Book 0) by Rachel Van Dyken

Current favorite iced drink? Sweet Tea

Ready for her 2017 Top Ten?

“Hi Maryse! I realized I never sent my list in last year so I wanted to be sure and send in one this year.

I don’t comment much but I love hearing about what everyone else is reading. My reading life is so much better since I found your blog. I had a bit of a reading slump this year and read far less than last year. I had the time to read I just didn’t feel like it.

I tried to narrow down the list as much as possible. This is in no particular order.”

Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar – The writing is beautiful and so descriptive I felt like I was on vacation in Africa.

“This is what it looks like when you wander somewhere between the sand and stardust, and meet a piece of yourself in someone else.” 

Moxie: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu – Girl Power!

“It said girls are a revolutionary soul force that can change the world for real.” 

An Exaltation of Larks (Venery Book 1) by Suanne Laqueur – An epic deeply moving story.

“Among a thousand other things, she loved Alex for his easy use of we. His willing, unconscious way of taking an oar at the galley of your problem, even if it was just to listen. Even if both of you knew he couldn’t do jack shit to help, he made it about us and made you feel less alone. ”  

The Man I Love (The Fish Tales Book 1) by Suanne Laqueur – This book was so intense I haven’t read the rest of the series yet. (Note from Maryse: Here’s a comment she left us when she read it ;) : “I just finished The Man I Love. Wow. I’m at a loss for words. I need chocolate.”)

“She smiled back at him. Neither of them had said so much as hello yet she was looking at him with those eyes. Deep in the cathedral of his young being, Erik felt a bell toll, a peal of recognition. And for the rest of his life, he would swear, he would swear to anyone who asked, although nothing was said aloud, he heard Daisy Bianco speak to him. She said it with her eyes, he heard it clearly in his head, and it wasn’t hello.
It was, ‘Well, here you are…’

Here I am, he thought.”

Wolfsong (Green Creek Book 1) by T.J. Klune - packpackpack

“It’s always the ones who are the quietest who often have the greatest things to say.” 

At Peace (The ‘Burg Series Book 2) by Kristen Ashley – Joe! Just Joe!

“Worth the wait,” Joe muttered and my head tipped back. 


“Every bit of it. Every day, every week, every year, every fuckin’ second, buddy,” he kept muttering, his eyes intense, his face serious and my breath caught, “this. All of it. Worth the wait.”

Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) by Anne Bishop – Is there anyone who hasn’t visited the courtyard yet?

“The map showed human places I’d never heard of – places that had once been great civilizations, until humans forgot the world wasn’t theirs to claim.” 

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs – Is there anyone who hasn’t met Mercy yet?

“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.”

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata – The best of slow burn romance. And I do mean sloooow burn.

“He was lucky I had a tiny, itty, bitty crush on him; otherwise, he would have gotten the shank years ago.” 

The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral Book 2) by C.L. Wilson – I love fantasy romance.

“Calberna’s prince was too big. Too male. Too unsettling. Too appealing. Too… everything. And for her, that made Dilys Merimydion pure, deadly poison wrapped up in a dangerously tempting package.”

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver – This is a middle grade story about grief, magic, ghosts, and friendship. The hardcover is absolutely gorgeous. It includes beautiful illustrations inside that help the story come to life.

“She liked the word ineffable because it meant a feeling so big or vast that it could not be expressed in words.

And yet, because it could not be expressed in words, people had invented a word to express it, and that made Liesl feel hopeful, somehow.”  

“Wishing everyone a Happy New Year full of 5 star books!”

Wanna know more of Anna’s favorites? ➔ Reader Favorites – Anna’s Top 10 Reads for 2015


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan January 6, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Ooh. At last a list where I’ve read quite a few! At Peace is a fav KA, and I love W o Winnipeg too. Wolfsong and Larks were both fab as well. Have you read A Charm of Finches yet? Must read! I love Mercy too. And i will check out the Sea King. I love that you included a kid’s books – sometimes they’re the most moving reads, aren’t they?

bev January 6, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Ana love the list.
Moxie looks really good.
At Peace was my first KA. Loved Wolfsong and Silence Fallen.

Janie January 6, 2018 at 6:58 PM

I absolutely loved At Peace! I’m reading Breathe right now, it’s also very good. Then again, everything Kristen Ashley is good!

Robyn January 6, 2018 at 7:07 PM

I love seeing the same books I love on your list! I went to order Moxie and guess what? I have it! So, yay me!

Leslie M January 6, 2018 at 7:08 PM

I think I might be book opposites with Anna! Hee hee :)

I still love seeing what everyone elsed loved. Someday I need to get courage to read Mists. That made almost everyone’s faves.

Jean January 6, 2018 at 7:12 PM

I’ve read 5 of your favs Anna! Great list! I just recently met Mercy Thompson and will definitely be continuing the series! Only read Written in Red so far but really want to continue that series too!

Jan January 6, 2018 at 7:53 PM

Haha Robyn. Been there, done that. (not the same book though).

Kandace M January 6, 2018 at 8:04 PM

I finally read Mists of Serengeti over Christmas break! It was brilliant. I don’t know why I waited so long.

Tessa January 6, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Well, I read the PNRs except for Liesl and Po.*grins* I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to reading the cheater’s series by RVD. I love her books (though, of the elite series, I’m stuck on Elude, because, well, you know why! It’s going to require multiple boxes of tissue.

Nay January 7, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Love your list, Anna! I’m going to try to get caught up on all my PnR/UF series this year, and this makes me want to do it NOW!

And no, I have NOT visited the courtyard, but I definitely have plans to in 2018!

MichelleS January 7, 2018 at 12:26 PM

I’ve read seven of these and loved them. I love how varied this list is. Totally my kind of reading!

Grey January 7, 2018 at 3:20 PM

I’ve read 3 of these, but I have 2 others on my short list, does that count???

Great list Anna, thank you so much for sharing!

Anna Penwick January 7, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Jan- I haven’t read A Charm of Finches yet. I know it will be an intense read.I need to be in the right mood for it. You’re right kids books can so magical and Liesl & Po was just perfect.

bev- I think you will like Moxie.

Janie- Breathe and Golden Dynasty are my two favorite KA’s.

Robyn- I love when that happens. It’s like past you sent future you a present.

Leslie- opposites. I guess I’ll have to read Drive and see if I like it.

Jean- Read more Mercy and go back to the courtyard. ;)

Kandace- Mists was magic.

Tessa- I haven’t read the Cheater’s series yet either. Too many books not enough time. Stock up on tissues and chocolate and read Elude.

Nay- Your New Years resolution is to visit the Courtyard. bev says so.

MichelleS- My list is all over the place. I think that’s why I don’t have a book twin. I read all over the place.

Grey- Which two are on your short list?

Leslie M January 7, 2018 at 7:19 PM

Anna, I am quite confident you will love Drive. (and not just because I didnt like it)

I love that your list is multi -genre…I wish my tastes were so varied.

Janie January 7, 2018 at 9:39 PM

Anna- Is Golden Dynasty the Khal Drogo and Khaleesi type of story? I haven’t read it yet, but if so, I definitely need to!

JulieO January 8, 2018 at 4:37 AM

OMG at last a “Joe” fan. He’s my fave! My favorite KA book.

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