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My Favorite Books of 2017

Another year of reading ends. It has been my favorite one in a long time as far as the quantity and quality of the books I read.  I’d like to thank anyone that recommended books to me, endured my book shopping excursions, read a book I recommended, or followed my sporadic blogging. 

Contemporary Fiction

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao was fucking amazing.  I read this at the beginning of 2017 and I still feel breathless when I think about this book.  If you haven’t read it yet, definitely add it to your 2018 TBR. 

The Humans I read toward the end of 2017, and gosh flippin’ darnit was I glad I picked it up.  It warmed my cold New England heart with its quirky, innocent main character.  A great pick-me-up book for any one, it’s sure to leave you smiling. 

The Handmaid’s Tale had me shook.  I did read this because the show was coming out (I still have yet to watch it) and I wanted to know what the fuss was about.  This dystopian novel seemed so plausible to me and really made me think “what if that were me?”


The Stranger in the Woods is a story I followed a few years ago and was beyond excited to see it become a book.  Everyone dreams of renouncing everything and going to live in the forest and this is about a guy that actually did just that.  

Destiny of the Republic was a book I didn’t think I would be into and fucking bamboozled me.  I had this book recommended to me by a customer at my work, and I was like “oh of course I’ve always wanted to know about James Garfield” *eye roll whatevs* BUT HOLY GUACAMOLE.  This book ruled there was so much fucked up shit, and your only thought will be “POOR FUCKING GARFIELD.”  

YA Novels

The Hate U Give, if this book isn’t in your top ten of the past year, then you are doing it wrong.  It packed a fucking punch.  Read it. 

They Both Die at the End, I anticipated the release of this book hard.  I was not disappointed. 


I’m Thinking of Ending Things was a Book that I picked up not realizing it was a horror book. And it was a mind fuck, terror enducing ride. WHAT YOU WAITING FOR

The Girl with All the Gifts Was such a cool zombie book.  The story was so unique to the general undead troupe, and the ending was heartbreaking. 

Short Stories

Difficult Women had stories that I related to on some emotional level.  Also, these short stories aren’t just for women, anyone would enjoy these intense stories that make you say, “fuckin shit.”

Heartbreaker is a book that I picked up on a whim, and these stories are so good and fucked up.  Some of them are fever dreamish and others are just uncomfortably real. 


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