Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Best Books of 2017 So Far

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Best Books of 2017 So Far.
  I'm sticking with just books I've read in 2017 and not worrying about their pub dates though I am excluding rereads.

1.  The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn - This one came highly recommended years and years ago yet somehow I never got around to it.  Then I managed to read her first book and her third book while never reading this one.  Finally when I was thinking of what my first book for 2017 would be I landed on this one and I loved it!  It inspired me to really get back to cooking and focusing on my techniques and what ingredients I'm using.

2.  The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart - Mariah Stewart is an author that I always enjoy but find somewhat inconsistent.  Sometimes her books are lacking just a bit of that something that really pulls you in.  This one had everything I wanted - family drama, secrets, and characters who are really trying to figure out what they're going to do now.  I aboslutely loved it and can't wait for book #2.

3.  Yes My Accent is Real and Other Things I've Never Told You by Kunal Nayyar - I'm a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory and have always enjoyed Raj though he's the character that really gets the least development.  This memoir by the actor that plays him was fascinating and hilarious.

4.  The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean - I read one book by MacLean ages ago and liked it but wasn't wowed.  Then I heard a few interviews with her on the podcast Avon on the Air (which really needs to come back) and absolutely loved her.  She's smart and funny and knows her romance so I decided I really needed to give her books another try.  I really loved this one and can't wait to continue with the rest of the trilogy.

5.  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - I loved In a Dark Dark Wood by Ware and couldn't wait to read her 2nd book.  I'm sure I didn't hold my breath the entire length of this book but it felt like I did!  It doesn't hurt that the narrator (Imogen Church) is amazing if you go the audio route!

6.  The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry - I read this one through a blog tour but didn't really know all that much about it.  It wasn't the fastest read but it was so interesting and compelling.  There's history and lots of mystery and really memorable characters.

7.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this one.  I loved all the quest part but the real world stuff would sometimes get a little much for me (I'm not much of a science fiction/dystopian reader) but Wil Wheaton's amazing narration kept me going and by the last third I could not stop listening!

8.  Any Day Now by Robyn Carr - I've really enjoyed the Robyn Carr books I've read but none have really been home runs for me.  This one, which was the first in the Sullivan's Crossing book that I read though technically the second, had all the connection that I had missed in the previous books I had read.  I'm really looking forward to going back and reading the other books in the series.

9.  Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern - This is absolutely one of my favorite mystery series and this latest entry just may be my favorite yet.  I loved the investigation and catching up with the characters and the mystery kept me guessing until the very end.

10.  The Swallow's Nest by Emilie Richards - I just read this one but knew pretty much from the start that it'd be on this list.  Emilie Richards is a favorite author that I hadn't read in awhile and reading this book made me wonder why I'd waited so long to get back to her books and reminded me just why she's a favorite author.

What have been your favorite reads of 2017 so far?

20 comments:

  1. I liked The Woman in Cabin 10 a lot too, and that cover is the awesomest. And I need to get Watching the Detectives- I love how fast she puts the ellison mysteries out!

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  2. Ready Player One is amazing :) Glad you liked it and I liked The Woman in Cabin 10 a lot, too! Great list!

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  3. I can't believe The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is STILL unread on my shelf! Must remedy that soon...

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  4. The Woman in Cabin 10 was so good. I loved RPO especially Wil Wheaton's narration!

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  5. Good list. I keep hearing about Woman in Cabin 10. Might add it to my to read list.

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  6. I'm like halfway through Ready Player One and enjoying it but losing momentum. It's kind of a ridiculously long book. Definitely need to check out Kunal Nayyar's book!

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  7. I want the Avon on the Air podcast to come back too!!!!! I really liked when Sarah would discuss those big deal romance novels.

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  8. MacLean and Carr. So so good but man it's been a long while since I've read either. I need to get myself in gear and catch up.

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  9. It's always a plus to have read good books during the year. Thank you about my Idle-Plummy-Wood; if you read next Sunday's post you can put in your two cents. I am always drawn to purples, blues, and greens, especially rich hues of them. Tazo is not bad; I miss David's Tea but my husband would rather I drink organic tea which I am now via Whole Foods' selection which is really great at our site. I had figured if I was up, to get up b/c I needed hydration and the next day was a school day so I didn't want to nap later either. Okay, off to prep potato salad for part of tonight's dinner. I had also picked up four, chicken pot pies from the deli counter at WF. My little one wants hers now but I told her she has to wait, LOL.

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  10. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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  11. Love looking at your list and seeing the ones I have read and smiling at. I haven't thought about the ten best although you have a couple here I think and I adore Nalini Singh so her Silver Silence would be right up there. Plus I think The Chilbury Ladies Choir which I really enjoyed the audio version.

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  12. Ware's book was good and I am really excited about her upcoming release. I plan to listen. You cannot go wrong with Carr.

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  13. It's nice to see a foodie book on a top ten list! I really need to read Kunal Nayyar's book. :)

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  14. It's nice to see a foodie book on a top ten list! I really need to read Kunal Nayyar's book. :)

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  15. I am not sure I would have liked reading Ready Player One, but I sure did like the audio version. One of these days I will dive into Mulhern's series. And The Fifth Petal is one I have long wanted to read. Thank you for sharing, Katherine!

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  16. I am planning to read The Woman in Cabin 10 this summer as part of a challenge. Glad to see it on your list!

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  17. I have several of these on my tbr list. The Woman in Cabin 10 is one that I really need to get to soon.

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  18. I see some books I enjoyed on your list, like Woman in Cabin 10, Watching the Detectives, and The Swallow's Nest.

    I have Any Day Now on my Kindle...must move it up immediately! I had forgotten I had it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Nice list. I've read a few. Wish we didn't have to wait so long for the next Mariah Stewart. Can't go wrong with Sarah MacLean and Robyn Carr. I hope the second half of 2017 is just as good!

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  20. I really did not enjoy Ready Player One but I read it; it seems like everyone who loves it has listened to it. Glad to see Woman in Cabin 10 on your list - I just ordered it on Prime Day.

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