Yeah, yeah, I know. 2018 is already a week old and I’m a lazy blogger who is only now getting around to a post which many of my fellow bloggers tackled weeks ago. <shrugs> Whatever. I’ve been busy.
I set a Goodreads Reading Goal of 100 books in 2017, which I met. I read 109 actually, even with taking the month of November off for NaNoWriMo. Curious to see what’s on my list? You can check out the full list HERE. Looking over that impressive virtual bookshelf today, I had hoped to whittle those 100+ books to only ten. After what feels like hours of agonizing, I managed to narrow it to twenty books. But, I rationalize five are series listings and five are standalone books, so that’s ten. I win!
With no further ado and in no particular order, here are my top reads of 2017:
The Criminal Elements Series Books 1 & 2 by Cris & Clare Meyers. Book 3 will be on my TBR list in 2018 for certain!
The Jessica Sweet Trilogy Books 1 & 2 by Aliya Dalrae. This series is sweet (pun absolutely intended) and I’m on pins & needles waiting for the next installment.
Murder In Absentia by Assaph Mehr. I heart Felix the Fox! He’s like Magnum PI and Sherlock Holmes in a toga. Squee!
The Penny White Series Books 1-4 by Chrys Cymri. This is an amazing series! Fan-girl and nerd humor abounds. Combine that with magical creatures, religion, and whiskey and you’re in for a rollicking good time.
Skeletons in the Closet (Phantom Rising Book 2) by Davyne DeSye. I read Ms. DeSye’s first Phantom Rising book (For Love of the Phantom) in 2016 and was delighted when she released a sequel. This book gives us a glimpse into the Phantom’s past and the evil woman who turned him into the monster of the Paris Opera House.
The Gabrielle Series Books 1-4 by Zachary Paul Chopchinski. This young adult series is a real page turner. The story comes full circle between books one and four, with Gabrielle living throughout time, inhabiting the bodies of a handful of different women throughout history. It’s light reading while still captivating your attention and provoking some deep thoughts and questions.
Written in Blood by Alex Carver. I read a lot of Alex’s books last year, including his Inspector Stone Series, but this stand-alone mystery was my fave. The small town mentality, the panic of the townspeople when one of their own is savagely killed, and the instantaneous willingness to blame the new guy -the outsider- was all captivatingly portrayed.
The Divine Space Pirates Books 1-3 by C.S. Johnson. I happened upon this series somewhat by accident. And what a happy accident it was! Combining dystopian fiction, space opera, and coming of age it’s a real roller coaster ride. I loved every page!
Glimmer of Steel by K.E. Blaski. This one is, I’m fairly certain, my favorite book of 2017. It’s billed as Book One of the Books of Astrune Series and I’m salivating as I wait for book 2. It’s such a unique story! The moment I finished it, I turned around and read it again I liked it so much. Trust me, just read it.
Gold Shadow by L.C. Perry. This book was a sneaker. I squeaked it into my reading rotation on the last 2 days of 2017. And it blew me away! (I haven’t posted a review for it yet, so watch my blog for that sometime this weekend). It’s dystopian, it’s social commentary, it’s captivating. I’ll leave the rest for my review.
And that, boys and girls, is my list. Believe me, narrowing the 109 books I read last year to only these few was excruciating! I was treated to some truly marvelous material and it’s looking like 2018 will be just as wonderful.
You thought I was done, didn’t you? I can’t help it. I’ve gotta include a few “honorable mentions.” These are the books it killed me to cut from the list, so this is a balm for my reader – author soul. Indulge me, won’t you?