For this past month, I’ve been joining hosts Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their 4th annual #AMonthofFaves blog event. – “a fun way to recap the year that was” – during the month of December. Today’s topic is “The Top 10 Books That Blew Your Mind This Year,” which I’ve adapted to my own top 5 favorite books read in 2017.
On Friday, I gav you My Top 15 Albums of 2017; yesterday, my wife Kim and I gave you Our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows/Movies of 2017; and today, I give you…
My Top 5 Favorite Books Read In 2017
5. The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker (writer), Sean Phillips (artist, letterer), Elizabeth Breitweiser (colourist)
4. The Lost Book of The Grail by Charlie Lovett
3. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
2. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
1. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV, the only book for which I wrote a review this year.
I won’t be writing much today about them, because Friday, my aunt, who has been living with my parents and who has been in ill health for a number of years, passed away so my mind understandably isn’t all here. A memorial service will be held Wednesday for her at my parents’ church and Kim and I are going (it is one of Kim’s regular days off from work and I’m taking a vacation day). However, I will say that Suzi from the blog Whimpulsive recommended The Fade Out, a graphic novel, to me; Tasha from the blog Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books recommended The Lost Grail; and Andi from the blog Estella’s Revenge recommended Searching for Sunday. Surprisingly, three of the five were nonfiction, since I don’t read much nonfiction. I think altogether I read five nonfiction books this year.
Books Read In 2017
In reverse order, here is what I read:
- Lazarus: Vol. 1 by by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (artist), Santiago Arcas (illustrator)
- The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker (writer), Sean Phillips (artist, letterer), Elizabeth Breitweiser (colourist)
- The Fade Out: Act Two by Ed Brubaker (writer), Sean Phillips (artist, letterer), Elizabeth Breitweiser (colourist)
- The Fade Out: Act Three by Ed Brubaker (writer), Sean Phillips (artist, letterer), Elizabeth Breitweiser (colourist)
- Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
- Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
- The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
- The Western Star by Craig Johnson
- Gallows View by Peter Robinson
- The Red Box by Rex Stout
- The Rubber Band by Rex Stout
- The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV
- Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
- Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
- Dark Water by Parker Bilal
- Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
- Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
- Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø
- Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
- Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner
- Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
- Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
- Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition by Walt Whitman
- The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett
- Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
- Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
- Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
- Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
- Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins
- The Rain in Portugal: New Poems by Billy Collins
- Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
- Sacred by Dennis Lehane
- Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
- Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, edited by Marjorie Maddox
- The Widow by Fiona Barton
- Dearest Creature by Amy Gerstler
- The Dry by Jane Harper
- Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
How was your year in reading for 2017? What were your favorite books? Let me and my readers know a few of them in the comments, if you like.
10 thoughts on “My Top 5 Favorite Books Read In 2017”
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your aunt, Bryan! I hope the memorial service was beautiful and cathartic for you all.
I hadn’t heard of The Fade Out, but it sounds really interesting, so I’ve added it to my TBR. Gifts of Imperfection is on my Must Read list for the coming year. I’m looking forward to finishing it.
My condolences to you and your family, Bryan. I’m glad you’ll be able to spend the day with your parents.
I’m sorry to hear about your aunt. That is hard any time, but especially near the holidays. I had The Book of Joy near the top of my reading list all year and never seemed to pick it up. Clearly that needs to change.
I’m so sorry about your aunt (Hugs). My thoughts and sympathies are with you and Kim.
I’m glad you enjoyed The Lost Book of the Grail as much as I did. Lovett is a really great writer!
I am sorry .about your aunt. I will look for those favorite books to see if I want to give them a try. I am especially interested in the Sunday book.
I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt. My thoughts will be with you and Kim.
Thank you, Amanda. I think I was commenting on your blog just as you were on mine. 🙂
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt.
Brene Brown has become a new favorite author of mine. She writes a lot about happiness.
I want to read more about Brown, maybe I’ll start the new year with another of hers.
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