Favorite Books of 2017

This year I have read 66 books! With just over two weeks left of the year, I’m hoping to also finish Windwitch by Susan Dennard, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie.

As of today, these ten books are my favorites of 2017. All of them came as a surprise to me, and half of them were read through audiobook. Featured in the order I read them:


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The Reading Quest – TBR

Welcome back, friends!

It’s time to get ready for another (awesome) event hosted by Aentee of Read at Midnight (with gorgeous artwork created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.)

This epic read-a-thon takes place from August 13 to September 10 and you should join the Quest here!


Look at how fun this is going to be! I’m so excited to jump in, read a ton, and gain EXP (because yes, that’s part of the game!)

But before I hop into the tbr…


you can watch this list instead of reading it! Friends, friends! I’ve made a booktube! Can you believe it?!

So, yeah. If you don’t want to read a list today, check out my tbr video instead:

So, without further ado, the reason you’ve come to the blog:

My #TheReadingQuest TBR

mage_1light copyI’ll be starting my journey as a MAGE:

  • a book with a one word title: Roar by Cora Carmack
  • a book that contains magic: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  • a book based on mythology: Wandering Star by Romina Russell
  • a book set in a different world: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • the first book of a series: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

warrior_1light copyIf I finish that, I’ll restart the game as a KNIGHT:

  • the first book of a series: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • a book with a verb in its title: Want by Cindy Pon
  • a book with a weapon on its cover: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • a book with a red cover: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • a book that has a tv/movie adaptation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

And here’s my potential Side Quest missions:

  • POTIONS a book concocted by 2+ authors: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • MULTIPLAYER buddy read a book: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
  • GRIND a book with 500+ pages: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • TIME WARP a book set in either the past or the future: Black Moon by Romina Russell
  • OPEN WORLD read whatever you want: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • RESPAWN read a book you previously dnf: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • EXPANSION read a companion novel or short story: Doctor Who the Vault by Marcus Hearn





Are you joining? What Character Class did you choose? Let me know if you watch my video, too. I’m super nervous about posting it.

Little Excavator

What could possibly be as appealing as Anna Dewdney’s llamas? Anna Dewdney’s trucks!

The Big Rigs are working hard at the construction site when Little Excavator rolls up, eager to help. But Little Excavator isn’t big enough to CHUG CHUG CHUG! like the Dump Truck as it loads dirt to lug or MOUND MOUND MOUND! like the ‘Dozer as it pushes up the ground. Little Excavator wants to smooth out bumps and dig up dirt, but he is just too small. As Big Rigs around him WORK WORK WORK! they finally find a job that no other machine can do…except for Little Excavator!

 My little boy absolutely loves this book! It rhymes, it has trucks, and he uses his toys to act out the story. I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy for the little truck lover in your own life!

Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

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The Great Treehouse War

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There are a lot of things you should probably know to understand why a bunch of kids decided to climb up a tree house and not come down. But to really understand it, you’d probably have to go way back in time, and peek through the living room window of a girl named Winifred Malladi-Maraj, on her last day of fourth grade . . .

Thus begins the story of Winnie’s parents’ divorce (sad though it was), of the arrangements that followed (three days a week with each parent, and Wednesdays to herself in a treehouse smack in between both of their houses), and of Winnie’s growing frustration with her lack of free time (due to her parents’ ceaseless efforts to make the most of the time they each had with her). It was just this frustration, which was caused by several weeks of missing out on activities with friends, of skipping homework, and of wishing she had time to create a story for the upcoming contest, that prompted Winnie to barricade herself in her treehouse and refuse to come out — an idea which her friends from Tulip Street Elementary found so appealing that they decided to join her. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own agendas and demands, Winnie discovers that no one is happy with their status quo, and they’re counting on her to change it! What had she gotten herself into?

The kids have turned the tables on the parents, and all rules have been tossed out the window. But as Winnie quickly begins to realize, having a community she can count on is a good thing–and it makes her realize what it is she truly wants from her parents.

Lisa Graff (www.lisagraff.com) is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as A Clatter of JarsLost in the SunAbsolutely AlmostDouble Dog DareUmbrella SummerThe Life and Crimes of Bernetta WallflowerThe Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter at @lisagraff.
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