Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2017


* Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. * * This week's TTT is:  Top Ten Books of 2017. This post is a little different today. Later this month, five of us Owls will be posting about our top 5 books of the year. Today, we are going to be sharing a little taste of our lists by each listing two of the books on our list. We aren't going to go into details of why their a favorite, just yet. But we are hoping that you will check out our posts at the end of the month!  For this post we are sharing the book, and what the book is about. Feel free to click on the book cover to be taken to the Goodreads page. 
Here are some of our Top Books of 2017 




Radio Silence

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; no friends, not a guilty secret - not even the person she is on the inside. 

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favorite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances' dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past...

She has to confess why Carys disappeared...

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets. 

It's only by having up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it's only by being your true self that you can find happiness. 

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has. 


Penelope March Is Melting

Penelope March is Melting by Jeffrey Michael Ruby

Something sinister has come to Glacier Cove, an icy-cold town that sits on top of an iceberg. Nothing bad ever happens here. Until now. And it's up to Penelope March to stop it. 

Mmm-hmm, that Penelope - - the bookworm who lives in the ramshackle house with her brother, Miles. The girl with the mom who - poof! - disappeared. The one everyone ignores... except strange Coral Wanamaker, a tiny thing with raven-black hair and a black coat.

When Penelope meets someone who seems to know secrets not only about Glacier Cove but about Penelope herself, she and Miels are pulled into an ancient mystery. Together, they'll face the coldest, cruelest enemy ever known. Looks like the girl who only reads about adventures is going to start living one. 

Magic cookies! Volcanoes! Penguins! Sea Monsters! And a girl hero with the strength and imagination to spring into action. 


Allegedly

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
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There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?


A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

To prevent spoilers, here is the synopsis from A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the series...

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Stay with Me

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

'There are things even love can't do... If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love...'

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.


When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.


The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Every day the same

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


Come Back to Me (Come Back to Me, #1)

Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms. 

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for. 

15 comments :

  1. I loved Radio Silence! Such a good book. :-) I am looking forward to reading When Dimple Met Rishi.

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  2. Isn't Allegedly something else? I was snookered by it. 2017 favorite books

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  3. Glad to see When Dimple Met Rishi on this list! I have it on mine too! Wintersong and The Star-Touched Queen are both fantastic as well.

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  4. I've got When Dimple Met Rishi waiting to be read on my kindle - I hope to read it before the end of the year because I'm in the mood for something more fluffy.
    My TTT.

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  5. I haven't read any of the books on your list this week. Some of them will be added to my ever growing reading wishlist.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-favorite-books.html

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  6. Ooh nice picks! Quite a few new to me ones! ACOMAF made my list as I still need to read ACOWAR. hoping to make that one a priority book soon! Lol!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  7. I've heard so many good reviews on "The Girl on The Train", I feel like it was quite a popular book this year.

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  8. I agree with Radio Silence so much- loved that book!

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  9. Radio Silence is on my 2018 TBR, so I'm glad to see it make a best of list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/top-ten-tuesday-137/

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  10. Yes! 'Radio Silence' was on my list for this year too, it was SO good! Also, 'The Star0Touched Queen' and 'The Girl On The Train' are FANTASTIC books. Amazing choices!

    Please check out my TTT list too!

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  11. Radio Silence is looking good! What a stunning cover! I loved ACOWAR, but the ending didn't wow me, so I decided not to include it on my list. The ACOTAR series is my second favorite one ever, probably. And ACOFAS is such a great title too! I cannot wait for its release!!!
    I want to read all the books on your list ahhh!!! When Dimple Met Rishi was amazing too. Really well done for a debut author!

    Here's my TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/12/Blogmas-Day-12-Top-17-Books-of-2017

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  12. Oh, I loved Allegedly. Nice choice there.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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  13. Stay With Me made my list too! Such an interesting, unique story. And I've got Allegedly on my TBR!

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  14. Stay With Me and Allegedly are on my TBR list. Hopefully I’ll get to read them next year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Allegedly has been on my radar for awhile. I even have the ebook! I need to read it soon!

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