2017 Five-star Books

Even though I’ve completed a big fat ZERO books in December, I exceeded my reading goal for the year and let me tell you the fun I just had looking back over my list of all those books read. Not only do I record every book, but each gets a star rating. Last night while looking over the list of books, and opinions I wrote at the time, I fought the temptation to go back and change the ratings on certain books!

But I’m letting those star ratings lay where they are, and sharing only the ones who merited a five star rating. 

According to my nerdish records, these are the most highly rated, five-star books from 2017.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The sweetest Young Adult book about high school love. These two teens interact with such tender kindness and are innocently surprised that the other would return their love.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetya

Books that makes me want to learn more about an historic event, always rise to the top of my lists. This book tells of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff from the perspective of unique and memorable characters. The sinking of the Gustloff lost 9,000 lives which is far more than the Titanic or the Lusitania.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Not that this books needs another seller.  But I will add my voice to all others in Jane Austen's fan club. If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, read it! This wasn’t my first time to read it, but I was delighted again by its humor.

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My Life in France by Julia Child

Since we traveled to France this Fall, my interest in all things French spiked,   I also admit my bias towards food memoir and cookbooks. Still. Read this book! Learning about Julia Child’s progression to becoming an accomplished cookbook writer and cook was fascinating.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Please don’t discount my whole list because of this choice! The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is not my most sophisticated read, but I look forward to Kinney’s annual new release telling of Greg Heffley’s newest adventures as much as my kids.

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Already highlighted on this blog, this makes it onto my list of five-star books of 2017.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hulu series based on this book terrified me. I went back for more though, and read the book after watching the shows. It’s a horror to think of so many liberties yanked away while having no choice but to conform to a new (and awful!) reality. This reminds me to be thankful for freedoms I enjoy.