Favourite Books for 2017

 

I read around a total of 235 books this year! This is a lot less than last year but still a lot by most standards.  The books are in lose order but as I found it too difficult to rate them all. My favourite and biggest series I read this year was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. All eight books should be shown but by showing the first book, I really mean the whole series.

 

Most of the books I read now are by my favourite and well established authors or authors I know well. However there have been some debut authors this year that have made my list. These authors are Davney Perry and Noel Branham. Both are amazing authors and have been a go to. Especially Perry as her Jamison Valley series has quickly become a favourite of the year.

 

Many of favourites have been continuations of my favourite series. This includes Ella Franks Temptation series, I’m sad to say goodbye to Tate and Logan but it has been an amazing journey. I also liked the Devil’s Wolves series by Carian Cole and the newest book by Beth Flynn was much anticipated. Aly Martinez always writes amazing and very emotional duets and Katy Regnery is great at retelling fairytales (so is Linda Kage). Emma Scott made me cry with all her books and so did Mia Sheridan.

 

I am working on reading all the books published by my favourite authors and this goal will continue into 2018. I read all of Brittainy C. Cherry’s books this year and of course they were all amazing.

 

Because choosing just 50 books was really hard, I also have 10 runners up that were also amazing reads. Overall 2017 has been an amazing year for books and I’m sure 2018 will be no different.

 

Outlander Series Overview

 

 

One of my reading goals for this year was to read the entire Outlander series (which I did). I wanted to read the books after watching the first two series of the TV show. I have loved all the books and Jamie and Claire have become one of my ultimate OTPs.

 

Reading this series took commitment and is definitely the longest book series I’ve read. Most of the main series books are over a 1000 pages and on average took me a week to a week and a half to read. Plus there were all the novellas and  the Lord John Grey series. I know that when I read this series I wanted to read it properly, so I read everything.

 

However is you are interested in the story but your not sure if you want to read the entire series (I get it, it is pretty hefty). I think reading just the first book is great as it ends on a happily for now scenario and not really in a cliffhanger (of course I recommend reading the whole series).

 

I have compiled all my reviews in the one place to make it all easy to find.

 

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Favourite Books Read in December

 

All my favourites this month have all came from much loved authors. It has been my goal where I read more of the books of my favourite authors- which has paid off as with great authors comes great books.

 

Behind the Bars

The nerdy saxophone player and the popular new girl share a special relationship and are united after many years apart.

 

Unloved

A women climbs a mountain to say goodbye to her dead fiance and comes across a recluse who rescues her from danger- with added plot twists.

 

True

The conclusion of Tate and Logan’s story as they tie knot and deal with family life.

 

Rush

A man who goes blind and a violinist come together after tragedy to start living life again.

 

Full Tilt

Kacey and Jonah meet an thus there lives are changed forever.

 

All In

Kacey finds love and friendship after the loss of the one she loved.

 

My Lucky Days

A country singer who falls in love with a college student on the brink of his big break into fame and are reunited after many years apart.

 

Shear Heaven

A retelling of Rapunzel that has an Italian Prince fall for Bella, a hairstylist who saves the day for his sister.

Favourite Books Read in November

 

There have been amazing reads by brand new authors and some of my ultimate favourite authors. Overall it has been a great month with some great books.

 

Most of All You

Two people with traumatic past find each other in a beautiful and emotional story.

 

The Simple Soul of Susan

A girl has a crush on her best-friend and next door neighbor, only he doesn’t know it.

 

From This Moment

The identical twin brother of her dead husband comes back to town and there is undeniable chemistry.

 

The Outskirts

She runs away from home after her mother dies to escape her strict father and comes to a place where her mother owned some land. Only this land is actually a swamp on the front of someone’s property. And this someone is very good looking.

 

Written in the Scars

A married couple have to find their way back to each other and fight for their love.

 

The Failing Hours

Two unlikely people find themselves becoming friends and end up falling for each other.

Favourite Book Read in October

 

There has been many good books this month, including finishing the Outlander series.

 

Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

The eighth book in the Outlander series and still as action packed. Claire and Jamie have reunited only to be drawn up in the goings on of the Revolution. There are many new romances also in this book which was lovely to see. Plus some interesting revelations for Roger and Brianna.

 

Forever Right Now

Darlene is starting over with her life and moves to San Francisco to hopefully peruse her dream of dancing. She meets Sawyer who lives in the same apartment building. Sawyer is finishing law school and studying for the bar all while raising his young daughter after her mother abandoned her.

 

Sure Thing

Violet is acting as a tour guide to cover for her identical twin sister when the guy she spent one night with joins her on a tour.

 

The Clover Chapel

Emmy and Nick were married one crazy night in Vegas, however Nick leaves and they don’t see each for nine years. That is until Emmy gets a teaching position in the same small town that Nick lives.

 

The Storm

Kieran has known right from the start that Marie is the girl for him, he only needs to convince her of that fact.

 

Singe

Jude used to be a cop and in a single night his entire life changed, after he was the first responder to a house fire. Rhion’s life also changed in a single night but she shares a special connection to Jude.

 

Deklan

Kera has known since she was fifteen that she will marry the son of the mafia, but everything changes when she ends up marrying the henchman Deklan instead.

Book Favourite Read in September

 

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes is filled with intrigue, adventure, drama and romance. There is murder and kidnappings and secrets abound. Some are kept and some are revealed with surprising results.

 

An Echo in the Bone

The story continues with some new perspectives as the adventure continues.

 

Nineteen Letters

An emotional story about a husbands unconditional love for his wife and best-friend after she is in an accident and loses her memory.

 

Tate

The continuation of Logan and Tate’s story.

 

Ghosted

The ‘bad boy’ famous actor come back to his hometown to win back the girl he loved and lost and start a relationship with his daughter.

 

Anything You Can Do

An enemies to lovers story where the main couple share a strong rivalry while also having to work at the same medical practice in their small hometown.

 

The Foxe & the Hound

A hot veterinarian, a down on her luck real-estate agent and a very rambunctious puppy makes for a charming read.

Favourite Books Read in August

 

The Fiery Cross

The fifth installment of the Outlander series. Drama ensues as the American revolution is on the horizon.

 

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

A very sweet historical romance. Lady Harriett doesn’t get along with Lt Jamison but as soon finds her feelings change.

 

Monster Among the Roses

A modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and a beautiful story.

 

Beard in Mind

Shelly and Beau don’t get along but then things start to change as they grow closer.

 

I’m In It

The next (and one of the final installments) Reed Brothers book. An attraction between Wren and Mick exists but the timing isn’t right.

 

Strike

A new generation of Gentrys.

Favourite Books Read in July

 

So many good books this month!

 

Drums of Autumn 

A continuation of Outlander. Jamie and Claire are making their home in North Carolina, meanwhile Brianna and Roger discover some news that force them to make a decision.

 

And Then There Were None

A great murder mystery/psychological thriller where ten people are invited to a remote island for a party and are murdered one by one.

 

The Iron Tiara

A spin-off of the Nine Minutes trilogy that focuses on Bear and Christy and how some bad circumstances turns into an epic love.

 

The Darkest Sunrise

The first part of an amazing duet.

 

The Brightest Sunset

The second part of a duet about two people who have experienced tragedy in their past that is unexpectedly connected.

 

The Rise of Miss Notley

A sweet, funny and delightful historical romance.

 

A Little Bit Like Love

Lucas and Jackson are given a second chance at romance after they were forced apart many years earlier.

 

Salvaged

A wonderful story about two beautiful coming together overcome past and current struggles.

 

Beautiful Mistake

A professor and teach aide share an attraction but find their pasts are intertwined.

 

Favourite Books Read in June

 

There has been so many good reads this month. The first half of June I was really busy and wasn’t able to read as much as I would have liked but I was able to catch up on many recent releases.

 

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade: Lord John is dealing with past family scandals and gaining new family members that has the potential to cause a scandal in itself.

 

The Scottish Prisoner: This is my favourite book of the Lord John Grey series. Jamie Fraser and Lord John join forces to try and squash a possible Jacobite uprising in Ireland.

 

Tied: This was a beautiful story about two lost and broken souls coming together and finding love and friendship.

 

The Butterfly Project: A beautiful story of the importance of forgiveness but also love and friendship.

 

Sugar & Gold: A man who never settles and a woman running from her past find each other and make something beautiful.

 

Ruckus: They have loved each other for a long time but the timing has never been right- not to mention he used to date the wrong sister.

 

Buns: This is a great enemies to lovers story with some great banter.

 

Strong Enough: A story of chasing your dreams and being brave and letting yourself fall in love.

 

Favourite Books Read in May

 

This has been a month of new books from some of my favourite series.

 

The Queen and the Cure

An epic romantic fantasy that is truly amazing. Kjell and Sasha are thrown together due to circumstances and develop feeling for the other, but not all is what is seams.

Tease

I love Tate and Logan and this continues their story four years on. It details their day to day life and shows their commitment to each other. It was another great edition to the series.

Dating-ish

A fun and quirky read including a slow burn romance. After a first date gone wrong Matt and Marie become friends and eventually fall for each other.