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Favorite Reads of 2017

First you get my top 10 of the year regardless of age category. Followed by that, I have top 10 (or less) lists broken down by age category.

These are purely and simply my favorite reads of the year. Not all books are 2017 releases. Links are to my reviews.

The Best of the Best

Favorite MG Books

Quarterly Review

Here is a round up of all the books I chose not to finish, adult reads, and favorite reads of the last three months.

The DNFs (with links to my reasons why on Goodreads):
Me and Miranda Mulally by Jake Gerhardt

Adult Reads (with links to Goodreads reviews):
And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens (historical romance)
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
Midnight Feastby Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (historical romance)
Rogue Affair by Various
A Sky Full of Starsby Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)
Snowspelledby Stephanie Burgis (fantasy)
The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens (historical romance)

The Best of the Best (links to my reviews):

This is the first time EVER that no MG or YA has made the best of best list. It's been an interesting quarter in an interesting year folks. 

Books I'm Giving for Christmas

I love giving books as gifts. Every year I share the books I'm buying for the children in my life. Here are this year's selections.

For My 13 year old Daughter:

For My 9 year old Son:

For my 5 year old Niece:

For my 2 year old nephew I got some Thomas the Train books. I feel as though I will be struck by lightning for this, but I got him some really great, quality picture books for his birthday in September okay.

2017 Book Survey

Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner hosts this fun end of year reading survey every year. It's a fun way to look back on the past years reading and blogging highs and lows. I had more lows this year. This is the first year since my kids were babies I've read this few new-to-me books. 

New-to-Me Books Read: 105

Genre Read Most From: Contemporary Romance (Was NOT expecting that.)

MG Realistic:Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
MG Speculative: Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

YA Realistic:The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
YA Speculative: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Contemporary Romance: A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
Historical Romance:Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Characters Who Stole My Heart in 2017

It's time for one of my favorite posts of the year. Character is what drive me to read so much, and the new characters I fall in love with every year hold a special place in my heart. 2017 has not been the greatest of years. Mostly it just feels interminable. Looking back on my reading stats, memories are fuzzier than they are. I've thought several times, "Oh. That was this year. It feels like more time has passed." All that to say, the characters who made it on this year's list truly earned their places there.

Kamet from Thick as Thievesby Megan Whalen Turner

I am cheating my own rules a little here as I typically do not feature characters from series I've already started (especially if said character was introduced in a previous book). But if anyone deserves to have rules broken for them, it is in Megan Whalen Turner, and in Kamet she created such a wonderful character. He fascinated me from his introduction in The Queen of Attolia even with the little we s…