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Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated “Best of 2017” Reads (aka the Books I Still Haven’t Read – and the Year is Half Over. So… No Pressure.)

Today we get to talk more books with another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. A subject that I never mind, and hope you, my readers, friends and visitors, also have no argument with said topic. Today’s specific prompt is…

Broke and Bookish June 27: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far – Broke and Bookish



At the end of each year, I make a “big deal” out of my favorite books. It’s kind of like Finding Wonderland’s “Oscars” (albeit on a teeny, tiny, small scale). I don’t think I’m overstepping in saying putting these lists together is sort of an “event” for all of us in this book blogging world. It’s fun thing to look back on, remember said books and enjoy discovering which books made us and our fellow bloggers laugh, cry or maybe, throw the book in frustration. In short, we all seem to enjoy reminiscing on our year in books.

Because of this big, end-of-year ta-do, today I decided to go a little different direction. Here’s what we’re doing today. The first five books on the list are books that I’ve been meaning to read (published within the last couple of years). The second half of the list are books published in 2017 that I really want to read within this year. In other words, these are books I really want to really like and read in 2017! (And from what I understand, this is the last Top Ten Tuesday for a few weeks, which is sad - always enjoy chatting with you all, but hopefully we'll have some new topics to start the fall.)

Let’s take a look!

Books I Hope to Read in 2017 (and Love)

1. Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek | I’ve heard lovely things about this story, plus it’s set in Australia (and written by an Australian), so it promises a lovely armchair journey. Amazon | Goodreads

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | For what seems like a long time, I’ve heard raves about Jennifer’s style and stories. I picked this one up a while back on one of my online shopping sprees because I thought it sounded unique, plus I do love my contemporary reads! Have you read any of Jennifer’s novels? Amazon | Goodreads

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | I know. I’ve talked about this one… a lot. But what can I say, I still really do want to, and have every intention of, reading this one. This. Is. The. Yea. Plus, can we appreciate its aesthetic. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo | Amy has a knack for writing emotionally wrecking stories, but this one sounds on the lighter side. It’s a contemporary novel that involves a baseball star, and a faux romantic relationship. Bring on the romcom feels. Amazon | Goodreads
  
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Yeah, I still haven’t read this one… which is pretty surprising (read: embarrassing) considering how much I adore Anna and the French Kiss. Amazon | Goodreads 

2017 RELEASES
 (That I Hope To Love)

1. Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering | You all know my love of Drew Farthering and Co., right?? Amazon | Goodreads

2. The White Feather Murders by Rachel McMillan | Why I haven’t finished reading this series, I’ll never know. It’s sassy and cute, featuring the female versions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. What’s not to love? Amazon | Goodreads

3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston | A fangirl (geeky) character who gets to meet a Hollywood “prince” at a ball? Sign me up! Plus it doesn’t hurt this is pitched as a contemporary version of Cinderella. Amazon | Goodreads

4. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin | I know, I spotlight Sarah’s novels a lot. But they’re amazing historical stories of courage, and love with a touch of Nancy Drew-esque mystery. Amazon | Goodreads

5. By Your Side by Kasie West | I discovered Kasie’s books this year (The Distance Between Us, On the Fence), and loved them. Needless to say, I anticipate looking forward to the rest of her novels, this included. Amazon | Goodreads

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  1. I've read a few of these! I'm going to check out some of the others. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome! Hope you find some new ones to add to that TBR. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Great twist on the topic! The White Feather Murders sounds right up my alley. I can't believe I haven't tried that series yet! I also really want to read Geekerella from your list. The title alone drew me in!

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    1. I love the first two books that go with 'Feather,' so I've little doubt this one too will be a must. :) Hope you enjoy it as well as Geekerella. Doesn't it sound cuute??

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I ADORE Lola! It's possibly my favourite in the companion series. Great list! :-)

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    1. YAY! I really (really) need to read 'Lola' (and 'Isla') so that if they do show up on my Top 10 Tuesday lists it can be on a list that denotes I've read it rather than my lists of I-hope-to-read... :D

      Thanks for visiting, Chrissi.

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  4. I read Geekerella! I didn't enjoy it as much as most, but the problem is that I'd read a similar book (nerdy contemporary Cinderella retelling) that I just enjoyed SO MUCH more (Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram). So it was kind of unfair. Hope you love all of these and they make your end of year list!

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    1. Ooo! I've heard really good things about Cinder & Ella, too. And I completely understand what you're saying. When you read two similar books like that (especially if the first one already captured your reader heart), comparisons are inevitable, and it's tough to remove yourself from that.

      Thanks so much - I do too! And I appreciate you visiting. :)

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  5. I've been meaning to read The Problem With Forever as well. Hopefully we'll both get around to it this year!

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    1. YES! Hopefully we will - and furthermore, I hope we both enjoy. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  6. The Julianna Deering books and The Whitefeather Murders (female Holmes/ Watson? Cool!) both sound good to me. I hope you get to all of these!

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    1. RIGHT!? I love Rachel's female Watson/Holmes take in her Herringford and Watts series. It's such a fun book. And if you read and like them, you're sure to enjoy Julianna's, too, Greg. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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    1. Well I hope they will be! Looking forward to read most of these yet. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  8. Eek. The year is half over!? I don't want to know anymore!

    It looks like you have some great reads coming up to enjoy and I hope that you really do love them all! I haven't read any of them myself but I've heard good things!

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    1. I know the feeling, Di. I constantly ask, "WHERE DOES TIME GO!?" *sigh*

      Thanks! So do I. As I've read some of these authors, I'm hopeful these newer stories will also become favorites. :) Appreciate you visiting.

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  9. By Your Side & LOLA are really good! I hope they live up to your expectations, as well as all the books on your list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara! As I adore Kasie's books and Anna and the French Kiss, I do have high expectations that I've little doubt these authors will meet and surpass. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  10. Oops, I have too many tabs open and now I don't remember if I commented here yet or not...Anywho, I hope you enjoy reading all of these books! Your list reminds me that I still have yet to read the remaining books in the Lara Jean trilogy xD

    My TTT

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    1. LOL, this is a dilemma I have ALL TOO OFTEN, Lianne. My tendency to have too many tabs open (as I do now since I try to visit blogs as I reply to comments so I don't forget anyone) is one of my computer habits. Is it good or bad, I wonder!? ;)

      Thanks! I hope to enjoy these as well, and hope we BOTH enjoy the Lara Jean books. Appreciate you visiting, as always.

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  11. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is one of my favorites! I hope you adore it as much as I do. I also enjoyed reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. All these books will make good summer reads!

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    1. THANKS, Nicole. I do too. It seems like a total "me book," so I have faith it'll make my best of list whatever year I read it - hopefully in 2017!

      I thought so too - and I do love my summer reads. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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    1. YAYYAYYAY! So glad to know this, Ellie. Thanks for sharing. :)

      ...and thank you for visiting. I appreciate it.

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  13. I've heard great things about Carry Me Home also and need to read it myself. And I too need to finish the last in Rachel McMillan's series as well as most of the Drew Farthering stories. So many books so little time!
    The Thirteenth Chance was a cute rom-com story. A little bit of a departure for Amy Matayo, but it was so much fun to read.

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    1. As have I, Brittaney. I'm super excited to read Carry Me Home because it seems to get rave reviews, and I have a feeling, it's very well written. :)

      YAY! Hope we both enjoy Drew's latest adventure as well as Rachel's final book. (Did you see she's releasing a kind of "spin off" series next year? Excited to see what comes of that!)

      ...and yes! No truer words, "So many books..."

      Glad you liked The Thirteenth Chance. I feel like this is a departure for Amy, but I'm still excited to read it. Just finished her latest, and as usual, it's wonderful. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting!

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  14. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door as well.

    My TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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    1. Makes me all the more excited to read 'Lola.' :)

      Thanks for visiting, Jacque.

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  15. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was a fantastic read. I hope you like it!

    Here is my TTT.

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    1. Thanks! I did start it a year ago (or longer) before I had to put it aside when an influx of review copies needed my attention, but I look forward to returning to Lara Jean's world. :)

      Appreciate you visiting!

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  16. You have to check out Lola and the Book Next Door, especially since you loved Anna and the French Kiss. It's such an adorable read! To All the Boys I've Loved Before is in my TBR pile too. I've heard so many great things about it, and I loved Jenny's Summer Boys series. So really there's no reason why I shouldn't have read this one yet either. Great list!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it, Lauren. Love Stephanie's writing, and if her follow up books have more of the same, I know I'm in for a read treat.

      YAY for Lara Jean stories. I'm looking forward to this trilogy as well as Jenny's 'Summer' books. Here's hoping we both enjoy them. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  17. I loved To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Lola and the Boy Next Door so I hope you'll enjoy them! And The Problem With Forever and Geekerella are still on my TBR as well :)

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    1. I have every confidence I will, Lindsey! Especially if 'Lola' follows in the footsteps of 'Anna' and the fabulous humor. :)

      Hope we both get to read 'Forever' and Geekerella - maybe even this summer! :)

      Thanks, as always, for being a reader and for visiting.

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  18. The WHite Feather Murders and When Tides Turn made it to my TTT this week! :) They are fabulous! (I haven't read the others on your list)

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    1. Hooray! Glad to have further proof I *should* read Rachel's and Sarah's novels ASAP! Thanks for sharing, Rachel. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  19. Great List! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a good book. Geekerella is on my TBR. I read The Distance Between Us last year and really enjoy it. I need to pick By Your Side. Our TTT

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    1. By Your Side looks so cute. But then as I enjoyed some of Kasie's other novels, I fully expect to love this one too. :) Hope we both like Geekerella! It looks completely adorable - and I suspect, easy to relate to.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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  20. Oh, man. The Thirteenth Chance and When Tides Turn are fantastic! I'm sure you'll enjoy when you do get to them! (When Tides Turn made my list ... yup, I actually did a TTT for once!)

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    1. I have zero doubt I'll enjoy both, Becky. Just read Amy's latest (so good) and of course, I'm a big fan of Sarah's too. :)

      Thanks for stopping by - and YAY! Glad you put together a Top Ten Tuesday too. :)

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  21. Awesome list! I hope to read Geekerella too!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Fun. It promises to be a cute read indeed. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  22. The White Feather Murders is on my TBR, too! I liked To All The Boys I Loved Before, but didn't care for P.S. I Still Love You. :-/ Totally want to read Sara Sundin's books someday! Great list, Rissi! :)

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    1. Bummer! It's never fun with a sequel disappoints - and I don't think you were alone. I think a lot of readers felt a little disappointed by 'P.S.'

      Sarah's books are fantastic! I just added her debut series to my shelf, so I'm looking forward to read those too. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Miranda, as always.

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  23. I really enjoy Jenny Han's novels. I haven't finished the Laura Jean trilogy yet, but I'm hoping to reread the first two and then read the third soon! Also loved the Summer trilogy by her.
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. Sounds like a great idea, Mallory. I need to re-start book one at this point (I did read some of it a year+ ago before I had to stop because of review books). Glad to know the 'Summer' books are fab. Looking forward to those as well.

      My pleasure. Thank you for the return visit. :)

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  24. I've only read one on your list - To All The Boys I've Loved For Me and unfortunately I didn't like it as much as I was expecting to. I hope you'll love it though!

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    1. That's never fun, Lauren. But I know what you mean. I've read books like that too, and yeah, it's always a let down.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  25. I want to read Geekerella so bad! And By Your Side. I love Kasie West!

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy both, Tiana. And me too. Kasie's novels are delightful. :)

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