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My Favourite Books of 2017

Since I began blogging way back in July 2012, I’ve always done a Top 10 Books post simply because I love books, I love supporting authors, I love recommending books, I love reading and well, I love writing these posts.

Can you tell I love books?

I wanted to do something different this year and just recommend my absolute favourites of the year rather than a Top 10, so sit back and enjoy a v. good selection of books..

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Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

I read this back in March when I found myself in a reading slump and it was such a beautiful book to read. The story follows Christie and her son Finn who are desperately trying to make ends meet and when her dream of creating cards becomes a reality, her life falls wonderfully together. It’s such a wonderful heart warming book to snuggle down with during the Spring mornings.

“You can rely on paper hearts much more than love struck ones.”

The Last Piece of my Heart by Paige Toon

Everyone knows how much I adore Paige Toon’s books so it’ll come as no surprise that her Summer novel has slipped it’s way into this list. The plot surrounds Bridget, a successful travel journalist who finds herself being granted a rather unusual task of finishing a book by a bestselling novelist who is now deceased. Once again, Paige has created a beautiful story which will pull on your heart strings and leave you smiling until the very last page.

“This whole search for proper love – it’s crap. You don’t even know what real love is until you have kids.”

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Okay, this may be a big statement BUT, I think this is my favourite book of 2017. I can’t stop thinking about this book and how much it desperately needs to be a film. Rowan is one of those authors who never disappoints and with this beautifully magic plot, it’ll leave you constantly wanting more. The narrative surrounds itself around Luna, who is slowly discovering her Mother’s secrets and the wonderful world of time travel. With the ability to change her family’s happiness, Luna has quite the task on her hands but will she sacrifice her own?

“This is when my wonderful, terrifying, tragic, beautiful and impossible journey began, and here is where it will end.”

This Love by Dani Atkins

Dani is an author whose plot oozes comfort and this one is no exception. The narrative focuses on our main character, Sophie who has her life flipped upside down when she finds herself living in Ben’s basement but all is not what it seems. It’s such a lovely, heart warming plot which will leave you wanting more and will most definitely pull on your heart strings.

“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but have you ever spoken to anyone about this weird hero complex of yours?

Last Seen by Lucy Clarke

I’ve developed a real love for mystery plots and even though there are so many, I find majority of them to be guessable but this one, well, it completely blew me away. The mysterious narrative pinpoints on seven years ago when two young boys went missing at sea and with secrets misleading the truth, everything (more to the plot that meets the eye!) is revealed in a dramatic ending and well, it’ll leave you in a gasp..

“Nick found us the next morning, curled together like a clasped shell around our secret pearls of grief.” 

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Together by Julie Cohen

In a beautifully romantic plot, Robbie decides to go about his daily routine before leaving Emily a letter and as the story unfolds, the upsetting truth about their love is revealed. I will say that even though the ending was a shock, it most definitely won’t stop you from enjoying their story. It’s a book which will leave you feeling full with true love and heart warming family moments.

“It was like the fog that came in silently and out of nowhere and socked you in so solid you couldn’t see a single thing, not even your own sails. In a fog like that you could only navigate from instruments, not from sight – but with this fog, none of the instruments worked…”

You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac

It’s times like this which makes me grateful to be a book blogger as I’m able to read future books a good 6 months or so in advance and that is exactly what’s happened here. The plot focuses on Jessica, a single Mum who has a rocky relationship with Adam, the father of their adorable son and when they decide to spend the summer together, they realise that things aren’t completely finished. But will that change when they both know the truth about one another?

“Jess, you’re trying to push another human being out of your vagina. I think you need more than breathing exercises and a candle.”

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Yet another mystery book has slipped into the list and well, this is probably one of my absolute favourites of the year but let’s ignore the fact that I guessed the who-did-it part. The plot is centred around a young couple when their 6 month old baby is kidnapped and everything they once knew about everyone is throw out of the window.

“You know, I think I have seen him before, but I don’t know where.”

Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

Yup, it’s no surprise that Giovanna’s most recent book is in this list because let’s face it, we all know how brilliant they are. Lizzy Richardson is the main character within this plot, who is struggling to find herself after quite the traumatic breakup in Dubai and as she learns some home truths, she discovers who she wants to be. With a lot of love and inspirational moments, this is the perfect book to buy for anyone for a Christmas or birthday present.

“People are meant to come into our lives and affect us. They’re meant to challenge us and help us to grow.” 

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Imagine if your picture was in a local newspaper and you had no idea why; that is the outstanding storyline which will leave you shivering as the truth is kept until the very, very end. I inhaled this book and I’m not surprised as it was a completely gripping ending which made me want a second book straight away.

“Routine is comforting to you. It’s familiar, reassuring. Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you.”

The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom 

If you read my blog frequently, you’ll have seen this review pretty recently but I just had to include it as it was such a whirlwind of a plot. The stunning novel focuses on two women; Lucy and Taggie whose lives are about to collide and let’s just say, there will be more than fireworks at New Year. If you’re a fan of travelling or enjoy reading books focusing on different places, you must read Isabelle’s books.

“Locals greet each other with a merry wave and a shout of ‘ciao,’ while other sit at the windows of coffee shops, watching the passers-by through the steam rising from their espressos.”

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

Out of all the books I’ve loved this year, this is the most recent one and I really don’t want to give anything away as my review is coming in early January, but what I will say is that if you enjoy plots surrounding a strong female main character who grabs life by the balls and will make you laugh, you may want to pre-order this one!

“This is the moment where, the choice I’ve been avoiding stands right in front of me, gets up in my face and demands to be made.”

If you’re looking for a new recommendation, I hope you’ve found one from this post!

EL xx
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