Each year, I publish reviews for about 52 books or so here at the Books and Biscuits Blog. However, I’ve never attempted to rank them beyond the ratings I post on Amazon, GoodReads, and similar websites. To celebrate Christmas and the end of the year, I put together my inaugural (hopefully annual) list of my top 10 favorite books from 2017.
While I have given more than 10 books 5-star reviews, these are my absolute top picks. The remainder are listed below as “honorable mentions” for their 5-star rankings. These books are listed in alphabetical order, as I really had no ability to rank them beyond a top 10 grouping. Enjoy
Tamera Alexander. A Note Yet Unsung. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
As a musician, I could not get enough of this beautiful book by Ms. Alexander! She manages to expertly wrap up one of her much-loved series, while leaving her readers wanting even more of her stories.
Tamera Alexander. To Wager Her Heart. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
2017 was a big year for Ms. Alexander! She wrapped up two series, as well as releasing the prequel novella for her next one. To Wager Her Heart is one of my favorite books by Ms. Alexander, as a direct result of her in-depth historical research and focus on several almost unknown stories and topics. The Fisk University connection is particularly fascinating!
Lynn Austin. Where We Belong. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
Where We Belong may be one of my favorite releases from Ms. Austin in the past ten or so years. Her research into the lives of her characters is absolutely incredible, especially as she shows their faith and personality in the presence of momentous historical situations.
Kristi Ann Hunter. An Inconvenient Beauty. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
Ms. Hunter wraps up her first published series this year with An Inconvenient Beauty. Throughout the series, I wondered how she would pull off a worthy novel for the quiet and complex main character, but she pulled it off!
Kara Isaac. Then There Was You. Bellbird Press, 2017.
I’ve read Ms. Isaac’s other books, but Then There Was You is by far my favorite one! She left me laughing and crying along with memorable characters in this twist on a fish-out-of-water story.
Joanna Davidson Politano. Lady Jayne Disappears. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2017.
Ms. Politano makes one of the most impressive debuts of the year with Lady Jayne Disappears. Initially, I was hesitant to read this novel, as the summary seemed rather dark and depressing. However, Ms. Politano expertly writes this story with faith and joy that permeates a unique storyline.
Melissa Tagg. All This Time. Middletown, DE: Larkspur Press, 2017.
What can I say about this novel, other than the fact that it wraps up Ms. Tagg’s Walker Family series. Anyone who follows Ms. Tagg on her blog knows her personal love of her characters and stories, which permeates her stories. With a flair for romantic comedy, Ms. Tagg’s works consistently end up on my must-read list every year.
Becky Wade. True to You: A Bradford Sisters Romance. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
2017 seemed to be a year of authors either wrapping up series or beginning new ones. Ms. Wade’s previous series was incredibly strong and I wondered if she could pull it off again. True to You proved that Ms. Wade is brilliant at writing enjoyable contemporary Christian fiction, even as she builds an entirely new cast of characters.
Roseanna M. White. A Name Unknown. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
A Name Unknown came out of the blue for me, as I was not a huge fan of Ms. White’s previous works. With the beginning of a new series, Ms. White manages to create a fascinating set of characters and situations that pulled me in from the very first chapter. After this book, I am eagerly anticipating the chance to review her next novel, which is due out in January of the new year.
Karen Witemeyer. Heart on the Line. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
Last, but certainly not least, Ms. Witemeyer always makes it onto my list of favorite authors and books. She consistently brings a quirky set of characters to life, while remaining true to the best of the historical Christian fiction genre. I particularly appreciate the sense of humor that she always brings to her story, as I found myself gravitating toward lighter storylines over the past year or so.
- Kristy Cambron. The Illusionist’s Apprentice. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2017.
- Elizabeth Camden. A Dangerous Legacy. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
- Elizabeth Camden. To the Farthest Shores. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
- Rachel Hauck. The Writing Desk. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
- Katherine Reay. The Austen Escape. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2017.
- Sarah Sundin. When Tides Turn. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2017.
I hope that all of you have a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year!