Top Ten Books on 2017

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I don’t know if you look forward to reading this list, but I get excited and look forward to making it every year. This is the list of ten books that stood out to me in the year. Normally, that means that they make up less than 10% of what I have read. This year is no exception. 

I read 129 books this year. I bunch of those were books I have had on my Kindle for a long time. It was an adventure to read so many new authors and find some gems, some disappointments, and even some books I had to laugh at. You can see all about my year of books, thanks to Goodreads, by clicking HERE.

Here are a couple of fun facts:

Now, allow me to present my top ten books of 2017.

#10 – Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones
This book was pretty awesome! I enjoyed the strong morals that also felt realistic in the face of all the emotional challenges. This book touched me and reminded me to keep hoping and praying even when it feels like a lost cause.

#9 – Write Well: A Grammar Guide by Rachelle Rea Cobb
I like grammar, I’m just not good at it. Every time people have tried to explain commas and the like, I have been overwhelmed by all the rules, exceptions, and what not. This book made me feel like maybe I could really get a grasp on comma placement and the like. It has been helpful and encouraging. 

#8 - Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant
I have loved all of Bryant’s books so far. However, Sense and Sensibility has never been my favorite Jane Austen. Yet, this retelling gripped my heart and made me wonder if there was something in the original story that I have missed. However, this story ministered to me at a hard point in the year, and this list would not be complete without it.

#7 – Atonement for Emily Adams by Susan R. Lawrence
I picked this book up for free and wasn’t expecting much. What I got was one of the best contemporary stories I’ve ever read. There was so much heart in this story, so much raw emotion, and real hope was offered to hurting people.

#6 – Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

Most of the books on this list are because they changed me or impacted my faith. This one is on here because I was blown away by how awesome it was. This was just an amazing story. 

#5 – Your Kingdom Calling by Rachel Starr Thomson

I read this short, non-fiction book when I needed it most. I was feeling pretty low about myself, my personality, my talents, and life. I was reminded that God made me the way I am for a reason and a purpose. Yes, sometimes I don’t use them the way I should. Yes, I need to be growing in my faith, and that will make me more like Christ. Yet He made me unique and with special gifts. 

#4 – He Who Lifts the Skies by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow
The first book in this series made my top ten last year. This book was one that I nearly cried at so many times, I probably would have cried if I hadn’t been sick while reading it. It was so full of emotion, heartbreak, and good triumphing over evil. I was inspired by the faith the main character displayed despite all the horrible things that happened to her. 

#3 – Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

I knew that I needed this book when I read it, but I had no idea that God was using it to prepare me. I found myself in great need of the truths that it provided me about a month after I read it. I already have reread portions and bought a hardback copy.

#2 – How to Listen so People Will Talk by Becky Harling

I like to talk. When I saw this book on a list of books I could review, I knew I needed it. I loved how the author not only pulled in not only listening to others but also God. I learned so much, and I hope that I’m a better listener for this book. Listening is so key to relationships.

#1 – Connecting by Dr. Larry Crabb

If you asked me to pick five books to give to every Christian besides the Bible, right now this would be the first one I would grab.  This is about what we as Christians, as the Body of Christ, should be. This book has changed me, and I will be rereading it soon!

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  1. I loved Suit and Suitability! And Emmeline too. <3 I can't wait to read on in the series. ;)

  2. What an awesome list, Sarah!!! The only one I've read is Suit and Suitability, but I recognize some of the others (I think I have at least 3 of them, and I just should decide to read them). Super excited to try Write Well.

  3. What a great list. Thank you for sharing this, Sarah! I'm honored my Write Well made your Top 2017!