Top 5: Best Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again! Time to choose my absolute favorite books of 2017. It’s always a difficult task, and so many amazing books came out this past year that it was hard to narrow down. There were so many stand out books–and so many more I know I haven’t been able to get to yet–so picking just five was a real challenge. But, there are always a few that stand out above the rest. My five favorites this year all feature beautiful prose, excellent storytelling, and characters that will grab you by the heart and stay with you.

So here are my top 5 books of 2017. I hope you’ll love them just as much as I did.

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Book Review: Lock In Book: Lock In

enter Author: John Scalzi

Misoprostol in Canada Genre: science fiction

Rating: 4/5

What it’s about: Rookie FBI Agent Chris Shane has to deal with a grumpy partner, a career-changing case, and assassination attempts– and that’s just in the first week on the job! Chris Shane is no stranger to challenges, though, considering Shane is one of the nearly five million Americans who has been “Locked In”– that is, someone who is conscious but entirely unable to move or respond to outside stimuli. “Lock In” or Haden’s Syndrome is the rare but devastating side effect of a flu-like virus that sweeps the globe in the near future. Most recover, some die, but a select, unlucky few get Haden’s. But humans are nothing if not adaptive and develop solutions to the Haden problem: personal robotic bodies called “Threeps,” a virtual community that allows Hadens to live relatively normal lives, and Integrators, people who have special neural networks that allow them to host a Hadens consciousness briefly in their own body.

When Chris and fellow FBI agent Leslie Vann are called in to investigate a suspected murder that somehow involves Hadens things get tricky fast, because not only is the suspect a missing person, he’s also an Integrator– which means this case might be a lot more complicated than it first appears.

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Thoughts on Opening Lines

Epic Opening Lines


  1. “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  2. “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.” – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,  Becky Albertalli
  3. First the colors.Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.  ***A small fact*** You are going to die.” – The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  4. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  5. “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion.” – The Martian, Andy Weir
  6. “I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”  – Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
  7. “The circus arrives without warning.” – The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  8. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
  9. “‘Somebody bloody famous,’ said the hoarse voice on the end of the line, ‘better’ve died, Strike.'” – The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
  10. “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.” – Code Name Verity, Elizabeth E. Wein

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Top 5: Sci-fi Books

1. The Martian by Andy Weir.



A modern day castaway story where astronaut Mark Watney quickly goes from one of the first people to land on Mars to the first person to be stranded there. With dwindling supplies and his crew headed back to Earth believing him to be dead, Watney is alone in a hostile landscape.  Watney finds himself in a fight for survival that will test the limits of human ingenuity and the will to survive.

This is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time. I was on vacation when I first read it and was literally bringing it down to the breakfast table with me because I just couldn’t put it down. I love a good space opera, but I get really excited when I read a science fiction book that uses sound scientific concepts, and this one certainly does that (don’t let that scare you away, though, the science is always written in a very interesting and accessible way). I was skeptical about the prospect of this book being adapted into a movie, but after seeing the trailers I think it could be interesting. I guess we’ll just have to wait until October to see how it turns out.

Favorite quote: 

“I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.” 

“We’ll keep working on ideas,” Lewis said. 

“Iron Man, Commander. Iron Man.” 


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