Amber’s 2017 Favorite Books

Posted December 31, 2017 by Amber in Year in Review / 0 Comments

So I would have to say that 2017 was a pretty spectacular year for me…as far as reading is concerned.  I far exceeded my personal reading goals.

In fact, this year I managed to read more books than I have in any of the previous year that I’ve kept track.

You can check out my year in review here on Goodreads.  And I highly recommend using Goodreads to track your own reading goals and to connect with other readers with similar tastes. You can even follow me if you’d like.

This year I was able to read new books from several of my favorite authors – like Sarina Bowen, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, Renee Carlino and Christina Lauren.  As well as become familiar with new authors such as J. Bengtsson and Amy Harmon.

Here’s a rundown of some of my more memorable books from 2017:

  1. The Cake Series by J. Bengtsson– I absolutely loved each and every page of these 3 books.  And I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a funny and lighthearted series.  J. Bengtsson’s McAllister family is one of the best written families that I’ve come across.  And if you are a fan of audiobooks, these are fabulous; Andi Arndt, Joe Arden and Zachary Webber do a phenomenal job with the narration. And J. Bengtsson will be continuing on with this series in 2018 and I cannot wait to read the next one.

2.  From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon – This is probably the most heart felt and poignant story that I read this year.  A fictional historical story, Amy Harmon’s From Sand and Ash follow a young Jewish girl, Eva Rosselli and her family friend, American-born Italian and young priest, Angelo Bianco as they deal with the Nazi-German occupation of Italy during World War II.  While Eva and Angelo are fictional characters, they interact with individuals from history and partake in actual historic events.  I participated in a group read-along hosted by Amy Harmon and her Facebook group which included additional historical accounts and photos that corresponded with each chapter.  It was a lovely addition to the sometimes gut-wrenching story.

3. Bleeding Hearts Series by A.L. Jackson – This was one of several book series that I’d continued to read.  My only regret is that this series is now over.  This series is a series of interconnected stories – each featuring a prominent member of the band Sunder.  This is a wonderful series and each band member is endearing in their own way.

4. New Camelot Trilogy – American Queen, American Prince & American King by Sierra Simone – While these books were not necessarily new releases in 2017, this was the first year that I was able to find the time to read each of them.  This is an intriguing series featuring a unique triad relationship between two men and one woman.  Interesting as well is that the individuals involved all reside in the White House.  I recognize that this type of story is not everyone’s cup of tea – but if this interests you, I’d give it a look.

5. The Bourbon King’s Series – The Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward – The conclusion to this thrilling series by one of my all-time favorite authors.  I’ve been a long-time fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so I knew that I’d like this series as well when it was initially released.  And boy was I right.  This year Ward released the 3rd and final book in this series and tied up all loose ends and answered all outstanding questions.  This series takes place in Kentucky; surrounding the Bradford Bourbon Company and in particular the William Baldwine family.  A multi-generation family of Bourbon distillers, the Baldwine’s are the equivalent of southern royalty.  And they are now tied up in all kinds of scandal.  This is a highly entertaining series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Realistically I could be here all day talking about my favorites from 2017.  I’ll just keep it short and sweet with the 5 in particular that I’ve listed below.  I’ll just toss a few of the beautiful covers for the others that I’d include on my list.


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