calendar girls: favorite book of the year released in 2017

happy monday my lovely bookoholics! ❤ how are you all doing? it’s the last month of this year and i have to say, that this topic will ruin me. 😀 i have read so many great books this year, all 2017 releases, that affected me so much, that i loved so much, that broke me, brought me tears, made me happy and made me think. i can’t possibly just pick one, can i?? that’s like choosing your favorite child, or in my case my favorite pet. i can’t. i will cry. they are all different but they are all great. i can’t pick my favorite book of 2017 yet. please someone help me *takes a deep breath and tries to calm herself*

– one hour later –

ok, i looked at my stats. i have 8 five star books that were published in 2017. five books are ya-contemporary. one book is fiction/mystery and two books are fantasy. i won’t include the fantasy books, because these are sequels. just accept that and go with me here. that makes six books to choose from. and i don’t knooooooow. help me!

 

– one more hour later –
(let’s do an introduction first)

 

calendargirls

 

calendar girls is a monthly blog event, that was created by melanie and flavia. this book group was inspired by the 1961 song “calendar girl” by neil sedaka and is supposed to motivate bookish discussions among bloggers. every month a theme is chosen by all participants and you are supposed to pick a book that in your opinion fits that theme perfectly. on the first monday in the month you publish your pick and the reasons why you think this book is the best in the chosen category. the hostess’ collect all picks and every third sunday of the month the picks are discussed on twitter with the hashtag #CGBChat at 8pm EST.

if you want to know more about the calendar girls, head over to melanie’s and flavia’s blogs. 🙂

“December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.”

the theme for october is: YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017

 

– again one hour later –

 

ok, before i start rambling again, let me just show you all of the books, that were released in 2017 and were my favorite this year:

 

 

all of these books got a five star rating from me. i loved them all. they just spoke to me. they got me and made me feel something. (you see, i am rambling)

  •  “autoboyography” by christina lauren is about bisexual tanner and sebastian who grows up in a mormon family. it’s their story and i learned so much reading this book.
  • “words in deep blue” by cath crowley is about rachel who lost her brother and moves back to her old town and meets her old best friend henry. this book broke me. it hit me so hard and i was a sobbing mess.
  • “the hate you give” by angie thomas is about starr, who witnesses a brutal crime and needs to decide if she’s going to fight against it or not. i think everybody knows this book by now and how emotional it is.
  • “180 seconds” by jessica park was a complete surprise that i read recently. it’s about allison who went through a lot in the past and build up walls around her. after meeting esben and having a life-changing 180 seconds in her life, she starts to break down these walls. this book made me cry so much.
  • “starfish” by akemi dawn bowman is about kiko who can’t take her family anymore. she wants to get into her favorite school just to start a new life. it’s not that easy though. but she gets help from her old best friends jamie.
  • “watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney is the only fiction novel on my favorites list. i probably don’t have to say how much i loved jay’s debut novel. it’s a family drama, that is beautifully written, has you on edge and let’s you feel all the feels.

 

– another hour in which i think about all these books –

 

so now please tell me, which one of those i should choose? i don’t know!!! but i guess i have to. i will do it. yes i am. i am going with the book, that let me walk around a week after reading it, still not understanding all my feelings. why affected me so much. that book, that i wanted to pick up immediately after reading it and reread it again. that book, that made me cry so much. that book that made me tab the s*** out of it. that book that came at the exact right time. and that book is:

 

wordsindeepblue

 

words in deep blue” by cath crowley

this book was a complete surprise, affected me in ways i didn’t even know a book could and i will definitely pick it up again very soon. actually i want to start rereading it right now! so i guess, it was a good choice! 😀

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goodreads synopsis:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city – and to the bookshop – to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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to all the other books. i love you too. in a different way, because you all are perfect and special. i just had to choose one, which i am still mad about! 😀

 

this was hard guys. so hard. i’m out of words. please forgive my rambling. but try to pick your favorite, after reading 122 books this year… 😀

28 thoughts on “calendar girls: favorite book of the year released in 2017”

  1. Alex, THAT’S FREAKING AMAZING THAT YOU’VE READ 122 BOOKS THIS YEAR, YOU ARE MY TBR INSPIRATION!

    I’m so happy that Words in Deep Blue was your favorite, I remember you commenting on my review of the book, saying that you had to read it!

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  2. I read “Watching Glass Shatter” and enjoyed it quite a bit. I don’t think I’ve heard of “Words in Deep Blue” before, but I’m very impressed that it beat out those other stories! I’ll keep an eye on it for next time I’m in the mood for something along those lines.
    Glad you got through the trauma of narrowing down your choice! 🙂

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  3. Oh, I could feel your struggle in choosing a book. I will look at mine this week and decide. I have a feeling I know which book it is, even though I wanted to throttle the author. It’s probably Beartown because of how much anger and emotion it pulled from me.

    You’ve just added 2 books to my TBR this week!!!

    Thank you for including me on this list. xoxo

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    1. jay, you needed to be on this list, because “watching glass shatter” is definitely one of my favorite books this year!! i loved it and everybody needs to read it! 🙂

      i’m glad i made you put some books on your tbr, yay! 🙂

      and yay, a fredrik backman as your favorite! i probably would have chosen “a man called ove” but that one wasn’t published in 2017 so i didn’t struggle there 😀

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  4. Haha I love the way you took your time trying to pick one. I don’t think I’ll be able to pick just one. But I’ll definitely be joining Calendar Girls in the new year. It looks like a lot of fun.

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