Sophia’s Best Reads of 2017

Posted January 5, 2018 by Shari in Random / 46 Comments

At the time I am preparing this post, I am sitting at 395 books read for the 2017 year.  I thought about trying to do a Top 10 post.  But no, I will not be putting that sort of pressure on myself to narrow it down that far.  Rather, I took up my reading journal and started in the beginning of January to see what books leaped out to me.  I didn’t go by rating; just memory of how the books resonated with me.  Keep in mind, these are not necessarily released in 2017.  So without further ado, here we go.

Best in Young Adult

Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff (Sci-Fi)

First and Then by Emma Mills (Contemporary)

Rook by Sharon Cameron (Dystopian)

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley (Contemporary)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Dystopian)


Best in Series

Common Law series by Kate Greenwood (M/M Romantic Suspense)

The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward (Contemporary Romance/Suspense)

The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger (Steampunk Paranormal Romance)


Best in Historical Romance

The Best Part of Love by Amy D’Orazio

Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday

The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet by Caitlin Williams

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

The Last Cowboy by Rosanne Bittner

Christmas In a Cowboy’s Arms by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas


Best in Audio

The Innkeeper Chronicles v. 1-3 by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renee Raudman (sci-fi)

Southern Ghost Hunter series by Angie Fox, narrated by Tavia Gilbert (paranormal cozy mystery)

Tour of the Merrimack series by RM Meluch, narrated by John Glouchavitch (sci-fi)

Love in Provence series by Patricia Sands, narrated by Janet Metzger (women’s fiction)

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson, narrated by George Guidall (mystery)


Best in Romantic Suspense

Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

Never Forget by Marliss Melton

On His Knees by Adira August (technically no R/S yet in this prequel)

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti


Best in Contemporary Romance

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane, narrated by Nick J Russo

Modern Love by Beau North

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

I Could Write a Book by Karen M. Cox

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

Collide by Melanie Stanford

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock, narrated by Greg Tremblay


Best in Fiction

The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown (Contemporary)

Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry (Historical)

Where the Dead Lie by CS Harris (Historical)

The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton (Historical)

Ax to Grind by Tonya Kappes (Cozy Mystery)

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, narrated by Janet Metzger (Contemporary)


Review Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghBest in Paranormal Romance

Kiss of Snow, Heart of Obsidian, and Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renee Raudman

Her Dark Half and Wolf Hunter by Paige Tyler

Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake

Best in Sci-Fi/Sci-Fi Romance

Alien Mate by Cara Bristol

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton

Containment by Susan Kaye Quinn

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 by SE Smith, MK Eidem, Michelle Howard, Susan Grant, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline B. Jones, Laurie A. Greene, Sabine Priestley, Jessica B. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Lattner

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brooks (steampunk)


Best in Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil

Of Fate and Flame by Cecy Robson

The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones


Did any of these make your list?  What were some of your best reads of the year?

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  • Karen

    Oh dear…I haven’t read ANY of these! lol Sounds like you had a great reading year though.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Haha! I say the same thing when I look at everyone’s lists. It’s goes to show you just how many wonderful books there are out there.

      Oh yes, I had a fabulous reading year.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Yup on the Bourbon Kings series
    OMG Yes for the Southern Spirits in audible, (she’s a St. Louis author and friend)
    You know I agree on Donna Grant’s The Christmas Cowboy Hero it made mine too
    And Red Sister too for UF and RT is finally going to let me review Grey Sister.
    Great pics sista! I’m adding a few to my wish list 🙂 xo

    • LOL! I was nodding my head right along when I saw your list go up, Debbie. I only wish I’d gotten the chance to listen to the Bourbon Kings b/c of how much you loved the narrator.
      Oh squee, you get to do Grey Sister. I hope I get the chance, too.

      • Debbie Haupt

        Oh Sophia go to audible and listen to a sample he was incredible!

        • Yes! I agree. Now I hope they get them on Overdrive for my library. 🙂

  • Glad you had so many good reads! I want to fit in the Ilona Andrews books and Alex, Approximately. Now I’m even more excited to read them!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh yes! I was late to Ilona Andrews series other than Kate Daniels, but saw Melanie and Kimberly loving on them so much that I just had to give their other works a go- best decision ever. 😉

      And, Alex Approximately will just touch you so much, I think. 🙂

  • yay many good ones and some I’ll have to note to read too!

    • Yeah, my wish list has expanded so much after perusing everyone’s best of 2017 lists. There are so many wonderful books. 🙂

  • Alien Mate is the only one I’ve read and I still have Pets in Space 2 to read.

    • You are in for a real treat, Mary. I liked Pets in Space, but this second volume was even better. 🙂

  • Christina Boyd

    Some of my favorites too in Amy D’Orazio, Caitlin Williams, Karen M Cox, Beau North, and Melanie Stanford. Great list! Impressive number of reads!! #ILoveBestOfListSeson

    • They are all such exceptional writers. I always look forward to each new release.

      I love Best of post time of the year, too. My book budget gets totally blown afterward. LOL

  • I loved the Last Outlaw as well by Bittner, such a great finale. But I am going to miss the Harkner Family.

    Cecy Robson and Elle Kennedy are pretty wonderful.

    • Oh you must read the cute follow up Christmas novella for the Harkers in Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms if you get the chance.

      Oh yes, these gals are some fab writers. 🙂

  • I need to read Rook. Great list!

    • Oh yes! It was an impressive blend of a classical retelling with dystopian. I’ve heard her other books are great, too. 🙂

  • Yesssssssss to The Innkeeper Chronicles!

    • I am so glad I finally listened to Melanie and Kimberly and got to this series. I’m addicted. 🙂

  • I see a few books in there that I also loved and a few that I still need to read. Glad you found so many great books in 2017!

    • Oh yes, I found plenty of books. My family would say that I found too many. LOL But, it is lovely to look back and remember so many good ones.

  • I’ve only read a couple in common with you. Alex, Approximately and Him. I am farther back in some series mentioned and have some of those in my tbr. I’ll have to look into some of these you listed. And congratulations on reading so many books. I think you read double what I did!

    • I realized when I started making my list for the year that I didn’t want to do just new releases b/c, like you, I was getting caught up on so many books/series. They were still just as fantastic even though I was late to the party. 🙂
      I’ll look forward to seeing what you think about the ones you’re getting caught up on, Lorna!

  • Wow that’s awesome you read so many books! Nice mix of genres you have on your list as well. I heard lots of great things about Gemina, but not sure yet if I’ll pick it up. The Innkeeper series is on my wishlist, it sounds like a great series. And I hope to read Him next year, after reading your review for that one I am even more eager to finally pick it up. Aline Mate and Pets in Space I also read, both were great reads indeed. I don’t think I’ve read Containment by Susan Kaye Quinn yet, but I am pretty sure I do have a copy. I did read two of her Mindjack books this year.

    • Gemina and the earlier, Illuminae, are pretty intense and really good, but they are definitely ones that work better in print copy b/c of their unique formatting where the words can be literally all over the page in blips, swirls, word bubbles or messages and posts.

      Oh good, I’ll look forward to your thoughts on Him. I still need to read the sequel, Them, but I also have Good Boy from the spin off series.
      Yes, I have you to think for my enjoyment of Quinn’s books. I only got to the four short story prequels for the Legacy Human and a couple Mind Jack prequel shorts this year, but hope to keep going with the Legacy Human series.

      So many good ones from last year, but I’m looking forward to this year’s reading, too. 🙂

  • Amy D’Orazio

    So delighted to see my book on your list! Many thanks!

  • Greg Hill

    I liked Gemina and The Collapsing Empire too- both were some of my favorite books in 2017. And 395 books! Wow, that’s awesome. 🙂

    • Yes! And now its nearly time for new installments. Can’t wait!!!! 🙂

  • 395! My, that’s amazing Sophia Rose. And I can totally relate for the top 10, I’ve only read like maybe 1/4 of your total reads but I’m still having a hard time just picking 10 of my best reads. And speaking of best reads, my! I am loving your list Sophia Rose. I’ll be checking out the romantic suspense 😉

    Happy New Year!

    • I thought about it and decided to not limit my list. I loved more than ten books and I wanted to shout about them. 😉

      Glad to help add to your reading list. That is what I do with everyone’s lists, too.

  • Fantastic list and wow you amazing me!

    • Thank you! I had a good time reminiscing over my favorite reads. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Woah, how do you get so many books in? I read 192 and I was super amazed. lol I’ve only read Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (which I loved) and Gemina – can’t wait for the third one!!


    • Fast reader. No joke. 😉

      Wasn’t Him great? I want to read Them and go into Good Boy this year.
      Oh man, I need Obsidio after getting Illuminae and Gemina. Only until March for the wait!

  • KarenMC

    I’m simply agog at the number of books you read last year, Sophia! Amazed. And highly impressed. I’m humbled and honored that you included “I Could Write a Book” on your contemporary romance list. Thank you so very much. And here’s to 2018 – maybe you’ll break 400 😉 Have a blessed New Year!

    • Yeah, I’ve always read insanely fast. Thank goodness for libraries and review arcs or I’d never have the book budget to keep up with my addiction. LOL

      Oh, it was a hands down easy choice to put on my list, Karen. Such a good book.

      Thanks (I will try to hit 400) and wishing you a joyful and fulfilling New Year as well!

  • Oh super news! So happy my list could influence your reading list. Tell you the truth, I do the same when I read all the lists, too.
    Nice! Glad you could find Gemina on sale. We’re getting closer to the release of Obsidio. Can’t wait.

    You’re welcome, Geybie!

  • There are some great books in that list. Several I still need to try. I hope you find just as many in 2018.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads & Books of My Heart

    • I had a fantastic reading year. Oh, yay, I hope you do get to enjoy some of these. 🙂

  • What a great list! Yay for Alex, Approximately! Ilona Andrews will always make mine as long as I read one of their books each year. And I need to read Gemina!

    • Thanks! I have the last two Hidden Legacy books by Ilona Andrews and the last two Edge ones before I’m all caught up. I confess that I’m taking my time since I want to savor their books.
      Oh yes, you need to get right on Gemina so you’re ready for Obsidio in March. 🙂

  • Oooh what a great list! I have some of these books to read on my pile too!

    • That is my favorite part of Best of posts. Making note of the good ones I haven’t read or seen yet. 🙂

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