My 2017 Five-Star Books in Review

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It is time for one of my favorite posts of the year — my five-star books in review post! I read 20 books this year, and I am sharing with you the four books that I rated five-stars and a few four-star honorable mentions. Although I didn’t quite meet my reading goal for this year, I am happy with the accomplishment of 20 books. I read ten physical/kindle books, and I listened to 10 audiobooks. You can check out my full list on Goodreads.


My 2017 Five-Star Books in Review


2017 Five-Star Reads in Review

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I really enjoyed adding audiobooks to my “reading” this year. It gave me something to do while I was on the treadmill, walking around the neighborhood, or on a long drive.  However, my audiobook list is limited to specific genres as I can not listen to a book that I would want to highlight or take notes on. Additionally, I would say that I did miss having more books in my actual hands. It will be interesting to see how 2018 goes with my reading.


Ok, now for what you have been waiting for – my top four books of 2017!


Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out ff This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker is not only my top five-star read, but my endorsement of the book was actually published IN THE BOOK! So, rather than me reiterate myself, I will let my endorsement speak for itself.


Five-Star Reads of 2017


Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen is one of those books that I will want to revisit frequently. Jampacked with so many powerful truths, Nothing to Prove made it hard to put my highlighter down! I had the honor of being on the launch team for Nothing to Prove and also be in a private Facebook group with Jennie and that was just icing on the cake. When you get to hear the heart of the author, it makes the words of her book all the more powerful. Check out my full review of Nothing to Prove, for a more detailed review.



Wonder by R. J. Palacio is one of those books that you pick up because you hear such amazing things about it but not really understand you will know what all the hype is about and then you are blown away because it really is THAT GOOD! Wonder is a young adult fiction book with a five-star rating on Amazon with over 11,000 reviews and a 4.44-star rating on Goodreads with over 430,000 ratings!! Apparently I am not the only person who has liked it, however, if you haven’t read it, you may be the only one. After reading it, I passed it to my oldest to read, and she loved it. Now I am waiting for my other daughter to finish so we can go and see the movie.


The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper Stars) is such an excellent book to listen to on audio. My husband and I listened to this on a trip up north, and we both enjoyed it. Chip and Joanna take turns reading different parts, and the banter between them is comical. I loved hearing their story on how the met and their journey to being stars on HGTV. They are such a cute couple, and I can not recommend this book in audio enough!


Honorable Mentions

When I went back to my list and saw that I had only four five-star books, I was surprised. I think knowing that I will be reviewing my five-stars that I weigh that decision heavily. I want to highlight the best of the best to you not review all 20 books I read.  However, when I looked at my list, there were a few four-star rated ones that I thought deserved mention.

  • Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan is HILARIOUS. As soon as I finished this audiobook, I made my husband listen to it on his work commute. One day he came home from work and said he thought he was going to get in an accident from laughing so hard. So again, not a highly impactful, meaningful book but if you need a laugh, this is it!!
  • Cultivate and Make it Happen both by Lara Casey are great books to help you set and achieve goals as well as living the life you desire with intention. Here is my review of Cultivate.
  • Women of The Word by Jen Wilken is a great tool for studying the Bible yourself. I really appreciated her plan for studying the Bible on your own.
  • Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst was life-giving to me. Even though I had the paperback, I listened to it on audio. However, I had so many notes written on different pieces of paper that I wished I had just read it. I am wondering now why I gave it four stars and not five!


Five-Star Reads of 2017


There you have it – my 2017 five-star reads in review. What books did you rate five-stars this year? Any that I need to add to my 2018 reading list?  I love talking books so be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what your favorites were.



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  1. Cheryl Taylor
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    Thank you! I am looking for good reads for 2018, and your reviews are helpful:)
    I read Jon Acuff’s “Finish” this year, and can’t wait to read it again! He is laugh-out-loud funny and also very insightful…the meaningful content was way more life-changing and life-giving for me (a classic Type A) than I expected.
    Happy reading to you in the New Year!

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