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Can it be that 2017 is already almost half over? Whether we like it or not, time keeps on marching along. Sometimes the passing of time is met with groans, like when our kids grow up too fast or a much anticipated vacation comes to an end. Other times, we can appreciate the movement of time for the new opportunities it brings. The constant arrival of new books is one of the things I like most about the passage of time. Today I’m joining The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday glimpse into the books I’ve most liked so far this year. It will be fun to see how many are able to stave off the onslaught of books in the coming months to make it onto my year-end “Best Books of 2017” list.
A strong female friendship, profound and life-altering
Women making it in a traditionally male career
Story spanning more than 20-years, from college onward
Complete blurring of the line between fact and fiction
Is the author creative or crazy?
You can’t stop thinking about this book
A hockey story about the entire community surrounding the game
The love and loyalty of best friends
A young man’s willingness to do what’s right
Eleanor, a wonderfully original character who’s difficult not to love
The moving metamorphosis of Eleanor
Friendships in many different forms
Magical realism that works
The evolution of a young couple’s relationship in trying times
A look into the common plight of many refugees
A book that deserves the comparison to The Secret History
The cast of characters prone to speaking in lines from Shakespeare
A mystery as much about why as about who
A coming-of-age story told with the perspective of 20 years hence
Classic tale of an innocent girl following one more experienced
Gorgeous writing, hauntingly authentic
A feel good book about losing your mother
Elvis, the 12-year old narrator you’ll fall in love with
A quirky cast of characters who care about each other
World War II story based on the author’s own family
Short chapters highlighting alternating family members
Horrors of WWII, but also a triumphant side
Simply stunning writing
An unexpected twist on the rich boy/poor girl story
The grit of Manhattan in the 1980’s
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