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2017 as Told by Books // Suggestions from Friends

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2017 as Told by Books // Suggestions from Friends

Yesterday I asked my followers on Twitter and Instagram to tell me their favorite book of 2017. 

I expected a few people to respond, but then social media did its thing and I heard from a lot more people than I had imagined. To all of you who responded: thank you! I'm excited to add your recommendations to want-to read list on Goodreads. In a few days, I'll be posting my blog about the books I've read this year, a few of which overlap with the recommendations I was given yesterday (the ones I've read have a star by them).

For now, though, I want to share the list that I compiled from yesterday's responses. If the title is bold, that means it showed up more than once. These books aren't listed in any special kind of order, but if you'd like me to add any on the list, leave a comment below. I'd suggest paying attention to the names of the authors that show up more than once and the titles that are in bold; I think that's worth something. 

Recommendations from Friends:

  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp*

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi*

  • Disney War by James B Stewart

  • Love Does by Bob Goff*

  • Justice by Michael Sandel

  • Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller*

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

  • You and Me Forever by Francis Chan*

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas*

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi*

  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

  • First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

  • Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling*

  • Intelligent Disobedience by Ira Chaleff

  • Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown*

  • Dance the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  • Holy is the Day by Carolyn Webber

  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Ann Lamott

  • Forgotten God by Francis Chan

  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

  • Garden City by John Mark Comer*

  • Loveology by John Mark Comer*

  • God Has a Name by John Mark Comer*

  • The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

  • Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud & Townsend

  • What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

  • Fight by Preston Sprinkle 

  • Purgatorio, from The Divine Comedy by Dante

  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond

  • Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

So there it is! This is excluding the number of my friends that responded telling me that the Bible was the best book they read this year, which I ignored. Like I said, though, if you haven't already told me the best book you've read this year, leave it in the comments below. My all time favorite books have come by way of suggestion and I don't think that that fact will change anytime soon. I value your suggestions, friends.

To all that contributed, thank you and happy reading! Words, stories, reading, it's all important. Keep reading, keep sharing these suggestions. A good story will never grow old. 

Be on the lookout in the next few days for my 2017 book blog where I'll walk through my personal favorite reads and give you my whole reading list from this year. If you're still looking for suggestions, though, you can check out my blog from last year and the year before.