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December 12, 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

Over at The Broke and the Bookish, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is your favorite books of 2017.  Since I usually read books years after they are published, this list is mostly of books I read this year. Here's my list in no particular order.

Barefoot on the wind by Zoë Marriott
01/ Barefoot on the wind by Zoë Marriott
Favorite Quote: "His silence and stillness felt like a chasm yawning between us now. And I found that I was sorry – and I wanted somehow to bridge the silence. Not to ask all the questions that burned inside me, to discover just what he meant – how could anyone forget their own name? – or where this strange home of his was, or what had happened to bring me here. Not even to attempt to placate him for my own safety. I had hurt him and I wanted to soothe the wound."

North Child by Edith Pattou
02/ North Child by Edith Pattou (also known by the previous title 'East')
Favorite Quote: "...The steps of things are where life is truly found, in doing the day-to-day tasks. Caught up in the world of enchantment as I had been at the castle, it had been the routine things I had missed most, which was why I had set up that laundry room and insisted on doing my own washing. But I had missed so much. Sitting at the table back home and peeling potatoes with my mother and sisters in companionable silence. Feeding the chickens, their urgent feathery bodies crowding my legs, and looking up to see Neddy coming back from the fields. Going on one of my long exploring walks, having a blister come up on my heel but at the same time stumbling upon a fox den and catching a brief glimpse of a mother fox nursing a brand-new litter of kits. And though I might have wished away the blister, slowing down to favour the pain in my heel was part of how I came to see the kits."
Hunted by Megan Spooner
03/ Hunted by Megan Spooner
Favorite Quote: "She had always been Beauty when they hunted together, always Beauty when he tucked her in at night. He called her Yeva now, because she was to be a fine lady someday, and her proper name was the one society knew. And yet there was always a half second's pause before he said that name, a tiny catch in his voice that was all that remained of who she'd been before."

Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
04/ Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
Favorite quote: "Alice was an odd girl, even for Ferenwood, where the sun occasionally rained and the colors were brighter than usual and magic was as common as a frowning parent. Her oddness was evident even in the simplest things she did, though most especially in her inability to walk home in a straight line. She stopped too many times, wandering off the main path, catching deep breathes and holding them, too selfish to let them go."

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe
05/ The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe
Favorite Quote: "...don't you get the shivers just looking at all that space, wondering what's up there? I want to invent a broomstick to fly to the moon."

Anyone but Ivy Pocket / Somebody stop Ivy Pocket / Bring me the head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp & Illustrated by Barbara Cantini
06/ Anyone but Ivy Pocket / Somebody stop Ivy Pocket / Bring me the head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp & Illustrated by Barbara Cantini
Favorite Quote: "I am remarkably good in a crisis – for I have all the natural instincts of a five-star general – so in no time at all, I had formed a plan. I picked up my carpetbag and headed down to the lobby, replacing my anxiety with the flickering flame of hope. The streets of Paris were sure to lead to adventure and opportunity. No doubt I would stumble upon something utterly thrilling. Or I might end up a beggar, friendless and starving. Which would be terribly inconvenient. But on the bright side – how wonderfully tragic!"
– from Anyone But Ivy Pocket

The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen
07/ The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen (The first of The Children of Crow Cove series)
Favorite Quote: "Her eyes were dark blue, nearly black in the dim light. She had a large curved nose and dark, bristly hair that was very short in front where the fire had singed it."

The island at the end of everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
08/ The island at the end of everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Favorite Quote: "And now I see them clearly for what they are: the colours patterning each wing, the black bodies, some large, some small, and all of them shifting like breath across the clearing. Butterflies. Dozens, maybe hundreds of them, coasting on the air like a visible, fluttering wind."

09/Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
09/Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Favorite Quote: "Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dreams, or your dad."

Matilda by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
10/ Matilda by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
Favorite Quote: "Being very small and very young, the only power Matilda had over anyone in her family was brainpower. For sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all."

Find more favorite books at the The Broke and the Bookish.

What are your favorite books of 2017? 
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