Twenty 2017 Backlist Books - What I Read, What I Loved!

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

The One-In-A-Million Boy

Monica Wood

$15.99 $14.71

My favorite book of all time! I can't tell you how much this book pulled me in and touched my heart. An incredible study of the relationship between a very old woman and a very young boy who comes into her life and the road trip that relationship inspires.

The Martian

Andy Weir

$17.00 $15.64

I read this book with a 9 year old! Some of the language is dicey...but the book was riveting to both of us. We read the book before we saw the movie but both were worthy of your attention!

Better Nate Than Ever

Tim Federle

$8.99 $8.27

We loved Nate! He's flamboyant and lovable and a fantastic character to introduce to an elementary school student to help them understand the differences between people! The friendship between the two main characters is heartwarming and the family dynamic is both realistic and a little bit sad. Be prepared to laugh and cry!

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book

Dan Harris, Carlye Adler, et al.

$17.00 $15.64

I read very little non fiction but Dan Harris was great! I loved hearing his stories of panic attacks and meditation and how he addressed he demons. He reads the book himself on audio and his 'TV voice' was good to hear!

Circus Mirandus

Cassie Beasley

$8.99 $8.27

What an amazing, delightful story! This is the kind of book that takes your mind on a trip...and whether you are 9 or 99, it's a great trip to take. Read it...you'll believe Grandpa Ephraim too!

The Fog Diver

Joel Ross

$7.99

My son adored this book and it's sequel, (below) The Lost Compass. A riveting story of slum kids who are forced to fight for their survival...I loved this post-apocalyptic story for Middle Grade!

The War That Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

$8.99 $8.27

Learn about resilience and love through the story of Ada and Susan. Set in WWII, in a small town in England, you won't even notice that this is a Middle Grade book!

11/22/63

Stephen King

$20.99 $19.31

I had no idea that Stephen King wrote books for me! I thought he only wrote Horror so I diligently stayed away from his titles. Little did I know that he's just an incredible write and 11/22/63 (the story of a man who travels back in time to undo the assassination of JFK) would be one of my favorites of all time!

The Accidental Tourist

Anne Tyler

$16.00 $14.72

This is quiet book about a quiet man but Tyler portrays her protagonist in such a way that you will almost come to understand his neuroses and insecurities. Think of it as a more mature sophisticated version of The Rosie Project.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island

Dana Alison Levy

$7.99 $7.35

I really wanted to shout out The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher here but it's not in stock on Bookshop.org. That being said, you will love ALL of the Family Fletcher books if you are looking for stories of diverse and inclusive families that demonstrate love, love, love!

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Bryn Greenwood

$15.99 $14.71

This title is controversial but I have to say, I loved it. The story centers around a relationship that forms between two people with a significant age difference. Because the protagonist in the story is a minor, many see this book as supportive of statutory rape. I found the characters flawed and broken and understood the toxic breeding ground in which the relationship developed. In my opinion, something stories that feel 'real' are the most uncomfortable.

The Two-Family House

Lynda Cohen Loigman

$16.99 $15.63

You'll want to fix this families problems and the frustration you feel at their failings and foibles will both draw you and drive you crazy. Secrets abound and generations are impacted. This family is coming of age and coming apart all at the same time.

More Happy Than Not (Deluxe Edition)

Adam Silvera

$10.99 $10.11

A tough topic, this book centers around LGBTQ+ themes and suicide. There's lots to love in Silvera's portrayal of Aaron Soto and just a touch of mysticism to make the story even more intriguing.

Absolutely Almost

Lisa Graff

$8.99 $8.27

Have you ever felt like you just didn't stand out in any particular way? That's Albie's story and you'll be pulled along to find out who and how he gains confidence in himself. A wonderful story for Middle Grade readers. I'd highly recommend it as a read along between parents and kids.

The Admissions

Meg Mitchell Moore

$16.95 $15.59

Sometimes I find a book that I love that I feel really flew under the radar when it was published. This book is one of those! The story of the Hawthorne family and the pressure that all (but especially oldest daughter Angela) are under as they reach Angela's final year of high school and mom and dad try to keep all of the family 'balls in the air.' I was a Type A high school kid and this book rang really true for me!

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin

$16.95 $15.59

I know you've probably heard about this book but I can't talk about 2017 without mentioned it. It's not only the story of a charming, curmudgeonly bookstore owner and a development that turns his life upside down (think A Man Called Ove) but it features lots and lots of literary references and some side characters that will engage you just as much as the protagonist.

The Lost Compass

Joel Ross

$6.99

This is the follow-up to The Fog Diver that I listed above. After finishing The Fog Diver, my son and I dove right into the Lost Compass and it didn't disappoint. A continuation of the travails of the slum kids we came to love in the first book...The Lost Compass is both exciting and endearing.

Saving Marty

Paul Griffin

$8.99 $8.27

Tears! Oh, how my son loves to giggle when a book brings me to tears. And why is it always the books that feature animals? This book explores the power of friendship and the ends to which we would go to save our friends. Marty is a runt piglet but he'll grow...both into a massive pig and a warm part of your heart by the end of the book!

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$16.95 $15.59

I love a book that entertains and educates me. Long before I knew anything about BLM, I read Americanah and got the chance to consider my own ignorance around topics of race and identification in America. The story of a woman how immigrates from Nigeria and starts a blog in the U.S., Ifemalu is forced to grapple with her status as a black woman in America. You too, will be forced to grapple with what you think you understand about that topic. Whatever you race, Americanah is a riveting discourse on our country and one you'll be grateful to have engaged in. I highly recommend the audiobook as the cadence and pronunciation of the language was integral to the 'feeling' I got when I read this book.

Peace Like a River

Leif Enger

$16.00 $14.72

I'm not sure I've ever rooted for a character the way I rooted for Rueben in this book. Enger made me feel the turmoil and despair that Rueben's family experiences when his older brother is jailed and charged with murder. You'll feel both the desolation of Enger's landscape as clearly as you'll feel the mix of courage and hopelessness that Rueben must overcome to 'save' his family.