The Two Best Books I Read In 2017

(Author’s Note: Just because I read these books this year, does not mean they were published this year)

I was thinking back on the books I’ve read this year and realized there have not been many. At some point this year, I lost the desire to read. It’s not that I lack reading the material, there are a lot of books in various places throughout my house that need read. I believe in stockpiling books when they are in the budget, for times when it is not possible to buy them.

My Kindle is also quite full of fiction as well as non-fiction books. I’ve come to the conclusion the fiction books are best read on the Kindle as those I usually do not highlight. Non-fiction books are written in and highlighted a lot. Then there are the Post-it Notes. I keep 3M in business by purchasing them and using them to bookmark pages.

Here are my selections:


I heard wonderful things about this next book and finally got around to reading the Kindle version this year. Wow! I had a hard time putting The Nightingale: A Novel down. Here is a quote from one of the characters:

In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.

The Nightingale

Kristen Hannah

(I will not tell you which character said it as that will spoil your reading experience.)

Author Kristen Hannah’s book is about two sisters in France during World War II. One is married and settled and the other is a rebellious 18-year-old. Their story is powerful, haunting and will have you on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Curl up with this book, a cup of tea or cocoa on the couch with an afghan and you have the perfect way to spend a winter weekend.

Kristen’s new book releases in February 2018 and I can’t wait to read it. Until then I will be reading her earlier works.

Non – Fiction

Fiecrcehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely by Holley Gerth – I was blessed to be on Holley’s book launch team this past fall. That is not the reason why I chose this book. I chose this because it is wonderfully written and I believe in Holley’s message. She is inspiring women to become better, stronger and to fully embrace life and seeing how God work’s in your life.

Here is a picture of how Holley defines a fiercehearted woman.


And here is a picture of my copy. You see why I say I keep 3M in business     😀


There is so much that resonated with me, but the one thing that stood out the most is the difference between being nice and being kind (chapter 32)

Niceness comes from fear. 

Kindness comes from love.

Holley Gerth

Holley’s book is filled with short chapters about various times in Holley’s life. Some of her experiences took me back down memory lane.

This book for any woman at any stage of life. I’ve read several of Holley’s books over the past few years and have enjoyed every one.

So thank you to Holley and her Launch Team Manager Kaitlyn Bouchillon for having me on the team and for kick-starting my desire to read.


Now if you will excuse me, I am off to take inventory of my books and what I need to read this year. I will compile and share my list with you in another post.


christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.