December 31st, 2017

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Best Books of December 2017

December: 43 books and scripts read

This month's highlight was the screenplay for The Big Sick. Written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and inspired by their real-life story, it was funny and well-plotted, with realistic characters and reactions. I read the screenplay before I saw the movie, which I also enjoyed. The film was extremely true to the screenplay, down to some of the smallest details.

Stay tuned - my list of the Best Books of 2017 will be posted tonight!

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Best Books of 2017

Total number of books and scripts read in 2017: 252

Here is my list of the best books of 2017, containing titles released and read in that calendar year. Please note that a title's placement within a category is not an indication of rank of any sort; titles are typically listed in the order I read them. Click on a title to read my review.

Fiction
Ararat by Christopher Golden

Young Adult Fiction
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Juvenile Fiction
Totally Crushed by Kristen Tracy (the sequel to Project (Un)Popular)
Real Friends by Shannon Hale (graphic novel)

Additional highlights

Into the Woods libretto and score written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim - This was not the first time I've read this, and it won't be the last!

I re-read Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr in honor of its cinematic adaptation.

I discovered the play The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman.

Check out my year-end booklists from previous years:
Best Books of 2016
Best Books of 2015
Best Books of 2014
Best Books of 2013
Best Books of 2012
Best Books of 2011
Best Books of 2010
Best Books of 2009
Best Books of 2008
Best Books of 2007
Best Books of 2006
Best Books of 2005

I also post a list of my favorite books every month, and I have curated dozens of other booklists filled with titles for different audiences, a wide range of genres, topics, and ages. Enjoy!