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5 Page-Turners to read in 2017

Made a 2017 resolution to read more, but having a hard time finding books that keep your attention? We’ve got you covered! So, make that cup of tea, grab that cozy blanket and get lost in one of these great books.

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The Kindness of Strangers
Katrina Kittle

This novel was published in 2007, but it has stayed with us since we read it. The Kindness of Strangers deals with the topic of child sexual abuse and, at times, is extremely difficult to read, but it is also a story of love, triumph, survival and the compassion of ordinary people. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is true to the emotions of real life – honest and raw.

Buy: The Kindness of Strangers
Or check it out from your local library!



Great Small Things
Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is known for her compelling, layered characters and their moral dilemma’s, and this novel does not disappoint. It is a heart–wrenching story of a labor and delivery nurse accused of murder by a white supremacist. The subject matter is very timely, with the nations current temperature, and at times can be uncomfortable. At its heart is a story about prejudice, race and justice and there is plenty to learn from it.

Buy: Small Great Things: A Novel
Or check it out from your local library!



The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd

Selected as an “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0” choice, this is a story of courage, hope and the daring quest for freedom. Centered in Charleston, in the early nineteenth century, the novel, inspired by true events, rotates between Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a slave to the wealthy Grimke household, and the Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, as they both fight for a life of their own. This one is sure to leave you feeling moved and empowered.

Buy: The Invention of Wings
Or check it out from your local library!



The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta

Love, connection and loss are the topics this thought-provoking novel discuss. Centered around an event known as the Sudden Departure, friends and families of the Mapleton community are left to heal after their loved ones vanish. Nothing will ever be the same for them but they must begin to make a new start. So good, HBO turned it into a TV series, starring the likes of Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.

Buy: The Leftovers
Or check it out from your local library!



Elie Wiesel

You may have read Night in middle/high school as required reading, but it is an autobiographical account that should be revisited in adulthood. It is an important account of the authors survival in the Nazi death camps. Shocking, powerful, heartbreaking. This one might lose you sleep, for more reasons than one.

Buy: Night (Night)
Or check it out from your local library!
What books have you already read in 2017? Share your faves with us below!

Header Image: Amy Smith



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  • Reply
    Karen Gran
    June 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I have read several of these books. The Invention of Wings being one of my favorites. Small great things is an eye opener. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Reply
      June 14, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Small Great Things was an eye opener for me as well! Hope you enjoy the other suggestions.

  • Reply
    July 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Pinning for later!

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