Our favorite books of 2017

It’s that time of the year! The time when we try—and fail—to choose only ten favorite books of the year. Because we hate/suck at following the rules, we are going to mention our 14 favorite books of 2017. Five of Claudia’s favorite books and ten of my (Diana’s) favorite books because I tried choosing five but unlike my sister, I have attachment issues and my love cannot be contained in a list of five books. And no, I’m not an idiot and I know five plus ten is fifteen but we share a favorite book so that’s fourteen books total.

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REVIEW: THE THING WITH FEATHERS BY McCALL HOYLE

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

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