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2017 books I need to get my hands on part 2: contemporary!

Back in January I spent a week sharing the 2017 novels from the first half of the year that I couldn’t wait to read (non-fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, contemporary, historical, and mystery/suspense). This week I’ll be sharing the novels from September-December that have me all starry-eyed, beginning with historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and sci-fi/fantasy. Today we’re ending the week with contemporary!

One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman | September 5, 2017
Two best friends run away for the night, determined to camp out in Ikea. YES. This sounds adorable and fun and actually worthy of the comparison to From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (unlike a terrible, awful book I read a few months ago!)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | September 12, 2017
I loved Everything I Never Told You to the point where I will read anything Celeste writes. An artist and single mother moves into an affluent Cleveland suburb and initially, things seem to be going well. Then friends of her landlord begin the adoption process – they’ll be bringing home a Chinese-American baby – and the ensuing custody battle (as well as secrets regarding Mia’s past) tears apart the once-quiet community.

Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts | September 26, 2017
Okay, hear me out. I’m mostly curious about this one: it sounds EXACTLY like the plot of Hello, Sunshine with its celebrity chef/author/tv host’s fall from grace. Only, in this case, Lizzie finds work as a personal chef wealthy family who adores the latest, trendiest fad diets. There’s also the daughter with a wildly popular website – that comes with a huge secret.

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis | October 3, 2017
I have a copy of this one and cannot wait to dive in! Flora is madly in love with Elijah – enough so that she’s willing to leave behind her elite prep school and follow him to a hippie Quaker academy where he’ll be teaching. Unfortunately for Flora, when she shows up, she realized Elijah made other plans. This one is an epistolary novel and sounds really fantastic.

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno | October 3, 2017
I have yet to read one of Katie’s novels, but I know they have a huge following! Her upcoming book is about an unlikely pair: Gabby is an introvert who would much rather be home than at a party. Ryan is the school’s star hockey player, yet the two are practically best friends. With graduation rapidly approaching, they reminisce by making a top ten list of the best moments of their friendship – and possibly the start of something more.

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt | October 3, 2017
A Middle Grade debut about a girl who finds herself under the care of a family in witness protection. The family is on the run from some of the most notorious criminals and, hey, they won’t be looking for a family with two children. Also, Nicki’s street-savvy ways just might come in handy!

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak | October 17, 2017
For the first time in years, the entire Birch clan will be together under one roof at Weyfield Hall for Christmas. Unfortunately, Olivia, a doctor returning from providing aid to an epidemic overseas, has just been told she’ll need to be quarantined…and so will the rest of the family. For one week they’ll be locked inside together, cut off from the rest of the world (and decent wifi) – and no one expects the surprise guest who drops by.

Ready for Wild by Liora Blake | October 31, 2017
Second Chance Season was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, so it’s no wonder the third in Liora’s Grand Valley series ranks HIGH on my TBR! Second Chance Season introduced the pair featured in this novel: Braden, a no-nonsense game warden with a faithful pup, and Amber, a beauty with her own hunting show. Amber’s show has been dropping in the ratings and a reboot is necessary. The producers plan an archery elk hunt and, stubbornly, Braden just isn’t having it. This just might be one of my most anticipated releases of the year!!

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Small town Georgia, where everyone knows your business whether you want them to or not. As an elite party planner, Margot mingles with high society, until one event goes spectacularly wrong and she’s practically exiled. In dire need of a fresh start, Margot begrudgingly accepts a job planning an event for the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop – how’s that for one-stop shopping? I’m super intrigued by the love interest: an elementary school principal!

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