2017 was my worst blogging year to date. Life did not find an even keel until late-September 2017, and by then I had a backlog of reviews to write and was debating whether or not I could continue to sustain a reviewing schedule as I had in previous years. I found myself sorely missing the creative outlet of blogging and the community it provides, so I came back in December with a freshly redesigned blog, a manageable review schedule, and renewed vigour to get back to doing what I love: fangirling over books.
In the past, general market books have been underrepresented on my blog, but this will likely change in 2018. The Overweight Bookshelf began as a niche review site for inspirational fiction, however that falsely represents my reading tastes as homogeneously inspy. I have been reticent in the past to include general market books for fear that this blog’s audience would not be interested or I would face a backlash from including titles that were not strictly CBA. From now on, I will not be placing limitations on myself on featuring outstanding general market novels on this blog (The Alice Network anyone? SOOOO good) and hope that you will like and embrace the more diversified content.
Phew, that was a long segue into my Top Picks for 2017! Without further ado, here are my favourite reads:
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
Life After by Katie Ganshert
Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B Jones
My Unexpected Hope by Tammy L Gray
The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo
A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
(Officially releasing February 2018)
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin