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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Michelle’s Best Books of 2017: Everything Else

The Best Urban and Supernatural Fantasy of 2017
The Best Historical Fantasy and YA of 2017
The Best Mysteries of 2017
The Best Comics of 2017

The Best Book Covers of 2017:

The Book Covers I HATED This Year.

General note on links: Clicking on the text of a title should take you to my review. Clicking on the image of the cover should take you directly to the Amazon page for that book. Clicking on the author’s name should take you to my page for that author, which includes a chronological list of all their books I’ve read, and a compendium of my reviews for that author.


And now a bit of everything else:

Historical Romance

A Dangerous Deceit (2017) Alissa Johnson (8.5/10) – Gentleman Thief-Takers book 3

I loved the previous two books in this series, and so was happy to snatch this up. Although the two previous books are are closely tied together, with the main characters being sisters, this book is far more of a stand-alone, and far different from most historical romances.

For one, the female romantic lead has a disability. This seems minor to a modern reader, but at the time such disabilities were enough to cause people to be locked away; thus there is a great necessity for her to hide her disability even though it causes problems between her and the hero.

Secondly, there is a good mystery here as well.

I recommend all three books in this series, starting with A Talent for Trickery but this one can be read on its own.



What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions  (2014) Randall Munroe (10/10)

Not at all recent, but I finally got around to reading it.

If you have come across xkcd, you should definitely own and read this book. It is a marvel and a delight.

Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment (2006) David Bodanis (8/10)

Again, not recent, but if you have any interest in the women who shaped science and mathematics and engineer, but we forgotten or hidden by the men of the day, you’ll want to add Emilie du Chatelet to your list of women to discover.

2017 Monthly Roundups
Michelle’s All-Time Favorite Books

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