Favorite Fiction – Best of 2017

I may not have completed my Goodreads goal of 50 titles this year, but I did a decent job with just under 35 books, mostly from the Middle Grade shelf. I won’t bore you with copy/pasted summaries of every book I read (you can hit up my Reading Challenge page for that if you like, though) but I will share some of my highlights.

 

Favorite Series

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

“For a Hero cannot triumph all the time. Sometimes he will be defeated, and how he faces that defeat is a test of his character.”

IMG_7146I finally completed the How to Train Your Dragon series this year. What starts out as a short and silly lower Middle Grade series quickly becomes a fast-paced adventure with a hero who can’t seem to do anything right, a naughty little dragon, and a tribe of Hooligans that will keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages eagerly. My favorite detail is the abundance of illustrations that decorate nearly every page. They’re informal, sketchy, and perfect for setting off a child’s imagination. Just be prepared for a little dragon dung humor in the first couple of books.IMG_6727

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Sharing – Current Reads

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If you really, really loved the movie does reading the book ruin it? As much as I loved the Dreamworks version of How To Train Your Dragon, I’m so excited to get to know the Hiccup and Toothless that Cressida Cowell wrote in her middle grade series. Be warned! These books are almost nothing like the movie, but that’s okay. Many of my favorite books were introduced to me through a movie, but usually it’s the book that ends up making a difference in my life.

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