Must Read Books for 2017

Must Read Books for 2017

LauraDickersonWe’re excited to share this post from Laura Dickerson with her thoughts on the must-read books of 2017. Laura spent more than 6 years in marketing, including a long stint at HarperCollins Christian. She now enjoys being a mom to her two-year-old daughter, Lillie Anne and baby sister Reese. She and her family make their home in Brentwood, Tennessee. Check out here book recommendations below!


With little ones running around, free time is a precious commodity in our house, but my goal for this year is to still be sure to carve out a little time to unwind, and there is no better way to relax than to snuggle up on the couch (or in the porch swing when warm weather is back!) with a book. Growing up I loved to read and after spending several years of my career in publishing, surrounded by wonderful books, I have grown to appreciate even more the beauty of getting lost in the pages of a book.

A really great book, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, or inspirational, is one that I will often read through as quickly as possible because I just can’t wait to find out the end, and then, wish I had read slower because it’s over. But the great part about that is then I am ready for the next one on my list. So…here we go, my top books for 2017 (though I’m sure there are some awesome ones coming that I have yet to hear about that will be added!):


This Life I Live by Rory Feek

When I saw Rory talking about this book on the Today Show I knew that it was going to a must read for me. It just released last week, and for me, has moved to the top of my list. I only know bits and pieces of their story, but I have been truly moved by the faith and grace that their love story was a witness to. I am sure that this book will be one in which you can’t help but be touched as you hear how they leaned on God in heartbreaking circumstances.


Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this book, and I would love to read it for myself to see what all it entails. From everything I’ve heard she dives into how to simplify every area of your life, and while I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle it all, I would love to read the book and take from it a few things to test out with our home because simplifying and decluttering sounds pretty awesome right now.


Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson

I have to say that this book has peaked my interest. With a career in marketing, I love learning about what happens behind the scenes to make them a hit, and this one looks like it will take an interesting look at today’s culture and marketing.


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is one book that I haven’t yet had a chance to read, and my interest in adding this to my book list went up even more after seeing the previews for the movie (which I also haven’t seen yet.) But it sounds intriguing and one to be read for sure.

Fun Reads

The Whistler by John Grisham

I have always enjoyed suspense novels so John Grisham’s latest is another one I’d love to find time to read. “A fascinating look at judicial corruption…an entirely convincing story and one of Grisham’s best.” -Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post. I’m sure this one will be one that will be hard to put down.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

This historical romance novel is one that I have in mind for this summer. Set in Paris France in the late 1800s, this is one I plan to take on my next beach trip to read while my girls take their afternoon naps because there is just nothing better than a good romance story at the beach.

Those are just a few books on my list, I’d love to add to it though so if you have one I should read, please share!



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