I save five start ratings for the very best, for the books that I would push into the hands of others, the books that I hold with love to my chest, soaking in their magic. I did not read as much as I wanted to this year. Grief has a way of robbing the concentration it takes to do the things you love and want to do. Of the seventeen books that I read in 2017, four of them received a five star rating. Now with some time passed, I wonder if I would re-read them and still give a five star or if it was just what I needed and wanted in that moment. No matter. Here are the five star winners of 2017, in order of when I read them this year.