Book and Movie of the Year 2017

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About the Award

The True and Pure Book and Movie of the Year Award is an unofficial, created-by-me award. I recognize what I consider the best book I read and the best movie I saw in the previous year, along with a runner-up in each category.

Starting this year, I will make an effort to choose more modern books rather than classics; we can all agree that most classics are classics for a reason, and my goal is to help you find amazing books that you might not have heard about or might be unsure about. Plus this will help me narrow it down a little bit. But the award in general is not limited to media that was released this year. I choose out of everything I read and watched in the course of the year, not only things that are brand-new.

See previous awards here:

Book and Movie of the Year 2015

Book and Movie of the Year 2016

Book of the Year: The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp (2016)

Runner-Up: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (2016)

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About the winner: 

New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that’s behind every single aspect of our lives — and one that The Broken Way – also a New York Times bestseller – rises up to explore in the most unexpected ways.  (from Goodreads)

The Broken Way, if read and digested carefully, is a life-changing book. Voskamp’s writing style is painfully beautiful; her words are filled with hope and joy; the truths that she speaks of are truths that we all need to be reminded of again and again. It is a beautiful book that every Christian should read, no matter your situation, and store up in their hearts for a time when life may be a struggle.

Read my earlier review: The Broken Way: Finding Beauty in Brokenness and Suffering.

About the runner-up: 

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny?

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around? (from Goodreads)

Vinegar Girl is just so much fun. It’s a touching, sweet, funny romance novel that doesn’t feel like a romance novel at all, taking The Taming of the Shrew and perfectly transplanting it into modern life. This is one of those books that I will probably reread over and over, and recommend to everyone. It’s especially perfect if you’re looking for a light, enjoyable beach read that still has substance.

Read my Goodreads review: Vinegar Girl.

Movie of the Year: Les Miserables (2012)

Runner-Up: Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

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About the winner: 

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. (from IMDb)

Note that I have not read the book, so I won’t be able to compare quality in that regard; but I watched Les Miserables for the first time back in January and absolutely loved it. It is a serious, rather dark, sometimes hard-to-watch movie, but it has a beautiful, hopeful conclusion that is missing from so much of today’s media. The music is so powerful as well, and adds to the development of its soaring themes. (Warning: there is some content that you may want to research beforehand. Most of it is easily fast-forwardable. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this movie for those under 14.)

About the runner-up: 

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies to his side. (from IMDb)

This played in theaters one evening this year, and my sister and I went to see it with some friends. It was awesome. We love the musical, and it was so great to get to see the whole show with all the epic dancing! Best of all, I think it’s on Netflix now, so if you’re looking for a feel-good musical to brighten your winter, go check it out! I definitely need to watch it again soon.


What do you think? Have you read/watched my selections? If so, did you like them as much as I did? What are your favorite books and movies of 2017? I’d love to know! 

love, grace



12 thoughts on “Book and Movie of the Year 2017

  1. Madeline J. Rose says:

    Ooh, you liked Les Miserable! I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s AMAZING. 🙂 My favorite movie this year was probably either Spiderman Homecoming or Thor Ragnarok! ❤ I just love Marvel movies. XD


    • graceevalyn says:

      It IS amazing. You heard right!

      Spiderman Homecoming was definitely one of the top options I considered…I loved it!! I didn’t love Thor Ragnarok quite as much. I liked it, but it wasn’t really a contender for the absolute best movie I saw this year.

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  2. mphadventuregirl says:

    Les Misérables (2012) is such a wonderful movie and I have seen the stage show five times. Such a beautiful and inspiring tale of hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, humanity, sacrifice, and redemption. Tragic, but beautiful. Powerful, passionate, highly emotional, and epic. I am obsessed with Les Mis.

    I first fell in love with Newsies August 2016 when my family saw it when it was touring. Inspiring story, inspiring story, wonderful characters, fun and exciting songs, and mind-blowing dance


  3. Chelsea R. H. says:

    After reading your review on the Broken Way I went and brought it and it was so good! I enjoyed it a lot and then lent it to my best friend for her to read.
    And Les Miserables!!!! Oh my goodness, that movie is amazing. I read the book this year and it was amazing too. I’m sort of obsessed with it now.
    And I’m obsessed with Newsies, but I haven’t seen the recording, because I believe it’s only on Netflix and my family doesn’t have Netflix 😦
    Nice post though, and it’s good to see you back!


    • graceevalyn says:

      I’m so glad you liked The Broken Way! It makes me so happy to hear that my reviews are influencing people.

      Should I read Les Mis? (*pleading face*) I know I probably should. I’m sure it’s fantastic. But it’s so long…I don’t have that kind of commitment…

      Oh no!! Okay, promise me if you ever go somewhere where you have access to Netflix, you will watch Newsies IMMEDIATELY. I just know you would love it, since I know you’re obsessed with the musical…I wish I could let you borrow my Netflix 😉

      Have a lovely Christmas!

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