2017 Reading Year in Review


119 books read – 23 nonfiction, 96 fiction

I have listed all of my 4 and 5 star books, but just scanned the list of the three star books for the ones that stand out. Bold indicates favorite books of the year.

5 Stars
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherie Arden
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Glass Houses by Louise Penny
Dark Money by Jane Mayer

4 Stars
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
Eight Flavors by Sarah Lohman
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski
Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
Memory by Victoria Feuerstein
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Chemistry by Weike Wang
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
House of Names by Colm Toibin
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Euphoria by Lily King
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
Celine by Peter Heller
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gran
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

3 Stars
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Crucial Conversations by May Sarton
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
What She Ate by Laura Shapiro
The Glass Flame by Phyllis A. Whitney
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp

Favorite Book Covers

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Best Last Line

“For a moment they are two lovers in a park, under an ancient tree, sun-dappled, beautiful and at peace.”

Absolutely stunning ending to Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.



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