2017 Book Recap


When 2017 comes to a close, I will have surpassed my Good Reads Challenge of 35 books.

I have always been an avid reader, but after a hard 2015 it took quite a while to get my concentration/focus back.

This is one of the reasons I love the yearly Good Reads Challenge, I set a number and felt I had to reach it.

I will finish 2017 with the following two books:

Young Jane Young by Garielle Zevin (author of The Storied Life of AJ Finkry).

I am really enjoying this book and glad I found it on Overdrive

Young Jane Young‘s heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss‑‑who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married‑‑and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late‑night talk show punchline; she is slut‑shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.How does one go on after this? In Aviva’s case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long‑ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you’ve done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it’s only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane’s daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.

I am listening to The Sleuth Sisters by Maggie Pill.

Although I am enjoying listening to this book, I find Barb rather annoying…well, sort of a jerk.

I hope this feeling diminishes because I would like to find a series to listen to.

Family humor–particularly the close-but-oh-so-different status of sisters, plays a big role in this murder mystery. Each sister has strengths and foibles. Barb, intelligent and composed, sneaks around town at night, correcting the spelling and grammatical errors on signs that drive her bonkers. Faye, kind-hearted but insecure, can’t see herself as the capable person she is. And Retta? Retta knows she’s attractive and clever. She’s only trying to help when she tells you exactly what you should do with your life–or your detective agency.

My reads for 2017 were:

1. The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
2. The Poison in the Pudding by Shea MacLeod
3. Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich
4. The Girl Before by JP Delaney
5. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
6. Righteous by Joe Ide
7. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
8. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
9. A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris
10. Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris
11. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
12. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
13. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
14. On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
15.The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg
16. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
17.The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
18. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
19. Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich
20. NYPD Red by James Patterson
21. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
22. Buried in a Bog by Shelia Connolly
23. Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
24. Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron
25. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
26. A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender
27.The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
28. Bell Book and Scandal by Jill Churchill
29. The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by JS Drangsholt
30. The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark
31.The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
32. My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin
33.A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
34. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
35. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
36. The Widow by Fiona Barton
37. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
38.When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
39. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
40.Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The books I enjoyed most are in bold.

2018 will see more books, the first will be our January book club selection Lincoln in Bardo by George Saunders:

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Looking forward to good recommendations for my 2018 challenge 🙂

4 thoughts on “2017 Book Recap

  1. Stefanie says:

    Good job on the reading. I’m so glad to have found Goodreads; it’s a helpful tool. I’m looking forward to filling out my spreadsheet too and to use it for stats.


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