After a long break, I realized this afternoon it was high time to open up my laptop and write this post. To say goodbye to 2017 in my own way. Aside from hiking and horseback riding, my favorite thing to do is read. So, to keep things somewhat brief….following is a list of what I read through the fall and winter of 2017 (that last part btw sounds a bit odd to me having so much winter still to get through/enjoy).
Tornado Weather by Debora E. Kennedy – a powerful debut by a writer with an ability to create profound characters readers can connect to.
Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck- for those who enjoyed The Nightingale and All the Light we Cannot See
Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier – this selection of Maurier’s short stories is utterly fantastic
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang – so so, I loved a couple stories but the rest not so impressed.
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc – old-fashioned ghost story I’ll be reading everything Ms. Jemc has to come!
Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann -a novelist returns to his former prep school to teach, stirring up old memories of a schoolmate who vanished. It’s sure not The Secret History, but a solid read.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry historical novel about a woman who finds herself swept up in a village myth. Gothic fiction at it’s very best today.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware – I’m a big time Ware fan, but didn’t love this one as much as I LOVED In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. *If someone other than Ware had written this I’d probably be more impressed, but it just didn’t grab me the way the other two did. Now, I feel bad.
See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt – re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders. Well-written, haunting.
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud – how the heck have I not heard of Messed before!? A-MAZING.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – deservedly won the National Book Award.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – the guiltiest of pleasures it’s just the right amount of everything on a banana split.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – I was so excited to pu my brand new copy and then it completely disappointed.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann – An immensely important, well-researched, well-written book by one of the most important writers today.
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathew – this debut started out strong then went all over the rails on a really, really long trip…I honestly did not finish. For full description, go to publisher’s site.
Devotions by Mary Oliver – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. A wonderful gift.
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall – as recommended by a librarian this is everything I could have asked for in a read I didn’t want to end. Sequel PLEASE.
The Moth: 50 True Stories – The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award– winning weekly public radio show The Moth Radio Hour.
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine – if you enjoy Agatha Christie this is a book for you.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – I loved to much after I finished listening to on a library CD I purchased a fresh copy.
The History of Bees – well I loved the cover anyway.
The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende – let me count the ways I love Isabel Allende, or at least her early books.
Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner – this brief novel wasn’t the tour de force it was reputed to be in my humble opinion, but I sure enjoyed it.
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash – one of my favorite books of the year. Gorgeous, thoughtful…
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson – I’m still not sure about this one, but I’ll likely read Mr. Wilson’s next book.
Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda – another favorite read. Darn if this wasn’t as Michael Connelly wrote “a classic L.A. novel”…I kind of want to read it again!
Inherit the Bones and A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn – the more books featuring Detective Gemma Monroe the happier a reader I will be!
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott – A beautiful image of the Irish-American experience in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn. Perfection.