Favorite Books of 2017

Here’s a list of memorable books I read this year. Maybe you’ll enjoy one or two.


Mercury by Margot Livesey – if you love horses and family drama
The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink – if you appreciate art and intrigue
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline – if you appreciate art and the Maine coast
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – if you’re patient and like quirky characters

If you’re wondering what really happened and who’s involved:
The Dinner
by Herman Koch
The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPena
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

South of Broad by Pat Conroy – for fans of Conroy, his characters, and Charleston
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve – one of Shreve’s better novels with a strong female protagonist
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford – historical fiction set among 1909 Seattle World’s Fair
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman – endearing story about unlikely relationships


Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson – eye-opening story about the hidden Kennedy daughter
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – growing up poor in the Rust Belt
Ma Speaks Up by Marianne Leone – if you relate to the loving and demonstrative Italian way of life

What book do you recommend?

4 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2017

  1. I’m just finishing ” A Gentleman in Moscow” By Amor Towles which I love. I also rediscovered Alice McDermott and really enjoyed an older book of hers entitled “Someone” . My daughter reintroduced me to poetry and I love Clive James unflinching look back on life called ” Sentenced to Life” Non-fiction ….I found Evicted about homelessness very compelling although I could only read it in small doses. I also read Dreamland about the opioid epidemic which was very revealing.


  2. Thank you Joyce this is a great list.
    One of my favorite books I read this past year is entitled “Nothing to Envy” (author escapes me) about the terrible state of N. Korea! A must read.

    Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!


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