Monday, December 18, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

I know many of you are like me, always looking for a good book to read!! At the end of each year, I look back over my Good Reads list to see which books stood out among the rest for me. It is fun to go back and read my reviews and remember all the good stories I have enjoyed this year.

Here are my TOP TEN...

1. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia S Fenollera was this years TOP READ.  It is a book that will take you away from all your cares to a kinder and gentler community of refined citizens.

2. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a thought provoking read but what a story!

3. The Bird House by Kelly Simmons was such a timely book for me as it is about a grandmother. Being in the same season of life, I could understand many of the main character's feelings.

4. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel is a great police procedural/mystery. Set in England and Denmark it was very interesting to me.

5. The Hired Girl by Amy Laura Schlitz. This is an author to be aware of! Great writing and masterful story teller. I have read two of her books and look forward to more from Ms Schlitz.

6. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan features a troubled young heroine who might or might not have killed her mother.  Exactly who is the psychopath in this mystery?

7, Local Knowledge by Liza Gyllenhaal is set in New England and features a real estate agent as the main character. Two of my favorite topics in one book!

8. Easter at the Lakes by Sara Hylton is an older book that I found in the stacks at the library but charmed me from the get go. Ms Hylton's books are in the style of Rosamunde Pilcher, another favorite author of mine.

9. I Found You by Lisa Jewel was a real page turner for me. Amnesia is always an interesting subject in a mystery!

10. Magpie Murders by Joel Horowitz was a fun read for anyone who is a lover of all mystery genres. You will enjoy the references to other mysteries you might have read.

So there you go!! I realize not all readers have the same taste but I think there is something for everyone on this list!!

I am adding one I just finished...The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. It is a sweet story of friendship across the generational lines.


Preppy Empty Nester said...

Looks like some great selections, Arlene. I just read one of them. I've been working on a post about my faves buy not sure it will get published. Too distracted. Have a Merry Christmas!!

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, thank you for sharing your top 10 books from the year. I have added several to my list.

Terri D said...

I've not read any of these but will be looking for a couple of them! We have similar tastes in books. Thanks for the reviews!

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing your top 10. I really need to branch out from my usual list of authors and non fiction. I have read tons this year, but mostly went with my old self because of time constraints. I love to read, but life has been spinning this year. Sounds like some I would like in your list.

Tina said...

The Hired Girl was a great book and it wouldn't have been on my radar otherwise! Thank you! Also I just got The Orphan's Tale at my library's bookstore and it looks really good! It's next on my list I think after I finish this month's read for my book club. Thanks for posting this list!

Carol W. said...

Thank you for sharing your Top 10 list. They sound like very interesting books. As far as murder-mystery books go, my favorite author is Phyllis Whitney. Please read a few of her books, very attention-getting stories, but tastefully written. Have a blessed Christmas! God bless you!

Carol W. said...

P.S.: Over the years, I got away from reading books (except for the Bible). I need to start reading at least one or two books a month on a variety of subjects and need to make at least one trip to the library monthly. That's going to be one of my New Year's resolutions! Thank you, Arlene, for reviving that interest in me!

RJ said...

Oh I need to do this Arlene. I'm going to write down your top 10. I think I have only read 3 books this year. I have spent so much time on the blog that I just never seemed to have the time to read a book. The other day I got asked to join a book group and I wondered how will I do it...but I might reconsider and just do it. RJ

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Carol W..I read Phyllis Whitney witen I was in high school and college. I could not wait for her books to come out. Maybe I need to re read some of them.