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message 1: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments As we are at the end of 2017, it's time to think a little about our reads this year :)

What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?


message 2: by MJ (new)

MJ | 666 comments Favourite books of 2017 in no particular order:
A Discovery of Witches
A Man Called Ove
The Graveyard Book
Riddle-Master
The Wolf Road
The Martian
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
A Monster Calls
A Christmas Carol
The Forever Queen

I didn't read any terrible books. Some of them were difficult because they were sad, or challenging to read, but that's it.

I need to read some more biographies and/or memoirs.


message 5: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3469 comments Kathy! You liked Picnic at Hanging Rock - I’m really happy to hear that. 😁


message 6: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 1315 comments My top ten:
A Monster Calls
The House of the Spirits
Big Little Lies
Orphan Train
Salt to the Sea
The Hate U Give
What Alice Forgot
Homegoing
Night Road
The Snowman

I could easily have added ten more books to that list.

New interesting authors
Liane Moriarty
Isabel Allende
Ruta Sepetys

There are some other authors I want to explore, but these three are the ones where I've read more than one book and still want to read more.

The books I wouldn't recommend
The Time Traveler's Wife
I Crawl Through It
Side Effects May Vary


message 7: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2199 comments Yes, Jody, I loved it. It had such great atmosphere.

Jody wrote: "Kathy! You liked Picnic at Hanging Rock - I’m really happy to hear that. 😁"


message 8: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2633 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
The Raven Boys
This Savage Song
Nimona
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Strong Female Protagonist. Book One
Fangirl
Red Queen
Illuminae
Uprooted
A Court of Thorns and Roses

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Finally got to read a book by Diane Chamberlain, after 2 years of waiting for a specific one to become available at the library. I also tried my first Adam Silvera book, and I loved it!

Also many of the authors of series I put off trying until now: Sarah J. Maas, Maggie Stiefvater, Victoria Aveyard and Laini Taylor.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
The Slap! Not at all what I expected.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
I'm taking a break from classics next year, but I would love to read a few more thrillers.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna | 969 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017? (Oops, it's 11)

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Kent Haruf, Lois McMaster Bujold, Becky Chambers, Ben Aaronovitch, Alice Hoffman.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
I would like to read more non-fiction/science books.


message 11: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 476 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
In no particular order,
1) The Art of Racing in the Rain
2) Beartown
3) After Dark
4) Heartless
5) The Sun and Her Flowers
6) The Hate U Give
7) A Man Called Ove
8) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
9) The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
10) A Monster Calls

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Fredrik Backman and Marissa Meyer

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
Not really, this was a pretty good reading year.

Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
More non-fiction books.


message 12: by Jill (new)

Jill | 569 comments Looking back it was a good reading year for me! A lot of it was because of this challenge and the other two challenges I took part in. I explored a lot of books I would not have necessarily picked up.

Favorite books
1. This is How It Always Is
2. A Gentleman in Moscow
3. Beartown
4. In the Shadow of the Banyan
5. At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
6. The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story
7. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
8. Everyone Brave is Forgiven
9. Small Great Things
10. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

New authors
Amor Towles and Joshilyn Jackson
I read A Man Called Ove last year, so Fredrik Backman is not a new author but reading two,more of his books this year has cemented him as one of my favorites.

Book greener I want to explore in 2018
Non fiction


message 13: by Shelly (new)

Shelly | 67 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
1. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
2. Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon
3. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
4, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
6. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
7. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
8. News of the World by Paulette Jiles
9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
10. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Yaa Gyasi
Jessie Burton
Katherine Arden
S.A. Chakraborty

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
The Bees by Laline Paull

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
non-fiction


message 14: by Marie (new)

Marie | 689 comments What are your favourite 10 books for 2017

Weirdly most of my top 10 were earlier in the year, even though I read mostly in order.

1. Raising Steam
2. A Monster Calls
3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
4. The Kite Runner
5. The Cuckoo's Calling
6. The Shepherd's Crown
7. Paper Towns
8. Days of Blood and Starlight
9. The Hunger Games
10. The City of Mirrors

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?

New to me - Laini Taylor, Khaled Hosseini and I'm going to include Robert Galbraith - I wasn't impressed with the first Harry Potter I read, but I was totally in love with the writing of this incarnation of J K Rowling.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?

The Satanic Verses - actual hell in literary form.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?

I'm going back to old favourites a little more than I did this year - fantasy, crime and travel.


message 15: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
A Man Called Ove
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
A Closed and Common Orbit
The Samurai's Garden
To Say Nothing of the Dog
You're Welcome, Universe
Miss Charity
Les silences de Thalès
Fairest
Hello, Universe
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Warcross
A Taste for Monsters

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6) by Leigh Bardugo A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) by Becky Chambers The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2) by Connie Willis You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner Miss Charity by Marie-Aude Murail Les silences de Thalès by Hélène Louise Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
(yes, there are more than 10, but I'm too lazy to decide between 4 of them).

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Fredrik Backman, Connie Willis, Marie-Aude Murail, Brom.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
All Grown Up
The Serpent King

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Maybe scifi, I've some on my shelves that are waiting since quite a time.


message 16: by Peter (last edited Dec 31, 2017 05:57PM) (new)

Peter | 0 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
Ancillary Justice - Amazing sci-fi with a unique and creative perspective. Takes some effort because it's a little confusing at first, but once things click into place it's incredible.

Inferno - Lots of twists and turns. Exciting with lots of interesting things about history riddled throughout.

The Name of the Wind - One of my all-time favourites. A re-read, I ended up catching more details this time through. Made me want book 3 even more!

The Shining - Very different from the movie. King blows me away with almost every books of his I read.

The Caine Mutiny - A lot more interesting than I originally though it was going to be. One of my most enjoyable reads of the year.

Of Mice and Men - A classic, and worth the label. Short but emotionally powerful.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons - Also different from the movie. I think I enjoyed the movie more than the story, but only because the movie expands on and develops the characters more. The book is still a great read.

A Life in Parts - Memoir from one of my favourite actors. I enjoyed reading about his life.

The Book of Lost Things - A dark and twisted take on fairy tales. Not what I expected going in.

Aftermath - Star wars! I loved it for the new characters, especially Mr. Bones.

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?

Ann Leckie - Any sci-fi fan should definitely check out her books!

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?

Jaws - More a tedious, irrelevant love triangle than a struggle against a shark terrorizing a beach town. Stick with the movie.

I, Ripper - Not nearly as interesting as it sounded. Slow moving and boring with extremely graphic violence.

The Girl on the Train - Hands down, the WORST book I've read in years, possibly ever. Victim blaming in an abusive relationship, extremely boring characters, repetitive and predictable with an absolutely mind-numbingly stupid ending. I have no idea why it is so popular, I think it was complete garbage.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018? I'm planning on delving into a broader spectrum of sci-fi as well as a few more contemporary or literary fiction next year.


message 17: by Tina (new)

Tina | 122 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
Origin
Me Before You
The Saint
The King
The Help
The Night Circus
It Ends with Us
Behind Closed Doors
Flowers for Algernon
Titanic: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Greatest Shipwreck

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
E. Lockhart, Jojo Moyes, Kathryn Stockett, B.A. Paris, Sierra Simone, Erin Morgenstern, Di Morrissey, Brian K. Vaughan, Ruth Ware.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
Illuminae
Gameboard of the Gods
Caraval
The Andalucian Friend

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Classics.


message 18: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3469 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?

I had eleven ... well, actually fourteen, since I included both volumes of Maus as one book, and the three Theban plays as one. I couldn't leave one out though! I think seven out of eleven made me cry ... which seems to be a fairly reliable indicator of a top book for me. 😂

All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) - easily one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I don't often think this, but I think everyone should read this.
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) - after a love/hate relationship with this book, and taking six months to read it, I ended up loving it.
The Complete Maus (Art Spiegelman) - very moving. I've not read many graphic novels, but this inspired me to read more.
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin) - after not being too impressed with Go Tell It on the Mountain, I was hesitant to read this, but it was beautiful.
The Hours (Michael Cunningham) - this one totally took me by surprise, as I've had a patchy record at best with newer literary fiction, but I absolutely loved this.
Kindred (Octavia E. Butler) - time travel and slavery? Usually two hard passes for me, but this book was all kinds of amazing. I recommend it to everyone.
Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl) - although I find the term thrown around a little too loosely, this truly is a life-changing book.
Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) - read this in one go, as I couldn't put it down, and then spent about fifteen minutes sobbing. Incredible book.
The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone (Sophocles) - I studied the first in high school, and finally rounded out the trilogy twenty-five years later. Antigone is one brilliant character - her love for her father is incredibly moving.
Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier) - I had high hopes for this and it delivered. Totally atmospheric and compelling.

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Octavia E. Butler
Erich Maria Remarque

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
Alpine for You (Maddy Hunter) - if this is what cozy mysteries are like, I'll not be reading more.
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) - my mother is a fish.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden) - I had such high hopes for this, but I just didn't enjoy it. Simultaneously too much and not enough going on.
Bird Box (Josh Malerman) - was this supposed to be scary? Great concept but terrible execution.
Deadlocked (Charlaine Harris) - for the love of God, just finish the series already. It died quite a few books ago.
Foe (J.M. Coetzee) - I'm not sure why I expected to like this, as I hated the source material (Robinson Crusoe).
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson) - bored the pants off me.
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) - definitely one of the dullest classics I've read.
Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones) - so disappointed in this. I thought the characters were awful, it felt convoluted and I just didn't care about anything.
On Photography (Susan Sontag)
Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Veronika Decides to Die (Paolo Coelho) - I only read this as I bought the book years ago for 1 CHF. I wouldn't burn it like I would The Alchemist but it was terrible.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
I'd actually like to read more graphic novels & comics this year. And although it's not a genre, I want to focus on finishing off more series in 2018.


message 19: by Joan (new)

Joan Barnett | 1526 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
The Handmaid's Tale - this one will definitely stick with me.
Dark Matter - this was a fun book
The Book Thief - Historical fiction is growing on me
It Ends with Us - Cried all the way through
A Monster Calls - Cried again through this one
Cinder - The whole series was fun
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - I'm so glad I'm finally reading this series!
A Man Called Ove - I loved this book - so heartwarming.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - this was a surprise - book just gave a lot of feelings. I liked it.
The Sun Is Also a Star - I thought this book was fun.

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017? Nicola Yoon, Colleen Hoover, Margaret Atwood.

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
The Girls - I think more could have been done with the story.
In a Dark, Dark Wood - I was looking for scary and it wasn't to me.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018? By my book list it looks like science fiction!


message 21: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Lake | 1 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
Hamlet
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index
One of Us Is Lying
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
None this year

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
Only Ever Yours
The Plague

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Suspense/Mystery


message 22: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
I went through and pulled my favorites and ended up with 9. I'm just going to stick with that so they're my true top.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Ugly Love Colleen Hoover
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
I really loved Mindy Mejia and Jane Harper. It's interesting looking at the list, seeing that I liked two books by both Colleen Hoover and B.A. Paris!

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
My biggest disappointment for the year was Sleeping Beauties. I had really high hopes and the result just wasn't worth the length. I do sometimes wonder if it was a case of right book, wrong time though.

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Honestly, I've come to realize that life is too short and there are too many books to try and re-frame my reading habits. I used to wish I would read more classics but I just don't enjoy them. I think I read a good variety of genres excluding those.


message 23: by DebsD (new)

DebsD | 7 comments Despite restricting my list to fiction and removing re-reads, I still can't reduce it to ten, sorry!

Favourite books read in 2017 (in no particular order):

The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
A Little Life - Hanya Yanigahara
Roses of May - Dot Hutchison
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
How to Build a Girl - Caitlyn Moran
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
The Muse - Jessie Burton
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Interesting authors I discovered in 2017:
Fredrik Backman, John Boyne, Carol Rifka Brunt, Jessie Burton, Stieg Larsson, Amor Towles, Helene Wecker, Hanya Yanigahara, Kate Atkinson, Tana French, Carmen Maria Machado, Maggie O'Farrell, Marie-Sabine Roger, Gin Phillips, Bryn Greenwood - crikey! I didn't realise there were so many new-to-me authors in 2017 until I started to answer that question!

Books I wouldn't recommend:
Pereira Maintains, X, Til Death, Mr Mercedes, Eligible, Everything Everything, The One That Got Away, Missing Pieces, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A book genre I'd like to explore more in 2018:
Not sure there's a specific genre that I'm aiming for, but my 2018 goals include more classics, more non-fiction, more books in translation and more Irish authors. I'd also like to work my way through a few series, and I've identified a handful of authors whose work I'd like to read more of (although I might have to review that list, given how many authors I've listed above!)


message 24: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
DebsD wrote: "Despite restricting my list to fiction and removing re-reads, I still can't reduce it to ten, sorry!

Favourite books read in 2017 (in no particular order):

[book:The Heart's Invisible Furies|3325..."


Good to hear that you liked Roses of May! I was hoping to get to it last year but didn't quite make it. I'd love to fit it in for 2018.


message 25: by DebsD (new)

DebsD | 7 comments Laura wrote: "Good to hear that you liked Roses of May! I was hoping to get to it last year but didn't quite make it. I'd love to fit it in for 2018. "

I loved it. In fact I think I might even have liked it better than The Butterfly Garden. It isn't really a sequel, but some of the characters make another appearance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


message 26: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy | 696 comments Cheri wrote: "What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
Lab Girl
Lincoln in the Bardo
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Never Caught: The..."</i>
I read [book:The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
a couple of years ago, not really knowing what it was. But, I ended up not being able to put it down.



message 27: by Jill (new)

Jill | 569 comments DebsD wrote: "Despite restricting my list to fiction and removing re-reads, I still can't reduce it to ten, sorry!

Favourite books read in 2017 (in no particular order):

[book:The Heart's Invisible Furies|3325..."


I read A Little Life in 2016 and loved it. While I was reading it I kept telling people that it was the saddest book I had ever read but the story was so compelling and has stayed with me since Imfinished it. I know I will read it again some day.


message 29: by Leigh (new)

Leigh (leighgray) | 59 comments Cheri wrote: "What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
Lab Girl
Lincoln in the Bardo
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
[book:Never Caught: The..."


Awesome list. My goal for 2017 is to read more non-fiction and I'm going to use some of yours here for inspiration!


message 30: by Caitlyn (new)

Caitlyn (caitlynmckinney) | 11 comments Top 10 of 2017:
Lab Girl
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Saga, Vol. 7
Silver on the Road
Version Control
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
Counting Descent
Homegoing
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Half of a Yellow Sun

Interesting authors:
Sherman Alexie - of course I knew about him, and I'd heard him speak in the past and liked him, but I fell in love with Blasphemy and it bumped him into favorite author contention.
Clint Smith - Counting Descent was mind blowing, and Clint Smith turns out to be a really good Twitter follow as well (@ClintSmithIII)
Yaa Gyasi - Homegoing was a stunning debut and I can't wait for more from this incredibly talented woman

Nothing this year reaches the level of recommend against, though I couldn't make it through The Dead Lands or Sleeping Giants.

This year, I'm going to bypass my reflexive rejection of the romance genre and commit to reading a couple of those. I read more non-fiction last year than I have perhaps ever, and I'd like to keep that up.


message 31: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Lizzy wrote: "I read [book:The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures a couple of years ago, not really knowing what it was. But, I ended up not being able to put it down. ..."

I know exactly what you mean! It had been on my list awhile and when I finally started reading, I wondered what had taken me so long to begin! A great book.


message 32: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Leigh wrote: "Awesome list. My goal for 2017 is to read more non-fiction and I'm going to use some of yours here for inspiration! ..."

Thank you! I hope you enjoy these as much I did. I've always read mostly non-fiction and actually joined the challenge to get into fiction a little more. And now I read both!


message 33: by Edie (new)

Edie | 826 comments My favorites for 2017
Homegoing
News of the World
Lincoln in the Bardo
All the Light We Cannot See
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neverwhere
My Cousin Rachel
March (1,2 and 3)
Dorothy Must Die
The Patron Saint of Liars
The Thirteenth Tale

Authors I discovered Neil Gaiman, Yaa Gyasi, Maya Angelo (why had I never read anything she wrote... thank you to challenges that had me reading several of her books), Paulette Jiles and Danielle Paige. Also, Ron Rash.

I could spend the year reading books in series I discovered last year... but I won't since if I did that I wouldn't have room to discover new authors to love.


message 34: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
In no particular order, mine were:
A Gentleman in Moscow
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The Hate U Give
Another Brooklyn
The Golden Legend
News of the World
Into the Water
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lincoln in the Bardo
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Amor Towles
Elizabeth Strout

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
The Girls - I really wanted to like this because I found the premise great but I just did not find the main character to be believable. Such a missed opportunity, IMHO.

Bonus question Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Dystopian novels


message 35: by Tammy (last edited Jan 23, 2018 11:51AM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments What are your favorite 10 books for 2017?
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Infinite Jest
American Pastoral
The Sellout
Stoner
Suttree
The Things They Carried
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Wise Blood

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
New for me: Haruki Murakami, Roberto Bolaño, Philip Roth

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Everything We Keep
Unbecoming
The Invisible Circus

Bonus question: Which book genre would you like to explore more in 2018?
Postmodern Lit


message 37: by Kearston (new)

Kearston Wesner | 5 comments My top 10 (no particular order):

1) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2) A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
3) Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
4) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
5) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
6) We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
7) The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
8) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
9) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
10) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?

Not "discovered," but read for the first time:
George Saunders, Samantha Irby, Trevor Noah, Rainbow Rowell

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?

1) The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
2) The Selection by Kiera Cass
3) The Breakdown by B.A. Paris


message 38: by Sydney (new)

Sydney (sjpaugh19) | 18 comments Top 10 Books of 2017
1. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
3. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
4. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
5. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
6. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
7. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
8. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
9. Siracusa by Delia Ephron
10. Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

Any interesting new authors you discovered in 2017?
Also didn't "discover" them, but read for the first time:
Jeff Zentner, Kyle Idleman, Rebecca Donovan,Ruta Sepetys,Jason Arnopp

Are there books you'd like to NOT recommend?
1. The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo
2. The Christmas Mystery by James Patterson
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
4. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
5. Saltwater Kisses by Krista Lakes
^ I hated every minute of reading these books ^


message 39: by Karen (last edited Feb 12, 2018 02:48PM) (new)

Karen Top 10:
1.The Life We Bury byAllen Eskens
2. Daisy in Chains by Sharon J. Bolton
3. In the Blood by Lisa Unger
4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Funny Note: Sydney has a book here above by this same author. The ending is what did it for me for this 1.
5. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (Twisted ending again.)
6. Behind Closed Doors by B.A.
Paris
(Funny this one was so good, but I did not like the ending really. (Far-fetched and over the top.)
7. A Child Is Missing: A True Story by
Karen Beaudin Not much into non-fiction, but this is written by a lady who lost her sister as a teenager and I
have a heart for families dealing with missing people.
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
9. Proof Positive by Archer
Mayor

10. (So hard to choose here.) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Honorable mention: I read: Shutter Island a few years back and love it but I tried to read it a 2nd time and could not get into it as much this time. So it wasn't really the 2017 read, but it was a top book the first time through. By Dennis Lehane Liked the movie also.


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