2017 was a horrifying year in many ways but I did read a lot of good books. And the only thing better than reading a good book, is reading it and then getting other people to read it. So even though it is early in December, I am going to go ahead and do my best books of the year list. Who knows, maybe I can prompt a book gift for the holidays……?
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – A lovely book that managed to be historical, timely, and political while beautiful
Home Fireby Kamila Shamsie – Another lovely book that addressed politics and our times through a tragic story of two families
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines by Judith Newman – As a mother of a child with special needs, I have a love/hate relationship with books written from that point of view but this one hit me just right. Highest compliment – I would love to meet this mom for coffee and chat.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay – I loved this book. The irony that I read it on the beach, where I do not wear a bathing suit, was not lost on me.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – a YA novel that I think should be read by everyone and of course, some schools are trying to ban it
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – A very sad book but a great story
The Nix by Nathan Hill – Totally enjoyed this book
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – I rarely read non-fiction and I can’t remember why I started this but it was so great and definitely worthy of the Pulitzer
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – I can’t honestly say that everyone loves book because one friend didn’t like it. But everyone else loves it.
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel – I almost gave up on this book because the married couple seemed unrealistic at the very beginning but so glad I didn’t. Loved it.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – I put off reading this because “The Kite Runner” was so unbelievably sad but my son was reading it so I read it also. Very well done.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – a short novel that reads almost like poetry
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – I was very wary of this book given the magical premise but somehow it totally works
The Girls by Emma Cline – seems very timely given Charles Manson just died. I thought the descriptions of childhood was so well done.
Full disclosure, the next two authors are friends of a friend but recommending books is a sacred honor and I wouldn’t have them on here if I didn’t truly enjoy them!
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller – A really sweet (pun intended) story that includes baking, music and a dog
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi – A really interesting story about a family and loss
Given the news lately, I made an effort to read lighter books and these 5 were very good and funny
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin – A timely story about an intern and a politician
Sourdough by Robin Sloan – A fun story about bread, robots, food world and finding yourself, totally craved sourdough bread the whole time I was reading it
Less by Andrew Sean Greer – An entertaining story about a likeable character
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes – Very, very funny
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – The premise is groan-worthy but it is fun to read