Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Salon: Tops of 2017

I hate to create my "best of" list before the year is well and truly over in hopes that I will read an amazing book in the waning hour of the year. So even though 2017 ended last Sunday, I had high hopes for my last reads of the year and held off declaring my favorite reads. But the year is well and truly over now so the list is complete. My sole criterion for making the list (besides being a fantastic read) is that I read the book in 2017, no matter the publication date. I used to try and keep it to ten books but I had too many this year so I cheated by doing a baker's dozen of fiction and have other best of types so I can squeeze in even more. ;-) If you'd like me to review one of the unreviewed books on here, just let me know and I'll try to get right to it.

A baker's dozen of top fiction:
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Before the Wind by Jim Lynch
One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
Nuclear Family by Susanna Fogel
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian

Best short stories:
The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies

Best memoir:
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

Best essay collection:
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

Best mystery:
The Girl with the Kaleidoscope Eyes by David Handler

Did you read any of these this past year? What does your top of the top list look like?

1 comment:

  1. I'm the opposite; I like to stop reading at the end of November and start thinking about my favorites for the year.

    Thank you for sharing your list.


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