Have a Marlis Day!


Posted on: January 3, 2018

booksOkay, I’m retired and have time to read. I also have time to keep lists, so I made one and kept track of the books I read during 2017. Looks like I read over 50; I may not have finished a few boring ones. I know, I know,  it’s a book a week but for some reason it seemed just right. I always have a book going; when I finish one I start the next one. Only one was a reread: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read the first time many years ago. I reread it every few years, absolutely classic. If you’ve missed this one, visit your library soon. 

Not to bore you with details, I will share the titles of the BEST of the year, not in any order. News of the World by Paula Jiles (awesome story of men who traveled in frontier towns and read the news) Beartown by Frederick Backman (about ice hockey team in Alaska) Camino Island by John Grisham (good as always) Allie and Bea by CR Hyde (delightful story of runaway teen and homeless senior heading for CA in RV) The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (mystery, kidnapping, surprising twists) The Precious Ones (delightful story of family dynamics) Hillbilly Elegy ( Yale lawyer raised by Midwestern Hillbillies, true story) Maude by Donna Mabry (Biography of an amazing woman’s life told by her granddaughter) Woman of God by James Patterson, (woman doctor in Aftica) Turbo 23 by Janet Evanovich (typical Stephanie Plum, kept me laughing) The Hand Maid’s Tale (Movie out soon! Futuristic story of women’s role in society – scary) The Children of Men by P.D. James ( futuristic story of worldwide infertility and declining population)

I hope this will help you find some good reads during 2018 and especially hope you will comment with your favorite titles of the year. I’m off to start my new list. Happy New Year!


18 Responses to "BEST BOOKS OF 2017"

Thanks for the reading list. I needed some suggestions!! With this cold weather nothing else to do but stay inside and read.

Thanks for listing your favorites of 2017. Two of my favorites were “Little Fires Everwhere” and “From Sand and Ash.”

Just added them to my “to be read” list

I , too, read all the time….I’m still a book in hand reader… I can’t get use to the ereaders. Love your list…I was an alphabet reader and am sorry about the lose of a great author…love to you as we all continue to read..
My granddaughter is a reader too and I’m grooming my grandson to love books and what you can learn from them…she’s 15 and he’s 7.. Love to you, Marlis…hope to see you soon..

So nice to hear from you. Glad you’re bringing up readers. Love to see you!

I was particularly intrigued by Woman of God. Janet Evanovich is still entertaining if a little predictable. Dean Koontz novels The Silent Corner and sequel The Whispering Room were a departure from his other books. I am looking forward to another great year of reading.

So nice to hear from you. Any titles to share?

I’m anxious to read Hullbilly Elegy. Evanovich always good. Thanks for the list!

Any favorite titles to share?

Make that Hillbilly. 😁 TKaMB is always a favorite. I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Hawaii is the only Michener book I could get through but I loved it. Canary Row and Of Mice and Men.

Thank you, Marlis, for the wonderful book list! I am also an avid reader and enjoy recommendations. I am never without my Kindle ( I have the app on my phone should I ever be without my actual device!) and always seem to have two books going at a time, usually one fiction, one nonfiction. On my Amazon account, I added a list with the title “Marlis Day’s Favorite Books of 2017.” I was excited to see that two or three are available through Kindle Unlimted. Happy New Year!

I love Janet Evonovich, John Grisham, and James Patterson, but I have not read these. I actually only read a few books by Jodi Picoult this year. I need to read more. I agree that To Kill a Mockingbird is one that can be read over and over. I need to read the Harper Lee book that came out the past couple of years ago. Thank you for the inspiration to start reading again. You always inspired me when I used to sub at PC.

Hi Rhonda! Thanks for the comment. Hope all is well with you!

Reading is such a privilege! It always amazes me when people say they just can’t sit still long enough or that they’d rather watch the boob tube-:(

When I hear people say they don’t read, I’m always amazed that they aren’t too embarrassed to admit it. Statistics tell us only about 20-30% of Americans read. Shocking.

Great list Marlis! I needed some recommendations. Missing bookclub.

Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll have to try some of them out this summer!

My favorite book of all time is still “Follow The River”. I forget which class at PC that I had to read it in, but I’ve re-read it many times since. Every time I cross the Ohio River it makes me think of it.

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