2017 Reading List

This is a list of the books, I read in 2017 that I found to be okay to fabulous. However after participating in writing critique groups for the last 25 years or so and book clubs for the past 45 years, I appreciate an author’s effort and recognize that different people have different tastes. Therefore the books I found entirely dull or horrible are simply excluded from the list and there is no ranking system among titles. If you choose to read books off my list you will have to make your own decision about what you like.

You will see I like to read in series and a body of work by a singular author. I often do this to try to have a better understanding of the writer and their form of storytelling to figure out what I can learn from their efforts. As you will see from the assembled lis, I don’t just read “fine literature.” I read children’s books, non-fiction, fantasy, science fiction, novels, memoir self help books, romance and history. I read for escape, enjoyment, sometimes for a world where magic or good people can set the world to rights within a few hundred pages. This feels especially important when the real world around me becomes harsh and people act in ways that are unrecognizable to me.

I share this list because I am so often asked for recommendations. I hope you discover something new that delights you among these many authors and their efforts. If you are seeking to purchase some of these titles may I suggest supporting your local independent bookseller as my family owned my hometown bookstore for years. If you don’t have one nearby,  I’d like to recommend a few favorites of mine: Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH;  Belmont Books in Belmont, MA; The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY; An Unlikely Story in Plainview, MA; Books and Books  in Key West, FL; Oblong Books in Rheinbeck, NY; Still North Books and Bar in Hannover, NH;  Longfellow Books in Portland, ME; Print, A Bookstore in Portland, ME and Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN.  I’ve found the booksellers in each shop knowledgable and they all seem to have good fulfillment when ordering from them on line. 

The 2017 List



The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Mel Robbins

The Orphan’s Tale

Pam Jenoff

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

Three Feet From Gold : Turn Your Obstacles into  Opportunities

Sharon Lechter, Greg S. Reid

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So -Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life- Before 8 AM

Hal Elrod

Go for No!: Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There

Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz

The One: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller

King’s Cage

Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

Victoria Aveyard

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Patrick Rothfuss

Rather Be The Devil

Ian Rankin

Autumn in Oxford

Alex Rosenberg

The Nest

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

Diana Gabaldon

The Firebird

Susanna Kearsley

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear

Patrick Rothfuss

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A Man Called Ove

Fredrick Backman

The Sword-Edged Blonde

Alex Bledsoe

I  Shall Wear Midnight

Terry Pratchett

Furies of Calderon

Jim Butcher

The Black Witch

Laurie Forest

Under Heaven

Guy Gavriel Kay

Confessions of a Domestic Failure

Bunmi Laditan

You Don’t Look Your Age …  and Other Fairy Tales

Shelia Nievins

Married Lovers

Jackie Collins

One Man’s Meat

E. B. White

Station Eleven

Emily St. John

Up Country

Nelson De Mille

And Again

Jessica Chianrella

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Chelsea Sedoti

Murder in G Major

Alexia Gordon


Saul Bellow

First Star I See Tonight

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

First Comes Love

Emily Giffin

Lab Girl

Hope Jahrem

Talking   As Fast As I Can

Lauren Graham


Lauren Oliver

My Adventures with God

Stephen Tobolowsky

The Boston Girl

Anita Diamant

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis


Min Jim Lee

A Mad Wicked

Sharon Biggs Waller

A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

The Secret Chord

Geraldine Brooks

Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard


Curtis Sitten Feld

Today Will Be Different

Maria Semple

Wicked Appetite

Janet Evanovich

The House of Spirits

Isabel Allende

Leaving Time

Jodi Picoult

Shopaholic to the Stars

Sophie Kinsella

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Alice Hoffman

The Nest

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

See You in the Cosmos

Jack Cheng

A Truck Full of Money

Tracy Kidder

The Witch’s Daughter

Paula Brackston

The Quick

Lauren Owen

Tell Me

Joan Bauer

The Nix

Nathan Hill


Joan Bauer

Dancing in Cadillac Light

Kimberly Willis Holt

Cimarron Rose

Billy Bob Holland


Ann Patchett

The Water Seeker

Kimberly Willis Holt

The Hedge Knight

George R. R. Martin

The World of Ice and Fire

George R. R. Martin

I’ll Take You There

Wally Lamb

Paris for One and

Jojo Moyes


Alice Hoffman

The Last Letter

Jojo Moyes


Gregory David

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

The Girl You Left Behind

Jojo Moyes