2017 Reading List

Last year I challenged myself to read 52 books. It came down to the wire, but I did it with two days to spare! This is a list of all my reads…I liked them all, and loved some. If I didn’t like it, I stopped reading and, unfortunately, I didn’t keep a list of books I started and didn’t finish but I sure will this year.

* The starred books were read with a friend. Two years ago today I moved from Richmond, Virginia to Seattle. Staying close with dear friends is a challenge across the miles but one of the ways my friend Gill and I have been able to do it is by reading the same books. We started reading together in 2016(that list to come soon!) and gained speed through 2017 with no sign of stopping in 2018. Gill and I have always shared a love for books and were in a book club together during part of the time we lived in Richmond. Now we discuss the books via phone and text, while we’re reading and when we’re done. To say this enriches my reading experience is an understatement and what it has done for our friendship cannot be easily dismissed. Our little book club is a bright spot in my life and a special little part of our friendship.


1.  Bad Mommy

2. The Cozy Life

3. The GrownUp

4. Bookshop on the Corner

5. The Mothers *

6. We Should All Be Feminists Thought provoking

7. All the Ugly and the Wonderful Things *

8. Small Great Things* Timely and haunting

9. When Breath Becomes Air*Heartbreaking and deep

10. Paris for One

11. Behind Her Eyes *

12. The Dry *

13. Chasing Slow

14. Women in the Castle *

15. One True Loves  *Easy, cozy read

16. Love and Trouble

17. Woman No. 17

18. The Light We Lost  * Def one of my top five of 2017

19. Saints for all Occasions *

20. Windfall Good kindness reminder

21. Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine * Quirky and adorable

22. The Seven Husbands of  Evelyn Hugo  *Entertaining read

23. Forever, Interrupted

24. The Hate You Give Thought provoking

25. Hello Sunshine

26. Behold the Dreamers *

27. The Alice Network *

28. Watch Me Disappear *

29. Fates and Furies Possibly the best book I’ve ever read!

30. The Arrangement

31. Everything I Never Told You *

32. Young Jane Young

33. The Misfortune of Marion Palm

34. The Happiness Project

35. Little Fires Everywhere  * Great page turner

36. Station Eleven Loved this haunting story

37. Stay With Me * Loved!

38. Turtles All the Way Down Loved! YA but I think a teen might miss out on some of the complexities.

39. The Sun and Her Flowers Gorgeous book of poems

40. Heating and Cooling

41. Seven Days of Us

42. Rabbit Cake

43. Talking as Fast as I Can

44. The Little Book of Hygge

45. The Deal of a Lifetime

46. How to Find Love in a Bookshop

47. Our Short History

48. Someday, Someday Maybe

49. Marlena

50. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

51. The Last Mrs. Parrish

52. Sing, Unburied, Sing  * Simply Amazing





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