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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Books Read in 2017




The books I read in 2017 numbered 66.
Not as great a number as in previous years and I'm not sure why.

If you are looking for some good reads for 2018 consider some of these:

#63 The Danish Girl 
by David Ebershoff
This was my book club's selection.  I never saw the movie but it is based on the life of a real person.
It gave me incredible insight into the transgender mindset and compassion for those who feel
they are a different gender inside than what is manifested outside.


#63 Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years 
by David Litt
My husband read this one first, recommended to him by a friend.  He said I needed to read it.  He was right.  It gave me such a lift and laughs in these depressing Trump times.

#51 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This was the third time I read this book.  One of my all time favorites.  If you have never read it. please look for it.

#49 The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Another book club choice and one I've read a long time ago before I even kept a list of what I read.  It was a disturbing story and generated so much discussion in our book club.

#33 Little Heathens - Hard Times & High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression 
by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
What a wonderful memoir!  What a story of survival in the Depression years.  A real history lesson too.

#18 Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 
by Kathleen Rooney
A great story based on the life of a real advertising executive.  It was a quick and delightful read.

#14 The Last Painting of Sara de Vos 
by Dominic Smith
A story within a story in two differing time periods.  This book prompted my trip to see the Vermeer though many months later since our first planned trip was delayed by snow.

How many books did you read in 2017?


4 comments:

Tom said...

...this nonreader is amazed, happy reading in 2018.

Fun60 said...

Wow that is quite a number you have read. What a good idea to keep a log of them with a brief description.

Nan said...

I don't think I've ever read about anyone reading Little Heathens before! I loved that book, and wrote about it on my blog - https://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2008/12/book-reportlittle-heathens.html

and I love the Guernsey book so much.

I read 55 books, quite a lot less than usual. Has been a very busy year.

Betsy Adams said...

Sounds like you had a productive year of reading.... I have never been much of a 'reader' ---except for things I am interested in (such as health situations, etc.).... My mother loved to read and tried to make me interested.. BUT---being the 'tomboy' I was, I just wanted to be outside playing!!!! ha

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

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