Books of the Year: 2017

There are still four weeks left in December, so maybe I am jumping the gun by writing this list.

Books are funny things.  There are some that you love in the moment, but can't recall the plot of months or even days later.  There are others that frustrate you to no end while you're reading them, but you can still find yourself dwelling on years down the track. And because books have such a profound effect on their readers, every year I like to do a shout out to the books that have moved me over the course of the year.

These are in no particular order, and I couldn't limit myself to just ten-- I give you the 17 books I read in 2017 that I would recommend to all of you...

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O'Neill

Bloodlines by Nicole Sinclair

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Love of a Bad Man by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies by Jackie French

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Woolgrower's Companion by Joy Rhoades

Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Bird Country by Claire Aman