What I read in 2017

Hola!

I don’t really have anything to say today, just felt like coming over here and writing for a bit.

OH! Let’s talk about books! What’re you all reading right now?

I just finished reading Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty
(and I think I heard that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bought the movie rights to this one) for my book club selection for November. We had our meeting yesterday to discuss it and even though only two of us were there (usually there are 5 of us, but yesterday was one of those dreary, cold, couch-sitting days where you don’t wanna get up and go out, so I understand why hardly anyone showed up), we both decided it was…weird and icky and it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t find the characters to be particularly likable and the unveiling of the mystery of what happened at the bbq was sort of anticlimactic. And it wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. I’ve read a few other books by this author and I’m always left feeling sort of “meh”. But that’s just me.

For December, we decided to keep things light and easy and Christmassy, so we are going to read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Has anyone read this one yet? Did you like it? It’s available on the Kindle App for only $1.99 right now if you want to read along with us.

I need to make a list of all the books we’ve read this year. Well I suppose I can do that right here and now…

We started in March I think, nope…just checked and we had our first meeting in January with our first book discussion in February. Wow – I can’t believe it’s been almost a year! Anyway, here’s a list of the books we’ve read so far:

February: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

March: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

April: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

May: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

June: Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

July: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

August: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

September: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

October: The Dry by Jane Harper

November: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty 

December: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Just as a side note, we loved all of the Ruth Ware books, and the Ember book. We didn’t so much love Claire DeWitt and we all pretty much hated The Zookeeper’s Wife (it read like a documentary instead of a story). You’ll notice these are not serious literary efforts, but honestly I think what we all want out of this book club is a good story and a reason to get out of the house for a couple of hours, that’s all.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for future books? We’re always open to suggestions – and if you want, we can have some book discussions in the comments too. 🙂

These were just the book club books that I read, I usually try to read another book after I finish my book club book. I’ll have to see if I can remember what else I’ve read this year, but I’ll save that for another post later.

Oh, and as always, Amazon links are affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and buy anything from Amazon within the next 24 hours, I get a small commission on whatever you buy. Thank you for clicking! 

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7 thoughts on “What I read in 2017

  1. Great list of books! I laughed out loud when I read WISHFUL DRINKING by Carrie Fisher. I’ll suggest LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult in case you haven’t already read it. It’s on my list of Top 10 Fav Books.

    • The only Jodi Picoult book I ever read was My Sister’s Keeper and it depressed me so much I’ve never even tried to read another one of her books. But I’ll put Leaving Time on my list of To Be Read. 🙂

  2. I just finished reading A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapene It’s a suspense novel I read after reading her other book the Couple Next Door. Loved them Both!

  3. I just finished reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. For about the first 1/3 of the book I was like, “This is ok.” Then she throws a curveball and the story gets much more interesting. The author says she’s not planning a sequel but I would really love to know what happens to the characters.

    • Oooh, that sounds good! You know, it seems like it takes me at least half the book before I really get interested anymore, not sure why. But once I get into, I REALLY get into it. 🙂

  4. ‘Best Friends Forever’ was great, I thought. Best book I’ve read so far this year was called “Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight” by Alexandra Fuller. It’s definitely not light reading, but it was impossible to put down. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite book of all time, one of mine is “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster, because it’s hilarious.

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