Books Read 2014 to 2017

images-1Still reading – An update of the most recent list of books I’ve reviewed in 2014 and 2015 appears below.  My favorites are highlighted.


  • The Devil in the Marshallsea by Antonia Hodgson
  • Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party by Alexander McCall
  • West of the Moon by Margi Preus
  • The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
  • Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
  • The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PIlgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • DePotter’s Grand Tour by Joanna Scott
  • Curiosity by Brian Selznick
  • A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
  • Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bojahlian
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Hundred Year Old House by Rebecca Makkai
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • The Arsonist by Sue Miller
  • Remember Me Like This by Brett Anthony Johnston
  • A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
  • Perfect by Rachel Joyce
  • Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin
  • Under the Sign of the Moon by Tessa Hadley
  • Gemini by Carol Cassella
  • Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
  • A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
  • Vienna Nocturne by Vivienne Shotwell
  • By Its Cover by Donna Leon
  • Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • Imagined London by Anna Quindlen
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  • Someone by Alice McDermott
  • Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
  • The New Countess by Fay Weldon
  • The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  • Fin and Lady by Cathering Schine
  • Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allan
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming


  • Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
  • The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam
  • Her by Harriet Lane
  • Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
  • Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • The Distance by Helen Gitrow
  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  • The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer
  • A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
  • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
  • Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Prima Parmar
  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  • In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
  • The Fixer by Joseph Finder
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
  • The Adventures of Beetle by Dan Santat
  • Aquarium by David Vann
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • Luckiest Girl Alice by Jessica Knoll
  • Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast
  • The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
  • Stoner by John Williams
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobias
  • The Marvels by Brian Selznik
  • The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • The Woman Who Stole My Live by Marion Keyes
  • Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
  • The Language of Food – A Linguist Reads the Menu by Daniel Jurafsky
  • The Muralist B.A. Shapiro
  • Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  • So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighnorhood by Patrick Modiano
  • Dog Songs by Mary Oliver


To check the list of books read and reviewed in 2016, read the list from the post “Books of 2016” – click here


My plan had been to update my summary list every two years – so much for good intentions.  It’s been three years since I last took inventory of the books I’ve read, but the start of a new decade seems a good place for a marker.  Here is my list of books read from 2017… 2018 and 2019 will follow soon.  You may remember a few.  (Favorites are in bold.)


2017 Books Read

  1. News of the World by Paulette Giles
  2. This Was a Man by Jeffery Archer
  3. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  4. Mary Astor’s Purple Diary by Edward Sorel
  5. The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano
  6. Squirrels to the Nuts by Margery Sharp
  7. The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
  8. The Queen’s Accomplice by Susan Ella MacNeal
  9. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
  10. The Vanishing Velázquez
  11. Conclave by Robert Harris
  12. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  13. So Big by Edna Ferber
  14. The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  15. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  16. On Turpentine Lane by Eleanor Lipman
  17. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  18. My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  19. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
  20. Swann’s Way translated by Linda Davis
  21. Why Time Flies by Alan Burdick
  22. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  23. The Widow’s House by Carol Goodwin
  24. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
  25. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker
  26. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  27. When a Pig Meets an Elephant bu Mo Williams
  28. The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
  29. Horse Dancer by JoJo Moyes
  30. Always by Sarah Jio
  31. Follow Your Heart by Susanna Tamaro
  32. The Hearts of Men by Nicholas Butler
  33. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  34. Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner
  35. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  36. Bridge by Evan Connell
  37. Ties by Domenico Starnone
  38. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  39. Autumn by Ali Smith
  40. The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church
  41. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  42. My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
  43. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Progg
  44. The Scribe of Sienna by Melodie Winower
  45. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
  46. City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
  47. Evening by Susan Minot
  48. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  49. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
  50. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  51. The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  52. Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
  53. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  54. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  55. The Little French Bistro by Nina George
  56. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  57. Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin
  58. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  59. The Things You Can See Only When You Slowdown by Haemin Sunim
  60. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  61. The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Munroe
  62. Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
  63. A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
  64. The Nix by Nathan Hill
  65. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  66. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  67. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
  68. The Heirs by Susan Rieger
  69. The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
  70. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  71. The Doll House by Fiona Davis
  72. Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
  73. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
  74. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  75. The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
  76. The Fall Guy by James Lasdum
  77. Design for Dying by Renee Patrick
  78. Lions by Bonnie Nasdam
  79. The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
  80. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
  81. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  82. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
  83. Klee Wyck by Emily Carr
  84. Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
  85. Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  86. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  87. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  88. The Secret to Marriage is Not Getting Married by Gabrielle Zevin
  89. About Alice by Calvin Trillin
  90. The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
  91. Lions by Bonnie Nazdam
  92. What She Ate by Laura Shapiro
  93. Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah
  94. Sweet by Yotan Ottalenghi
  95. Beautiful Animals by Larry Osborne
  96. The Answers: A Novel by Catherine Lacey
  97. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  98. Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer
  99. Careers for Women
  100. The  Power by Naomi Alderman
  1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  2. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  3. Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  4. Love and Other Consolations by Jamie Ford
  5. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
  6. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
  7. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  8. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Philip and Erin Stead
  9. Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
  10. Sourdough by Robin Sloane
  11. Feather by Remi Courgeon
  12. King of the Sky by Nicola Davis and Laura Carlin
  13. On a Magical Do Nothing Day by Beatrice Alamagna
  14. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
  15. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig