As of today, I finished up my last two books of the year, and I ended up reading 90 books! I’ve never read that many books in a year before, but this year, I found reading to be a welcome respite from everything going on in the world. Conversely, I added online subscriptions to both the Washington Post and the New York Times this year to my reading life, an addition I have greatly enjoyed. The one thing I did less of was watch tv, one of my favorite pastimes. I’m woefully behind on current shows, but I’m making time to start watching The Crown, which EVERYONE has recommended. However, for tonight I’m curling up with a glass of bubbly and Glass Houses, by one of my favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny. My husband, Rich, is reading The Green Mile by Stephen King, and is glued to it. Not an action-packed NYE, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Some of my favorite books of 2017 include the atmospheric mystery The Dry by Jane Harper set in drought-plagued Australia, the moving time-travel novel Kindred by Octavia Butler, written in 1979 but so relevant today, and the eerie novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go. For sheer fun, try The Litigators by John Grisham, the historical fantasy, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, featuring a kick-butt librarian who travels to alternate worlds to save books. Note: As of today (12/31/17), some of these books like End Game, Sleeping Giants and The Invisible Library are $3.99 or below for Kindle on Amazon. Click the pictures below to find out about these books and more.