I read quite a few books the end of 2017 many which I recommend to others looking for a good new book to read. Below is the list from my most to least favorite:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I loved this book. I liked the plot and the author’s style of writing and how all of the characters were connected leading to a domino effect of events. Ng did a really great job with character development, especially with so many characters involved. It was one of the best books I read in 2017.
My Rating: 5/5
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Once I got a few chapters in I couldn’t put this one down. I sped through it and was entertained throughout. It didn’t have as “sophisticated” style of writing as Little Fires Everywhere, but I enjoyed the story.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I read Ready Player One per my husband’s recommendation. Science Fiction isn’t normally my top genre pick but I actually really enjoyed this novel. It was interesting and not so far out there that I couldn’t imagine. It brought me back to my college days when I had to read books like Neuromancer for one of my Communications courses. I got through this one pretty quickly too and I really liked the protagonist in the story, Wade (/Parzival ;). I’m glad I read the book before the movie comes out in March.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
This was on my reading list for a while and I’m glad I finally read it. I liked the main character, Anna, a strong-willed young woman who was determined to become a woman diver in the Navy Yard during WWII. Although I didn’t quite get Anna’s attraction to the gangster Dexter luckily that was only a sub-plot to the story. Overall it was a good feminist novel.
My Rating: 4/5
Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan
Interesting and unlike anything else I’ve read is my best way to describe Sourdough: A Novel. It was weird but in a good way. A smart, kick-ass woman engineer ends up with a delicious tasting sourdough bread starter with a mind of its own. It’s a fun, light kooky novel.
My Rating: 4/5
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
I thought it was cool that Stephen King worked with his son on a novel and it was one of my Book of the Month club books so I read it. While it’s not my favorite book it was entertaining and what I would expect from a King novel.
My Rating: 3/5
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I thought I liked In a Dark, Dark Wood which was Ruth Ware’s last novel and it was on the NYT Bestseller list among many other book club recommendation lists so I thought this was going to be good but it was only so-so. (Also, I’m shaking my head at myself because if I would have looked back at my own old book review blog post I would have seen that I did not actually like her other novel that much.) It was a light, easy read but I was annoyed with the main character the majority of the time.
My Rating: 2.5/5
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Another thriller/mystery/suspense novel that winds you up and leaves you a little disappointed at the end. Is there a secret sauce to all thrillers where the women protagonists are weak and annoying for 3/4 of the novel and then miraculously are brave and solve the mystery at the very end?
My Rating: 2/5
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
This thriller/suspense novel was forgettable too. Maybe this just isn’t my genre?
My Rating: 1.5/5