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Top 5 Books of 2017 (so far…)

Of the 20 books that I’ve read so far this year, these are my favorites! Not all of them were published this year – my criteria was just that I read them in the first 6 months of this year.

In alphabetical order:

Behind Her Eyes
By Sarah Pinborough
Published on January 31, 2017
306 pages

Behind Her Eyes is a love triangle of sorts, but with very unique elements that I have not encountered in a book before. After a chance encounter in a bar, Louise comes to work the next day to find out the man from last night is none other than her new boss. Things get complicated when she has another random (or maybe not so random!) encounter with her new boss’ wife. I know after Gone Girl a lot of books tried to say they were the next Gone Girl, but they just weren’t. This book really is! I liked it as much as I liked Gone Girl. There are twists and turns, and it keeps you guessing till the very end.

Camino Island
By John Grisham
Published June 6, 2017
304 pages

I loved this book! I’m a John Grisham fan, so I’ve read a good number of his books. This one was particularly appealing to me because it is a departure from his usual legal thriller, and revolves around a heist, rare books, an independent bookstore, authors, and artists. It is a land mine of goodies for a bibliophile. Link to my original review.

A Fatal Grace
By Louise Penny
Published May 15, 2007
311 pages

This is the 2nd book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. The caveat for this series is that depending on who you ask this series really doesn’t hit it’s stride until book 4 or 5. For me, I fell in love with it in book 2! The characters felt like I knew them already; the idyllic, fictional town of Three Pines was familiar; every time I picked up the book, it felt like coming home! I love mystery books, and this is just a good, solid mystery series that I know I will be reading all of them.

A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
Published September 6, 2016
462 pages

I liked this book. I found myself looking forward to getting back into it. One of the beliefs that the Count lived by was this quote “If one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them.” This was the premise of the book. The Count, being sentenced to house arrest for the rest of his life in the grand Metropol Hotel in Moscow, must learn to live a fulfilling life among the confines of this hotel. As a reader, we are essentially trapped in this hotel for 462 pages as well, which isn’t a bad thing. As I say, I looked forward to immersing myself in the Count’s world inside this hotel.

Since We Fell
By Dennis Lehane
Published May 9, 2017
432 pages

I really liked this book a lot! It was my Book of the Month club pick, and I had not read anything else by this author. That’s what I love about BOTM – I’m introduced to books I would not have discovered on my own.

I had been warned that it starts out slow, which it does. At page 160, it finally gets good; at page 230, you’re in for a roller coaster ride! It was well worth the wait. With this author, you are in very capable hands, so even the first 160 pages was still enjoyable, interesting, and well written, and by the end I had totally forgiven the author for the slow start!

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