America’s First Ladies by Kathleen Krull – written for kids but a terrific volume for all ages. I found it informative as well as a pleasure to read.

Blue Remembered Hills by Rosemary Sutcliff – A touching biography about a remarkable author.

*Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenzuan- Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, an international children’s book award. Absolutely beautiful. I recommend this to anyone!

Chronicles Bk. 1 by Bob Dylan- When Dylan won the Nobel Prize of Literature I wanted to read something that he had written. Though mostly in a stream of consciousness style Dylan captivated the musical development of his generation.

Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim – Such a charming and delightful book of a time gone by. I found this to be a peaceful read.

The Face: A Time Code by Ruth Ozeki – I am a huge fan of all of Ozeki’s books but found this quick read to be unique and very memorable.

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh – I love Ghosh’s writing and this was a wonderful year to catch up with some of his books.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh- I love Ghosh’s writing and this was a wonderful year to catch up with some of his books.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Remarkable. Well written, heartbreaking and engaging.

Howard’s End by E. M. Forester- A classic that  had eluded me until now. Beautiful.

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai – Desai has followed in her mother’s footsteps by writing some very special books. Kiran’s bests known book, The Inheritance of Loss was incredible. This earlier book by Kiran was such a fun and entertaining book. I believe it is out of print, but I found a pristine, signed copy online for only a couple of dollars.

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh- I love Ghosh’s writing and this was a wonderful year to catch up with some of his books.

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer- I am very fond of Gordimer’s writing. I found this title to be chilling, but worth every minute.

Malgudi Days R. K. Narayan – Absolutely charming. Perfect for peaceful reading.

Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto – I was fascinated and alienated by this author at the same time, wondering who might change their pen name to “Banana.” It took me ages to finally check out one of her books. I am a very big fan of Yosimoto’s work now and look forward to reading more titles by her.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Marquez’s writing is incomparable. His magical realism takes a certain mindset, but also takes the reader to a place where our ordinary view of the world is suspended. 

Simone De Beauvoir by Simone De Beauvoir- I wanted to read a few books by Beauvoir last year. I valued this title by this very intellectual woman.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk – Some of Pamuk’s writing just leaves me shaking my head, but I was completely drawn into this story.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante – This is book three of a four part series by a woman who chose Elena Ferrante as her pen name. I would recommend beginning with book 1. My Brilliant Friend. Difficult to read, tedious and painful in places this compelling series finds me coming back for more because no one can write a more honest story of her life and emotions.

*A True Novel by Minae Mizumura- Written in 2002, this brilliant novel is delicate, harsh, painful, and compelling. I think it was the one book that really touched my heart in 2017. I will read it again.

*War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – This book needs no introduction. It took me years to get through it because I just couldn’t pick it up during my son’s deployments. It was well worth every minute. Don’t skip the epilogue – especially the last 50 pages. I think that it is the most important part of the book.

Where You Once Belonged by Kent Haruf – A terrific quick read by a favorite author of mine. This story will keep you engaged and guessing from start to finish.

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