Book Club Mom’s Best Books of 2017

I read a lot of great books this year. Here’s what earned a 5 bookmark rating:



Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – excellent mystery crime story about a Mississippi town hampered by racism

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – classic French novel about a young, unhappy middle class woman

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – classic read about high society New York in the 1870s

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – newer fiction about a lonely young widower who owns an island bookstore in New England



Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – well-known children’s book about handsome well-bred horse named Black Beauty

Cotton in My Sack by Lois Lenski – realistic fiction about a sharecropper family in Arkansas during the late 1940s, one of my childhood favorites

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Adam Rex – terrific picture book about children, friendship and the well-known backyard game. Adults will love reading this one too.



The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – remarkable and amusing record of time in America during the mid- to late 1700s. Makes you understand Franklin’s intelligence and foresight.

Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does? by Claire McKinney – excellent handbook for indie and self-published writers who want to promote their books

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan – hilarious book of anecdotes about working in a public library

Seized by the Sun by James W. Ure – great YA book for all readers about Gertrude Thompkins, a World War II pilot in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program who disappeared on a flight to California

What were your “best of” books?

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7 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Best Books of 2017

  1. This is marvelous, Barbara. I like how you include some classics in here. I need to reread Age of Innocence. I read House of Mirth (again) this year and loved it as I shuttered at its honesty of a dead, wealthy society and the women who must exist in it. I loved The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. Now I think I better read Do you know what a book publicist does?
    Lastly (and what perhaps a book publicist would tell me to do) I hope you ask your local library sometime to include Birds of Paradise (by Pamela S. Wight) in their children’s library, and then you can read it. I think you might add this to your list sometime. 🙂 😉

  2. Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” remains among my favorites. The audiobook was wonderful. He’s so entertaining as a narrator. I also discovered Angela Marson’s books in 2017. Her DI Stone series is great. I’ve only read two so far, but I look forward to reading more.

  3. Three of my favorite reads this past year include: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler; “The Buddha. in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka and “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. I am looking forward to read “ The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott and “The Storied Life of A. J. Firky.” I am embarrassed in that I tend not to read the “classics” but plan to read “Madame Bovary” and “Age of Innocence” in 2018. Thanks for all your suggestions & Happy New Reading Year to All!!

  4. I tried to compile a list of my top ten yesterday and gave up!! I like the variety of your list and only read Zevin’s book in your top fiction…I’m tempted to look at the others. Happy New Year, Barbara and a Happy Reading! xx

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