2017 books

january

1.....sister carry for january tennis book club ... did not love this ... old and dull

2.....the power of one for church lady book club in january ... epic novel about africa .... coming of age story ... excellent story ... even more fun because we african food at book club ...

i'm in a harry potter book club ... and i'm basically just rereading these over and over again non stop ... haha ... but i love the book club and the nuances that we discuss ....
3....harry potter and the sorcerer's stone by jk rowling
4....harry potter and the chamber of secrets by jk rowling
5.....harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban by jkr
6.....harry potter and the goblet of fire by jkr

7.....POETRY aimless love by billy collins ... SIGNED edition ... that julia gave me ... lovely lovely.  probably my favorite poet.

8.....POETRY the complete collected poems of maya angelou. just wonderful.

9.....POETRY blessing the boats by lucille clifton ... i loved this ... and felt a particular affinity to the poet who doesn't use capital letters...

10.....POETRY best loved poems edited by neil phillip ... lots of new to me poems ... lots of poems i read in school as a child ... lots of poets i have heard of but didn't recall their poems ... like a poetry refresher ... it is interesting to me how different old poetry is from modern.

11.....POETRY decembers poems .... by jim perkins, a friend of my mother in law .... he wrote one each christmas for many years .... irony, humor, sentimental

12.....POETRY rest in the knowing by (i met her/know her) Lynda Allen .... my favorite poem is 'for i am one" ...

13.....today will be different by maria simple .... for my first book club .... i LOVED it .... this totally discombobulated woman just made so many bad choices that made me laugh ... and just when you worry that they are going to fall back on the standard "he had an affair" thing, it isn't ... it's way better/funnier/more surprsing.... good laugh

14......the perfect son for tennis february book club ....

february

15.....end of your life book club for church lady book club in february (at my house/my pick) .... made me want to read all the books mentioned ... had read some .... i think a novel about what you are reading and how it changes you or effects your day to day is very accessible .... the woman in the story, the one at the end of her life, was lionized by her son ... lovely book

16.....unexpected by kg fletcher .... yay ... we met the author ... she came to my first book club ... she talked about her life and writing and her next book which i will for sure read .... the book is a romance .... with suspense ... it's a new genre .... fun. easy to read.

17......harry potter and the half blood prince by jk rowling
18.....harry potter and the order of phoenix by jk rowling
19.....harry potter and the deathly hallows by jkr
20.....harry potter and the cursed child by jkr .... actually have already read this three times ... it is the play manuscript

21.......my grandmother told me to tell you she's sorry .... i picked this one for march tennis book club ... i loved the voice, the young girl, the ornery grandma with some mystery to her .... the whole thing seemed like a parable.. loved it...

22......POETRY what my hand say by glenis redmond .... i heard glenis at the first life is a verb camp ... and she came back in 2016 ... and i met her and i love her. "i hope these words from my hand speak to your heart" she inscribed. they do.

march

23......underground railroad by colson whitehead ... for church ladies book club ... i loved it .... a mix of history with fantasy ... like, there was an actual factual train in the underground tunnel ... some hated that part ... epic story of one woman's life ....

24.......the shack ... because it came out as a movie ... read it long ago ... liked it both times .... charming depiction of god as a woman. i like that part!

25......POETRY picnic, lightning by billy collins. he is always awesome. i want to call him folksy or homey or comfortable ... but those words seem too simple for how powerful his poetry is.

26-31 .....coma girl 1,2,3,4,5,6

april

32.....vinegar girl by anne tyler .... dysfunctional, oddball family .... with a modern day science professor dad trying to arrange a marriage so his research assistant can stay in the country .... quirky like anne tyler always is.

33...POETRY .... TORN by c. dale young .... i've read this book a couple of times in the last maybe year .... some of these poems are EPIC.

34.....POETRY ... the trouble with poetry by billy collins. i laugh every time i read the title of this collection of  poems .... i always look for "monday' to read first.

35.....POETRY ... mules of love by ellen bass. yes. when i read poetry, i always think that this is the poet that is most like me. like, she knows what i think and writes it down for me. that's surely now what she think of her poetry ... but it makes me like her extra.

36....language of flowers ... church ladies book club

37.....ost and found by jacqueline sheehan .... we ended up being oddly morbidly chatty about our funerals at this book club .... a woman lost her husband and then is saved by a dog ... and then some murder stuff, ya know how that goes? .... so love and loss and murder and a dog and a happy ending.

38.....a paris apartment ... first book club ... really enjoyed this .... a bit into it, realized i'd read it before ... it was familiar but i didn't remember it really .... so it was a surprise all over again .

39....two family house ... for tennis book club at beginning of may ... LOVED this book .... complex characters, great story

40....body movers by stephanie bond .... a murder mystery and a romance ... and quite comical .... the kid brother is hired by a body mover for murder scene body removal .... the girl's ex fiancee might be the murderer ... she might be framed .... all sorts of stuff to sort out ....

may

41....POETRY complete poems of e.e.cummings .... i didn't read all of it this go ... but i read enough of it to write it down on this list!! haha.

42....persepolis ... church ladies book club .... graphic novel about iran .... just excellent .... love that such a serious story can be told in such an artistically appealing form ... 
43....persepolis II .... excellent

44....crimes against a book club by kathy coopeman .... a funny, weird book that was recommended because it was free on kindle ... and who doesn't love free .... but it was perfectly good .... two women who needed cash for noble reasons, made it off a wealthy book club/group of women in a very unscrupulous manner .... spoof on affluent white women book clubs .... i'm thinking/hoping i don't fit the stereotype .... i'd never spend that kind of money on a lotion potion ... haha. thank goodness.

45....the bucket list to mend a broken heart .... by anna bell .... a kindle sale book .... romance .... i'm a bucket list sort of girl and a biking sort of girl ... making this book appeal to me .... and it was sweet.  good book.

46....the forgotten recipe by amy clipston  ... AMISH .... i love amish books. they are always just the sweetest romances. 

47....POETRY BOOK milk and honey by rupi kaur.... really a heart breaking and powerful book of poems around hurting, loving, breaking and healing. ... my daughter recommended it which made me love it more.


....48i like you fine when you're not around by ann graven ... for june 1 tennis book club ...

49.....the nix ( i listened to this while walking ) .... great book ... kinda epic ... crazy story about a writer, his present and his past and his mom's past .... reinventing yourself.


june

50.....the readers of broken wheel ... sarah flew across the world to meet a friend that she'd made over the internet due to a shared interest in  books .... ended up discovering herself in an oddball little town ... quite enjoyed this one ....

51.....-marked by dragon's blood .... so many typos but a lovely invented  fantasy land and a good story ... can imagine it as a movie or tv series ...

52.....-fueled by dragon's blood ... by n.m. howell ....
***** book 3 comes out end of july ... NOTE TO SELF TO GET IT ....

53.....witch is when it all began ... by adele abbott .... a witch PI mystery ... she finds out she's a witch ... but keeps her day job ....
54.....witch is when life got complicated (book 2) by adele abbott
55.....witch is when everything went crazy .... book 3 by adele abbottt

56.....murder any witch way (book 1 of brimstone bay mysteries)
57.....witch way to hallow's bay (book 2) by n.m.howell .... journalist witch in a small town
58......bewitch you a merry xmas (book 3) ^ like that ....
59.....witch souls to save (book 4) of nm howell books

60.....the signature of all things ... june ...wednesday church lady book club

61.....orphan train  by christina kline for my first book club ...i really enjoyed this ... i bought it ages ago but just never got around to reading it, i think .... june book club

july

62....frankenstein ... by shelley .... i read this as a kid but guess i had no real recollection of it ... the narrative was not familiar AT ALL .... interesting ... as rereading classics often is ... didn't love it ... but glad i read it again. (for tennis team book club in july)

63.....a man called ove by fredrik beckman ... for my first book club ... read already for another book club ... but enjoyed it enough to read it again ... AND it's just so much faster the second go round!

64.....you and i and someone else .... by anna schanchner ... july wedn. church lady book club ... EXCELLENT ...  super quirky characters and character development ... and a touching story ...

65....witch is when things fell apart(book 4) ... by adele abbott ... very much enjoy this series .... mystery

66.....witch souls to see by nm howell(book 5) .... journalist .... different series .. like it too! weird to be reading them simultaneously ....

67....short stories from hogwarts of power, politics and pesky poltergeists by j k rowling .... short ... interesting ... additional tidbits to go along with the series ... only for die hard fans ..

68.....witch is when the bubble burst ... adele abbott ... witchy p.i.

69.....which is when the penny dropped ... adele abbott .... more jill gooder adventures .... still enjoying the series .. this is book 6

70.....britt marie was here by the same guy who wrote OVE .... oh my gosh i ADORED THIS BOOK .. best book i've read in a long time .... she is quirky .... she bravely starts a new life ... soccer ... kids ... goodness ...

i read these post apocalyptic YA books all on a big trip this summer ..... they were excellent on my long plane rides .... :
71.....The testing
72....Independent Study
73....Graduation Day
all three by joelle charbonneau ...... in the same vein as hunger games or divergent ..... well done ... would be a good movie series as well ....



on deck to read:
witch is when the floodgates opened ... #7 adele abbott
witch is when the hammer fell ... #8 adele abbott
mermaid by jodi piccoult
800 grapes for first book club in august ....















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