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December 30, 2017

My favorite books from 2017

Before I left work for winter break last week, I embarassed the women who rehired me last summer by telling them that they were a big part of why this year has ended so very, very much better than it started.  There are other reasons, and I'm grateful for all of them.  And so glad that reading, often with or because of you, is a constant and ongoing source of comfort and joy.  I'm looking forward to doing much more of that in the new year. :)

So, on that note, here's my list of favorite books from this year (in the order that I read them)...

Completely my cup of tea, and especially nice that I learned
about this book from bloggers.  :)

A more recently favorite author writing about an always favorite author. :)

I was bemoaning how long I owned this before I read it.  
I'm so glad I finally did.

This was a wonderful read in its own right, but even more so because
I stumbled upon it at the library, not having heard of it till then.

Also completely my cup of tea, and equally especially nice that I learned
about this book from bloggers. :)

I enjoyed this one so much that I listened to it right after I read it.

For the most part, the mysteries I read seemed all equally enjoyable,
but I'll choose this one because it's an author and a series new to me,
either one of which is always a special treat.

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And special mention (and thanks!) for Margaret Kennedy Day {with Jane} and our continuing #PalliserParty {with JoAnn).

I didn't, in the end, finish my bicentennial re-reading of Jane Austen {I spent most of this week finishing Emma, which was a gift it inself}, but, then again, not running out of Jane Austen is not such a bad thing.

Hmmm... comfort and joy might be a recurring theme. :)  I'm wishing you both, and all other kinds of happiness.  Happy New Year!


Lisa said...

I just re-read Emma myself, I think of it as a Christmas novel (partly because I got it as a Christmas present one year).

I see a couple of books to investigate on your list! Happy New Year of Books :)

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Delightful list - especially as I just used a Christmas gift card to order both A Chelsea Concerto and Bewildering Cares!

Happy New Year and I hope 2018 holds only good things - and good books - for you.

JoAnn said...

I can't even tell you how many years Imagined London has been on my shelf, but I vow to read it in 2018! Also happy to have Bewildering Cares ready to go on my kindle. Eagerly anticipating our continuing Palliser Party. Phineas Redux audio is downloaded to my phone, but I won't make much progress until we get to Florida later next week. When are you planning to start?

I see you're reading The Portrait of a Lady now. It will likely be my next classic after Phineas Redux. I remember loving it years ago and want to reread prior to John Banville's Mrs. Osmond. Happy New Year, Audrey! I look forward to another year of reading and book talk :)

Cosy Books said...

So glad you enjoyed the Anna Quindlen book, Audrey! I thoroughly enjoyed it too. A Chelsea Concerto is right up my street; it was sent to me as an ebook but I'm going to buy a hard copy as I just can't cosy up to reading for long periods on the computer.
Happy New Year! If your weather is anything like ours, I bet you haven't been out in days. Outdoor celebrations are being cancelled for fear everyone will turn into ice sculptures!

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