Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Wrap Up 2017

Books to Start Off 2018
So many books helped me through 2017.

Best Mystery

 A Murder of Magpies - Judith Flanders

Samantha Clair, British book editor, gets involved in murder. I love this book. I actually read the second in the series first and ran right out to the library to get this one. Sam has that funny self-deprecating English voice and the characters are distinctive. And you get to see inside book publishing.

 Best Urban Fantasy

 One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
Addicting, absolutely addicting. What if time travel was real. And a bunch of academics controlled it? Maybe sort of dull? Hah!

Best Non Fiction

 Grandma Gatewood's Walk - Ben Montgomery

Inspirational story of the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian trail alone. 

Best How-To

 Making an Impression - Gennine Zlatkis

How to make stamps and then stamp them on everything. I follow her on Instagram. I love her work and her pictures of life in New Mexico. It's a lovely antidote to the scenery here in the Pacific Northwest. And her art is fabulous.

Also well worth a read:


 Gold of Our Fathers - Kwei Quartey

Police procedural set in Ghana. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson solves murders in the gold mining region of Ghana. Love the sense of place and the different cultures. 

A Strange Scottish Shore - Juliana Gray

Don't you love finding a new author? Emmeline Truelove travels through time to Orkney to save her true love (see what I did there?) Lord Silverton. Second in the series.


 A Green and Ancient Light - Frederic S. Durbin

Fantasy set in WWII English countryside. A little boy is sent to his grandmother's during the Blitz. Mythology and humanity intersect in this lovely tale. My only complaint is there are no chapters, just one narrative making it hard to find that stopping place when reading in bed.

 The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett

I had never read this, though I've heard about it and how great Terry Prachett is. I tried one of the Disc world books and just couldn't get into it. But this book is terrific. Little blue men in kilts!


 Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler

I read her first book, If Morning Ever Comes, when I was a teenager. She has a distinctive voice that makes me feel slightly disconnected from the characters. She writes cool. Nevertheless, I find her  compulsively readable. This is her take on The Taming of the Shrew. I read it in one sitting.

  The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr a novel - Frances Maynard

Young woman who has never lived on her own learns how to cope after her mother falls and goes into care. Excellent book. Builds slowly, revealing the process of learning to remake childhood assumptions with adult eyes. And the terrible things we do in the name of protecting those we love.

Non Fiction

The Earth Moved - Amy Stewart

I have had two worm bins. I loved my worms. Now we have curbside food waste pick-up. Who knew earthworms were so fascinating? Charle Darwin for one. And who knew all our earthworms are invaders from Europe? And that they cause problems in native forests?  An absolutely wonderful read.

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