Rather than create a top ten list, below I’ve listed the books I read this year that I loved, either because the book was a page turner or– as is more often the case– because I gained a new perspective that I could not have otherwise.
I stuck to popular titles that I found available for free in the public domain or through my library. I hope there are at least a few titles that are new to you, that you can enjoy in 2017.
- Bringing Up Bebe Funny memoir about French Parenting
- The War of Art No nonsense self-help book about creativity
- Catcher in the Rye Classic first person narrative; deadpan humor; fast read.
- Brave New World Classic dystopian novel.
- Foxcatcher Memoir about the murder of olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.
- No Place to Hide Book by journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story.
- Unbroken Book about olympic athlete and WWII POW Lou Zamperini
- The Book Thief Historical Fiction set in WWII; protagonist is a 12 year old German girl.
- Gone Girl Page-turner thriller about a missing wife.
- It’s What I Do Memoir about war photojournalist
- Harry Potter Series Complement the books with the movies; or vice versa!
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Memoir about New York Post journalist with rare auto-immune disease.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Hilarious classic about boyhood.
- The Importance of Being Earnest Hilarious classic play about English society at the turn of the century; fast read.
- Seabiscuit Story of depression-era Americana and her favorite horse.
- The Martian Action packed science fiction
- The English Patient Epic WWII story about love, loss, and identity; fast read.