“A Best Friend Is Someone Who Gives Me a Book I’ve Never Read.” – A. Lincoln
Once again the MillersTime “best books roundup” is my favorite post of the year. It’s a labor of love and is only possible because so many of you take the time to send in what books you have enjoyed over the last 12 months. I’m indeed indebted to each of you and offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you.
The 2017 list is comprised of the favorite reads of 82 adults and 10 children. Fiction leads the nonfiction 56% to 44%, similar to last year. Our youngest participant is almost five month’s old; the oldest is 96. The rest of you are mostly between the ages of 35- 75. Fifty-eight percent of you are women, 42% are men.
While I don’t expect everyone of you will read all the way through this list (anyone who does can claim it as a favorite book for next year), know there is a tremendous amount of information here. I’ve organized it in several ways, hopefully to make it more user friendly:
I. The most frequently cited titles (three or more times) are listed first.
II. Next the contributors are listed alphabetically — to make it easy if you are looking for the favorites of someone you know — with the titles and authors next and then any comments made about those books.
III. Finally, there are also two spread sheet links included as easy, searchable references for you to see the titles, authors, and MillersTime contributors in summary form:
I. Titles that appear on the Favorites’ List three times or more:
- A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
- America’s First Daughter, Stephanie Dray
- Days Without End, Sebastian Barry
- House of Names, Colm Toibin
- Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
- Salvage the Bones, Jesymn Ward
- Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesymn Ward
- Small Great Things, Jody Picoult
- The North Water, Ian McQuire
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
- Evicted, Mathew Desmond
- Grant, Ron Chernow
- Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
- Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
For me, as is true every year, the strengths and value of this year’s list have more to do with what contributors say about a book than the number of times a book may be listed. Often, a book listed only once is one I most want to read in the coming year.
A reminder: this list is not meant to be the best books published in 2017, but rather what the title of this posting states — The Books Most Enjoyed by MillersTime Readers in 2017.
Please forgive my endless prompting for your submissions, though the results, I hope, may have been worth the reminders. (Late additions — please feel free to send them — will be posted as they arrive, without any snarky comments from the editor.)
And, of course, I take responsibility for any inaccuracies or mistakes in the posting of your names, the titles, the authors, and your comments. Please do let me know about errors so I can correct them quickly and easily.
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II. The 2017 List of Favorites:
(alphabetical by reader’s first name):