May this be the last Best of 2017 list you read this year

Took me a while to get to this, but here are my favorites that I read last year.

Super top favorites:

All Grown Up. My absolute favorite of the year. The only book I actually bought a copy of, mostly because she was here on my birthday and you can't ask someone to autograph a library book.

Jillian. This one has an easy litmus test. Do you think someone saying she wants to hysterectomize herself and throw her uterus against the wall is funny? I do too and that's...

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Quick takes- March 2017

Forever, Interrupted. 3 stars. I love this author and am very excited for her next book, but this one didn't do it for me. Very very unlikable main character, and not in an interesting way.

The Weight of Him. 2 stars. A big disappointment. Again, hated the main character. It felt extremely and formulaic.

A Doubter's Almanac. 2 stars. The moral of this story is: Smart white men are very very important. In case you haven't ever heard that before.

All Grown Up. 5 stars. I think I may...

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The week in review

Very productive and busy week with the kids back in school, and I am not going to complain about the weather, even though it's almost April and I'm still so cold.

I have a ton of books out from the library right now, and having that creeping awareness that something will go back unread. With so much to choose from, I finally settled on Idaho. I am not sure what the fuss is about this one. There is some good writing and I do really like the structure, but the plot and characters leave a...

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Yep, still there

Jenny opened a plastic compact, looked into it, and then snapped it shut, as if merely making certain that she was still there.

That little bit from Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant has stuck with me for about 30 years now, and it flashes through my head every time I catch a quick glimpse of myself in a mirror. Still there! Little moments like this are just one of the 52 million reasons I love Anne Tyler like no other. My first Anne Tyler was The Accidental...

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Would you like to see our reserve list?

I'd been in quite a slump lately, not liking anything and starting to wonder if it was me. Then I started Tiny Little Thing, my 3rd Beatriz Williams, and finally! I like something! I didn't love it quite as much as A Certain Age but it's good enough to make me want to read everything else she's written. I'll definitely read Along the Infinite Sea to finish up the Schuyler sisters series, but I think I'll hold off on the rest for a while. Why? In case I ever need a surefire way out of a slump...

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