Inspired by other blogger posts – here are the cream of the crop from the 35 books I’ve read so far this year.

Fiction – Historic

Euphoria set in the 1930’s New Guinea; All the Light We Cannot See set in World War II France and Germany (inspired us to visit St. Malo, France).

Fiction – Contemporary

The Girl on the Train is a page-turner psychological thriller; Florence Gordon about an aging feminist; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands a post nuclear meltdown coming of age story; Station Eleven a post apocalyptic intriguing read.


In the Fun Female Fiction category: What Alice Forgot is a fairly light read and thought provoking. Seeing really only one such book on my list makes me determined to find a couple more good ones for the second half of the year. Liane’s Big Little Lies was another good FFF read.

Two stand out non-fiction: Orange is the New Black knocked my socks off – I guess because I wasn’t expecting it to – and is Piper’s memoir of being inside the US prison system. Just Mercy gets at the prison question from an attorney/activist point of view and reveals more of the underside of this justice system in the US.