Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book List: Books Read in 2017


Somehow, 2017 was the year in books that almost never was. Every year in January, I make a book list of the book I read the prior year. But I forgot to do that in January 2018. A look at my work calendar tells me I wasn't gearing up for a trial (which is my usual attention-sucker), but my law partner and I were up to our eyeballs in a couple of Boy Scout sex abuse cases in Idaho and Montana. I spent most of January 2018 in regional PNW airports waiting for cancelled flights to get to depositions and court hearings.

I only realized the 2017 list was missing when I went to post the 2020 list. Better late then never. We want to remember all the books of Auld Lang Sine!


  • The Panther by Nelson DeMille ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Roseanna by Maj Sjรถwall and Per Wahlรถรถ ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Manticore by Robertson Davies ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • World of Wonders by Robertson Davis ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Black and Blue by Ian Rankin ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Bandits by Elmore Leonard ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Heirs by Susan Rieger ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • The Rocks by Peter Nichols ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Glorious Heresies by  Lisa McInerney ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2 (Women's Prize winner)


I have a loosy goosy and always changing rating system. I used to use stars, but since my four or five stars didn't mean what four or five stars might mean on amazon or goodreads, I switched to roses, keeping with my Rose City Reader theme. I rate a book based on how much I like it, if I would recommend it to others, and what type of reader I would recommend it to.  

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I love, recommend to most readers, or I think of as classics or must reads. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I really enjoy and/or recommend to readers of that type of book. Lots of Mysteries or food memoirs, for example, might get four roses from me instead of five because I really like them, but would only recommend them to people who read mysteries or food books.

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I'm lukewarm about, liked so-so, or maybe was glad I read but wouldn't recommend to other people. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I didn't like, but understand that other readers do like.

๐ŸŒน Books I really don't like and am surprised to find other readers who do. I don't have many one-rose books.

I use half roses for books that fall between categories.

In years past, I used a slightly different star system. Here is a link to it

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