In the Great Thoughts’ Great Readers’ Book Salon, our readers read ALOT. Because the same books get ALL the national press, I thought I would poll real readers and see what they think the Best Books of 2017 are thus far that are outside the national press favorites.
This Readers’ Favorites list is dedicated to those authors who write and write and won’t routinely be in national press. I have divided the books into Seriously Great Fiction, Historical Fiction and Domestic Suspense/ Psychological Thriller/ Suspense. Each of these books was recommended by numerous readers. Those marked with an * are the ones that I have read with my comments.
Great Thoughts’ Great Readers’ Favorites as of June, 2017
Seriously Great Fiction
Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn * Likely the best book of the year!
Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe *Nothing better than a Mary Alice Monroe
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi *Brilliant debut novel
The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White *I love everything Karen White writes!
The Salt House by Lisa Duffy
The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn *Outstanding.
The Baker’s Secret by Stephen Kiernan
Before The Rain Falls by Camille DiMaio *Loved every page of it.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan *Brilliant book with best cover ever!
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams *Best characters ever!
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor *Best dual timeline ever written!
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff *Oh what a book!
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Saturday Evening Girls’ Club by Jane Healy *Loved every page!
Domestic Suspense/ Psychological Thriller/ Suspense
The Breakdown by BA Paris
Camino Island by John Grisham
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke *An OMG finish in one sitting book!
He Said/ She Said by Erin Kelly
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle *Best ending ever written!
The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight *Love this series
What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan
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