Great news! People are still reading books. Not only that, but they have some great recommendations for your 2017 reading list. Virtually every genre is represented here, so read something you haven’t read before and mark off “do something new and different this year” from your New Year’s Resolutions list.
Best reads for relaxation, career
Roslyn Tanner Evans of Earth and Moon Design, a custom-jewelry company, said, “For relaxation, I read Lisa Scottoline. A prolific female mystery writer with plots, characters, scenarios that have me laughing, trying to solve the mystery and marveling at her surprises.”
She also suggested a few favorite authors for women, because they write about women and life circumstances that could happen to any of us – Jodi Picoult and Elizabeth Berg.
“Any and all of their books are great,” Roz said.
”A more complicated thriller spy author is Daniel Silva. His main spy is Israeli with settings in Europe, Middle East, etc. A lot of historical background as well.
“An author I haven’t read yet, highly recommended by my two intellectual and published authors themselves is Amos Oz. My friend suggested Don’t Call It Night and A Tale of Life & Darkness. Oz is a famous Israeli author.”
Jenny Bell, a former independent bookseller, recommends Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. “I also just read Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg. It’s another sad one but well written.”
Pamela Osiecki Forde, one of my beloved Minnesota cousins, said, “Can’t go wrong with Lisa Scottoline, Louise Erdrich, Jodi Picoult, Ann Patchen, Michael Connolly, Ken Follett, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, john Grisham, Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath still makes me sob), Joyce Carol Oates (We Were the Mulvaneys another sob-inducing book!).”
Billie Jo Kilgore added authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen, Tom Corcoran and Stephen King to her all-time favorite reading list.
Former Keys neighbor Susan Smith Sparkes said she read, on her sister’s recommendation, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Cutting for Stone.
“Both very thought-provoking, yet totally different,“ Sue said. “Cutting for Stone was a very slow start for me, but at about 30 percent of the way in, it became very interesting and worth finishing. Other than those, ‘hard’ science fiction is my favorite escape read!”
My good Key Largo friend Karen Beal said, “Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is proving a good read. Poetic, and yet about women in the world of science-research-technology.”
“Knowing Your Value and Growing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski are great books for women about knowing how to articulate their worth and getting paid for it!” said Christy Brennan Soukhamneut of Starkey Mortgage.
“Growing Your Value takes it a step further with combining and merging the concepts of can you have it all or taking your inner value and your professional value and meshing those two in a way that works for you.”
Tami Fazel, the Gleeful Grandiva from Down Under, agrees with Roz.
“We have the same reading tastes,” she said. “I just read two Daniel Silva books these holidays and loved them. I’ve read just about everything Jodi Picoult has written – absolutely adore her books.”
Nancy Lucchesi of Unleashed Mobile Apps noted that one of her favorite authors is Kathie Giorgio. “I highly recommend them when you want to escape from your hectic day.”
Best reads for personal development
Teresa Salhi, a women’s empowerment coach at Empower the Dream, said she’s read a ton of wonderful books but these three are the top of her list.
The Slight Edge is “an oldie but goodie” by Jeff Olson, she said. “He takes self-help and chunks it down to make success steps simple vs. overwhelming and hard. Small daily actions. I used it with my team in corporate and now for my private coaching clients.”
Another of Teresa’s favorite books is Wishes Fulfilled by the late Wayne Dyer.
“Brilliant book filled with life lessons and how to harness your true inner power of imagination and big dreamin’ for an extraordinary life. My bedtime go-to.”
She also likes The Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson. “For the mid-lifers who are ready to use any challenges in life and now to finally make sense of them and not settle any longer,” Teresa noted.
Author Beverley Golden of Canada said Dark Money by Jane Mayer is a “must-read for anyone who wants to understand why we have arrived at the place we have in our economic and political history. And I don’t even live in the U.S.
“It uncovers the ‘movement’ by a small group of billionaires (oil, coal, big pharma, etc.) who have been using their money to dismantle the political system and democracy as we know it! A fascinating and insightful read.”
Another book she recommends is by Adam Grant called The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.
Lynda S. Bradeen recommends The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan. She calls it “an adventure into the life of the author following her brother’s death and their conversations after he is dead. Very stimulating as in things that make you go ‘hmm…’”
“As someone who is a professional leader and deeply introverted in an extrovert world, I highly recommend Susan Cain’s book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Quit Talking,” said Paula Hoffman, an old childhood friend from Minnesota, who is the director of academic success at Pine Technical and Community College. “This is a valuable read for extroverts and introverts.”
I can see a number of books I’ll be adding to my reading list this year.
How about you? What recommendations do you have for fun and/or serious reads? Please share in the comments.