2017 was a another good reading year. I discovered several new authors and book series that kept me entertained as I completed 64 books during the year. It seemed to be a year of reading book series as you will see in some of the selections below. A part of reading series is the idea of "I liked book 'A', therefore I'll probably like book 'B'". But, there is more to a good series than similar plots and writing style. Series also allow authors to dig deeper into their characters and provide a growing richness to the world surrounding them.
To get the most out of reading series, it is often best to read them in order. To help keep things straight, I like to visit the Order of Books website. You can find your favorite authors and plan out the order to read their works.
Here are a few of the highlights from 2017 that I really enjoyed.
James S. A. Corey, the Expanse series. This is an awesome series that starts at the point where we have colonized the moon, Mars, and the asteroid belt. Ben H. Winters, the Last Policeman series. A comet will be hitting the earth in six months. No one cares much about their jobs, much less solving a crime. Connie Willis, Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. I'm usually not much on time travel stories, but these are well done.
Erik Larson - Isaac's Storm. The story of the 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane.
Crime / Mystery
Tony Hillerman - Leaphorn and Chee series. Not new, but new to me. I read the first couple books in the series which brings the southwest alive. Looking forward to reading more of these. Nevada Barr - Anna Pigeon series. Mysteries that occur in parks around the country. So, in addition to the story, you have great settings for the stories.
Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea