Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Books read in 2017

Books I've Read in 2017
January
1.  Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. The 11th book in the Left Behind Series. I've liked the whole series though I think it is a bit drawn out.

2.  Glorious Appearing by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins.  12th and last book in the Left Behind series.

3.  The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. About the Barbizon Hotel for woman in NY City.  Back in the 1950's aspiring models and secretaries lived there. Present times it is an apartment building. A journalist lives there and uncovers a secret buried in the past.  I liked the book.

4.  The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens. Wolf Truly takes a cable car 8,000 feet up a mountain with the intention of taking his own life. Through a series of mishaps he gets lost and is stranded among the forested cliffs with three women. Four go up the mountain but only four come down. I thought the book was very good.

5.  Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Eleven years ago, Lindsey escaped her house with her young daughter from an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter. When her ex-husband is released, Lindsey believes all ties are cut. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her.
I thought the book was very good - a page turner for me which kept me guessing.

February
6. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. Annie is a realtor and is abducted by a man at an open house. From the cover, "Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin - which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist - is a second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape:  her struggle to piece her shattered life back together......"
The book was for sure a page turner for me and I thought it very good.

7. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  In 1942 an architect accepts a commission that could get him killed but make a lot of money.  He has to design a secret hiding place a for rich Jewish man.  From the cover -   "The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right."  I thought the book very good and a page turner.

8.  Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens.  Sara  searches and finds her birth mother.  Turns out she is the only victim to escape from a rapist serial killer and he was Sara's father and hasn't been caught yet.  I didn't think the book was a good as the other two I've read by her but still a good one.

March 
9. Highgate Rise by Anne Perry.  Another great book from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.  Mysteries set in London in Victorian times.

10. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.  Book 5 in the series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache set in the small village of Three Pines.  I love the books in this series.

11. Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.  Dr. Nadine Lavoie works in a psychiatric hospital where a young woman patient who leaves a cult commune commits suicide. Nadine has to confront her own past from the time she lived there too.  A good book but I didn't think as good as the other books I've read by her.

12. Belgrave Square by Anne Perry.  A Pitt and Charlotte Mystery.  Another good one.  I like them all.
A quote from the book.
Too much happiness is lost because we spend our time 
regretting the past and seeking for the future 
and miss what we are given for the moment at hand.  
The gift to be happy is a blessing to all around.

13. My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni.  Tracy believes the man who is in jail for killing her sister was framed and is innocent and she tries to prove it. A page turner for me!!

April
14.  Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings.  The television series The Murdoch Mysteries is based on a series of 4 books.  This is number 1.  I enjoyed the book.

15. Skeletons and the Feast by Chris Bohjalian.  Takes place in January 1945 in the waning months of WWII.  A small group of people begin a journey in an attempt to cross the remnant of the Third Reich from the Russian front to the Rhine as seen from the German side.  I thought the book very good, though there are some truly horrible things that happen!!!

16. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.   Book 6 in the series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.  I liked this one too.

May 
17. Last One Home by Debbie Macomber.  Three sisters reunite years later after one runs away at 18 to get married.   I enjoyed the book.  A nice easy read.

18.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  About a grumpy man who is not so grumpy.  Excellent Book.

19. Farrier's Lane by Anne Perry.  Another Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery.  Liked this one as well.
June
20. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.   Non-fiction about architect Daniel H Burnham, the worlds fair director in Chicago and Henry H Holmes a serial killer in Chicago.  I found it boring and didn't care for it.

21. The Hyde Park Headsman by Anne Perry.  The next in line of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series.  Another good one.

22. News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Just after the Civil War retired army captain Jefferson Kidd travels around Texas giving readings of the news of the world.  He is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young girl, who was kidnapped and then raised for 6 years by Kiowa raiders, back to her relatives 400 miles away. A very good book with a great ending.

23. The Secret of Red Gate Farm, a Nancy Drew Mystery.  Book number 6.  Corny but fun to read.  
July
24. Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman.  Two 11 year old girls come across an abandon stroller with a baby and take the baby.  Things don't work out so good.  I thought it book was pretty good.

25. Panic Snap by Laura Reese.

26. The Triumph of Katie Byrne by Barbara Taylor Bradford.  Three best girlfriends dream of being actresses. Two of them are attacked.  One dies, the other is in a coma.
Now only one of them can live the dream.   Pretty good but a bit drawn out.

August
27. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  Fiction based on the historical abolitionist figure of Sarah Grimke.  I thought it was good.

28.  The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer.  Anna is not quite the person she described herself to Karl as a his mail order bride in the frontier territory of Minnesota.   It was pretty good.

29. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  First in the Mitford series with Father Tim.  Wonderful book and look forward to reading the whole series.

30.  A Light in the Window by Jan Karon.  Book number 2 in the Mitford series.  I'm liking this series a lot!!

September
31. The Clue in the Diary.  A Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene

32. God Will Use This For Good by May Lucado

33. Animals from the Bible by Scott Hanks

34. Traitors Gate by Anne Perry.  A Pitt and Charlotte Thomas mystery.  

October
35. The Bible - Read it every year.  Usually takes me the whole year but got done a little early this year.

36. Brooklyn Secrets by Triss Stein.  Erica, a single mom while doing research tries to learn why a local girl gets beat up.  Pretty Good.

37. Ponder the Path by Francie Taylor.  A monthly devotional on the book of Proverbs.

38.  These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon.  Book number 3 in the Mitford series.  Liked it!!  Quote from book,  "There are two things to aim at in life, first, to get what you want, and after that, to enjoy it." The quote is actually made by Logan Pearshall Smith and the rest of the quote is, " Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second."

39. Out to Canaan by Jan Karon.  Book number 4 in the Mitford series.  Another great book.
 

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