2017 by the Numbers

Well 2017 is almost over and I know I won’t finish The Force by Don Winslow before the end of the year so I thought I would start my year end extravaganza (as Amanda Banker refers to it) today.

I read 74 books this year by 60 different authors.  I read 6 books by David Baldacci, 3 by Lee Child and 3 by Leslie Gould.  I read two books by Matthew Betley, Joshua Hood, Kyle Mills, Stephen King and James A. Owen.  I read 5 books by people I know, 1 by someone I went to High School with, and 1 whose partner is someone I knew growing up.

As far as ratings I use a typical A-F grading system.  This year I gave out 2 A+, 56 A, 10 B, 5 C and one I did not grade.


The Wanted by Robert Crais

The Wanted, An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais; 2017;$28.00;322 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0399-16150-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 12/26/17-12/28/18

Why did I read this?  I believe that Robert Crais is an outstanding author and I enjoy reading his stories.

A concerned Mom finds a Rolex watch in her son’s possession that he can in no way afford.  She calls Elvis to check it out and that leads Elvis and Joe down a rabbit hole of death, destruction, corruption and deceit on many levels.  Let’s see what can I say that won’t give anything away, manipulation, corruption, wrongful exoneration, teenage burglars, mercenaries, police and a cat.

Grade A


The Demon Crown by James Rollins

The Demon Crown by James Rollins; 2017; $28.99; 441 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238173-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 12/11/17-12/16/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read most of James Rollins previous work and especially enjoy the Sigma series, which always combines history, science and current events.

A new, yet ancient species of wasps are wreaking havoc in the state of Hawaii.  The operatives of the Sigma Force are tasked with tracking down the origin of the species, who is responsible for unleashing the wasps and how to contain them all the while dealing with personal issues of varying types. Rollins deftly combines scary science, historical insights and modern life in a page turning suspenseful story.

Grade A



The Western Star by Craig Johnson

The Western Star by Craig Johnson; 2017; $28.00; 295 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0525-42695-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 12/6/17-12/11/17

Why did I read this?  I read a review and several people I know have recommended the series.

This book serves as the most current events in the series and an introduction to the series at the same time.  Walt Longmire is sheriff revisting one of his old cases as the story begins, the case is one from the very beginning of his career and his  relationship with his mentor and the other sheriffs of the state.  It involves a serial killer and many levels of deception from friends and enemies and even frenemies.  I am looking forward to reading more from Craig Johnson.

Grade A


The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line, A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child; 2017; $28.99; 368 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59348-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 11/21/17-11/23/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read every book in the series and enjoy reading them.

Reacher gets off a bus, walks past a pawn shop and sees a West Point class ring in the window.  He buys it and searches for the owner of the ring to return it.  It puts him right in the middle of two of today’s biggest issues, treatment of disable veterans and the opiod epidemic. As he gets the bad guys to play tag and name the next step of the ladder he puts himself and the allies he picks up in harms way.  But they don’t mind because the ring belongs to a family member of one and the other one is also on the side of right.

Grade A