Saturday, January 06, 2018

All Together Now: What I Read in 2017

Here are the 61 62 (see explanation at the end of this post) books I read in 2017.

Favorites are in blue. Unfavorites are in green. Wow! books are in larger font.

Nice mix of fiction and nonfiction.

1. Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep - Michael Schulman (nonfiction)

2. $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America - Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer (nonfiction)

3. The Green Mile - Stephen King (fiction)

4. In the Great, Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown - Amy Gary (nonfiction)

5. The Art of X-Ray Reading - Roy Peter Clark (nonfiction)

6. Captains and the Kings - Taylor Caldwell (fiction)

7. Brief Histories of Everyday Objects - Andy Warner (graphic novel)

8. Parade's End - Ford Maddox Ford (fiction, audiobook)

9. The Heavenly Table - Donald Ray Pollock (fiction)

10. The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher (nonfiction, audiobook)

11. Van Gogh: The Life - Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (nonfiction)

12. My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout (fiction, audiobook)

13. Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (fiction)

14. The Vegetarian - Han Kang (fiction)

15. Textbook - Amy Krouse Rosenthal (nonfiction)

16. Cruel Beautiful World - Caroline Leavitt (fiction, audiobook)

17. Patricia's Secret - Ruth Daggett Leinhauser (fiction)

18. A Touch of Stardust - Kate Alcott (fiction, audiobook)

19. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother - Kate Hennessy (nonfiction)

20. Revival - Stephen King (fiction, audiobook)

21. How I Became a North Korean - Krys Lee (fiction)

22. Unfinished Desires - Gail Godwin (fiction, audiobook)

23. Consider the Fork - Bee Wilson (nonfiction)

24. Between Them - Richard Ford (nonfiction)

25. Flora - Gail Godwin (fiction)

26. The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg (nonfiction, audiobook)

27. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders (fiction, audiobook)

28. My Life with Bob - Pamela Paul (nonfiction)

29. The Mandibles - Lionel Shriver (fiction, audiobook)

30. Beartown - Fredrik Backman (fiction)

31. The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena (fiction)

32. 32 Yolks - Eric Ripert (nonfiction, audiobook)

33. Finding Fish - Antwone Quenton Fisher (nonfiction, audiobook)

34. Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 - David Sedaris (nonfiction)

35. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay (nonfiction)

36. Rules of Civility - Amor Towles (fiction, audiobook)

37. Les Miserables (manga)

38. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton (fiction)

39. Tex - S.E. Hinton (fiction)

40. A Kiss Before Dying - Ira Levin (fiction)

41. Everybody's Fool - Richard Russo (fiction, audiobook)

42. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking (nonfiction)

43. Talking Pictures - Ann Hornaday (nonfiction)

44. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides (fiction, audiobook)

45. Goodbye, Things - Fumio Sasaki (nonfiction)

46. Melissa - Taylor Caldwell (fiction)

47. Who Were The Three Stooges? - Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (nonfiction)

48. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles (fiction)

49. See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt (fiction)

50. A Good Marriage - Stephen King (fiction, audiobook)

51. Harriet Tubman - Kem Knapp Sawyer (nonfiction)

52. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie (nonfiction)

53. I'll Be Damned - Eric Braeden (nonfiction)

54. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara (fiction, audiobook) hatelove and lovehate this novel!

55. Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis - Ed Sikov (nonfiction)

56. Annie Oakley -Chuck Wills (nonfiction)

57. Unf*ck Your Habitat - Rachel Hoffman (nonfiction)

58. Gunnar's Daughter - Sigrid Undset (fiction)

59. Grant - Ron Chernow (nonfiction)

60. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder - Caroline Fraser (nonfiction)

61. That Was Then, This is Now - S.E. Hinton (fiction)

Now on to 2018! Happy Book Year!

Edited to add: (!!!)
Oh my! I must be losing my bookworm edge. My Spawn, the most excellent bookworm (and only bookworm) I ever created, reminded me that I read Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos last summer. I forgot to write it down. Yikes. I'm torn between feeling ashamed for forgetting and feeling pumped that it's really 62 books, which ties me with my 2016 total. Guess I'll go with the latter.

1 comment:

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

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thots you never thot of:
the picturesque protagonist,
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Yes, dear, the epic endorphins -
an open door2an onomatopoeia vernacular,
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toxic firewurks from yeee-haw KS
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than where you had originally planned!!
O! the mind doth boggle, lil one!!

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A: Dont let His extravagant
brilliance be extinguished, earthling.
You're creative, yes?
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