Last year, I read 67 books. This year, I read 48. Part of this drop is due to reading too much about the deterioration of America in the news. The other reason is because I was dealing with family health issues and death, and was reading slower.
Here are the 48 books I read in 2017. They are listed in the order in which I read them, and only include books that I finished.
Inspired by what I did in 2016, I again picked the top books (this time I was able to get it down to ten!) that I especially enjoyed and/or changed me for the better. These books are in bold and are hyperlinked. While I enjoyed many of the books I read this year, these Top 10 hold a special place in my heart, and I highly recommend them.
- Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan
- Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang
- Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring & Robert Neubecker
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
- This City by Claudia Castro Luna
- Found Poetry Review, Vol. 7, edited by Jenni B. Baker & Beth Ayer
- Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck & edited by Robert DeMott
- Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon *
- Make Trouble by John Waters
- Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann
- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
- Of Lamb by Matthea Harvey & Amy Jean Porter
- The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
- You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
- Death at Glacier Lake by Pam Stucky
- My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
- Northwest Cartoonists Cookbook by various cartoonists & artists
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
- Orange Ginger Jam by frannerd
- Perfect Tree Shapes: an illustrated travel journal of Paris and London by frannerd
- Boogie-Woogie Crisscross by Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda
- Chinook & Chanterelle by Robert Michael Pyle
- Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet by Sanae Ishida
- The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson
- Poetry, March 2017
- IBS–Free at Last! by Patsy Catsos
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
- Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin
- The Autobiography of an American Buffalo by Oscar Zeta Acosta
- Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan
- Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
- The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe
- Inspirations: Poems of Life and Love by Kathryn Carole Ellison
- Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
- Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
- Americus by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill
- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
- Ms. Marvel: No Normal: Issues 1-5 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
- Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday
- Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner
- Invisible Dead by Sam Wiebe
- The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by J L Collins
- Monstress, Volume II, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
- I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton
Hope my list gives you some good ideas for books to read in 2018. If you have questions about any of these books, contact me. I love to talk about books. Happy new year and happy reading!
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* indicates that I read this book in a previous year, and I read it again this year.
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