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 books I read in 2017. They are listed in the order in which I read them, and only include books that I finished.
As I did in 2016, I picked the Top 10 books that I especially enjoyed and/or changed me for the better. These books are in BOLD and are hyperlinked. While I recommend many of the books I read this year, these Top 10 hold a special place in my heart.
- 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 this list gave you some good ideas for what to read next. If you have questions about any of these books, contact me. I love to talk about books!
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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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