Per tradition, it’s time for my annual wrap-up of all the books I read in 2017! Here’s how I did this past year…
Number of books read in 2016 (for comparison): 133 titles
Daily average: 1 book read every 2.7 days
Percent of nonfiction read: 22%
Number of audiobooks read: 7
Number of books read on the Kindle: 32
And now, for the best books of the year (in my humble opinion, of course!), in author alphabetical order… my benchmark is always… “did this book stick with me? Do I still remember the characters? Did I think about it after I closed the cover?”…
Connelly, Michael. The Wrong Side of Goodbye. F, AB.
Dickinson, Amy. Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things. NF.
Finkel, Michael. The Stranger in the Woods. NF.
Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down. F, YA.
Harper, Jane. Force of Nature. F, K.
Hendricks, Greer and Pekkanen, Sarah. The Wife Between Us. F, K.
Hesse, Monica. American Fire. NF.
Jones, Tayari. An American Marriage. F, K.
Lehane, Dennis. Since We Fell. F.
Lockhart, E. Genuine Fraud. YA.
Maynard, Joyce. The Best of Us. NF.
Ng, Celeste. Little Fires Everywhere. F.
Phillips, Gin. Fierce Kingdom. F.
Riggs, Nina. The Bright Hour. NF.
Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy. NF.
Westover, Tara. Educated. NF, K.
What were your favorite reads this year that I should add to my TBR list?
And as for the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge… I did pretty darn well! I only feel short in a couple of places, and this definitely pushed me to try some other lit I normally wouldn’t have. Yay challenges!
Read a book about sports.(Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald) Read a debut novel.(Hey Harry, Hey Matilda by Rachel Hulin) Read a book about books.(My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul)
- Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.(Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce) Read an all-ages comic.(The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish) Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.(The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner) Read a travel memoir.(Bleaker House by Nell Stevens) Read a book you’ve read before.(The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin) Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.(The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot) Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.(The Dry by Jane Harper)
- Read a fantasy novel.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.(Spaceman by Mike Massimino) Read a book about war.(Flowers for Hitler by Ilse Horacek) Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.(If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo) Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged.(The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton) Read a classic by an author of color.(Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead) Read a superhero comic with a female lead. (Faith by Jody Houser) Read a book in which the character of color goes on a spiritual journey.(Dear Martin by Nic Stone) Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.(After the Flood by Alexis Hall)
- Read a book published by a micropress.
Read a collection of stories by a woman.(Difficult Women by Roxane Gay) Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.(The Sea and the Bells by Pablo Neruda) Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.(The Mothers by Brit Bennett)