Books 2017

Another year, another 61 books. Although 2017 was an absolutely terrible year, it’s been a good year for reading. 21 of the books I read were 4 stars (out of 5) or above, including a few fun trilogies:  N.K Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy, and Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling trilogy.

I discovered a few new favorite authors: N.K Jemison and Atul Gawande, and read some more by authors I already knew and loved: Margaret Atwood and Jhumpa Lahiri.

All three of my 5 star ratings went to nonfiction books (for the first time ever?), and 2 were by Atul Gawande: The Digital Doctor, Complications, and Being Mortal.

If you’re new to my book lists, here’s how I rate them:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! I want to reread it over and over and over

Looking for past years? Here’s 2016201520142013, and 2012.

The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill***
Kraken, by China Mieville****
The Storied Life of AJ Firky, by Gabrielle Zevin****
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki  Murakami***
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom****
Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan***
The Shining, by Stephen King***
The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin****
The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen****
Sybil, by Flora Rheta Schreiber**
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, Translated by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter***
The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin****
Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut***
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker**
Lake of the Woods, by Tim O’Brien****
The Digital Doctor, by Robert Wachter*****
The Hike, by Drew Magary***
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave****
Peppermints in the Parlor, by Barbara Brooks Wallace***
The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks**
Complications, by Atul Gawande*****
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crighton***
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson***
The Girl with All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey***
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl****
Marathon Man, by William Goldman***
Setting the Table, by Danny Meyer**
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese***
The Way the Crow Flies, by Ann-Marie MacDonald***
Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand****
Managing Humans, by Michael Lopp**
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi***
Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville***
Waiting for Your Cat to Bark, by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, and Lisa Davis **
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood***
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood****
MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood***
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman***
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner, ****
One True Thing, by Anna Quindlen****
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs***
Turtle Moon, by Alice Hoffman***
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande*****
The Magician King, by Lev Grossman***
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri**** (reread)
The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman***
Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton****
The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro***
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sachs***
LaRose, by Louise Erditch***
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly***
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt****
The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton***
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf***
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London***
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy****
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jeminin****
Mysteries of Winterthurn, by Joyce Carol Oates***
Lucky Girls, by Nell Freudenberger*** (reread)
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding***
The Bear and the Nightengale, by Katherine Arden***

Started, not completed: Infinite Jest

Marli Mesibov

Marli is a content strategist with a passion for the user experience. Her work spans websites, web applications, and mobile. Marli is the VP of Content Strategy at the UX design agency Mad*Pow, where she helps healthcare, finance, and educational organizations communicate with their audiences. Marli is a frequent conference speaker, and has spoken at conferences including Content Strategy Forum and LavaCon. She can also be found on Twitter, where she shares thoughts on content strategy, literature, and Muppets.

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