Books I Read in 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, chiefly N.K Jemison and Atul Gawande. And I read some more by authors I already knew and loved, such as 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 were all amazing.

The Ratings

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

  • * 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.

And now, without further ado, the books I read in 2017.

Books I Read in 2017

  • 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

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