2017 Books I Read

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.

The Ratings

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.

Books I Read

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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