Reading – a year in review, 2017

2017 was a good year for reading. I discovered new authors whose work I enjoyed: Jenny Erpenbeck, Álvaro Enrique, Zoey Leigh Peterson, Hiromi Kawakami and Lori McNulty. I continued my affection for authors with whom I had already been acquainted: Rachel Cusk, Ben Lerner, George Saunders, Patrick Modiano, Adam Gopnik and Robert Hughes. I also wrote short reviews of each book I read this past year and posted them on LibraryThing, a few of which I re-posted here on this blog. I’m already looking forward to another great year of reading ahead.

Stats from my 2017 reading list:

  •  32 were borrowed from our public library
  •  10 have Canadian authors
  •  10 were chosen due to personal recommendations from friends
  •  2 are by authors who appear more than once on the 2017 list
  •  1 was being reread
  •  0 was read aloud by my wife and me
  •  18 are non-fiction
  •  0 are ebooks

Books read in 2017 (60):

  • Chabon, Michael. Moonglow

  • Erpenbeck, Jenny. Visitation
  • Carter, Angela. Artificial Fire
  • Cusk, Rachel. Transit

  • Thien, Madeleine. Do Not Say We Have Nothing

  • Levy, Deborah. Hot Milk

  • Constantine, David. The Life-Writer
  • Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting

  • Lerner, Ben. The Hatred of Poetry
  • Gretzky, Wayne with McLellan Day, Kirstie. 99 Stories of the Game
  • Groff, Lauren. Arcadia

  • Smith, Ali. Autumn

  • Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Refugees

  • Grayling, A.C. The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind

  • Paley, Grace. Just As I Thought

  • Galchen, Rivka. Little Labors
  • Enrigue, Álvaro. Sudden Death
  • Henighan, Stephen. The Path of the Jaguar

  • Li, Yiyun. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

  • Peterson, Zoey Leigh. Next Year, For Sure
  • Joyce, James. Dubliners

  • Saunders, George. Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Fournel, Paul. Dear Reader
  • Wecker, Helene. The Golem and the Jinni
  • McGregor, Jon. Reservoir 13

  • Tóibín, Colm. House of Names
  • Ford, Richard. Between Them: Remembering My Parents

  • Sutherland, John. How to Read a Novel

  • McEwan, Ian. Nutshell

  • Martin, Manjula (editor). Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

  • McCann, Colum. Letters to a Young Writer

  • Martin, George R.R. Game of Thrones

  • Tyson, Neil de Grasse. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • Tallis, Raymond. The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

  • Modiano, Patrick. In the Café of Lost Youth
  • 
Grossman, David. A Horse Walks into a Bar
  • Martin, George R.R. A Clash of Kings
  • Kawakami, Hiromi. The Nakano Thrift Shop
  • Rovelli, Carlo. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
  • Kawakami, Hiromi. manazuru: a novel

  • Barwin, Gary. Yiddish for Pirates
  • Rosoff, Meg. Jonathan Unleashed

  • Meloy, Maile. Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It

  • Grady, Wayne. Emancipation Day

  • Hardcastle, Kevin. In The Cage

  • Johnson, Trevor and Neill, Hugh. Mathematics: A complete introduction
  • Acheson, David. 1089 and all that: a journey into mathematics
  • Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

  • Gopnik, Adam. At the Stranger’s Gate: Arrivals in New York
  • Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room
  • Smythe, Karen. This Side of Sad
  • St. Aubyn, Edward. Dunbar
  • Cline, Emma. The Girls: a novel

  • Wolitzer, Meg (ed.). The Best American Short Stories 2017

  • Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey and other writings

  • Erpenbeck, Jenny. The End of Days
  • Weir, Andy. Artemis
  • McNulty, Lori. Life on Mars: stories

  • Hughes, Robert. Goya

 

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