2017 has been a tough year for writing.
It has been a tough year.
I’ve done tons of worrying and stewing, but not much writing.
Just. Could. Not. Write.
This year, during my own dry spell as a writer, I ramped up the reading.
Here’s a list of the books I read this year.
My goal for 2018 is to maintain this pace of reading, but also revive my writing mojo.
Feel free to leave book recommendations in the comments.
In the meantime…thank you for including my blog in your reading list now and then.
I wish you a very Happy New Year.
*Note, I have added links to Amazon for reference, but the VAST majority of these books I read for free through our local library and the Overdrive app.*
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (Finished 1-5-17)
- Crabwalk, Guenter Grass (Finished 1-30-17)
- The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (Finished 2-12-17)
- Kindred, Octavia Butler (Finished 2-20-17)
- All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, Winona LaDuke (Finished 2-27-17)
- Brown Girl Dreaming (audio book read by the author), Jacqueline Woodson (Finished 3-4-17)
- 1913: The Year Before the Storm, Florian Illies (Finished 3-6-17)
- Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Finished 3-13-17)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (Finished 3-18-17)
- Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson (Finished 3-19-17)
- Lark and Termite, Jayne Anne Phillips (Finished 3-25-17)
- Letter to My Daughter (audio book read by the author), Maya Angelou (Finished 3-27-17)
- “They Can’t Kill Us All”: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement, Wesley Lowery (Finished 4-1-17)
- Nineteen Eighty-Four (audio book), George Orwell (Finished 4-2-17)
- The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Finished 4-3-17)
- Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Finished 4-10-17)
- All American Boys, Jason Reynolds/Brendan Kiely (Finished 4-13-17)
- War and Peace, Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy (Finished 5-21-17)
- The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (Finished 5-24-17)
- The Moon Around Sarah, Paul Lederer (Finished 5-25-17)
- The Invention of Everything Else, Samantha Hunt (Finished 6-7-17)
- Homegoing, Yaa Gussie (Finished 6-20-17)
- The Whole Town’s Talking, Fannie Flagg (Finished 6-25-17)
- Ordinary Light, Tracy K. Smith (Finished 7-4-17)
- The Gospel of Winter, Brendan Kiely (Finished 7-5-17)
- Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Asra Q. Nomani (Finished 7-9-17)
- Still Life, Louise Penny (Finished 7-22-17)
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann (Finished 7-31-17)
- On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder (Finished 8-1-17)
- Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly (Finished 8-6-17)
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson (Finished 8-10-17)
- It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis (Finished 8-22-17)
- Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (Finished 8-29-17)
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Finished 8-30-17)
- One Thousand Paper Cranes, Takayuki Ishii (Finished 9-1-17)
- The Milkweed Ladies, Louise McNeill (Finished 9-4-17)
- The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism, Naoki Higashida (Finished 9-5-17)
- The Color Purple, Alice Walker (Finished 9-7-17)
- Midnight Confessions, Stephen Colbert (Finished 9-8-17)
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Finished 9-18-17)
- Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor (Finished 9-21-17)
- Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr (Finished 9-24-17)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander (Finished 9-26-17)
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’engle (Finished 9-27-17)
- The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning (Finished 10-15-17)
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Finished 10-22-17)
- The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (Finished 10-27-17)
- Camino Island, John Grisham (Finished 11-2-17)
- A Fatal Grace, Louise Penny (Finished 11-9-17)
- Into the Water, Paula Hawkins (Finished 11-13-17)
- Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Finished 11-16-17)
- Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer (Finished 11-24-17)
- The Mistletoe Promise, Richard Paul Evans (Finished 11-26-17)
- Hunger, Roxane Gay (Finished 11-29-17)
- Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong (Finished 12-6-17)
- A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash (Finished 12-8-17)
- Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, Patrick Phillips (Finished 12-11-17)
- What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Finished 12-25-17)
- Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States, Zora Neale Hurston (Finished 12-27-17)