In Which I Fall Woefully Short: The 2017 Book List

Here it is! My final book list of the year. I am so sorry to have slacked so much on my monthly book posts, but here’s the whole shebang in all its glory. If you recall back to this time last year, I set two goals.

1.) Read 52 books-Didn’t happen (finished 51 books. *twitch*)

2.) Finish both Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenges (finished Reading for Fun, did not finish Reading for Growth)

I’m pretty annoyed that I didn’t finish either goal. It was a busy year, yes, but still. To come SO close? That smarts a little. Technically I guess I really did finish more than 52 because I counted the entire Beverly Cleary Ramona series as 1 book (read aloud to my children), but let’s not mince technicalities, Lindsay Partridge. *twitch*



Alright, enough whining. So, thoughts on what I read this year. I feel like I read more diversely that is typical for me, and I’m very happy about that. There are several books on this list that I never would’ve picked up in previous years, but this year I had the mindset of reading things beyond my comfort zone that I thought would help me to see a different perspective. That mindset served me very well, as those are some of my favorite books from this year.

I’m also happy with how much fiction I read this year. For years, I barely read fiction and thought it just wasn’t for me anymore. Boy, was I wrong. Boy, was I reading the wrong fiction.

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts and words about this list that I will save for another (imaginary, given the frequency of my posting) post. Here’s the list for now.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these, and see your own lists!

1.) Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton-Kindle-1.3.17
2.) What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkamp-kindle-1.4.17
3.) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben-audio-1.17.17
4.) 11/22/63 by Stephen King-library-1.19.17
5.) First Women by Kate Brower-library-1.25.17
6.) Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham-kindle-1.27.17
7.) Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson-kindle-2.8.17
8.) Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple-kindle-2.15.17
9.) Different by Sally Clarkson-paperback-2.21.17
10.) Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance-audio-2.24.17
11.) Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleaves-library-3.3.17
12.) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny-kindle-3.12.17
13.) The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner-library-3.14.17
14.) Wonder by R.J. palacio-kindle-3.15.17
15.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead-library-3.25.17
16.) The Lake House by Kate Morton-kindle-4.5.17
17.) The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood-kindle-4.17.17
18.) So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson-kindle-4.30.17
19.) At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider-kindle-5.7.17
20.) Peter Pan by JM Barrie-5.8.17-read aloud to Gus
21.) Homer Price by Robert McCloskey-audio with kids-5.10.17
22.) The Mothers by Brit Bennett-kindle-5.13.17
23.) How to Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adel Faber-kindle-5.17.17
24.) Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorne Landvik-library-5.27.17
25.) Lab Girl by Hope Jahren-audio-6.1.17
26.) Who Thought This was a Good Idea?  By Alissa Mastromonaco-audio-6.20.17
27.) This is how it always is by Laurie frankel-kindle-6.24.17
28.) Jackie’s Girl by Kathy McKeon-audio-7.4.17
29.) Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me by Ian Cron-kindle-7.11.17
30.) The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy by Jean Kennedy Smith-library-7.17.17
31.) 20 and Counting by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar-audio-7.21.17
32.) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion-library-8.1.17
33.) Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Larson-library-8.8.17
34.) How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp by Shawn Smucker-kindle-8.8.17
35.) The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion-library-8.17.17
36.) Born a Crime by Noah Trevor-audio-8.17.17
37.) Trim Healthy Mama by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allyson-mine-8.22.17
38.) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines-audio-8.23.17
39.) The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Fenollera-library-8.30.17
40.) Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker-audio-9.18.17
41.) The Restless Flame by Louis de Wohl-own-10.2.17
42.) Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin-10.9.17-kindle
43.) Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner-11.13.17-own
44.) The Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary-11.13.17-audio with the kids
45.) Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris-11.24.17-library
46.) Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence-11.28.17-library
47.) Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager-11.28.17-audio
48.) Revelation and A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor-11.28.17-library
49.) A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny-12.2.17-kindle
50.) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Ruben-12.6.17-library
51.) Reading People by Anne Bogel-12.29.17-bought