No prologue can explain a year like 2017. It was tough. I had a baby. I participated in the resistance. I worked. I wrote a book that I can't talk about yet, and which -- because I was writing every morning and (most evenings) on my commute to my real job -- means I read a lot less this year.
So my year in books is a bit...lackluster? I'm about 20 books behind my usual rate, which feels like a really sad showing, but of course, sometimes, there are things more important than reading (!). And I'm able to look back at the year with genuine satisfaction in my bones.
Several books that I started and didn't finish due to lack of interest are not listed here, because that's mean. And per usual, this list doesn't include the THOUSANDS of stories I read my kids, and the drafts I read of my husband's work. Also, I bought a ton of books this year, and they are all queued up on my Kindle. Like, dozens. I can't wait to get started on them.
Here's what I read, mostly in order from January through December:
- Superficial by Andy Cohen
- The X Files Origins: Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Mayberry
- Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
- How to Party with an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings
- The Graces by Laura Eve
- The Good Sleeper by Janet Kennedy
- The Trespasser by Tana French
- Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
- The X Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia
- Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
- Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
- Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki
- Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
- Faithful Place by Tana French
- Broken Harbor by Tana French
- The Widow's House by Carol Goodman
- Startup by Doree Shafrir
- The Regulars by Georgia Clark
- The Futures by Anna Pitoniak
- Perennials by Mandy Berman
- Written on His Skin by Simone Stark
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
- Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Some quick stats: 25 books, 5 YA (which is a serious record for me...I usually have MUCH more), 4 nonfiction, 1 romance. Some favorites: Tana French. I'd been told for years I should read her, and this year I finally did, and I am now obsessed. Gather the Daughters was insanely well written, but so, so hard to read. Both X Files books were enjoyable (and this week, the show returns!).And I loved, loved, loved Andy Cohen's book, which is exactly what 10-months-pregnant-me needed.
Anyway, thanks again to the writers who offered distractions, inspiration, and a reason to turn off Housewives and go to bed. (To read.)
Happy New Year.