2017 Reading Recap

It has been another fun year of reading!

  • New favorite authors that I look forward to reading more from include Fredrik Backman (I read his entire body of work this year), Jasper Fforde, Cassie Beasley, and Amor Towles.
  • I don’t reread often because there’s so much out there I’ve never read, but I did enjoy rereading Til We Have Faces (this might become a yearly read), the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Running on Empty. But I’ve figured out there are some amazing works that are worth the time to reread to allow a deeper delving into the book, and I look forward to some different rereads next year.
  • Experimenting with a book flight was a very interesting way to read – although, I suggest picking a topic less depressing than WWII, or at least end with one less depressing than Night.

Favorite books: In fiction, Til We Have Faces and The Handmaid’s Tale. In nonfiction, Future Grace, Openness Unhindered, Unbroken, and The Hole in Our Holiness.

Least Favorite books: I just wish I could have my time back spent reading these – Ready Player One, Neighborology, and Dark Matter. Great ideas, poor execution. Although, I think the Ready Player One movie could be pretty good.

Abandoned books: Crime and Punishment. I’m sure this is a classic for good reason and maybe I “should” read it, but just couldn’t do it. Too dense and too depressing. Also, Russian names are confusing.

Here’s a full list of what I read this year:

  1. About Grace by Anthony Doerr
  2. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  4. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  6. Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
  7. The Walking Dead Vol 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  9. Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
  10. Future Grace by John Piper
  11. Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  12. Do More Better by Tim Challies
  13. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  14. Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield
  15. Immanuel In Our Place by Tremper Longman III
  16. None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
  17. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  18. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  19. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  20. Night by Elie Wiesel
  21. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  22. The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson
  23. The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson
  24. Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson
  25. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  26. A Praying Life by Paul Miller
  27. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
  28. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  29. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  30. Neighborology by David Apple
  31. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  32. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  33. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  34. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  35. Goblins on the Prowl by Bruce Coville
  36. On Stories by C. S. Lewis
  37. The October Country by Ray Bradbury
  38. The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman
  39. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  40. Running on Empty by Barbara Bancroft
  41. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  42. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  43. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
  44. The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
  45. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  46. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  47. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  48. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  49. Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
  50. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  51. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  52. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  53. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  54. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
  55. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
  56. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  57. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
  58. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  59. Refresh by Shona and David Murray
  60. The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
  61. Picnic at Handing Rock by Joan Lindsay
  62. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
  63. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  64. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  65. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
  66. Voices from the Past – Puritan Devotional Readings edited by Richard Rushing
  67. Bible (six volume Reader’s Edition)

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