My 2017 Books: A Lengthy Recap

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, burger and friesWe pick up the action 2/3 of the way thru our read-a-book-per-week-in-2017 challenge.  Here is what I’ve read so far, with a few highlights thrown in:

  1. Mort(e) – Robert Repino
  2. Armada – Ernest Cline
  3. Cesar Millan’s Lessons from the Pack – Cesar Millan
  4. Robin Hood: Prince of Outlaws – Alexander Dumas
  5. Living Dangerously – Ranulph Fiennes
  6. The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey
  7. How I Became Stupid – Martin Page
  8. Tacopedia – Deborah Holtz & Juan Carlos Mena
  9. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
    • You know how every once in a while, you start reading a book, & it’s apparent from the very 1st page that the author knows exactly what they’re doing, & you don’t have to worry about a thing, just sit back & enjoy the ride?  This was one of those books for me.
    • Also, there’s the title of chapter six: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Chapter Six page
  10. Rice, Noodle, Fish – Matt Goulding
  11. Castle in the Air – Diana Wynne Jones
  12. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  13. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherine M. Valente
  14. Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World – Candace Savage
  15. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  16. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – Hal Herzog
    • Why do I adore my pet lovebirds yet I’m okay with eating a turkey sandwich?  This book explores the inconsistencies in our thinking when it comes to animals & invites us to use a bit more logic in what is overwhelmingly an emotional subject for many.  A fascinating thought provoker, even if you don’t consider yourself an animal lover.
  17. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories – H.P. Lovecraft
  18. The Apothecary – Maile Meloy
  19. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
    • I don’t math well, & it’s been a long time since I sat in a science class.  Nevertheless, this book is easily one of my favorites of everything I’ve read this year.  Hawking writes for the every man yet discusses topics such as space-time & naked singularities, & it is not long before you feel you’re expert enough on the subject to go tête-à-tête with Dr. Who.  Hawking makes you think that maybe, just maybe, you COULD understand quantum mechanics…you know, if you really wanted to.
  20. The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson
  21. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
  22. Hansons Half Marathon Method – Luke Humphrey
  23. Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders
  24. Hangsaman – Shirley Jackson
    • This book contains what is probably my favorite literary paragraph ever: Quote from Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
  25. My Life in France – Julia Child
  26. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  27. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Ed Yong
  28. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherine M. Valente

(Note: I’ve included links to some of the books on Amazon, just for reference, not because I think you should buy all your books on Amazon.)

Astute readers will note that it is now the end of the 2nd week in September, thus, I should have read 36 books by now.  Yes, this is the cold, hard truth of it – I’m 8 books behind schedule.

When I recently finished my 26th book, my sister rewarded me with an encouraging bookmark:

Yoda bookmark

Troll level = Jedi master

Well played.  I guess it’s time to nut up or shut up, as the saying goes.

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