The image above, "borrowed" from Google images and huge thanks to its creator, spoke to me because it is called The Sleepless Reader. I have become someone who can nap any time of the afternoon but cannot always sleep at night. This year I finally faced it and just got up and read on the futon bed in my office until my eyes began to droop.
I had one of the worst years of my life, physically and emotionally, but it was reading that saved me, brought me back to some semblance of wisdom and best of all, informed and educated me. I tried, I really tried, to keep up with the news but that left me feeling powerless and often manipulated. Reading about the past, the present, and the future in books was how I found some kind of ground I could stand on.
I read 119 books. Three less than last year but almost 2000 more pages because 11 of the books I read were well over 500 pages.
Books read: 119. Pages read: 41080. Average pages per day: 113. Average books per week: 2.3.
Written by women: 68
Historical fiction: 19
My Big Fat Reading Project: 43
My top 25 are my favorite books and as usual I had trouble narrowing the list down to 25, but isn't that just the nature of things? I think I gave less than 3 stars to only a handful of what I read this year. The books were published over a wide range of years, not just in 2017. All of the books on the list have been or will soon be reviewed here on the blog.
The List (in the order I read them):
The Nix, Nathan Hill
Version Control, Dexter Palmer
All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
The Time of the Doves, Merce Rodoreda
The Gods of Tango, Carolina De Robertis
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey
A Book of American Martyrs, Joyce Carol Oates
White Tears, Hari Kunzru
Grace, Natashia Deon
Little Nothing, Marisa Silver
The Shadow Land, Elizabeth Kostova
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
Sister Golden Hair, Darcey Steinke
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
The Plague Diaries, Ronlyn Domingue
The Fifth Season, N K Jemison
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn West
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
Occasion For Loving, Nadine Gordimer
The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley
The Rise and Fall of DODO, Neal Stephenson
The Revolution of Marina M, Janet Fitch
If I follow your blog, I have read your lists for the year's most loved books. If I don't follow you or you don't have a blog, feel free to let me know of great reads I may have missed in the comments. Thanks to everyone who visits here!
Happy New Year! Let's read our way to a better year.