Reading Year in Review, 2017

I read 53 books in 2017. That’s about average for me since I’ve kept track on Goodreads.

I rated 8 books five-stars: - Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
- The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (and OMG, Sonny “liked” my review!)
- The Fifth Season and The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
- Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
- Player’s Handbook (for 5th Edition D&D)
- Letter on Ethics, by Seneca
- House of Debt, Atif Mian and Amir Sufi

In particular, the “Broken Earth” trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (the two above plus The Obelisk Gate, which I only gave four stars) really rekindled my faith in fantasy as a genre that can tell fresh and important stories. I also got to see Min Jin Lee and N.K. Jemisin speak at events!

After making a concerted (and successful) effort to read 50% women authors in 2016, I didn’t keep that as a goal for 2017, and boy did I fall miserably low. I think my 2017 reading was only about 25% women or so. But three of my 5-star books were by women!

I thought it would be interesting to try to group my reading into categories and see where my emphasis was. I don’t think any of the results are too surprising. I was a little surprised to see that I only read one grown-up non-graphic novel outside of sci-fi and fantasy (which was Pachinko, one of my favorite books of the year!).

Sci-Fi and Fantasy (10) - The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
- The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin
- The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin
- Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
- La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (read aloud)
- Dracula, Bram Stoker
- The Vampyre, John William Polidori (more of a short story really)
- The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
- Trekonomics, Manu Saadia

Politics and Economics (7) - House of Debt, Atif Mian and Amir Sufi
- The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon
- A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
- Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
- The Chickenshit Club, Jesse Eisinger
- No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein
- The ABCs of Socialism, various

Philosophy (6) - Letters on Ethics, Seneca
- Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, Kieran Setiya
- Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit
- From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel Dennett
- The Tao is Silent, Raymond Smullyan
- The Importance of Living, Lin Yutang

Memoir (6) - Born A Crime, Trevor Noah
- Dancing Barefoot, Wil Wheaton (audiobook)
- Just A Geek, Wil Wheaton (audiobook)
- The Outermost House, Henry Beston
- The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
- Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken (audiobook)

Essays (5) - Essays, Wallace Shawn
- Night Thoughts, Wallace Shawn
- Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit
- The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit
- Essays After Eighty, Donald Hall

D&D Sourcebooks (4) - Player’s Handbook
- Dungeon Master’s Guide
- Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
- Curse of Strahd

Short Stories (2) - The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami (audiobook)

Novels (1) - Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

Graphic Novels/Comic Books (2) - The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Sonny Liew
- Preludes and Nocturnes (Sandman), Neil Gaiman

Poetry (1) - A Small Porch, Wendell Berry

Cookbooks (2) - Run Fast, Eat Slow, Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
- Faviken, Magnus Nilsson

Children’s Books (1) - The Best Bear in All The World, various (audiobook)

Other Nonfiction (5) - Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki
- Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman (audiobook, ironically)
- Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows
- The Run of His Life, Jeffrey Toobin
- Deep Work, Cal Newport