Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Redux: A Year in Books

Another year, another blog post about all the books I've read this year! I've been sharing my yearly reads since 2012 and it's so interesting to look back and see how my tastes have changed (or stayed the same).  

In 2017, I read 188 books (and counting). I tried to focus on stories written by women and authors of color. I read a lot of Margaret Atwood, Audre Lorde, graphic novels, cookbooks, and finished the Anne of Green Gables series. I also re-read quite a few of my favorites: Tuck EverlastingBucky F*cking Dent, Devil in the White CityTime Windows, and some of my favorites from David Sedaris

I'm so fortunate to have the ability to read and unlimited access to books. This is something that I never want to take for granted. As a librarian, I always want to work to ensure that access to knowledge and information is a right, not a privilege.

All images courtesy of Goodreads

Alex and Eliza (Alex & Eliza #1)
Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth
Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Edition
The Child Finder
Misfit City #6
Misfit City #5
Misfit City #4
The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are
I Am Pusheen the Cat
The Cancer Journals
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
Misfit City #3
The Dream of a Common Language
Uncommon Type: Some Stories
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged
Misfit City #2 (Misfit City, #2)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
Practical Magic
All's Faire in Middle School
Lincoln in the Bardo
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End
The Tempest
What Happened
Running Out of Time
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking
American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church
Time at the Top
The Bridges of Madison County
We Disappear
Anya's Ghost
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 (Paper Girls, #3)
Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil
My Own Words
Dragon Teeth
Alias Grace
When Dimple Met Rishi
Misfit City #1
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Vol. 1
Waking Kate (Lost Lake, #0.5)
Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Goldie Vance Volume 1
Goldie Vance Vol. 2
The Blind Assassin
Young Jane Young
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)
The Rules Do Not Apply
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide
A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
The Time Museum
One Part Plant: 100 Meals for a Whole New You
The Night Bookmobile
Starvation Lake
Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega
My Cubs: A Love Story
Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks
28 Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great
Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key, #3)
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
A Beautiful Work In Progress
A Long Way Home
Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life's Awkward Moments
The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure (Disney Moana)
Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words
Norse Mythology
Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice
Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
The Zookeeper's Wife
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
The Book of Unknown Americans
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
Tales from Out There: The Barkley Marathons, the World's Toughest Trail Race
Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7: Damage Per Second
Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist's Encounter with Margaret Sanger
All the Missing Girls
The Vagina Monologues
Born to Run
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq
The X-Files (TV Milestones Series)
March: Book Three (March, #3)
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
March: Book Two (March, #2)
The Cheesy Vegan: More Than 125 Plant-Based Recipes for Indulging in the World's Ultimate Comfort Food
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous
March: Book One (March, #1)
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
The Collected Poems
The Hate U Give
The Color Purple
Their Eyes Were Watching God
People: True Crime Stories: Cases That Shocked America
Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
The Whole Town's Talking
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Princess Leia (Star Wars)
How to Party with an Infant
Difficult Women
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7)
Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)
Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
The Handmaid's Tale
Heroes of the Frontier
The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
Swing Time
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color
Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band Together
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 (Paper Girls, #2)
Don't I Know You?
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
Mules and Men
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
The Sound of Seas (The Earthend Saga #3)
A Monster Calls
Shoeless Joe
The Mothers
How to Be a Woman
We Should All Be Feminists
Everything, Everything
Bucky F*cking Dent
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere: 9 Principles to Live By
Lost Lake (Lost Lake, #1)
American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood
Assassination Vacation
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)
Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
The Red Notebook
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Station Eleven
Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Tuck Everlasting
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Time Windows
Fahrenheit 451
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
The Devil in the White City
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Top 15 Favorites
Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Kindred, by Octavia Butler
What Happened, by Hillary Clinton 
Locke & Key series, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez 
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Don't I Know You, by Marni Jackson
Shoeless Joe, by W.P. Kinsella
 Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore
You Can't Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson
The Hate U Give, by Angie  Thomas
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

In 2018, I want to read more complete series. I want to reread all of Harry Potter. I want to read more poetry.  I want to get lost in the worlds of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Zora Neale Hurston. I want to read more "untold" (ugh) stories of women and people of color throughout history. I want to not just read more, but read better. 

What was your favorite (or least favorite) book you read this year? What's on your TBR list for 2018? What should I be reading next year? 

Happy 2018, friends. May it be filled with good books, good views, and good company. 

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