Books Read in 2017

December 21, 2017 1:36 pm | | No Comments

Since 2009, I’ve kept a reading log on my laptop of the books I’ve read in the calendar year. I’m not sure this tells you anything all that interesting, but I like to look back at what I’ve read and see the connections between my reading choices, however tenuous those connections might be. This list only includes the books that I’ve read in its entirety, not books that I’ve picked through (story and poetry collections often fall under this category) or given up (novels that I will not list here – hey, not every book is for every reader). Two or three are re-reads. Believe it or not, I have, in fact, read Gatsby before. So! Here they are:


300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso

The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Dog Years by Melissa Yancy

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Fat City by Leonard Gardner

The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Girl at War by Sara Jovic

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hopeful by Tracy O’Neill

How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games by Lonnie Wheeler

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Loner by Teddy Wayne

Loose Balls by Terry Pluto

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Massive Cleansing Fire by Dave Housley

Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage by Jared Yates Sexton

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, ed. Manjula Martin

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Setting Free The Kites by Alex George

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

Slow Lightning by Eduardo Corral

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

Stephen King’s The Body by Aaron Burch

Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair by William Evans

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

To Be A Runner by Martin Dugard

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

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