2017 book list

Every December 31 I publish a list of everything I read that year, for my own record keeping, sure, but also because I love sharing books. Being a professional book person, I’m always really stoked to connect people with new reads. So feel free to dig around and ask me about books you’re curious about, but also feel free to ignore all this nerdery and carry on with your day. 🙂

(But if you want to get really deep into this mess, previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.)

On with the show!


If there’s an asterisk in front of it, it means that I’ve read it before.

January 11: Jan Karon, Home to Holly Springs
January 17: Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love as a Celibate Gay Christian
February 4: Tim Keller, Making Sense of God
February 11: Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary
March 1: Alice Walker, The Color Purple
March 6: Jesmyn Ward et al., The Fire This Time
March 9: Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist
March 14: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
March 17: Carl Hiaasen, Bad Monkey
March 24: Guy Delisle, Pyongyang
*March 30: Leif Enger, Peace Like a River
March 30: Anthony Volaro, Leah L. White, et al., The Library Innovation Toolkit
April 17: Noelle Stevenson et al., Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
April 20: Tom Rob Smith, The Farm
April 25: Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
April 25: Noelle Stevenson et al., Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max
May 3: James Dashner, The Death Cure
May 17: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
May 21: W. David O. Taylor et al., For the Beauty of the Church
May 25: Meg Gardiner, Phantom Instinct
*June 3: Dorothy Sayers, Whose Body?
June 7: Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
June 8: Brit Bennett, The Mothers
June 9: Dorothy Sayers, Clouds of Witness
June 15: Malcolm Guite, Sounding the Seasons
June 15: Louise Penny, How the Light Gets In
June 16: Dorothy Sayers, Unnatural Death
June 22: Sara Pennypacker, Pax
June 30: Louise Penny, Still Life
July 1: Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union
July 7: Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
July 16: Donald S. Whitney, Praying the Bible
July 18: Nnedi Okorafor, Binti
July 26: Joanne Fluke, Apple Turnover Murder
July 26: Louise Erdrich, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country
July 26: Dorothy Sayers, Lord Peter Views the Body
August 5: Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home
August 9: Jennifer Van Allen & Pamela Nisevich Bede, Runner’s World Run to Lose
August 18: Jan Karon, In the Company of Others
August 19: Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
August 23: April Smith, Home Sweet Home
August 23: Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting
August 29: Mike Cosper, Recapturing the Wonder
September 6: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
September 8: Renee Ahdieh, The Rose and the Dagger
September 19: Laura Lippman, Wilde Lake
September 22: Sandra Maria Van Opstal, The Next Worship
September 28: Dorothy Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
October 5: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
October 6: Paulette Jiles, News of the World
October 14: Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace
October 19: John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
*October 21: Tim Keller, Preaching
October 24: Dorothy Sayers, Strong Poison
October 26: Paul Doiron, The Poacher’s Son
November 9: Dorothy Sayers, Have His Carcase
November 20: Joseph Finder, Guilty Minds
November 21: Dorothy Sayers, Hangman’s Holiday
*November 21: Lauren Winner, Mudhouse Sabbath
*December 5: James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom
December 6: Dorothy Sayers, Murder Must Advertise
December 10: Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors
December 12: Attica Locke, Bluebird, Bluebird
December 18: Tony Reinke, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
December 23: W.B. Sprague, Lectures on Revivals
December 28: Margaret Maron, Christmas Mourning
December 28: Sally and Sarah Clarkson, The Lifegiving Home

PART 2: The Statistics

total read: 68

fiction: 40

non-fiction: 24

graphic novels/memoirs: 3

poetry: 1

rereads: 5

ebooks: 40

library books: 59

books written or edited by women: 44

books written or edited by people of color: 18

most read author: Dorothy Sayers, with 10

PART 3: The Top 10

These are my favorite books that aren’t re-reads from this year.

Liturgy of the Ordinary

The Warmth of Other Suns

Recapturing the Wonder

The Underground Railroad

For the Beauty of the Church

Just Mercy

Turtles All the Way Down

The Mothers

Murder Must Advertise

The Color Purple

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