Books I Read in 2017

It’s time once again to reveal the list of books I finished over the past year. It turns out is was a record-setting year, even though I was way off the pace at the beginning of November. But, surgeries in November and December gave me more time to read, and so I did. My goal for the year was 60 books, and I ended up reading 78, edging out the 77 I read in 2015. According to the count on Goodreads, that was 19,669 pages. My previous high was 18,275 in 2015.

Without further ado, here are the books I read:

  1. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Dain Curse, Dashiell Hammett
  3. Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, Rebecca Stott
  4. The King Must Die, Mary Renault
  5. On Teaching and Writing Fiction, Wallace Stegner
  6. The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy, #2), Aaron Starmer
  7. King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard
  8. A Yorkshire tragedy, Unknown (Shakespeare apocrypha)
  9. The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
  10. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West, Wallace Stegner
  11. The Nest, Kenneth Oppel
  12. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  13. Sir Thomas More, Anthony Munday (Shakespeare apocrypha)
  14. The Castle of Llyr, Lloyd Alexander
  15. Conflict and Suspense, James Scott Bell
  16. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, Adam Gidwitz
  17. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, Roald Dahl (Editor)
  18. Half Magic, Edward Eager
  19. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, Laura Shovan
  20. Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an Author, Chuck Sambuchino
  21. The Complete Old English Poems, Craig Williamson (translator)
  22. Toilet Train Your Cat, Plain and Simple: An Incredible, Practical, Foolproof Guide to #1 and #2, Clifford Brooks
  23. Fair Em, Unknown (Shakespeare apocrypha)
  24. Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
  25. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
  26. The Aeneid, Virgil (Robert Fagles, translator)
  27. Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys, #5), Franklin W. Dixon
  28. Feet of Clay (Discworld, #19; City Watch, #3), Terry Pratchett
  29. Afterland, Mai Der Vang
  30. The Evil Wizard Smallbone,  Delia Sherman
  31. Ein ganzes Leben, Robert Seethaler
  32. Collected Stories, Robert Stegner
  33. Taran Wanderer, Lloyd Alexander
  34. A Most Pleasant Comedie of Mucedorus the Kings Sonne of Valentia and Amadine the Kings Daughter of Arragon, with the Merie Conceites of Mouse, Etc., Unknown (Shakespeare apocrypha)
  35. Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy, Joseph Mercola
  36. The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart
  37. Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling, Donal Maass
  38. Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney, Anonymous
  39. Magic by the Lake, Edward Eager
  40. Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya, William Carlsen
  41. The High King, Lloyd Alexander
  42. A Tale Dark & Grimm, Adam Gidwitz
  43. The Merry Devil of Edmonton, Unknown (Shakespeare apocrypha)
  44. The Storyteller (The Riverman Trilogy, #3), Aaron Starmer
  45. The Gravedigger’s Son, Patrick Moody
  46. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, James Shapiro
  47. Midnight Without a Moon (Rose Lee Carter #1), Linda Williams Jackson
  48. Treasure at Lure Lake, Shari L. Schwarz
  49. The Inferno (The Divine Comedy, #1), Dante Alighieri (John Ciardi, translator)
  50. Worthy of Song and Story (Stian the Viking, #1), Neal Chase
  51. Bob Dylan: Forever Young, LIFE Magazine
  52. The Prose Edda, Snorri Sturlasson (Jesse Byock, translator)
  53. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story, Linda Sue Park
  54. Lloyd Alexander, Jill P. May
  55. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  56. Splendors and Glooms, Laura Amy Schlitz
  57. The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier
  58. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
  59. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1), Jonathan Stroud
  60. The Writer’s Guide to Training Your Dragon: Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow, Scott Baker
  61. Falstaff: Give Me Life, Harold Bloom
  62. Henry IV, Part 1, William Shakespeare
  63. The Bulletproof Writer: How To Overcome Constant Rejection To Become An Unstoppable Author, Michael Alvear
  64. Henry IV, Part 2, William Shakespeare
  65. Henry V, William Shakespeare
  66. EngiNerds, Jarrett Lerner
  67. Christian Science, Mark Twain
  68. The Lost Celt, A.E. Conran
  69. The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil, Al Ridenour
  70. Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind the Words You Use, Bill Brohaugh
  71. The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year, Linda Raedisch
  72. Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies, Stephanie Diamond
  73. Delphi Christmas Collection III, Various
  74. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, Wade Albert White
  75. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo, Unknown (J.R.R. Tolkien, translator)
  76. The BFG, Roald Dahl
  77. Bluebonnets, Firewheels, and Brown-eyed Susans, or, Poems New and Used From the Bandera Rag and Bone Shop, David Lee
  78. The Lost Tribes, C. Taylor-Butler