Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Reading Life: Books of 2017

2017 was not a stellar reading year in several ways but it was not terribly disappointing either. For one, I was disappointed that I did not read any more print books than I did. But the up-side is, if I read less, it is because I am working more. My days have been Full - every day that it is not raining. And we have had little rain this year. I've held the paintbrush, the sander, the chainsaw, the rake, the shovel, the loppers, and the mower for many more hours than I've held a book this year. So lots has gotten done and less has gotten read. Much of the working hours were accompanied by an audiobook, and many of these were such disappointments that they were abandoned. 

What I did surprisingly find was an interest in stories of real people doing real things:

Capital Gaines                                                                                                     A Year In the Maine Woods
Gaining Ground                                                                                             Grandma Gatewood's Walk
The Curve of Time                                                                                      Arctic Homestead
The Final Frontiersman                                                              Braving It
The Last American Man                                                           The Stillmeadow Road

I devoted 2017 to read more about Alaska, another new fascination. If I let myself, I would binge-read all-things Alaska. But I'm like a book-hoarder, afraid of running out, so I spread those out. I plan to continue my Alaska-fest throughout 2018 also.  Below are 2017 Alaska-related books.

Travels in Alaska                                                                                           Arctic Homestead
Road Song                                                                                                                        Alaska
Looking for Alaska                                                                                  The Final Frontiersman
Braving It                                                                                                                          The Snow Child
Winter Garden                                                                                                        
 The capstone book of this Alaskan fascination was James Michener's Alaska. After reading Michener's memoir The World is My Home, I didn't trust that I would be able to deal with his Alaska. The memoir was --to me-- just so egotistical. But there is a reason Michener's historical fictions have always been bestsellers - he can write a great story of epic proportions. I've even added some more of his books to my to-read list.  

 A new favorite series I've found (and have rationed these too) is Patrick Taylor's  Irish Country Doctor series. The reading is easy and delightful, reminiscent of James Herriot's All Creatures books. 

An Irish Country Doctor
An Irish Country Village
An Irish Country Christmas
An Irish Country Girl
An Irish Country Courtship 

Fannie Flagg has accompanied me through many outdoor tasks and delighted me on audio, especially when she narrates. I've several more for 2018.

A Redbird Christmas
The Whole Town's Talking
I Still Dream about You
Overall print favorites for 2017: 
A Year in the Maine Woods
Irish Country Doctor series

 and audio favorites: 
The Marsh King's Daughter 
Before We Were Yours
 The mixed print and audio 2017 list:

Into the Wild
Capital Gaines
A Redbird Christmas
A Year In the Maine Woods
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
The Birdwatcher
Roots and Sky
Answering the Call 
The Reading Promise 
A Piece of the World
The Whole Town's Talking
Gaining Ground
The Shell Seekers
Grandma Gatewood's Walk
The Curve of Time
When Breath Becomes Air
The Marsh King's Daughter
Travels in Alaska
I Still Dream about You
Arctic Homestead
Road Song
An Irish Country Courtship 
An Irish Country Girl
Journey: A Novel
And Then I Found You
Before We Were Yours
An Irish Country Christmas
Hillbilly Elegy
The Moneychangers
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
The American Spirit
The Underground Railroad
To the Bright Edge of the World
The Bookshop on the Corner
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name
Looking for Alaska
The Rest of God 
The Final Frontiersman
On Folly Beach
Braving It
A World Lost 
An Irish Country Village
The Snow Child
An Irish Country Doctor
Plowing in Hope
The Last American Man
The Road
Winter Garden

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The Stone Necklace

Wish You Well 

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