Well, I did pretty well on the Reading Challenge for 2017!
I exceeded my goal of 52 books and read 67 instead. How did you do? Thanks for joining me on this!
Below you can check out what I read for each category. The blue title/author links below take you directly to the book on Amazon, and where I wrote reviews (35 of them), you can click on those where it says to in red.
My four top favorites?
For fiction: The Robe, and The Winthrop Woman
For non-fiction: The Invention of Nature, and The Wisdom of Sundays.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite reads were this year!
And just before New Year’s, I will post the Reading Challenge for 2018! I hope you join us; it is fun and it helps me pick out more of a variety than I would otherwise. Lots of blog readers tell me that they appreciate how the challenge structures their selections and keeps them going through the year. So tell me soon what new categories you’d like to see in next year’s challenge!
Meanwhile, maybe this list will help give you those needed last minute gift ideas… or help you spend those incoming gift cards!
52 Week Reading Challenge for 2017
A difficult book: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A short book: The Present Moment by Louise L. Hay
A cheerful book: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
A beautiful book: Tom Thompson: The Silence and the Storm by David Silcox and Harold Town
An important book: Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman (review pending)
An art book: Collage Techniques by Gerald Brommer
A spiritual book: Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
A beach read: Ever After by Jude Deveraux
A coffee table book: Women of Abstract Expressionism by Irving Sandler and Joan Marter (discussed here)
An explanatory book: Learning Linocut by Susan Yeates
An optimistic book David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell
A book that makes you better: Impressionist Painting for the Landscape by Cindy Salaski and George Gallo
A book of historical fiction not set in America: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parma (my 5 star review here), The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (my 4 star review here), The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki (review pending)
A book about nature: The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf (my 5 star review here)
A book about falling in love: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
A book about food, farming, or the environment: Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard
A book about something you know nothing about: Clay Printing by Mitch Lyons
A novel printed in 2017: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Love and Other Consolations by Jamie Ford
A book of non-fiction you own but have never read: Print & Stamp Lab by Traci Bunkers
A book by an author you have never read before: My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Frederick Backman (my 5 star review here)
A book recommended to you by a friend: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A book where Islam plays a major part: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer (my 3 star review here)