Six Months of Reading

In January, I made a goal to read fifty books in 2017.

Well, it’s the end of June and with twenty-five books completed, I’m on track with my goal. I’m exploring all kinds of genres and topics, both fiction and non-fiction. My reading is all over the place, and I’ve made some really amazing discoveries.

I don’t have the time to write a review for everything I read, but my original plan was to pick my favorites and write about them. I’ll do that in one of my next posts, but it’s so hard for me to decide which ones I want to talk about. I have so many favorites.

There are several fiction books I could rave about—The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and Salt to the Sea, and A Monster Calls and The Fishermen and others. They are all so good, but so completely different.

I look at my non-fiction reads and it’s the same, how can I compare a book like The Girl with Seven Names and The Boys in the Boat and Behind the Beautiful Forevers? Again, all of them so good, but for very different reasons.

And so . . . while I spend the next few weeks mulling over which books I want to revisit and blog about, I’ll leave you with a list of the twenty-three books I’d recommend to friends. Each category is listed in reverse order that I read them. Though I don’t have time to write a full review for each one, maybe if you peruse the list, you’ll be inspired to click on the title and perhaps discover a new book to read.

To make my goal of fifty books, I have twenty-five more to read. I’m looking at my to-read list and some of them are so long (over 500 pages) that I’m not sure if I’m going to get all the way to fifty before the end of December, but I’ll try.

Any books you’ve read lately that you think are must-reads? Can you think of any that I should add to my to-read list? I’d love to get some more recommendations.



Old Yeller Cover


Old Yeller by Fred Gipson



The Wonder Cover


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue




The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill




Salt to the Sea Cover


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys




Lilac Girls Cover


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly




Court of Thorns and Roses cover


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas




13 Reasons Why cover


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher




Between Shades of Gray cover


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys




A Monster Calls cover


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness




1984 cover


1984 by George Orwell




The Fishermen cover


The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Short Story Collections:

Olive Kitteridge cover


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout



The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God cover


The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret




Interpreter of Maladies cover


Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri




Fiction Gallery cover


Gotham Writers’ Workshop Fiction Gallery


Seabiscuit cover


Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand



The Whole Brain Child cover


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel



The Girl with Seven Names cover


The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee



How to Write Short Stories cover


How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell



Save the Cat cover


Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder



Boys in the Boat cover


Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown



Behind the Beautiful Forevers cover


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo



Good Faith cover


Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman

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