2017 was a good year for books. I finished a total of 55 books! Here’s the breakdown: 26 audiobooks, 29 books (8 books, 21 ebooks). The two major categories I read this year were YA (21) and Nonfiction (20). Surprisingly, I only read 3 edu-books this year.
This year I kept a bit more data than I have in the past. Previously, I just listed the books I read. Now, I’m keeping track of completion date, number of pages or hours (although I usually listen to audiobooks on 2x speed, which I take into account in my data), format, and genre. My favorite part of all this data is the graphs I create to go along with it. I like the visual trends for genre and books completed each month. Click here to make a copy of my book tracking spreadsheet for your own use.
Here are some of my favorite books I read this year: (they’re in chronological order
1. Heartless (Marissa Meyer)
I love love love the Lunar Chronicles, and Heartless was just as awesome. This one is based on Alice in Wonderland, which brought in some of my childhood magic. I’m a bit sad it’s not part of a series, because I’ve loved everything she’s written!
2. Caraval (Stephanie Garber)
For my Breakout EDU fans, this book will be a hit! It has the magic of a full-scale Breakout EDU game, as the main character is trying to find her sister before Caraval is over.
3. My Not So Perfect Life (Sophie Kinsella)
I keep coming back to this book all year, thinking about how we portray ourselves online versus the reality around us. The reality is all too real!
4. Yes, And (Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton)
This was recommended by my dear friend Jess Loucks, and her keynote is based on improv. This isn’t an improv how-to book, but rather the ideas behind improv and how they can make us better creators and collaborators.
5. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)
This story is fantastic, complex, and heartwarming. It addresses the real issues around us, including life, love, and loss. He also wrote Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which I read in 2015 — bonus for my Hamilton Nerds, the Aristotle & Dante audiobook is read by Lin-Manuel Miranda!!
6. Fueled by Coffee and Love (Mari Venturino)
I can’t blog about 2017 books without talking about this, I’m still so proud of myself for pulling together Fueled by Coffee and Love. It’s a collection of teacher stories written by teachers all around the world! Please pick up a copy for yourself and a teacher you adore–all proceeds go to classrooms!
7. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
This book hit the world by storm when it was published in February 2017. I finally got a copy over summer, and binge read the entire thing in just a few days! It’s heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. It really framed police violence and BLM in a way that is accessible to a wider population. I highly recommend this book!
8. Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
I listened to the audiobook, then watched the movie (*gasp* I watched a movie!). So good! I’ve always been a huge space fan, and in middle school I wanted to be an aerospace engineer; however, why am I just now hearing about Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson et al now?! They were left out of history, and I didn’t even know to look for them.
9. Classroom of One (Doug Robertson)
Another gem by my friend Doug Robertson. One of the three edu-books I read this year, and it was by far the best! It prepared me for my first guide teacher experience, and helped me become a stronger and more reflective teacher overall. I highly recommend this to anyone in education!
10. Turtles All the Way Down (John Green)
This is my second favorite John Green book (first favorite is Will Grayson, Will Grayson). This new one definitely didn’t disappoint. I appreciate how much it dove into anxiety and how it affects Aza’s life–but, it’s not forced or overdone.
I’d love some recommendations on books you think I’d like. Please leave me a comment below!
2 thoughts on “What I read in 2017”
Hello! By now you likely have read “Hamilton The Revolution” by Miranda and McCarter, but I will mention it just in case. For you I can also recommend “Maggie’s Dream” by North Carolina’s Leslie Tall Manning, who, like me, came to NC from CA.
Those two and just a few more are reviewed on my own blog site (below), along with three personal experiences seeing “Hamilton: An American Musical.” – -whereupon “The world will never be the same.”.
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