2017: My Year in Books

Here at the end of 2017, I’m in the midst of my 17th relocation since I graduated high school (and my 23rd move since birth (not including the relocation from my mother’s uterus into the world at large)). That’s a lot of moving when I put it like that. It feels like a dubious accomplishment.

I vowed to make 2017 a travel year, but I didn’t know until November that in addition to the trips we took to California, Utah, Washington, DC, and Spain, we would also be relocating 3,000 miles southwest.

At the time this post publishes, if all goes according to plan, I’m sitting in a rental car with one spouse, two children, one cat, and a box full of muffins and pretzels, driving farther and farther away from the below-zero temperatures of this New England winter. I’ve spent the past few years in New England assembling a wardrobe largely made up of black and gray wool, which I trust will be of great use in San Diego.

Planned and unplanned travel and wardrobe choices aside, 2017 was, as usual, a year of books.

I read 101 books this year. The average (mean) books read per month was 8.41, and the average (mean) per week was 1.94. Total number of pages (according to Goodreads) was 27,931 (76.5 pages per day, 537 per week). Of course since a lot of these were audiobooks, not all of these were pages, per se.

Of these books, 69 were fiction (including children’s books), 10 were memoirs (up 100% from last year), and the remaining 21 were other nonfiction (an increase of nearly 150% from 2016). Of these, 16 were audiobooks and 6 were DNFs.

My Cavalcade of Classics list expired in January with disappointingly few books checked off. I plan to use my TBR List Declutter to help assemble a new, more reasonable Classics list. I’m not terribly skilled at “reasonable” when it comes to books, but it’s a laudable goal and probably something of a spiritual practice. Biblioasceticism or something.

Between Dewey’s and 24in48, I think I hit my readathon stride this year and learned a lot about how to assemble a readathon pile that holds my interest throughout 24 hours of reading.

As 2018 dawns, I am reading White Tears by Hari Kunzru. I predict that the first week of January will be filled with audiobooks, but after that I hope to be able to spend at least a little bit of time with my reading-with-my-eyes books in between house-hunting and connecting with homeschooling groups, orthodontists, veterinarians, pediatricians, dentists, and the myriad other members of our entourage.

 One of the biggest downsides of this late-breaking moving madness (we didn’t know we were moving until November 30; yippee!) is that I didn’t get my usual birthday/Christmas present of five library books selected for me by my spouse. Maybe I can convince him to get me a half-birthday/Christmas-in-June stack of books. Or maybe once we’re in the land of perpetual good weather, I’ll no longer want books as gifts. That would be strange development, indeed, but I rule nothing out anymore.

Below is my book list for 2017, by the month I finished each book. Click on the month name for the “Bookends” for that month, which includes other information about my reading progress throughout the year. I also cross-post most of my reviews on Goodreads. If you’d like to just go straight to Goodreads to see my reviews there, here’s the link to my Goodreads profile. You can also go there to see all 1163 books I’ve read and logged on Goodreads. If you’re not a Goodreads fan, you can check out my collection on LibraryThing instead, although it’s not as up-to-date as my Goodreads (alas).

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2016: My Year in Books

I know a lot of people can’t wait to see the end of 2016, but the year really wasn’t so bad for me. I’m not a constitutionally upbeat person, and the power of positive thinking gives me hives, but I also don’t experience world events and celebrity deaths as personal tragedies, which has been helpful this year. For me, 2016 wasn’t unrelenting awesomeness, but it wasn’t unmitigatedly awful, either.

2016 was a year of introspection and reevaluation for me. In 2016, I turned forty, I visited Acadia National Park and Prince Edward Island for the first time, my spouse got a job promotion, I helped my religious congregation find a new minister, my son found a best friend, and my daughter grew to within 2.5 inches of my height. We welcomed new family members via birth and marriage, felt the constellation of our family shift as we said goodbye to other family members, and in general grew and changed and lived much as we’ve done in years past.

And in the midst of all of this, I read 89 books. Read More

2015: My Year in Books

In 2015, I read 105 books, consisting of a total of 30,038 pages (I stopped reading two of these books before finishing them; the page total does not account for this).

The average (mean) books read per month was 8.75, and the average (mean) per week was 2.02.

Of these, 75 were fiction (including children’s books), 8 were memoirs, and the remaining 22 were other nonfiction.

I read 3 books from my Cavalcade of Classics list during 2015. To date, I’ve read ~20% of the 89 classics on my list. If I’m going to read all of them by 2017, I’ll need to average nearly 7 classics per month from here on out. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this just isn’t going to happen.

So many of the books I read this year were awesome, but my favorites were probably Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, and Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

I am currently reading The Histories by Herodotus (not ready to give this one up yet even though I’ve been reading it since March 2015) and The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, which is one of five books my spouse got for me from the library for Christmas. The other four books are Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson, No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron, Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich, and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li. I’ve also got one whole shelf of books I’ve acquired over the years that I hope to finally read and clear out. I vow not to enter any ARC giveaways until this shelf is empty. (And of course, there are those seven classics a month I need to read, and I’m stupidly busy with volunteer work until May, and did I mention that I homeschool my kids? 2016 does not look good for reading. *sigh*)

Below is the book list for 2015, by the month I finished each book. Read More

2014: My Year in Books

In 2014, I read 103 books, consisting of a total of 22,721 pages (I stopped reading 6 of these books before finishing them; the page total does not account for this).

The average (mean) books read per month was 8.6, and the average (mean) per week was 1.98.

Of these, 19 were fiction (not counting children’s books), 6 were memoirs, 52 were children’s books, and the remaining 26 were other nonfiction.

I read 10 books from my Cavalcade of Classics list during 2014. To date, I’ve read ~17% of the 89 classics on my list. If I’m going to read all of them by 2017, I’ll need to average 3-ish classics per month from here on out. This does not bode well.

My favorite books this year were Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and Roger Fouts’ Next of Kin.

Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts (kind of a lame super power, but I like the mug)

I am currently reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, which my spouse got me from the library for my birthday, and then I’ve got three more library books that he got me for Christmas: The Tenth of December by George Saunders, The Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.

Below is the book list for 2014, by the month I finished (or gave up on) each book. Click on the month name for the “Bookends” for that month, which includes links to reviews and other information about my reading progress throughout the year. I also cross-post most of my reviews on Goodreads. If you’d like to just go straight to Goodreads to see my reviews there, here’s the link to my Goodreads profile. You can also go there to see all 903 books I’ve read and logged on Goodreads.

(A note on the children’s books: I read many more picture books than this, but I only list/review the ones that really speak to me.)

December (you can count this as my “Bookends” roundup for December):

 

Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (link live on January 2)

The Republic by Plato

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems

The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood

November:

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me about Who We Are by Roger Fouts

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen

The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (illustrated by Gennady Spirin)

Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood

October:

Living Room Revolution by Cecile Andrews

Alone with All That Could Happen by David Jauss

The Abascal Way by Kathy Abascal

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

September:

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

August:

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power by Terry Apter

Using Bibliotherapy: A Guide to Theory and Practice by Rhea Joyce Rubin

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Raold Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Raold Dahl

July:

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Writing to Wake the Soul by Karen Hering

Writing the Sacred Journey by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

The Capture by Kathryn Lasky

Giants in the Land by Diana Appelbaum

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat

June:

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

May:

‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

April:

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Two Treatises of Government by John Locke

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home by Melva Green and Laura Rosenfeld

Out of Silence: Selected Poems by Muriel Rukeyser

I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Holes by Louis Sachar

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

March:

Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children by Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis

The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

The High King by Lloyd Alexander

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

February:

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

How to Think Like a Scientist by Stephen P. Kramer

Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander

Whittington by Alan Armstrong

January:

City of God by Augustine of Hippo

The Book of Jonah: A Novel by Joshua Max Feldman

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by Kathleen Parkinson (critical analysis of Fitzgerald’s classic)

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Mattimeo by Brian Jacques

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jennifer Swann Downey

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

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2013: My Year in Books

Ah, it’s New Year’s Eve, when all the cool kids sit at home putting together the lists of books they read during the previous year!

That is what the cool kids do, isn’t it?

My mom says I’m cool and my four-year-old agrees, and since I’m putting together a book list tonight, it follows that this must be what the cool kids do on New Year’s Eve.

Well, cool or not, here are the stats:

In 2013, I read 90 books, consisting of a total of 19,113 pages.

The average (mean) books read per month was 7.5, and the average (mean) per week was 1.73.

Of these, 18 were fiction (not counting children’s books), 3 were memoirs, 56 were children’s books, and the remaining  13 were other nonfiction.

I read 5 books from my Cavalcade of Classics list during 2013. I hope to average at least one classic per month in 2014, so I can get back on track to be finished with the 89 classics on my list by 2017.

My favorite books this year were Wolf Story by William McCleery, What Are People For? by Wendell Berry, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, and Watership Down by Richard Adams. I almost put Ulysses in this list, but there was a little too much struggle involved to make that a “favorite” read. It’s certainly my most challenging and ultimately most satisfying read, but I wouldn’t say it was one of my favorites.

I am currently reading City of God by Saint Augustine and The Seminal Gospel by George Kimmich Beach. I had so hoped to finish City of God by December 31st, but Ulysses and Christmas conspired to keep me 200 pages short of my goal. After I finish City of God, I’ve got some great fiction lined up, including a review copy of Joshua Max Feldman’s The Book of Jonah, which I got through LibraryThing, and six library books my spouse checked out for me for Christmas. And of course whatever classic(s) I choose to read for January.

Below is the book list for 2013, by the month I finished (or gave up on) each book. Click on the month name for the “Bookends” for that month, which includes links to reviews and other information about my reading progress throughout the year. I also cross-post most of my reviews on Goodreads. If you’d like to just go straight to Goodreads to see my reviews there, here’s the link to my Goodreads profile. You can also go there to see the other 672 books I’ve read (and logged).

December (you can count this as my “Bookends” roundup for December):

Cover of "Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a ...

Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain by Deborah Kogan Ray (kids picture book)

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words by Joseph Campbell,

Ulysses by James Joyce

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Mossflower by Brian Jacques (kids audio)

November:

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (kids novel)

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (stopped reading ~100 pages in)

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron (stopped reading)

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (stopped reading)

The History of England, Volume V by David Hume (Cavalcade of Classics)

Redwall by Brian Jacques (kids audio)

October:

Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson (kids novel)

Cover of "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate...

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (kids novel)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Lumberjack by William Kurelek (kids picture book)

Watership Down by Richard Adams (kids novel)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 

September:

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (kids audio)

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes (kids novel)

Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Oath Breaker by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

August:

Soul Eater by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

Outcast by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (kids audio)

Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (kids novel)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (kids novel)

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (kids novel)

Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (kids audio)

Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy 

July:

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems (kids picture book)

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver (kids novel)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (kids audio)

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Moffats by EleanorEstes (kids novel)

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (kids audio)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (kids audio)

June:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Cavalcade of Classics)

Lick It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love by Cathe Olson

May:

Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager (kids novel)

Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language by Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown,

April:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Cavalcade of Classics)

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby

March:

The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (picture book, supposedly for kids, but really intense)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (kids novel in verse)

The Complete Book Of Dragons by E. Nesbit (kids short stories)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (kids novel)

Stories: All-New Tales by Neil Gaiman (audio)

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Magic or Not? by Edward Eager (kids novel)

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan

Walking Home by Lucy and Susan Letcher

February:

English: Engraving from The Pilgrim's Progress...

English: Engraving from The Pilgrim’s Progress, published in London, 1778. This is the frontispiece and title-page. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sís (kids picture book)

The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus by Betsy Maestro (kids picture book)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (Cavalcade of Classics)

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

January:

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

The Time Garden by Edward Eager (kids novel)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstain (kids picture book)

Beautiful Warrior by Emily Arnold McCully (kids picture book)

The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale by Mary Casanova (kids picture book)

The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen (kids picture book)

The Legend of the Persian Carpet by Tomie dePaola (kids picture book)

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer (kids picture book)

The Paper Dragon by Marguerite W.Davol (kids picture book)

Raisel’s Riddle by Erica Silverman (kids picture book)

Wolf Story by William McCleery (kids novel)

Anna’s Wish by Bruno Hächler (kids picture book)

Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager (kids novel)

Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior by Robert D. San Souci (kids picture book)

What Are People For? by Wendell Berry

Marco Polo by Demi (kids picture book)

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power Milton Meltzer (kids picture book)

Magna Carta by C. Walter Hodges (kids picture book)

 

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2012: My Year in Books

Ah, it’s New Year’s Eve! Time once again to list the books I’ve read in the past year.

The stats:

In 2012, I read 72 books, with a total number of 18,192 pages.

The average (mean) books per month was 6, and the average (mean) per week was 1.38.

Of these, 26 were fiction (not counting children’s books), 8 were memoirs, 23 were children’s books, and the remaining 15 were nonfiction.

My favorite books this year were probably The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, but I had fun reading most everything I read this year.

I am currently reading What Are People For? by Wendell Berry, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, and Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager.

January 1, 2013, is beginning of a new reading challenge for me. Visit tomorrow for the kick-off post about my Cavalcade of Classics challenge!

Below is the book list for 2012, by the month I finished (or gave up on) each book. I’ve included links to reviews if I’ve posted them on this blog and/or on Goodreads (I often cross-post, but if a review is very short, I generally leave it on Goodreads and don’t cross-post here). If you’d like to just go straight to Goodreads, here’s the link to my Goodreads profile. You can also go there to see the other 594 books I’ve read (and logged).

December (you can count this as my “Bookends” roundup for December):

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

November:

Knight’s Castle (Tales of Magic, #2) by Edward Eager

Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay

A Lemon and a Star by E.C. Spykman

Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) by Edward Eager

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

October:

Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre

Southbound by Lucy and Susan Letcher

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

September:

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Pen and the Bell: Mindlful Writing in a Busy World by Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life by Tony Jones

August:

Ragnarök: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Spork by Kyo Maclear

Crochet Lace Innovations: 20 Dazzling Designs in Broomstick, Hairpin, Tunisian, and Exploded Lace by Doris Chan

Easy to Crochet Cute Clothes for Kids: A Gorgeous Collection of 25 Quick and Easy Designs by Sue Whiting

July:

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery by Jane Lazarre

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks, #3) by Jeanne Birdsall

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren (stopped reading)

June:

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Beowulf the Warrior by Ian Serraillier

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2) by Jeanne Birdsall

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

May:

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman (stopped reading)

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer

The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

April:

A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee

Let’s Join In by Shirley Hughes

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche (stopped reading)

Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

The Gunniwolf by Wilhelmina Harper

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

An Available Man: A Novel by Hilma Wolitzer

A Spring without Bees by Michael Schacker (stopped reading)

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

March:

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye Kaye

Lord of the Cranes: A Chinese Tale by Kerstin Chen

Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

February:

Buddha by Demi

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Helen Keller: Her Life In Pictures by George Sullivan

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman

How to See Yourself As You Really Are by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

January:

Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (stopped reading)

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron