Sunday, December 31, 2017

Books read, 2017

I didn't read very much prose in 2017. Comic books bear a lot of the responsibility. The Nintendo Switch is to blame as well. And finding and moving into a new apartment in the final third of the year didn't make things any easier. But I got back on track in December, and I expect that will continue into the New Year.

Asterisks mean I was rereading something. So I only read 16 new books this year. On the plus side, only four books I spent money on in 2017 remain unfinished (and two of those are the third and fourth volumes of Caro on LBJ-- I'm still working on the third right now), so from a standpoint of financial prudence it was a pretty good year.

1. Dan Chaon, Ill Will
2. Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition*
3. Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room*
4. Sue Grafton, H is for Homicide
5. Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window*
6. Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill*
7. Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy*
8. Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator*
9. Lemony Snicket, The Vile Village*

1. Reggie Oliver, Holidays from Hell
2. Sue Grafton, I is for Innocent
3. Georgette Heyer, The Nonesuch
4. Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
5. Thomas Ligotti, Songs of a Dead Dreamer*

1. Joan Didion, South and West: From a Notebook
2. Joan Didion, Blue Nights*
3. Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking*
4. Joan Didion, Where I Was From*
5. Joan Didion, Political Fictions*
6. Salvatore Pane, Mega Man 3
7. Jarett Kobek, Soft and Cuddly

1. Joan Didion, After Henry*
2. Joan Didion, Miami*
3. Joan Didion, Salvador*
4. David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002

1. Joan Didion, The White Album*
2. Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem*
3. Robert Caro, The Path to Power

1. Robert Caro, Means of Ascent

1. Alexa Ray Correia, Kingdom Hearts II

1. Zoe Heller, Notes on a Scandal*




1. Philip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage
2. Matthew Sullivan, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore 
3. Caitlin R. Kiernan, The Red Tree*
4. Georgette Heyer, Arabella
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol*


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