Reading in 2017

A few years ago I started keeping a note on my phone with a list of books I had read. Part of that had to do with my resolution to read two books a month, but the main reason was that I have a terrible affliction where I forget what book I was just reading as soon as I return it to the library. The list-making has helped so much, and it's really fun to look back on my year this way. Here is my phone list from the past year, with a few annotations.

Books Read 2017

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (a very closer runner-up to the best book I read this year)
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (I finished this on the flight home from the DC Women's March in January, crying quietly in my seat and feeling SO MANY emotions)
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers (only read half of, it made me anxious)
What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg (read most of, probably missed a story or two before I had to return it to my friend)
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (this was a standout favorite)
Never Ending Summer by Allison Cole
Monstrous Affections, ed. by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello (this was research for my next book, but so enjoyable I kind of forgot to take notes...)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
On Monsters by Stephen T. Asma (also for research, but totally fascinating; it gave me mentionitis and I talked about it constantly)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (this was the best book I read this year; novels and novelists don't get enough credit for helping process history, and this book felt like a living history, important and heartbreaking and massive in scope)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (I'm really excited to read her new book, In Other Lands)
Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue by Maggie Steifvater
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater (as you can see, I made myself read at least one book in between MS's books so that I didn't devour the entire series in one gulp)
This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (I hadn't read this since the sixth grade and it brought back so many memories of being the new kid in school and escaping into the comfort of books that I hadn't thought about in probably a decade)
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (this was my second time reading it; I love it)
Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (half of)
The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona J. Stafford (so soothing, trees)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I'm currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, so that will probably be my last book of the year. 

I met my goal of two books a month, and that's not including the ones I didn't finish! Next year I hope to read thirty books, half by writers of color. That is my Official New Year's Resolution for 2018.