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Books of 2017

December 29, 2017

Another year, another list of books I’ve read. Sewing round ups always feel a little repetitive and unnecessary since that’s what most of the post on this blog are already about. I do not, however, talk about what books I’m reading.

So, in chronological order:

  • O Pioneers! – Good story, but had a pretty depressing ending which is pretty typical with Willa Cather.
  • The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, The End – The other half of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (I read the first few books last year). These always have lots of action, adventure, and puzzle solving but in the end the story is a bit of a let down. Sure it’s depressing in a dark humor sort of way, as we are constantly warned by the author throughout, but I wish there was a little more resolution for the characters.
  • Heir to the Jedi – This is one of the newer, non-movie, star wars books (all the old books are no longer “cannon” now that Disney owns Star Wars). It’s about Luke’s adventures between episode 4 and 5 and how he starts learning about the force on his own. It was fun but a little predictable, it would be hard not to be predicable because we know what happens in the movies. But it does a nice job building worlds never visited in the movies.
  • Mrs. McGinty’s Dead – This is an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot mystery that I randomly “acquired” from my mom’s house. It was ok, I guessed the wrong culprit but there were way too many suspects and it all seemed a little silly.
  • Little Women – I’d been reading this off and on for a several years because it’s pretty boring. But it’s a “classic” and I think someone’s making another movie version so now at least I can say I’ve read it.
  • A Man Called Ove – LOVE this book, I read most of it on a couple plane rides and was pretty much crying into my napkin the whole way. It’s basically a grumpy old man story but deep down he’s really a good guy, he’ll just complain about the kids these days the whole way while helping everyone in the neighborhood. It’s so good. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
  • Acorna – We used to listen to audio books checked out from the library on our summer vacation road trips when I was little and I vaguely remember listening to this one. But I could never remember the ending, so I randomly googled “science fiction unicorn girl” and the right thing actually popped up right away! Apparently not many people have written about science fiction unicorn girls… Anyways, it’s a pretty short book. Overall I liked it a lot and bought the second one in the series to read eventually, most of the conflicts in the books were resolved to easily in my opinion, just too many convenient things happened. But that’s ok, it was fun.
  • Hidden Figures – I’m about halfway through this one. It’s really really good, I was worried it would be hard to read (i.e. boring text book) but its got a lot of good stories. I almost can’t believe the author was able to dig up that much detail about these women. However, the reason I’m not done with it is there is just soooo much going on. The author tries to touch on so many women’s lives (and some of them have really similar names) there it’s just information overload. I have a hard time keeping track of who is who. Probably why the movie focused in on only 3 women.

I’m planning on reading more star wars and finishing Hidden Figures soon, and I borrowed Bable-17 from my parents house, so it’ll be another sci-fi packed year in 2018.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeanette permalink
    December 29, 2017 6:28 am

    I was thrilled to see A Man Called Ove on your list. I also LOVED that book. I wish I could find more books of that nature. Happy Reading and Happy Sewing in 2018!!!

  2. Melinda permalink
    December 29, 2017 7:51 am

    Interesting list.
    I listened to “A Man Called Ove”. I loved it, and it was great to “hear” his thoughts in his voice.
    Highly recommend “A Gentleman in Moscow” for 2018 reading.
    Happy New Year!

  3. Barbara J permalink
    January 8, 2018 7:56 pm

    I’m another who listened to “A Man Called Ove” rather than read it and it was spectacular! If you’re looking for another audiobook, I can’t recommend enough “Their Eyes Were Watching God” read by Ruby Dee. Don’t listen to any other version. She is incredible and brings the beautiful writing to life.

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