Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Read in 2017

When I finished high school, one of my teachers remarked that I would read much more in adulthood than I had in school.  At the time I thought he was nuts, school was over, reading was a necessary skill, but nothing that I would find much time for.  How wrong I was.  I have an advantage when I comes to reading, I have about 5 hours per week of uninterrupted time on the subway trains coming and going to the office.  That is about 260 hours a year of reading time, in 2017 I spent over 50 hours in the air with American Airlines, and another 7 flights on Delta, for a total of about 60 hours of flying time.  I read a lot when I am flying.  Having this time really helps, and it shows, I finished over 39 books in 2017.  I have several more in progress.  

Here is the list, for more information on any title, search it on Amazon, all of these are available for Kindle.  I likely read a couple of print books that are not available for Kindle, and I know of one e-book that I read (very quickly - it was a technology book that was 4 years old and hence terribly out of date.)  

  1. The Grand Tour Guide to the World (fun and easy) 
  2. Dear Fatty (Dawn French's bio) 
  3. What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man (Art Garfunkel - very strange) 
  4. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff 
  5. A Garden In Sarlat: Fulfilling an ambition to run a bed and breakfast in The Dordogne
  6. The Life and Loves of a He Devil: A Memoir 
  7. Before Forever After: When Conversations About Living Meet Questions About Dying (tough book to read) 
  8. Pensioners in Paradis
  9. My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream
  10. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  11. Progressing Through Grief: Guided Exercises to Understand Your Emotions and Recover from Loss
  12. La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France
  13. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
  14. Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography (Richard Branson's latest bio.) 
  15. Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions
  16. Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French
  17. The French House
  18. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country (Really great book - well researched and written) 
  19. L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home 
  20. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (David Sedaris) 
  21. All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft
  22. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (Sheryl Sandburg, good book) 
  23. Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life (Really great book on end of life health care.) 
  24. Blackbirds Baked In A Pie: Memories of Rozinante
  25. Stop Saying You're Fine: The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want
  26. Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
  27. Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
  28. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence
  29. How to Say It® to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders (Everyone who has an older loved one - should read this.) 
  30. Not Tonight, Josephine: A Road Trip Through Small-Town America
  31. Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home (Well written book about recovering an illness and cooking.) 
  32. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
  33. Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking
  34. How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfectionism
  35. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials)
  36. Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
  37. The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America (I enjoyed the parts about urban farming in Detroit and other cities.)  
  38. Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France 
  39. Best Food Writing 2016


  1. congrats; that's better than I did. I think my total was (perhaps) 3?

  2. I love to read, and have a lot of time on my hands. I read about 4 books a month. Of, course, mine are all escapist m/m romances, detective and police stuff, biographies of artists, entertainers, and writers of the past. Not a single mind improving or self-help book in the bunch. I just read a trashy book about Paul Newman which I enjoyed a lot just for the trashiness of it. I draw the line , however, at tabloids :)

  3. Anonymous1/09/2018

    Homes and Gardens - House and Garden - 25 Beautiful Homes - Elle Interiors
    Reading on the London Underground is tricky!

  4. Wonderul. Although we have very different taste in reading material. I do read non-fiction and history but the majority of my "reads" are escapist mysteries.

  5. I am amazed - and envious! - you accomplished so much reading last year. I got barely 12 and have 15 for 2018 as a goal.