17 books to read in 2017

I don’t like to overplan my reading list. For me, nothing beats the thrill of exploring the new book tables at the public library and choosing something on a whim (and with that statement, my closest friends are ashamed to associate with me). However, I do keep a list of books highly recommended by friends, NPR, or the NYT book reviews. I listed the 10 best I read in 2016 here and these are my top 17 on deck for 2017. What’s makes your list? Let me know in a comment.

Books I’ve started and am dying to finish:

1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

2. Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

3. Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project), by Nick Turse

4. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

Fiction books:

5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

6. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

8. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

9. The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), by Viet Thanh Nguyen

10. The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), Graham Greene

11. Red Sparrow: A Novel (The Red Sparrow Trilogy), by Jason Matthews

12. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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

14. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done, by Matt Perman

15. The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, by Maggie Berg

16. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

17. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll

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