Yeah, so 2017 was a year that I read a lot of books. For me, anyway. I have friends who regularly read well over 100 books a year. I don’t know how they do that. Seems like now would be the time – when we are empty nesters, albeit with chicks who live close enough to be a regular part of our lives. Maybe 2018 will be the year? Doubtful, but I’d like to try!
Anyway, I read 85 books this year. Time sitting around a hospital will do that for you. As well as rereading the Chronicles of Narnia, which really don’t take terribly long to read. Looking back over my Goodreads list, I feel like I read a nice selection of books this year. More non-fiction than I usually read. Some fluff, to be sure, but no one *I* know goes a full year without reading something that they think is just for fun. A few classics. Some modern literature (with which I am developing a love/hate relationship. Some is good, some is just so, so, so bad and cynical that I can’t enjoy it.).
So, here are my made up awards (Hey! Aren’t ALL awards made up?)
The Book I Was Most Surprised I Liked: A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer. North Korea is on everyone’s mind these days and this book brought the country to life for me. Next I want to read Nothing to Envy.
Best Modern Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Liked this 100% better than Rules of Civility, which I liked but didn’t love. It’s on my book club list for 2018 so I’ll get to reread it.
Best Nonfiction: This is a hard one, because I read a lot of really good nonfiction this year. It finally comes down to the fact that the book is about the MOST important thing in life, God. The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ by Andrew Klavan. Fascinating story, because his path started in literature and in a appreciation of Western civilization and built from there.
But you certainly wouldn’t go wrong reading: Hillbilly Elegy, Nomadland, Life at the Bottom, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, or The Sound of Gravel.
Best Classic: (Not many this year! Hanging my head in shame a little!) Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac. Oh, how this one made me weep. Poor, silly, unloved Goriot!
New to Me Author I Love: Lois McMaster Bujold. I had read maybe ONE of her books before, but this year I read four without even touching the Vor books. Also read a Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters) and I know there will be more in the future for me.
Book Everyone Else Loved But I Didn’t: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Just proving that every book is not for every person.
Book I’m Still Thinking About: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whittaker. I need to talk to someone about this to clarify my thinking. Interesting question – in our media saturated society, just how much of your story do you have a right to put out there, when it affects other people? And a bunch of others.
Most Loved Character: Well, besides Aslan, of course. Maia in The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. You know you love the character when you keep hoping there will be another book about him.
So, those are the awards for 2017. Here’s to a great 2018 of reading!!!