Update: Four books have been added to the 2017 reading list. Find out what it’s included in the 38 books to read in 2017 list.

Tis the season for new endeavors and an annual reading list fits the bill. Below is my 2017 reading list.

Maybe you’ve always kept a yearly list of books you want to read. This is a first for me. Now that I’ve become more practiced about my reading, there are books I want to be sure and read.

A reading list helps. And it prevents me from forgetting a book I come across.

The 2017 reading list is organized into categories. As the reading list organization is for my purposes, you won’t find these categories in a library or on Amazon. (See “Oldies but goodies”).

And a book is placed in a category as makes sense to me. For example, I consider Beloved to be a classic piece of literature, but I’ve no idea if it’s classified as such by academics.

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As with any good reading list, what’s below reflects my interests. But it also reflects my values.

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Diversity is important to me; diversity of experience, genre, authorship, and more. That’s why I devote an entire category to African literature or works by African authors.

A desire for diversity in reading is one of the reasons I’m currently reading Pride and Prejudice. It’s why I try to include authors from nearly all continents and representative of all genders.

Another aspect to the 2017 reading list is that it’s editable and incomplete. The list’s purpose is to guide me through a focused reading life. But it’s not intended to be restrictive.

New books will be published. I’ll discover previously published books I want to read. Someone will recommend a book to me, or I’ll need to read a book to better understand a topic or person.

And that’s why only 34 books are currently on my 2017 reading list. I plan to read at least 50 books this year. As the reading list stands now, there’s room for 16 additional books to be added to the list before the year is out. And I’m always looking for reading recommendations.

Which brings me to your 2017 reading list. What books are you hoping to read this year? Let me know in the comments.

2017 Reading list



Missed in 2016

African literature/Books by African authors

Oldies but goodies

Coming in 2017

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