After all, we glom over Stephen King’s reading list. A popular book blog regularly publishes reading lists. Another blog, Brain Pickings, highlights notable folks’ reading recommendations. And many author interviews have the interviewer asking the writer, “What are you reading now?”
Seems like finding out what books others are reading may be the easiest, most effective way to decide what we should read. So it makes sense we readers love reading lists. And it makes sense that my 2017 reading list isn’t a list just for me. It’s a list for you as well.
As you may know, the first version of my 2017 reading list included 34 books. But I’ll read more than 34 books this year. You probably will, too. You see, the plan was always to add books to the list.
Maybe a new book gets released or I find a book I previously didn’t know about. Plus, an author or publisher may ask me to review their book. So I need to leave room on my annual reading list for additions.
Well, we’re three months into 2017. It’s now time to make some additions to my books to read in 2017 list.
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Updates to the Books to Read in 2017 List
- “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- President’s Day weekend I watched a friend tear through “Americanah,” and listened to her praise the book. Then the book was chosen for the “One Book, One New York” campaign. OK, Universe, I will read “Americanah.”
- “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis
- There’s a litany of previously published books I’ve never heard about, much less read. That’s why I have a lot of catching up to do. Then on Lewis’s birthday, The Writer’s Almanac highlighted “Main Street.” Being from the rural Midwest and someone who’s writing often reflects that background, I decided to give the book a shot. Here’s my review of “Main Street.”
- “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer
- Here’s another book added to my reading list through the “playing catch-up” rule. Since I’ve never read Norman Mailer, I figure I should change that this year.
- “Fatima’s Room” by Charlotte S. Gray
- Arc Light Books will publish “Fatima’s Room.” It’s based on the diaries of a young Sudanese woman. I’m reading it now and will publish a review once I’m finished.
These additions bring my list of books to read in 2017 to 38. But there’s still room for more. After June, I’ll give you another update letting you know what books I’ve added to the list.
What books have you added to your annual reading list?