Photo of an open book on a wooden table below the words "30+ Books to Read in 2017." Photo of an open book on a wooden table below the words "30+ Books to Read in 2017."

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…

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Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016." Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016."

There were classics and there were new books. There were two weeks in China in which books about China accompanied me. There were authors newly discovered and previously read authors revisited. More than anything, 2016 was the year in which I rededicated myself to reading. Halfway through 2016, I realized my folly. Actually, Stephen King helped…

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“The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things” (affiliate link) by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk is about a family coping with loss. Carol and Andrew Bauer’s adult daughter, Jennifer, is missing. She was last seen leaving a New York City club with a man. Andrew, Carol, and their other child, Ben, are coping with her disappearance. Title: The…

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Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories” (affiliate link) is a short story collection cloaked in masculinity. The stories cover lion hunting and boxing and other “manly” activities. And if you’re looking for strong female characters, you should move along. Title: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories Author: Ernest Hemingway Genre: Fiction…

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Patricia McCormick’s “Never Fall Down: A Novel” (affiliate link) takes you through a real-life nightmare. The book’s protagonist is Arn Chorn-Pond, an 11-year-old Cambodian boy. The story is a true one, as best as McCormick can make it based on research and in-person interviews. It’s written as a first-person novel from Arn’s perspective. Title: Never…

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