On My Kindle: 2017

on my kindle, 2016, goodreads, book club, my year in books 2017I read 32 books in 2017 — a decent amount, but the fewest number of books I’ve read since 2013. By comparison, I read 36 books in 2016, 40 in 2015, and 43 in 2014. (The Goodreads infographic above includes two audiobooks, which I don’t count as having “read” and discuss below.)I’m not really sure how to explain it. I theoretically had more free time in 2017 than in preceding years, since I completed my master’s degree in April and stopped working in August. I guess I’ve just been focused on other things!Here’s what’s been on my Kindle lately:

  1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami
  2. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
  3. Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
  5. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
  6. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax
  7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson
  8. The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, by Belle Boggs
  9. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
  10. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, by Shauna Niequist
  11. Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman
  12. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong — and What You Really Need to Know, by Emily Oster
  13. China Rich Girlfriend, by Kevin Kwan
  14. All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft, by Geraldine DeRuiter
  15. Rich People Problems, by Kevin Kwan
  16. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  17. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
  18. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
  19. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby, by Tracy Hogg
  20. Camino Island, by John Grisham
  21. Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, by Kayla Aimee
  22. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, by Ina May Gaskin
  23. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
  24. My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
  25. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
  26. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
  27. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown
  28. How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, by Mandy Len Catron
  29. Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
  30. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  31. My (Not So) Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella
  32. To Siri With Love: A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines, by Judith Newman

on my kindle, 2017, goodreads, book clubA good portion of my reading was dedicated to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting books. My go-to reference books, and the ones I have found most useful during pregnancy, are Emily Oster’s “Expecting Better” and the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who are Parents, Too! (I haven’t quite finished this one yet so it’s not counted among my 2017 tally).I also re-read “Anchored,” “The Art of Waiting,” and “Bringing Up Bébé,” all of which I first read in 2016. Unrelated to pregnancy or parenting, I re-read “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”During my three-month nesting period in Amman between home leave and Medevac, I listened to two audiobooks (and a LOT of podcasts) while I was cleaning and reorganizing our entire apartment: “Stay With Me” by Ayobami Adebayo and “Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life … And Maybe the World” by William H. McRaven. I loved “Stay with Me” — it might be my favorite novel of 2017, even though I didn’t technically read it. It’s definitely going on my (re-)reading list for 2018.Other fiction favorites: Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach,” which centers on Anna, a young woman working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, and Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy. Whereas “Manhattan Beach” appeared on nearly every “Best of 2017” list around and appealed to me on the strength of its characters, particularly Anna, Kwan’s trilogy was more of a guilty pleasure that made me crave delicious Singaporean food.On the nonfiction (and non-baby-related) side, I enjoyed David Sax’s “The Revenge of Analog,” which I have written about previously, and Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air,” despite how devastatingly sad it is. I mean, I cried reading a couple different books, which I sort of chalked up to pregnancy hormones, but this basically had me sobbing on an airplane. Looks like a lot of other Goodreads readers agreed, given its popularity.What were your favorite reads of 2017?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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