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This year I discovered Goodreads and took up their Reading Challenge. Looking at some of my past totals, I pledged to read fifty-two books this year, thinking a book a week sounded like a very reasonable goal. However, it turned out to be more of a challenge than I bargained for (and a little anxiety inducing) as I found myself getting bogged down in a few books, abandoning five more as not worth my time, and wondering how on Earth I was ever going to read everything I wanted to in the time I said I would. I even contemplated putting Rage on my list (I did read it over five times cover-to-cover this year as we were getting it ready for publication), but in the end decided not to as I thought it a little cheesy to be counting my own book. However, in the end (with a few sporadic days devoted almost entirely to reading), I did manage to complete the challenge and am happy to be finishing 2017 with fifty-three books read. Whew.

My favourites this year include A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Until I Find You by John Irving, and Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I've been trying to get over my tendency to not question arbitrary rules and Backman's book hit home in the places I needed it to, Irving is a gifted and complex writer who never fails to impress me (although at times I wish he'd writer shorter books), and Lynch was pure fun (I'm hoping he'll release his next book in 2018).

As for next year, while I will participate in another Goodreads Reading Challenge, I think I'll be a little kinder to myself and pledge a much less aggressive total.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Until I Find You by John Irving
Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  1. Adams, Max. The King in the North.
  2. Avasilichioaei, Oana. Abandon.
  3. Bachinsky, Elizabeth. God of Missed Connections.
  4. Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove.
  5. Basran, Gurjinder. Someone You Love Is Gone.
  6. Butcher, Jim. Summer Knight.
  7. Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead.
  8. Compton, Wayde. Peformance Bond.
  9. Coulter, Myrl. The House with the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers.
  10. Coupland, Douglas. Generation A.
  11. Coupland, Douglas. Hey Nostradamus!
  12. Coupland, Douglas and Graham Roumieu. Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People.
  13. Del Bucchia, Dina. Coping with Emotions and Otters.
  14. Del Bucchia, Dina. Don't Tell Me What to Do.
  15. deWitt, Patrick. Undermajordomo Minor.
  16. Flood, Joan B. Left Unsaid.
  17. Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman: Endless Nights.
  18. Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman: Overture.
  19. Gilmour, David. Extraordinary.
  20. Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea.
  21. Hill, Leslie. Dressed for Dancing: My Sojourn in the Findhorn Foundation.
  22. Hunter, Aislinn. What's Left Us.
  23. Irving, John. The Fourth Hand.
  24. Irving, John. Until I Find You.
  25. Jones, Joëlle. Lady Killer.
  26. Jones, Joëlle. Lady Killer 2.
  27. Kraljii Gardiner, Elee. serpentine loop.
  28. Lawrence, Mark. King of Thorns.
  29. L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
  30. Lynch, Scott. The Republic of Thieves.
  31. Manson, Mark. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.
  32. Masters, Ollie. Snow Blind.
  33. Mitchell, David. Slade House.
  34. Para, Kathryn. Lucky.
  35. Pearson, Miranda. The Aviary.
  36. Robertson, Robin (editor). Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame.
  37. Robertson, William. Adult Language Warning.
  38. Rosnau, Laisha. Lousy Explorers.
  39. Rosnau, Laisha. Notes on Leaving.
  40. Sapkowski, Andrzej. Baptism of Fire.
  41. Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Lady of the Lake.
  42. Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Time of Contempt.
  43. Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Tower of Swallows.
  44. Service, Robert W. The Cremation of Sam McGee.
  45. Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped.
  46. Thompson, Rachel. Galaxy.
  47. Tobin, Paul. The Witcher Volume 3: Curse of Crows.
  48. Tregebov, Rhea. All Souls'.
  49. VanderMeer, Jeff. Acceptance.
  50. VanderMeer, Jeff. Annihilation.
  51. VanderMeer, Jeff. Authority.
  52. Wyndham, John. Consider Her Ways and Others.
  53. Zusak, Markus. I Am the Messenger.

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