I had a decent run of reading books in the early part of 2016 — I had my library card set up, my e-reader going, my wishlist set up — but then I lost my Kobo charger, couldn’t find it, got busy, and gave up. I know that’s a ridiculous reason to quit reading for most of the year, but as soon as the Kobo died in spring I just couldn’t be bothered to put forth the effort. I think I set too lofty a goal, to be honest.
This year, I’m hoping to spend some of my ‘dead time’ reading instead of zoning out with my phone or Netflix. I’m in the baby stage of getting stuck under a hungry kid a lot right now, and could probably benefit from expanding my mind a bit.
So, here are the books I want to read in 2017, in no particular order. If I read more that’s even better! And if I don’t finish the list, so be it. It’s a fairly manageable (read: tiny) number, though.
Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight — I love irreverent self-help books, and if it actually helps me get my shit together all the better.
Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra — A subject that seems very important to learn about in this current sociopolitcal climate.
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott — I’m not a very merciful person, but I’d like to be better at forgiveness.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond — I’ve heard that this is a brilliant book, and again, it’s extremely relevant.
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It: Stories from an Online Life by Jess Kimball Leslie — Because my friends live in my computer too!
This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin — The memoir/personal account genre I love so much, and a subject I care about.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson — Noticing a theme with the ‘America’-type books? I think this one is important.
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax — In contrast to my friends living in my computer.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo — This book is leading the way for me this year; I need to declutter our home so that I can feel at peace and able to do some of the things we want to do if and when I am finally free of piles of cardboard and laundry.
Wenjack by Joseph Boyden — On the Canadian cultural climate side of things; and an important subject, too. NOTE: With all of the issues surrounding Boyden right now I’m not entirely sure I want to fund a book purchase, but I’m not sure how to proceed on this one.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance — I’ve heard good things about this book, too, and I think it offers a window into a population that is important to understand right now.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger — Exploring connections and relationships is part of what I want to do this year, so this feels like it fits. It may be a bit too cerebral for me, but we’ll see.
Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley — I watched a TED Talk (I think?) by Conley, and now I want to read the book.
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr — Telling stories is part of my life, so I’d like to learn more!
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert — Up my alley for the year, and a book I started reading last year and didn’t finish.