The 100 Books I’m Reading in 2017

Last January I shared a list of 100 books I wanted to read by the end of 2016; by December 31st I’d read 82 books. While my list changed as the year progressed, I found the list to be a great starting point. By the end of the year, I knew the exact number and titles of books I’d read.

I enjoyed tracking my reading progress so much that I am doing it again this year. I am sure this list will change as I discover new books along the way. After much editing, here’s my 2017 reading list…


Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
The Door by Magda Szabo, translated by Len Rix
New York by Edward Rutherfurd
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
NW by Zadie Smith
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein
Small Island by Andrea Levy
The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola, translated by Mark Kurlansky
Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida & David Mitchell


Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
Fractured by Catherine McKenzie
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris, translated by Sam Taylor
The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
By Gaslight by Steven Price
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan


Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians by Dr. Danielle Martin
Transit by Rachel Cusk [January 17, 2017]
Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz Frost [January 24, 2017]
Unbound: Finding Myself on Top of the World by Steph Jagger [January 24, 2017]
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller [January 28, 2017]
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill [February 7, 2017]
The Way of Letting Go: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness by Wilma Derksen [February 21, 2017]
Men Walking on Water by Emily Schultz [March 7, 2017]
So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum [March 14, 2017]
The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton [March 14, 2017]
Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris [April 4, 2017]
Where I Live Now: A Journey through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope by Sharon Butala [April 4, 2017]


Life on the Ground Floor by Dr. James Maskalyk  [April 11, 2017]
The Weekend Effect by Katrina Onstad [April 11, 2017]
After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara [April 15, 2017]
The Slip by Mark Sampson [May 20, 2017]
The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan [June 24, 2017]
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Outline by Rachel Cusk

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
Weightless by Sarah Bannan
If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body by James Hamblin
A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
In the Woods by Tana French
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss


Columbine by Dave Cullen
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by Glenn Dixon
Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang, translated by Chi-Young Kim
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
I Found You by Lisa Jewell


Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen [January 31, 2017]
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Break by Katherena Vermette
How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden
On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng [September 2017]
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly [November 7, 2017]
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti
The Dry by Jane Harper
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg [March 7, 2017]

What’s on your reading list for 2017? Have you read any of my picks?


6 thoughts on “The 100 Books I’m Reading in 2017

    • donzwebb says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m really looking forward to reading both Jhumpa Lahiri and Zadie Smith! Also, I keep coming across Rachel Cusk’s Outline so I figured it’s a sign that I should definitely read it.:) Her new one sounds amazing! Happy reading!

    • donzwebb says:

      I started Columbine over the weekend and I am a wreck. It’s such an important read. And I’m looking forward to reading Night! Thanks for stopping by, Haleigh!

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