Reading 2017

The past few years I have set and met a goal to read a book a week. This year, I’m working to slow down a bit, especially as I read fiction. My goal is to read one professional nonfiction book (writing or teaching) and one fiction book a month. Let me know what you’re reading!

Finished:
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 1/5/17
Terrific YA book with unique characters and distinct voices

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 1/11/17
Suspense novel that proves bad choices can make great characters, and bad choices abound.

Unseen Motives by Joan Hall 1/16/17
Cozy mystery set in a small Texas town haunted by its past. Strong main character determined to clear her father’s name, if she can do it before someone’s threats end her time in Driscoll Lake.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine 2/2017
This was recommended by one of my students. I enjoyed the characters and the feel of the fairytale world.

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman 4/2017
Quick leisure read about the antics of two friends and the lengths they will go to meet their goals.

In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell 4/2017
Confession: I may have a slight obsession with Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier, so this book was a great pick for me. The opening chapters will remind you of duMaurier’s haunting work. I enjoyed this heroine who found her way.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/2017
The story of a man, his teen daughter, and the history they share told in bullet hole scars. Beautiful prose, solid plot, memorable characters. One of my favorites this year.

Reread with students this spring: A Raisin in the Sun, L. Hansberry; Fahrenheit 451, R. Bradbury; To Kill a Mockingbird, H. Lee; The Great Gatsby F.S. Fitzgerald

On the stack:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop by Stephen Koch
Minds Made for Stories by Thomas Newkirk
Drive by Daniel Pink
How We Learn by Benedict Carey (reread)