My 2017 Reads

I am a bit late to the game (it’s early March) but I have been a little busy. I decided to start a Ph.D program, work, and take care of three kids. No problem, right? Just to make things interesting, they moved my husband to nights in October which resulted in total chaos, and not much time for reading.

With all of that, though, reading became more important than ever – it was my refuge, and my escape. I was a bit scattered in my choices – sometimes I wanted the escape of a thriller, and sometimes I needed to flex my mind with the likes of Okri or Borges.

Recommendations- Thrillers

In a Dark, Dark Wood

The Historian, Kostova


Born a Crime, Trevor Noah


The Buried Giant, Ishiguro

The Rules of Magic, Hoffman


The Age of Magic, Ben Okri

Interesting Nonfiction

Everyone Behaves Badly, Dearborn – about Hemingway’s rise to notoriety

Max Perkins, Editor of Genius – about the famous Scribner’s editor of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe

My 2017 Reading List

  1. The Passenger, Lutz
  2. Prince Lestat & the Realms of Atlantis, Rice
  3. Island Beneath the Sea, Allende
  4. In a Dark, Dark Wood
  5. The Ice Queen, Hoffman
  6. Born a Crime, Noah
  7. The Sleepwalkers, Bohjahlian
  8. A Long Way Gone, Beau
  9. The Japanese Lover, Allende
  10. The Buried Giant, Ishiguro
  11. The Graveyard Apartment, Koike
  12. Max Perkins, Editor of Genius, Berg
  13. The Historian, Kostova
  14. The Dark Tower, King
  15. The Age of Magic, Okri
  16. Ficciones, Borges
  17. There is No Me Without you, Greene
  18. The Rules of Magic, Hoffman
  19. Everyone Behaves Badly, Dearborn
  20. The Vanishing Season

I left off my school reading for which you can thank me later! Borges, Okri, and Allende are part of a deeper project I have been working on in terms of Magical Realism. Others were simply pure pleasure – reading Anne Rice was nostalgia:)

Happy 2018!


About vanva

I am an educator, writer and mother.
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One Response to My 2017 Reads

  1. Jill Peerey says:

    As always, you have left me with an amazing reading list. Tell us more about the Ph.D. Sounds so interesting and yet, a challenge with 3 kids. You can do it with these great kids, though. Sending you much love and encouragement!

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