Goodreads informs me I’ve read 53 books this year. I imagine I might hit 54 by Monday, but we’ll go ahead and look to see how those 53 went. 28 of the books are non-fiction works. 14 have a religious angle, 5 are about writing, and the rest are business or history related. Of the 15 fiction works, it looks like all are science fiction or fantasy.
Non-Fiction. I read quite a bit in this area for a leadership class at work, but I also think reading spiritual works is important. Here are my top three non-fiction books for 2017.
- The Bible. I almost hesitate to put this on the list because it will appear any year I read the complete book, but it remains my top choice in the non-fiction category. Some people ask me how I get through the whole thing because let’s face it, some parts aren’t as engrossing as others.
- I read it totally out of order and spread the parts I’m less excited about around in between the parts I enjoy.
- If you’re having a hard time following the narrative, check out A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn.
- Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards. This book includes all sorts of science on how to get along with other people, and as an introverted engineer, it has been invaluable. In addition to actually being useful, the information itself is interesting. She’s also funny, and I like funny.
- The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer. In case you are wondering, traveller has two l’s because of the intended audience. This spelling is preferred in British English. Aside from this interesting tidbit, the book itself is fascinating and entertaining. It is different from a standard history book, and I read more of it than I intended when I picked it up for research.
Fiction. I went all in for sci-fi and fantasy this year! Here are my top three fiction books:
- The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson. I already wrote about how much fun I had reading this book, but I enjoyed it so much I read it twice this year. It was no less fun the second time around, as I noticed things I’d missed in my excitement during the first read. I also liked the second and third installment of this series and will recommend his YA book Steelheart.
- Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan. This was my second or third read through of this novel, and like Mistborn, I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I recommend the whole series! I also read the first two books in The Draconis Memoria starting with The Waking Fire and then The Legion of Flame. My reviews for these books are here and here. The third book is due out this summer.
- The Fellowship of the Ring (LOTR #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read all of them again this year, and the list would be inaccurate with something else in this spot.
What books did you enjoy in 2017? What are your reading goals in 2018? What should I read next?