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Reads 2017

Here's my 25th annual summary of reading from the year just past. There were 65 books in my stack in 2017, down two from last year. [I've been listing my books for the last 25 years -- 1,564 and counting -- with 14 years on Flickr. .]


2017 was bookended (ahem) between my first read on mathematics (bottom right) and my last by a Canadian poet (top left). That one was unusual in that each of its five chapters used only one vowel!


The biggest surprise in my stack was a travelogue to the several US territories. I hadn't planned to read it, fell into it on a whim, and rather enjoyed reading about the "not quite states". A few of them ended up in the news during hurricane season soon after.


My usual mix of history, science, nature, and some fiction is here. Fewer Northwest titles. I seemed to read more biographies and memoirs than usual -- most about people in the entertainment field. None really stood out. Among the histories I enjoyed one on the 1964 Alaska Earthquake best, followed by one on the development of photography into motion pictures. Reading up Benjamin Franklin's invention of a musical instrument was a fun little diversion.


Science was about a fifth of the year's total. My favorites were probably titles on animal domestication and natural navigation, although several others dealt with neurology in some way. Didn't see that coming. My penultimate read was on the current tech industry.


The only "classic" this year was 1889's Three Men in a Boat, a fictionalized comic memoir set on the Thames. I also read several non-fiction books on vehicles this year: planes, trains, and ... boats.


Fiction? Mostly mysteries and David Baldacci (did I really read SIX of his this year?). One graphic novel and a couple of juvenile titles were scattered in there, too. (Looking forward: My first of 2018 will be a juvenile title!)

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Taken on December 28, 2017