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Reading Round Up, 2017

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As in past years,  I have been employing as a tool in which to  select, record reading progress and read reviews of new titles.  Below is a list of titles that I have enjoyed this past year.  While 2017 was a busy year for  me personally,   there is always time to read, or enjoy flipping through a book;  whether it be on holiday, time in a car  during a journey to Mummy’s house or while waiting for my son during his swimming lesson.  Like anything else, if you want to do something badly, you will find time to so do.  Now if only I could say the same about exercising……

I love reflecting on my list of titles read.  A number of them are cook books, which take very little time to actually read, I admit. A number of them are new releases which I found in our Baker and Taylor boxes.  Some relate to furniture design, as part of a project in which to  design my new office to compliment the architecture of my new library. A few are art history books., a reflection of my  original academic study of art history. A number relate to  business and work ethics and  work phycology. A handful  books from a series my son is absolutely in love with.  ( As of this publishing , he has read 32 books since September,  while his teacher has communicated  that he is expected to read 6 books  during the entire school year. I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree.)

A few are books received from attending Book Expo of America in May.  One was received while attending New York Library Association.  Both are hazards of the job, I suppose.  And a couple are in celebration of my home and native land’s  250th celebration this year.

While my list is not  an edict to others, let it serve as a documentation of so many great titles enjoyed over 2017.  Interested in any titles?   Reach out to me…am always happy to chat about  book and my I have learned.

  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
  • Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
  • The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
  • Canada by Mike Myers
  • 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky
  • Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life by Oprah Winfrey
  • Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted
  • How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen
  • The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • Cutting For Stone, the novel by Abraham Verghese
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
  • My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  • A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
  • The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
  • The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism  by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
  • The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg *
  • The Shack by William Paul Young
  • Moon Niagara Falls by Joel A. Dombrowski
  • The identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
  • Collecting Modern: A Guide to Mid-Century Furniture and Ceramics by David Rago
  • Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America  by Linda Tirado
  • The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
  • Mid Century Modern by Judith H. Miller
  • Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
  • A Separation by Katie Kitamura
  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  • Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future by Rob Dunn
  • Miller’s 20th Century Design by Judith H. Miller
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
  • Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse by Stanley Meisler
  • One Part Plant: 100 Meals for a Whole New You by Jessica Murnane
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein
  • Beach House for Rent (The Beach House Book 3) by Mary Alice Monroe *
  • A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-for-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry by Editors of Martha Stewart Living
  • Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers by Suze Yalof Schwartz
  • Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker
  • Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
  • Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith
  • Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together by Arden Rose
  • The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee
  • The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
  • How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker
  • Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
  • Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) by Erin Hunter
  • Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook by Lamanda Joy
  • Fire and Ice (Warriors, #2) by Erin Hunter
  • The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright
  • Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • An Irish Country Cookbook by Patrick Taylor
  • Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
  • Rising Storm (Warriors, #4) by Erin Hunter
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories by Susanne Caro
  • This is what a librarian looks like : a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information  by Kyle Cassidy
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • Al Franken, giant of the Senate  by Al Franken
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Marrying Miss Kringle: Ginger by Lucy McConnell
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
  • Chocolate Making Adventures by Rosen Trevithick
  • Japanese Fabric Flowers: 65 decorative Kanzashi flowers to make by Sylvie Blondeau
  • Camino Island by John Grisham
  • The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
  • Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
  • Winter Solstice (Winter #4) by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn 
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan 
  • Cute Christmas Cookies: Adorable and delicious festive treats by Hannah Miles 
  • The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott 
  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith
  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
  • The Maple Syrup Book by Janet Eagleson
  • Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions by Patrice Johnson
  • Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet Der Nederlanden
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmon
  •  Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  • The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to my community. I love books, reading with my son, properly placed apostrophes, canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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