December 31, 2016

52 Books

For an explanation of 52 Books (2012) click here. Click here for 2013 and here for 2014 and here for 2015.

Early in 2016 I half-jokingly pledged to read fewer books this year, with the intention to DO more without my nose buried in a book. This became a necessity as every free moment for much of the spring and summer was spent finishing our half-completed home renovations, selling our house, moving from SW Ohio to Philadelphia, and massive downsizing to fit comfortably in less than 600 square feet (from a previous 2,000 square feet plus a basement and a barn and a near hoard of reclaimed studio supplies diverted from the landfill). Minimalist I am not, but we continue to inch ever closer to the right amount of stuff for a small, cozy home. Fifty-two books downsized this year, too, but with multiple Philadelphia public libraries and several Little Free Libraries within walking distance, 2017 could easily top 52 without a single addition to our shelves.

Happy New Year, friends!
BOOKS 2016
The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Silander Novel • David Lagercrantz
The Bridges of Madison County • Robert James Waller
The Casual Vacancy • J K Rowling
Black and Blue • Ian Rankin
Dark of the Moon • John Sanford
Purity •Jonathan Franzen
The Valley of Fear • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Game of Thrones • George R R Martin
The Bone Clocks • David Mitchell
A Clash of Kings • George R R Martin
The Name of the Wind • Patrick Rothfuss
Corduroy Mansion • Alexander McCall Smith
The Shipping News • E Annie Proulx
My Name is Lucy Barton • Elizabeth Strout
My Life on the Road • Gloria Steinem
True Evil • Greg Iles
Slammerkin • Emma Donoghue
Carrying Albert Home • Homer Hickam
Island of Lost Girls •  Jennifer McMahon
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession • Mark Obmasick
Outlander • Diana Gabaldon
Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medecine • Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
A Storm of Swords • George R R Martin
Knots and Crosses • Ian Rankin
Dragonfly in Amber • Diana Gabaldon
The Gap of Time • Jeanette Winterson
The Blazing World • Siri Hustvedt
Eat, Pray, Love • Elizabeth Gilbert
The Long Walk • Stephen King
A Feast for Crows • George R R Martin
The Magician's Assistant • Ann Patchett
The Heart Goes Last • Margaret Atwood
My Year of Meats • Ruth L Ozeki
Freddy and Fredericka • Mark Helprin
A Gate at the Stairs • Lorrie Moore
Case Histories • Kate Atkinson
A Dance with Dragons • George R R Martin
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh • Michael Chabon
Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art • Claire Wellesley-Smith
The Surrogate Thief • Archer Mayor

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