A complete list of books I read in 2017

The following is a complete list of books I read in 2017, separated by category and then ranked. Books I consider must-reads and would recommend to just about anyone are in bold.

Nonfiction books/books that taught me a lot:

  1. Art & Fear, David Bayles and Tedd Orland
  2. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. Upstream: Selected Essays, Mary Oliver
  4. Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy
  5. Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman
  6. Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the American Heartland, Stephen G. Bloom
  7. Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite, William Deresiewicz
  8. David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Everybody Writes, Ann Handley
  10. The Creating Brain, Nancy Andreason
  11. The Four Tendencies, Gretchen Rubin
  12. The Gig Economy, Diane Mulcahy

Books on living your best life/productivity:

  1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed
  2. The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau
  3. Deep Work, Cal Newport
  4. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  5. Born for This, Chris Guillebeau


  1. Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  2. The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeanette Walls
  3. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, Ariel Levy
  4. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, Nina Riggs
  5. Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays, Paul Kingsnorth
  6. Tell Me If You’re Lying, Sarah Sweeney
  7. South and West, Joan Didion


  1. The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe
  2. The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Colson Whitehead
  3. The Gangster of Love, Jessica Hagedorn
  4. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Gathering, Anne Enright

2 thoughts on “A complete list of books I read in 2017

  1. Cool post – I love these kind of ‘meta reviews’ of the year. I’ve never kept track, I just discard and go onto the next one… I usually have 4 or 5 on the go at once! Chris Guillebeau’s podcast is good too, have you listened to it?

  2. I’ve listened to his podcast a couple times! It sounds like he is going to keep creating a new one every day in 2018, so I’ll have to start listening to them more consistently.

    You should definitely start keeping a list of everything you read! Before 2017, I had never kept one either, but it’s been really rewarding, even if I only recorded the title and author in the back of my planner.

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