Read In 2017

Once again I did it: I read 52 books in 2017. For your pleasure, I have listed them here once again, together with the short stories I’ve read. By far my most-read author this year was Lemony Snicket with 19 (!) books. Titles I particularly liked are in bold, and the list also states which books went with a particular challenge.

I participated in the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon this January. A post to view my progress can be found here.

I also hosted the Mental Health Reading Challenge and participated in Femividual’s Feminism Reading Challenge. Her Bingo Card is at the bottom of this post.


1. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers – Max Porter

2. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (bingo square: black feminist)

3. The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

4. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen (Mental Health Reading Challenge) (bingo square: book about being a girl)

5. Transmission – Hari Kunzru


6. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (bingo square: feminism in another country)


7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (Mental Health Reading Challenge) (bingo square: feminist book from before 1930)


8. We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

9. The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James

10. The Reptile Room – Lemony Snicket

11. The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket (Mental Health Reading Challenge)

12. The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket

13. The Austere Academy – Lemony Snicket

14. Hard Times – Charles Dickens

15. Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (bingo square: book of essays)


16. Renascence and Other Poems – Edna St. Vincent Millay (bingo square: book of poetry)

17. Are Women People? a Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times – Alice Duer Miller (bingo square: book about politics)


18. Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Mental Health Reading Challenge)

19. Second April – Edna St. Vincent Millay

20. Helen of Troy and Other Poems – Sara Teasdale (bingo square: book of your choice)

21. Spring Awakening – Frank Wedekind

22. The Strange Case Of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson


23. The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket

24. Dear Evan Hansen – Steven Levenson (Mental Health Reading Challenge)

25. The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket


26. The Children Act – Ian McEwan


27. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

28. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green (Mental Health Reading Challenge) (bingo square: book about body image)


29. Pierre & Jean – Guy de Maupassant

30. The Hostile Hospital – Lemony Snicket

31. The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket

32. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

33. The Slippery Slope – Lemony Snicket

34. The Grim Grotto – Lemony Snicket

35. The Penultimate Peril – Lemony Snicket

36. The End – Lemony Snicket

37. Maus I – Art Spiegelman

38. Maus II – Art Spiegelman

39. Death In Venice – Thomas Mann

40. Who Could That Be At This Hour? – Lemony Snicket


41. When Did You See Her Last? – Lemony Snicket

42. Shouldn’t You Be In School? – Lemony Snicket

43. Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? – Lemony Snicket

44. Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell

45. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography – Lemony Snicket

46. Mis Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

47. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson (Mental Health Reading Challenge) (bingo square: a memoir)

48. File Under: 13 Suspicious Questions – Lemony Snicket

49. Zombicorns – John Green

50. Miracle On 34th Street – Valentine Davies

51. Men Explain Things To Me – Rebecca Solnit (bingo square: book about rape culture)

52. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee (bingo square: LGBTQ book)

Short Stories

More than 10 of the 52 books I read last year were short stories. However, I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books; that means a novel, a book of non-fiction, a play or a collection of poetry or short stories. I’ll be listing individual short stories I’ve read in 2017 here. They do not count towards my reading goal.

  • The Three Garridebs – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Final Problem – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Musgrave Ritual – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver
  • Nobel Prize Lecture – Toni Morrison
  • The Dignity Of Begging – William Bloke Modisane

  • The Talking Raven’s Last Warning – Mia Couto

  • Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet? – Nadine Gordimer

  • The Man In The Crowd – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Young Goodman Brown – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In The Penal Colony – Franz Kafka
  • The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde
  • The Selfish Giant – Oscar Wilde

  • Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – Oscar Wilde

  • The Sphinx Without a Secret – Oscar Wilde

  • The Fisherman and His Soul – Oscar Wilde

  • Sambo – William Fryer Harvey
  • Cat Person – Kristen Roupenian

I’ve reproduced the Feminist Reading Challenge Bingo Card here. I filled out 12 of the 20 squares. It would have been more if I’d counted double: some books cover more than one square, but I felt like that’d be cheating.

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