The last 30 books I’ve read in 2017

About two and a half years ago I started keeping track of my reading habit at — connect with me there. I’m thoroughly enjoying the annual “Reading Challenge” they offer.

This year my goal is to read 50 books, and I’ve read 35 books so far. I think I’m on track to complete the challenge.

A word on goals: aim high and always do your best. In 2016, I attempted to read 100 books in the year. I didn’t reach the goal, and I was starting to read books with fewer pages –and less challenging books– in an attempt to “up my numbers.”

In 2017, my focus is on quality and not so much on quantity. I’m reading topics that are inspiring and thought-provoking. Here’s my list. Do you have recommendations for me? Tweet me your favorites at @monicasflores

Laika, by Nick Abadzis

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

God and the Afterlife, by Jeffrey Long

Glimpses of Eternity, by Raymond A. Moody Jr.

Old Souls, by Thom Shroder

Where Miracles Happen, by Joan Wester Anderson

Not My Father’s Son, by Alan Cumming

Longitude, by Dava Sobel

The Long Dry, by Cynan Jones

The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman

Survival Lessons, by Alice Hoffman

What Not to Wear, by Trinny Woodall

Culdesac, by Robert Repino

The Terranauts, by T.C. Boyle

Library of Luminaries, Coco Chanel, by Zena Alkayat

The Spy, by Paulo Coelho

Nasty Galaxy, by Sophia Amoruso

Three Moments of an Explosion, by China Miéville

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu

Known and Strange Things, by Teju Cole

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Library of Luminaries, Frida Kahlo by Zena Alkayat

Searching for Your Soul, by Katherine Kurs

At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier

Ghostly Encounters, by Jeff Scott Cole

The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin

Shrouded Planet, by Robert Randall

Saving Fish from Drowning, by Amy Tan

There Are No Accidents, by Robert H. Hopcke

Nothing Left Over, by Toinette Lippe

The Art of the Visit, by Kathy Bertone

Soul Survivor, by Andrea Leininger

The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman

My First New York, by New York Magazine

Memoirs of a Psychic Spy, by Joseph McMoneagle

Originally published at on September 12, 2017.

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