books (2017)

This year, I read more novels than I’d read in awhile. After growing up on them, I’ve been reading more and more nonfiction in recent years. Twenty-two of the books below were written by women. 42%, not quite up to half. Books can show you things you don’t believe, too, and should. Expansion, integration, mystery – yes to both.

(I read this poem by Mary Oliver, many times.)

In the coming year, I want to read more artist biographies, more science books, more by contemplatives and mystics, more novels that are the kind people call “sweeping”. I want to read more poetry. After looking through a few essays from my last semester of college, I also want to write and talk more about what I’m reading. It seems important to practice holding articulation and uncertainty together.

books (2017) | LTS

  • Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art, Nancy Princenthal
  • Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux, Heather King
  • A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, John Powers
  • How to Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulker
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • Redeployment, Phil Klay
  • Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott
  • Vermeer in Bosnia: Selected Writings, Lawrence Weschler
  • Why I Wake Early, Mary Oliver
  • Gork, the Teenage Dragon, Gabe Hudson
  • Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories, Kanishk Tharoor
  • Imagine Wanting Only This, Kristen Radtke
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Richard J. Foster
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
  • An American Childhood, Annie Dillard
  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett
  • This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression, Daphne Merkin
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More, Erin Boyle
  • The Nix, Nathan Hill
  • The Immortals, Amit Chaudhuri
  • *The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
  • Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists, Lawrence Weschler
  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair, Anne Lamott
  • Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions, Rachel Held Evans
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy, Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple
  • The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, David Abram
  • Chemistry, Weike Wang
  • Blue Iris: Poems and Essays, Mary Oliver
  • How to Relax, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
  • An Introduction to Hinduism, Gavin D. Flood
  • Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, Leonard Shlain
  • NW, Zadie Smith
  • The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, Rob Bell and Kristen Bell
  • The Complete Stories, Franz Kafka
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, Ernest Hemingway
  • Revolution of Character, Dallas Willard with Don Simpson
  • The Animators, Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks
  • Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality, Rob Bell
  • Terrapin: Poems, Wendell Berry
  • *Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping it Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another, Danielle LaPorte
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time, Dean Buonomano
  • Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls, edited by Karen Finneyfrock, Mindy Nettifee, and Rachel McKibbens
  • A Sacred Shift: A Book About Personal Practice, Marlee Grace
  • Speaking of Faith, Krista Tippett
  • The Country of Marriage: Poems, Wendell Berry

* = re-read

ps. GoodReads has a fun visualization of “My Year in Books”. Previous reading lists here: 2016 and 2015

pps. Any favorites you’ve read recently, or books you’re excited to read soon?

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