My Year in Reading

My 2017 year in reading was for a third or fourth time, a #95books challenge to read more than the supposed amount GW Bush was able to crank out while in office. I read 101, ending the year last night with Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead – a fitting book of poems for an awful year.

Because Excel lets me track information, and because it is interesting to see if my reading  follows any curves, I know that poetry made up 49% of my reading, fiction 27%, non fiction 16%, “other” 3% and graphic novels 1%. Sorry, no plays.

The breakdowns are not rigorous and there are lots of other metrics I could track for, but here are a few wide swathes that are imperfect in their definitions and divisions:

71% of the titles were written by women. 24% by men. 4% by non binary authors. 1% coauthored.

68% of the authors of the books I read self-identified as straight, 20% as LGBTQ, 12% I didn’t have info on.

63% of the authors are white, 37% of the authors on the list are people of colour. 14% of them are Indigenous authors.

76% of the authors are Canadian and 22% from the US. I read only 2% of authors from outside North America? How did that happen?

It’s always funny to look back at the year though titles. In some places the titles are more accurate markers than any calendar entries: I can perfectly recall who lent me the book, who I was while I read it, where I was when I finished it. The next book I am reading is Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith and unless I finish it today, it will appear on next year’s list on December 31 2018.

The Painted Drum – Louise Erlich
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
New and Selected Poems,1956-1996 – Phillip Appelman
Driving Force – Dick Francis
10lb Penalty – Dick Francis
Status Update – Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
Passage – Gwen Benaway
Fun House – Alison Bechdel
The Chick at the Back of the Church-Billie Livingstone
(alive) – Rhea Tregebov
Peace in Duress – Janet Rogers
The Woods – Amber McMillan
Hologram – PK Page
A Perimeter – rob mclennan
Defending Darkness – Pamela Porter
Broom – Brecken Hancock
Friendly Fire – Danielle LaFrance
Memoirs of a Polar Bear – Yoko Tawada
In the Darkroom – Susan Faludi
Born Out of This – Christine Lowther
Leak – Kate Hargreaves
Nochita – Dia Felix
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
Milk Black Carbon – Joan Naviyuk Kane
Prosopopoeia – Shazia Hafiz Ramji;Silo Society/Right Hand Hymns – Aidan Chafe; Good for Nothing – Curtis LeBlanc
Black Trumpet – Evan Mallett
The Divinity Gene – Matthew J. Trafford
Indigenous Writes- Chelsea Vowel
This Accident of Being Lost – Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson
Calling Down The Sky – Rosanna Deerchild
The Best Kind of People – Zoe Whitall
Patterns on Black Ice – Louise Vacca Dawe
Snow Feathers – Writers North of 54
Skung Cabbage – Writers North of 54
Bad Ideas – Michael V. Smith
Prologue for the Age of Consequence – Garth Martens
An Honest Woman – Jonina Kirton
LaRose- Louise Erdich
Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person
A Stitch of Time – Lauren Marks
Canyon Creek: A Script – Sheila Peters
The Earth Remembers Everything – Adrienne Fitzpatrick
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel
He Wants – Alison Moore
The Art of Growing Old – Marie de Hennezel
Where it Hurts – Sarah de Leeuw
A Wall of Light – Edeet Ravel
Grayling – Gillian Wigmore
Terra Incognita – Adebe DeRango-Adem
Metanoia – Sharon McCartney
Octopus Poems – Patrick Warner
Adult Onset – Ann-Marie MacDonald
Throaty Wipes- Susan Holbrook
Lanterns at Guantánamo – Jordan Scott
How Festive the Ambulance – Kim Fu
Ghost Town – Susan Telfer
Heaven’s Thieves – Sue Sinclair
Washita – Patrick Lane
Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines – Jason Heroux
Medic Against Bomb – Frederick Foote
They Called me Number One – Bev Sellars
Knockdown – Dick Francis
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
We Are Not Citizens We Are Magicians – Jordan Abel, Rae Armantrout, Juliane Okot Bitek, Anne Boyer, CAConrad, Mercedes Eng, Jasmine Gibson, Dionne Lee, Cecily Nicholson
Hard Body Candidate for Soft Embrace – Nicole Dumas
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
The Siege – Helen Dunmore
To Love the Coming End – Leanne Dunic
Someone You Love is Gone – Gurjinder Basran
God in Pink – Hasan Namir
Flightpaths – Heidi Greco
The Revolving City – Wayde Compton and Renee Sarojini Saklikar
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name – Vendela Vida
Perpetual – Rita Wong and Cindy Mochizuki
Still No Word – Shannon Webb-Cambell
Delirium for Solo Harp – Nadine McInnis
Next year, For Sure – Zoey Leigh Peterson
Brother – David Chariandy
300 Arguments – Sarah Manguso
The Dog Lover Unit – Rachel Rose
My Ariel- Sina Queyras
Silvija – Sandra Ridley
Don’t Tell Me What to Do – Dina del Bucchia
3 Summers – Lisa Robertson
Afterglow – Eileen Myles
Linger, Still – Aislinn Hunter
Bad Endings – Carleigh Baker
Wayside Sang – Cecily Nicholson
Refugium – Yvonne Blomer, ed
Ecodeviance (soma)tics for the Future Wilderness – CA Conrad
Intertidal – Daphne Marlatt
Voodoo Hypothesis – Canisia Lubrin
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
Advice from the Lights – Steph Burt
Prison Industrial Complex Explodes – Mercedes Eng
Cool For You – Eileen Myles
Float – Anne Carson
Left Unsaid – Joan Flood
Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith

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