Year-end 2017 stuff: A reminder that I'm not yet good at reading books

It's the end of the year, so I'm writing about stuff I enjoyed in 2017 after several months of neglecting this blog. Here's a link to all of the 2017 year-end stuff


Last year was the first I made an effort to start reading more, and I was semi-impressed with my ability to get through 14 books and 25 trade paperbacks. I know this isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things ... I know plenty of people who try to read a book a week. But this year provided a reminder that I'm kinda bad at reading stuff, and some reflection will prompt me to make some changes in the way I read next year.

It wasn't an infrequent event for me to pick up a book, make good headway through it, then ignore it for a week or two in favor of listening to music or podcasts on my commute. This didn't have anything to do with how much I was enjoying the book, either -- and truthfully I don't have any good reasoning behind this other than I often didn't feel like having a book in my hands if I was standing up on the train? It's a lame excuse when it's typed out.

In any case, I bought a Kindle toward the end of the year so that I could stop adding onto our already-very-full bookshelf with more books that I may or may not finish. Throughout 2017, I ultimately wound up getting through four books and four trade paperbacks -- awful numbers. I am happy to report that I already finished the last half of Stephen King's The Shining in the first four days of 2018, so maybe there will be improvement for me yet.

Here's the full (behold! in its glory!) list of everything I read in 2017. This year, I'm really looking forward to continuing my way through Stephen King's works, taking the next step in the Batman trade paperbacks, and catching up on Marvel's run of Star Wars as well.

Trade Paperbacks

  1. Batman: A Death In the Family & Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying [My Blog | Purchase]
  2. Batman: Blind Justice [My Blog | Purchase]
  3. Batman: The Cult [My Blog | Purchase]
  4. Batman: Arkham Asylum [My Blog | Purchase]


  1. Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton [My Blog | Purchase]
  2. Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman [My Blog | Purchase
  3. Saban by Monte Burke [My Blog | Purchase]
  4. Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon [My Blog | Purchase]