As I did last year, for the December Edition of What I’m Reading I’ve listed every book I read (and re-read) in 2017. Thanks to those of you who recommended and/or gifted these books to me. I’ve included some notes and my top recommendations within the list below. Non-fiction books about American History and the novel The Kind Worth Killing were stand-outs for me in 2017.

If you’re looking for even more recommendations, I suggest reviewing the Best Books of 2017 List from NPR.

American History

All the President's Men book 1974.jpg Between the World and Me.jpeg  American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by [Toobin, Jeffrey] A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President by [Toobin, Jeffrey] Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by [Leovy, Jill] Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by [Grann, David]

Notes: All of these books were interesting and informative. The book about Ted Bundy is the scariest book I think I’ve ever read, but I can broadly recommend all of the others.

Autobiographies and Interviews

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by [Knight, Phil] Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by [Ferriss, Timothy] 

Notes: Shoe Dog is interesting, especially if you love learning from autobiographies and are interested in Phil Knight and Nike. Tools Of Titans gives you insights and tips from 100+ successful people and is a 600+ page reference book I’m keeping on my book shelf.


 How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by [Ellenberg, Jordan] The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by [Lama, Dalai, Tutu, Desmond, Abrams, Douglas Carlton] Outliers: The Story of Success by [Gladwell, Malcolm]

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by [Kleon, Austin]

Notes: The Book of Joy might be the book you need to help you find joy after what, for many, was a very discouraging year.


The Pursuit of Absolute Engagement: Intentionally Design a Business That Supports the Life You (Really) Want to Live by [Littlechild, Julie] Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by [Holiday, Ryan]

Notes: I think I’d skip reading these.


Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by [Knoll, Jessica]  American Psycho (Vintage Contemporaries) by [Ellis, Bret Easton] The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel by [Swanson, Peter]

Notes: If you’re looking for page-turning fiction, definitely read The Kind Worth Killing. It’s the best fiction book I’ve read in a long time. (Also, I didn’t finish reading American Psycho. It wasn’t for me.)

Books of Quotes and Thoughts

Brave Enough by [Strayed, Cheryl] 

Children’s Books

You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children (Classic Seuss) by [Seuss] Stone Soup: An Old Tale (Aladdin Picture Books) by [Brown, Marcia]

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