To be perfectly honest, I was hesitant to list the books I read in 2017. I honestly didn’t think I had read that many, and compared to years past, I haven’t.

But I averaged over a book a month, which isn’t too bad. Also, some of these books took me awhile to get through, sometimes because of length, and other times because the material was so dense, I had to take it in in small chunks. I also have review videos to go along with these titles, which can be found on my Book Reviews Playlist.

  1. 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters by Stephen Le

Comment: Made some interesting points; had to read in short runs; a lot of info to process.

2. The Writing Life compiled by the National Book Award Winners

Comment: Some essays were interesting, some I skipped.

3. Knitting Yarns & Spinning Tales: a Knitter’s Stash of Wit and Wisdom edited by Kari Cornell

Comment: Quick read. Alright.

4. Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World by Sue Shephard

Comment: Very informative.

5. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Comment: Good story. Kept me hooked. Recommended.

6. The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, & Christina Skye

Comment: Macomber: romance w/ knitting sprinkled on top; Mallery: set in a yarn shop w/ a graphic sex scene; Skye: didn’t finish because too many injured animals.

7. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Comment: Very good book for learning about where food comes from. Takes awhile to get through though.

8. Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari

Comment: Reminded me of Nona/Grandma Lellie

9. Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs by Questlove

 

Comment: Interesting, glad it was a free review copy.

10. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Comment: Nice follow up to The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

11. Only Skein Deep (Knitting Mystery #15) by Maggie Sefton

Comment: Let down. #14 was filler and set up for this one. Murder was an afterthought. Pregnancy main focus.

12. Finders Keepers: a Tale of Archaeology Plunder & Obsession by Craig Childs

Comment: Better than anticipated. Seedy underbelly of archaeology.

13. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Comment: Better than expected, but the wife was too passive for me.

14. Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Comment: Nice summary of both The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

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I’ve been a long time reader of Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mystery series. Only Skein Deep is the latest book in the series.

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My Library at my first apartment.

My Library at my first apartment.

Here are all the books I read in 2015, with short reviews or summaries.

Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #10 Cast On, Kill Off even carefully laid plans can backfire
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #11 Close Knit Killer eh, no sympathy for murder victim
Lee Schnedbly Being Happy Being Married: a Guide to Building a Better Relationship every couple should read this
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #12 Yarn Over Murder as wildfires range, murder is solved
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #13 Purl Up and Die over-protective mothers don’t help children
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Pendergast Series #14: Blue Labyrinth couldn’t put it down
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #1 Last Wool and Testament irritating cops, mopy ghosts, granny’s a witch?
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #2 Dyeing Wishes annoying ghost, mom in denial, spiveys
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #3 Spinning in Her Grave embezzler, icky realtor, unwanted kiss, fire
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #4 Plagued by Quilt no sympathy for murder victim-abuser
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #1 Books Can be Deceiving plagiarizing a*hole; crazed stalker; incompetent police captain
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #2 Due or Die obsessive stalker; theft of rare books; sniper shot’
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #3 Book, Line, and Sinker (Dec 2012) pirates, ex-fiance, awkwardness all around
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #4 Read It & Weep indecisive Sully, Munchausen’s, vindictiveness
David Allen Getting Things Done: the art to Stress-Free Productivity good ideas, kinda confusing at times
Shelia Connolly Museum Mysteries #1 Fundraising the Dead interesting from a library worker’s perspective
Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: great advice, nice sound bites & quotes to live by
Michelle Knudsen Evil Librarian  
Janis Owens American Ghost small town secrets get dredged up
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee At Knit’s End: To be read over and over!
Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train Love Octagon gone wrong
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #1: The Christie Curse alright, hard to relate to protagonist
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #2: The Sayers Swindle interesting, mob related
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #3: The Wolfe Widow did not see it coming
Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series #15.5 Bones in Her Pocket  

What did you read last year? (Can’t believe 2015 is over already!!!)

© Cori Large January 2, 2016

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Books Read from Sept 2014 to Dec 2014

Here are all the books I’ve read from September to the end of the year. I’m still working on a presentation format. I don’t know if 2015’s will be split like it was in 2014.

  1. Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine; A Domestic Bliss Mystery
  2. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #11 of the Pendergast series
  3. Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #12 of the Pendergast series
  4. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  5. White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #13 of the Pendergast series
  6. Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson
  7. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
  8. Knit 1, Kill 2 by Maggie Sefton; #1 in Knitting Mysteries
  9. Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton; #2 in Knitting Mysteries
  10. A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton; #3 in Knitting Mysteries
  11. A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #4 in Knitting Mysteries; Eh. Moves the storyline along, but doesn’t do much else.
  12. Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton; #6 in Knitting Mysteries
  13. Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton; #5 in Knitting Mysteries
  14. Dropped Dead Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #7 in Knitting Mysteries
  15. Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton; #8 in Knitting Mysteries
  16. Unraveled by Maggie Sefton; #9 in Knitting Mysteries

Unless marked otherwise, all titles are recommended.