2017 Reading Challenge

I read 23 books in 2017. But Goodreads says 24 (I finished Aaron Fisher’s book in 2016, not 2017)? Whatever. So. Wow, what was I busy with? That’s an average of two per month and even that I consider a little too little for my liking. I aimed for 40 books and ended up with 23. Better than nothing, I suppose? Here’s the list, in no particular order. My best book (and least favorite, too) is revealed here. Such little choices, so hard to choose.

  1. The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story, by Hyeonseo Lee [Memoir, North Korea]
  2. The Imam’s Daughter: My Desperate Fight For Freedom, by Hannah Shah
  3. The Panama Papers: Breaking The Story of How The Rich & Powerful Hide Their Money, by Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier
  4. Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer
  5. Bandi: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea
  6. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold
  7. Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi
  8. Simon’s Cat: in Kitten Chaos, by Simon Tofield [comic!]
  9. Hard Time: Banged Up Abroad Raving Arizona, by Shaun Atwood
  10. Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, by Kamal Al-Solaylee
  11. The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, by Jenny Nordberg
  12. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
    (I chose to read this and skipped the other one by Christina Lamb on purpose. Here’s why)
  13. Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, by Maziar Bahari with Aimee Molloy
  14. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone
  15. In The Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars, by Kevin Sites
  16. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, by Leah Remini
  17. In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom, by Yeonmi Park
  18. A River In Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea, by Masaji Ishikawa
  19. Escobar: The Inside Story of Pablo Escobar, The World’s Most Powerful Criminal, by Roberto Escobar
  20. The Vanished: The “Evaporated People” of Japan in Stories and Photographs, by Léna Mauger and Stéphane Remael
  21. My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, by Wendy E. Simmons
  22. Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala
  23. On Religion, by George Bernard Shaw
  24. Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, by Aaron Fisher