2017 Books I've Read

Here are my ratings for the books I read in 2017.  In case you've forgotten, the scale goes like this: 1 - pass, 2 - some good some bad, 3 - recommended, 4 - can't stop raving about it, 5 - fundamentally 
changed my life.

PS Before I move on to the list, I would be remiss if I did not repeat an ongoing request to any and all to suggest book titles I might like.  In reviewing my reads, consider also if I am missing any major types of books or authors; I would welcome using my reading time to shore up any holes in absorbing different perspectives and stories.


1 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Kristof) 4

Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father (Culver) 4

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success (Grant) 4

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Cuddy) 4

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (Duhigg) 3

Between the World and Me (Coates) 3

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (Prose) 3

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Rovelli) 3

Marco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World (Man) 3

10 Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (Johnson) 4

The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry (Feinstein) 3

Fearless (Lucado) 3

The Hiding Place (ten Boom) 3

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms (LaPorte) 2

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Naipaul) 2

In Other Words (Lahiri) 4

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (Brown) 2

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer (Hitchens) 3

You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television (Michaels) 3

20 Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (Eagleman) 4

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind (Stone) 3

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (Sagan) 3

The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business (Van Overtveldt) 3

The Road to Character (Brooks) 4

Langston Hughes Collection 3

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis) 3

Now, Discover Your Strengths (Buckingham) 3

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island (Bryson) 3

The Gospel According to Jesus (MacArthur) 4

30 The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia (Dash) 3

The Power of Myth (Campbell) 2

The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street (Fox) 3

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (Kondo) 2

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Huffington) 3

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager (Bissinger) 3

Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags (Rottenberg) 2

Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass  (Scott) 3

Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Blow) 4

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past (Klosterman) 4

40 Men We Reaped: A Memoir (Ward) 4

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs (Warren) 3
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Packer) 2

Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer (Wicks) 3

1776 (McCullough) 3

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (Roach) 3

Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy‎ (Love) 3

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms‎ (Tebow) 3

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens (Olson) 3

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (Ellis) 3

50 Settle for More (Kelly) 3

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Sanders) 3

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History  (Kyle) 3

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself (Carroll) 3

The Last Lecture (Pausch) 3

God Help the Child (Morrison) 3

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century (Buckley) 3

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (Sasse) 3

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are (Stephens-Davidowitz) 4

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Gay) 4

60 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (Doughty) 3

Black Boy (Wright) 4

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying And Caring (Nouwen) 2

If Beale Street Could Talk (Baldwin) 3

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream (Cowen) 2

Half of a Yellow Sun (Adichie) 3

The Blood of Emmett Till (Tyson) 4

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World (Wohlleben) 3

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Jensen) 4

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