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Books I’ve Read in 2017


  1. Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every  by Chris Fox (finished 1/19/17)
  2. The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris (finished 2/21/17)
  3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (finished 3/8/17)
  4. Hagakure: the Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo (finished 4/3/17)
  5. The Conquest of the Illinois by George Rogers Clark (finished 5/5/17)

Mysteries and Thrillers

  1. Once  Gone by Blake Pierce (finished 1/2/17)
  2. The Westerlea House Mystery by Adam Croft (finished 1/5/17)
  3. Too Close for Comfort by Adam Croft (finished 1/18/17)
  4. Death Under the Sun by Adam Croft (finished 1/23/17)
  5. Murder in the Abbey by Susan Kiernan-Lewis (finished 1/26/17)
  6. Tropical Knights by John F. Beckman (finished 1/30/17)
  7. The Thirteenth Room by Adam Croft (finished 2/15/17)
  8. Don’t Mess With Mrs. Sedgewick by Marie F. Martin (finished 2/24/17)
  9. Blood Silence by Roger Stelljes (finished 2/26/17)
  10. All Eyes on Me by Linsey Lanier (finished 3/15/17)
  11. A Zen for Murder by Leighann Dobbs (finished 3/18/17)
  12. Under Fire by Rachel Amphlett (finished 3/28/17)
  13. Still Kicking by Judith Arnold (finished. 3/29/17)
  14. Murder at the Mansion by Alison Golden (finished 3/31/17)
  15. An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax (finished 4/4/17)
  16. Chimera by Celina Grace (finished 4/11/17)
  17. Big Game by Robin Barefield (finished 4/28/17)
  18. Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya (finished 5/2/17)
  19. Death by Chocolate by Abigail Keam (finished 5/7/17)
  20. Serial Date  by D.V. Berkom (finished 5/15/17)
  21. Hollywood Assassin by MZ Kelly (finished 5/19/17)

Speculative Fiction

  1. Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber (finished 1/16/17)
  2. Ad Astra by Kevin O. McLaughlin (finished 1/21/17)
  3. Removed by S.J. Pajonas (finished 1/28/17)
  4. Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake (finished 2/6/17)
  5. The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross (finished 2/18/17)
  6. The Ghost and The Graveyard by Genevieve Jack (finished 2/22/17)
  7. Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker (finished 2/28/17)
  8. Decrypted by Lindsay Buroker (finished 3/3/17)
  9. 12.21.12: The Vessel by Killian McRae (finished 3/5/17)
  10. Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe (finished 3/22/17)
  11. Her Own Devices by Shelley Adina (finished 3/23/17)
  12. Magnificent Devices by Shelly Adina (finished 3/24/17)
  13. Brilliant Devices by Shelly Adina (finished 3/25/17)
  14. Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen finished 4/8/17)
  15. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente finished 4/25/17)
  16. Arrival (Stories of Your Life) by Ted Chiang (finished 5/14/17)
  17. The Whisper of Stars  by Nick Jones (finished 5/20/17)

Historical Fiction

  1. Arthur: War’s End by Paul Bannister (finished 1/6/17)
  2. The Uninvited Guest by Sarah Woodbury (finished 1/17/17)
  3. The Fourth Horseman by Sarah Woodbury (finished 2/3/17)
  4. Arthur Britannicus by Paul Bannister (finished 2/12/17)
  5. Silence by Shusaku Endo, Translated by William Johnston (finished 3/27/17)
  6. The Sudbury School Murders by Ashley Gardner (finished 4/27/17)
  7. The Viking by Marti Talbott (finished 5/17/17)

Other Fiction

  1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (finished 3/5/17)

Novellas and Novelettes and long Short Stories

  1. The Assassin’s Curse by Lindsay Buroker (finished 1/31/17)
  2. The Bard’s Daughter by Sarah Woodbury (finished 2/1/17)
  3. A Mother’s Day Murder by Dee Ernst (finished 2/13/17)
  4. Enigma by Lindsay Buroker (finished 3/1/17)
  5. 1000 Yards by Mark Dawson (finished 3/11/17)
  6. Astray in Couper by R. Marquez (finished 3/14/17)
  7. Holocaust in the Homeland by Corinda Marsh (finished 3/22/17)
  8. Legacy Device  by Rachel Amphlett (finished 3/31/17)
  9. The Signal and the Boys (a prequel to the Earth’s Last Gambit Trilogy) by Felix R. Savage (finished 4/27/17)
  10. A Cry for Help by Adam Croft (finished 4/29/17)
  11. The Necklace Affair by Ashley Gardner (finished 5/6/17)


  1. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (finished 4/5/17)
  2. On the Trail of the space Pirates by Carey Rockwell (finished 5/10/17)
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