THE LIBRARY 2017

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2017 IS OVER.

Words for the year: bewilderment! Disruption! Unrest and upheaval! Obstreperous insanity! Madness untold! AND THAT'S JUST THE NEWS THESE DAYS (IF YOU CAN EVEN TRUST THAT?!!)!!

But we're not here for such debates or discussions. Welcome to my reading cave I mean THE LIBRARY 201 7 where I recount the books I managed to snarf or savor in the last dozen months. You can read the 2014-2016 editions here!

This year was a lot for all of us. My own year, too, was a lot. Take, for instance, the two scars I acquired this year--and this ain't no Xanga emo poem mope metaphor, I mean genuine significant tissue damage. Scar number one is from when I skinned my knee on the sidewalk outside the Asheville airport where I'd driven up from Spartanburg, about to board a flight to Baltimore (state tally: 3). I was wearing these red paisley pants that I got at the Goodwill in Tulsa, Oklahoma (4) where I spent all of August, and that I'd worn out in California (5). I drove out to San Diego, through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, (6-8), and you bet I detoured through Colorado (9) on the way back. All of this, of course, after driving to Tulsa from South Carolina (Tennessee: 10, Arkansas, 11).

The other scar is on my ankle from tripping over a stick while visiting the goats who live up the road here in Baltimore, Maryland, where Dean and I moved. I only get to count Virginia once though I think I spent at least a week sitting in traffic there (12). On the flip side, GPS sent me through West Virginia, if only for 15 miles but I'M COUNTING IT (13).

All this scar-mapping-psychogeography shower thinking happened when I recently shaved my legs with the electric razor my mother gave me in Vermont (14). I went up to Vermont three times in 2017--once for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center which happily overlapped a wedding in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (15), and because I am bad at spatial reasoning (can't pour a drink that doesn't spill for the life of me, terrible at judging containers/distances), I decided to drive the 6 hours in between the two which only earned me New Hampshire (16). The other two times I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law outside Burlington and in the spirit of funemployment and adventure and so! many! podcasts!, I drove. Weather sent me on different routes to and from, so let's add Delaware (17), New Jersey (18), New York (19), and Pennsylvania (20). 

And I went to Canada. (They let me in! Thanks!)

So. 20 states and 1 foreign country. 73 books may be the smallest entry in this Library's brief history, but YOU DO THE MATH.

Reviews and notes and ratings and more at Goodreads.

73 FINE TITLES READ BY RACHEL IN 2017

13 COMICS OF SIGNIFICANT LENGTH

Hansel And Gretel - Junko Mizuno         

Black Hole - Charles Burns

The Best American Comics 2014 - ed. Scott McCloud

The Incal  - Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mœbius          

Before the Incal - Alejandro Jodorowsky, Zoran Janjetov

Final Incal  - Alejandro Jodorowsky, Ladrönn, Mœbius         

Aleister & Adolf - Douglas Rushkoff, Michael Avon Oeming    

Uzumaki, Volume 1  - Junji Ito          

Uzumaki, Volume 2  - Junji Ito          

Uzumaki, Volume 3  - Junji Ito          

Munch - Steffen Kverneland    

Saga, Vol. 6 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples     

Saga, Vol. 5 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples      

26 NOVEL-LENGTH WORKS OF FICTION

Winter Tide - Ruthanna Emrys      

Disclaimer - Renée Knight

Aquarium  - David Vann    

The Ghost Apple - Aaron Thier  

Last Winter We Parted  - Fuminori Nakamura  

The Afterlives - Thomas Pierce

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel - Kirsten Bakis  

House of Small Shadows - Adam Nevill

Agents of Dreamland - Caitli­n R. Kiernan

The Ritual - Adam Nevill

Spaceman of Bohemia - Jaroslav Kalfar

Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Ill Will - Dan Chaon

You Remind Me of Me - Dan Chaon

Dark Matter - Blake Crouch

Brown Girl in the Ring  - Nalo Hopkinson

Rabbit Cake - Annie  Hartnett         

Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh

Parable of the Talents - Octavia E. Butler      

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia - Ursula K. Le Guin

Borne - Jeff VanderMeer

The Secret History of Twin Peaks - Mark Frost  

The Other - Thomas Tryon

The Small Backs of Children - Lidia Yuknavitch

3 HARRY POTTER BOOKS BY OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMPANION OF HONOR, J.K. ROWLING

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

15 BOOKS OF TRUE THINGS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS NONFICTION

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald - Errol Morris  

The Journalist and the Murderer  - Janet Malcolm

Fatal Vision - Joe McGinniss

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit - John E. Douglas

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence - Patricia Pearson

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone - Olivia Laing

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders - Anthony Flacco

Bluets - Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking - Brendan I. Koerner

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women's Work - Miranda K.  Pennington        

On Heights & Hunger - Josh MacIvor-Andersen  

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free         Hector Tobar         

16 COLLECTIONS OF STORIES BY AUTHORS BOTH SINGULAR AND COLLECTIVE

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft - H.P. Lovecraft, ed. Leslie Klinger

Her Body and Other Parties - Carmen Maria Machado       

Rainey Royal - Dylan Landis

Beasts and Children - Amy Parker

Stay Awake - Dan Chaon    

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present - Cory Doctorow

Homesick for Another World - Ottessa Moshfegh

Our Dreams Might Align - Dana Diehl

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology - ed. Ann VanderMeer   

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five - ed. Ellen Datlow

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven - ed. Ellen Datlow

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury - ed. Sam Weller   

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2017 - ed. C.C. Finlay    

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2017  - ed. C.C. Finlay           

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 - ed. John Joseph Adams, Charles Yu           

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 - ed. John Joseph Adams, Joe Hill

WHEW!

Coming soon: a strange voyage into the depths of history, and a cosmic glimpse into vast new planes of futures heretofore unfathomable! Realms of wondrous possibility! Deep dark secrets! Confessions! A musical interlude!

AND SO! MUCH! MORE!

 

See you soon space cowboys,

Rachel