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This week: 15 great books I read in 2017 and how to read more in the new year...

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my favorite books of 2017
Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. A list of my favorite books I read this year.
     
  2. I wrote about the folly of making lists, and re-visited some of my previous reading years
     
  3. Here’s how to read more next year.
     
  4. I’m currently reading Oliver Sacks’ The River of Consciousness, one of the last books he worked on before his death. It has some great stuff on memory, creativity, and, yes, stealing!
     
  5. I’ve also been dipping into Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, and doing a daily reading of A.R. Ammons’ Tape for the Turn of the Year.
     
  6. An ode to the search box, and why I wish computers were still dumb.
     
  7. We’ve all been through enough this year, so I hope you work as little as possible in these last few weeks. (If you need an anthem, try “Hallelujah, I’m a bum!”)
     
  8. We’re watching non-stop Christmas movies around our house. I finally saw The Thin Man and loved it.
     
  9. We’re also playing non-stop Christmas music. If you can’t get enough A Charlie Brown Christmas, you might enjoy my christmas jazz playlist on Spotify. (For me, Christmas sounds like John Coltrane’s version of  “My Favorite Things.”)
     
  10. If you need to do some last-minute shopping, here are some of my favorite gifts and stocking stuffers.
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Happy holidays, 

Austin

PS. The new year will be here soon. Get my new calendar!

PPS. Here’s a festive photo from my Brazilian publisher — books make great gifts, you know...and mine fit in a stocking! :) 
festive books
Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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