Mid-January feels like a good time for a reading year review of 2017. In recent years, I’ve done my best to stop fussing over how many books or pages I read as compared to an arbitrary goal or my previous reading year. But two developments this year captured my attention.
Possibly my most noteworthy observation of 2017 is that 70 percent of the books I read were e-books. I knew I read more when I read ebooks, but I love paper books. Given that, I wasn’t expecting the disparity between paper and ebook to be so stark.
Conveniently, this disparity justified my decision to upgrade to the Nook GlowLight 3, despite its black chassis that visually shrinks the page. Even though the GlowLight 3 is, overall, larger than the GlowLight Plus, the reading screen appears smaller. Look:
I don’t mind telling that I was quite put out by this throwback development (the Nook Simple Touch of years-gone-by had a black chassis). I just stared and stared at it, thinking
Nevertheless, after testing the GlowLight 3 in the store, I couldn’t resist its Night Mode feature. It lights the page with a soft glow that feels so much easier on the eyes than the old screen. I can hardly believe the difference. The above photo doesn’t do it justice. Give it a look if you happen to be in a Barnes and Noble.
My second noteworthy observation is that I seem to have fully embraced a new reading stage: books from, about, or inspired by ancient Greece and, to a lesser extent, Rome. I’ve written before about my reading phases and how I spent years reading mostly contemporary fiction. So many years that I’d stopped thinking of it as a phase and just how I read.
This year divested me of that notion: 40 percent of the books I read fell into the ancient Greece category. Books I read that didn’t fall into that category were often work-related reads. Further, most of the books on my want-to-read-soon shelf are related to ancient Greece as well. But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s look at the final tally (links take you to where I’ve written more about the books).
2017 Reading Year: Ancient Greek and Roman-Related Reads
Ancient Greek and Roman texts
Daphnis and Chloe by Longus, translated by Paul Turner
Prometheus Bound and The Persians by Aeschylus, translated by James Romm
Enchiridion by Epictetus, translated by George Long
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by George Herbert Palmer
Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes, translated by Aaron Poochigian
Medea by Euripides, translated by Rachel Kitzinger
The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus, translated by Robin Hard
True History by Lucian, translated by H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler
Lucius or, The Ass by Lucian, translated by M. D. Macleod
The Complete Poems of Sappho, translated by Willis Barnstone
The Golden Ass by Apuleius translated by, E. J. Kenney
Heroides by Ovid, translated by Grant Showerman
Books About Ancient Greece and Rome
Introducing the Ancient Greeks by Edith Hall
An Introduction to Greek Philosophy by J. V. Luce
Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction by William Allen
Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction by Helen Morales
Books Inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome
Helping Hercules by Francesca Simon
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (Books 1 – 5), The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2), and Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan
The Night Tourist and The Twilight Prisoner by Katherine Marsh
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Chasing Odysseus by S. D. Gentill
What do you like to read? Do you go for themes or whatever strikes your fancy in the moment?