An End to 2017 – Books Read

Books Read 2017
Bookbarn International, Somerset, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

I  don’t know any other way to put this than that I failed in 2017 when it came to reading. In the ten years, I’ve been keeping this list I’ve always got into the twenties. I used to get more than double that! I don’t know of any one thing I can point to in 2017 that kept me away from reading. I do know that no longer taking the train back and forth from work has had an impact. That 30 to 40 minutes every day, not including time spent at the stations was almost always dedicated to reading. And, I don’t have that time anymore. Another contributing factor might have been the size of some of the books I decided to read last year. I’m still only halfway through a dense 600+ page tome that I started in early 2017.

This year I’m going to try and set aside some time every day to read. Hopefully, that will translate into better numbers when this year comes to an end.

Click through to see the little that I did manage to read in 2017.

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Movies Watched – Wrapping up 2016

Movies watched

This is the third year that I’ve tracked all the tv shows and movies I watched over the year. It was my best year for movies so far, but that was because I watched a movie every night in the month of October to celebrate the Halloween season. It was a fun experience, I even wrote up reviews for all of them but I don’t know if I would do it again this year. I worry there aren’t another 31 horror movies out there that I want to see.

I was looking for a theme or some overarching impulse that tied together my viewing for the year but I’m at a loss to find one. Top Gear took over the last part of the year while my re-watch (and re-read) of Harry Potter dominated the beginning.

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Books Read – Wrapping up 2016

Books read 2016

In 2016 I managed to beat 2015’s all-time-low but it came in at more than ten books less than the next closest year. 2016 was not as rough a year as 2015 but it remained a difficult one personally and professionally. Despite not getting much reading in I’ve continued to purchase books and my to-read list is becoming unwieldy. I’m hoping to knock off a significant number of titles in 2017. I don’t usually set goals but I’m going to try and read ten more than I did last year with my total somewhere in the 40s by end of year. I hope you’ll reach your reading goals this year as well.

For more lists of books read see: Books Read in 2015Books Read in 2014, and Books Read in 2013.

Click through to see 2016’s list!

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Best Cheeseburger in Davis: Plainfield Station

Best Burger in Davis Plainfield Station
Plainfield Station’s Plainfield Burger with Cheese and a side of Onion Rings

I’m not going to argue with anyone about whether or not Plainfield Station is in Davis or not. The bar/grill is known by most people in Davis and has its own special relationship with the town, being treasured by graduate students, townies, and politicos as a place to get away from the student crowded streets of Davis.

It doesn’t hurt that Plainfield Station serves decent pub food and has a spectacular back porch and yard.

Best Burger in Davis Plainfield Station
Look at that patty! Look at that tomato slice!

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