Wednesday, December 27, 2017

favorite books of 2017!

Here's my top 10 for the year -- plus 2 honorable mentions!  I have to give major credit to Anne Bogel, who has provided me with a very high number of book recommendations over the past year -- including my favorite which she recommended personally to me via the podcast -- Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is.  



page 1 (of 2) of my reading log for the year - 
I am not a prolific reader by any stretch but I think at least I chose well this year!

FICTION:




Small Great Things, Jodi Piccoult
great subject matter.  Read it for book club and it was a great club read!

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
beautiful, eye-opening, emotional read.  

Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan
pure candy.  I loved this whole trilogy and can't wait for the movie!

The Course of Love, Alain de Botton
very interesting fiction/philosophical combo exploring a
marriage AFTER the romantic in-love phase

Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
perfect quiet 2 am read

This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel
favorite book of the year, tackling a complex subject with grace, humor, and love

NON-FICTION:





Deep Work, Cal Newport
still trying to cultivate my deep work muscles over here, but an interesting and inspiring read

Drop the Ball, Tiffany Dufu
so many great ideas and a powerful female voice

Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
loved learning about life in a country so different from ours!  Josh and I both enjoyed this.

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids, Jancee Dunn
I don't, for the record, but I liked the tone and many of the ideas in this book.


HONORABLE MENTIONS:


Bored and Brilliant, Manoush Zomorodi
the book didn't have much new content for me as an avid Note to Self listener,
but I love her and the overall idea!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman 
very quick and escapist read -- some darkness mixed with light, which I always like

Any overlaps with me?  Or recommendations (for 2018!) based on this list?