2017 In Books

Happy Sunday everyone! Today I’m going to talk about my one true love…

READING!

 

If you’ve known me for five seconds or for years and years, you’ll know I love reading. I love reading more than I love people; I barely even love my own family more than books. I could easily read for days and days on end without needing social contact, and to be honest, the social contact from ordering takeout ramen to then take back to my apartment to eat and continue reading would suffice. I love books. And I love them a lot.

 

In 2017 I read 28 books. Here’s all the books I read in 2017:

*Five Women by Rona Jaffe (1997)
* The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe (1958)
* The Road Taken by Rona Jaffe (2000)
* An American Love Story by Rona Jaffe (1990)
* The Cousins by Rona Jaffe (1995)
* Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe (1979)
* After the Reunion by Rona Jaffe
* The Roommating Season by Rona Jaffe (2001)
* The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
* Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
* What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin (1999)
* Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (1992)
* Speak You Also by Paul Steinberg (1999)
* Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996)
* Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell (1996)
* One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (2008)
* Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
* Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (1919)
* The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)
* The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
* The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
* A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
* Ocean’s Fire by Stacey Tucker
* The Queen of Bloody Everything
* Revolting New York
* The Soul of a Thief
* The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson
* A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Click the links for book reviews on written on certain titles.

 

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The books in bold are my favourites, with The Best of Everything taking the cake. I’ve raved about in Rona Jaffe in lots of other posts, but she’s easily my favourite author and I recommend all of the novels of hers I’ve read this past year. A lot of the books I read in 2017 related to where I was at personally: 2017 was my first year out of university and just living life in the big wide world. Most of the books I read last year were about young women who had also just finished university or college and were out in the real world—thus other figures I could relate closely with. Reading about their experiences made me feel so much more ready to deal with everything that was in front of me at the time. And after reading so much non-fiction in university, it was an incredible feeling to get back to fictional characters I could relate with on so many different levels (having to deal with ludicrous men, feeling lost in personal and career terms, and all that jazz).

 

I was most surprised by reading, and then hating, the classics on this list. I didn’t enjoy The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, or Brave New World. Mainly, I didn’t like the plot of any of these books and I guess all the ‘hype’ or positive feedback about these novels meant that there was really no way they’d live up to my expectations. Dickens’ novel was also a little hard to understand since it was written in the nineteenth century and the English language has definitely changed a bit since then. Sex and the City was also good, but so vastly different than the TV series I fell in love with so long ago. The style of the novel, as a compilation of short anecdotes, is also different than the novel-format I anticipated.

 

 

 

Right now I’m reading Death and Co., a bartending book, and A Clash of Kings, the second novel in A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) Series. High on my reading list are non-fiction books like Postwar by Tony Judt (a history of how the postwar international and economic framework was created), The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (the father of capitalism and his famous piece describing it), and Commandment of Auschwitz by Rudolf Hoss (an autobiography written by the commander of Auschwitz; after visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland I wanted to understand the Nazi perspective better, how and why did they do what they did? I had ready many Jewish and survivor autobiographies and memoirs over the years but never a German account, and being a history graduate, I wanted to delve into the other side. Unbeknownst to me this book existed, which I found in the paperback shop of the bookstore at the Auschwitz.) I love fiction, but I also want to keep learning about the world. So, I think 2018, or at least the first part of it, will be about finishing the Game of Thrones books and then reading historical and economic works to keep educating myself.

 

What’s was on your reading list for 2017 and what are you most excited to read in in the new year? Are you experiencing any changes in focus for what you want to read in 2018 like me? Share your thoughts below 🙂

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