I love to read and sometimes lose track of my favorite reads in a given year. Here’s a list, to the best of my recollection, of what I read in 2017. I’m sure I’m missing a couple that were less memorable. I’ll be tracking what I read in 2018 as I go along in a separate post.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Best book I read in 2017. Read the entire thing on one flight and was worried the flight would end before I could finish. The characters in this book are beautifully developed and the storyline somehow both leisurely paced and compelling. I was surprised how much I loved this book about baseball considering how little I enjoy baseball.
Homegoing by Yaa Gwasi
Loved this one too. Also beautifully written and takes place across generations, tracking from the beginning of the African slave trade to modern day. Highly recommend.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
I enjoyed this book but read it right after Homegoing, which I really loved, so it’s not as memorable for me.
A Feast for Crows (Game of Thrones: Book 4) & A Dance with Dragons (Game of Thrones: Book 5) by George R. R. Martin
Jumped back into the Game of Throne book series. I’ve never seen the show so the plot hasn’t been ruined – was on the edge of my seat for the last couple chapters of the fifth book. Come on George R. R. Martin… we need that sixth book!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A nostalgic re-read that brought me back to childhood. Crazy how outdated the perspective on women’s rights and marriage is, despite being a forward-thinking book for its time.
Harry Potter (Books 1, 4, 5, 6, 7) by J.K. Rowling
A near-complete re-read of the best series ever. I usually do this once a year or so when I want that comforting entertainment.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
I was reading this book right before Peter proposed to me in September! It’ll always have extra good vibes for that reason, in addition to the fact that it’s a stunning book on writing.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This book is incredible… read it.
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Loved this book and have recommended it and given it as a gift to several people. So funny and full of helpful life advice.
Start-Up Boards by Brad Feld
We have a Board of Directors now, so I read this book. It was pretty helpful.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Funny, but not super memorable.
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
No need to read this book in my opinion – you can get the meat of it in the First Round Review article.
Power by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Recommended by a friend, this book is all about power (as you could have guessed). An interesting read that I’ll probably re-read to refresh my memory.
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Love me some Brene Brown – not a lot of new material in this book, but a thought-provoking read nonetheless.
Disrupted by Dan Lyons
This book was so over the top, I stopped enjoying it. Parts were funny, but by the end I was pretty sick of this guy and his observations of start-up life.
The Nix by Nathan Hill
A well-written fiction book with lots of unexpected plot twists and great social commentary. Peter purchased this one and gave it to me, so I knew nothing about it when I started reading. I would recommend to anyone who wants to read a fiction book but is sick of the repetitive plotlines of mainstream fiction.
The Dip by Seth Godin
Seth being Seth. Thought-provoking, pithy, smart.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A beautiful read. Highly recommend. (Obama and I obviously have similar taste).