Books I read in 2017

Books I really loved:

  • Commonwealth Ann Patchett
  • How to set a fire and why Jesse Ball
  • In the dark room Susan Faludi
  • The rules do not apply Ariel Levy
  • Idaho Emily Ruskovich
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
  • La Rose Louise Erdrich
  • In Defense of Housing Peter Marcuse and David Madden
  • The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
  • The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
  • Sing, unburied, sing Jesmyn Ward
  • It’s okay to laugh Nora McInerney

Books that I loved:

  • When breath becomes air Paul Kalanaith
  • Home going Yaa Gyasi
  • Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Work like any other Virginia Reeves
  • The Plot against America Philip Roth
  • Drown Junot Diaz
  • Governmentality Mitchell Dean
  • The Shipping News Annie Proulx
  • Security, Territory, Population Michel Foucault
  • Into the Wild Jonathan Krakauer
  • Let’s explore diabetes with owls David Sedaris
  • History of Wolves Emily Fredlund
  • A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again David Foster Wallace
  • We were eight years in power Ta Nehisi Coates
  • Turtles all the way down John Green
  • New Boy Tracy Chevalier
  • Bright lights, big city Jay Mcinnerney
  • Air and time and light and space Helen Sword
  • The unbearable lightness of being Milan Kundera (okay, well I’m still going with this one, but it’ll get there)
  • The will to empower Barbara Cruikshank

Books I felt ‘meh’ about:

  • Swing Time Zadie Smith
  • The underground railroad Colson Whitehead
  • The Vegetarian Han Kang
  • Two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights Salman Rushdie
  • Hillbilly Elegy JD Vance
  • Men we reaped Jesmyn Ward
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy (okay, I didn’t actually read all of this—I didn’t finish this because I felt so ‘meh’ about it)
  • Home Fire Kamila Shamsie
  • A kind of freedom Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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