I wrote in a previous blog post that December is a time of reflection and looking forward. I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my year that was…in books.
I am going to look at my 2017 read pile and talk about some notable books for me.
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
BJ and I embarked on a ‘reading project’ for the past two years where we pick a book and we both read it at the same time. In 2016 it was ‘War and Peace’. In 2017 it was ‘Infinite Jest’.I have also had a few months to process the book and really come to terms with my feelings on it. I feel like I can be honest with all of you here. Bottom line: I hated it. Look, there were moments of brilliance and humour. But it’s kind of like your old boyfriend who was an ass. He brought you grocery store flowers a couple times and that made you think he wasn’t that bad. Reality check: he was. And so was Infinite Jest.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
I got this book as a gift a couple years ago. In a reflection of my to be read pile, this got lost in the shuffle. I heard earlier this year that they were making a movie about it and I was like HOLD ON…where is that book! This was a REALLY good book. As a child of the 80s this played right into my wheelhouse since the main character has to (basically) solve puzzles based on 80s trivia (kinda sorta). It was a really clever and fun read. I was sad I waited so long to read this one.
All the Colours in Between – Eva Jordan
This was the first ARC (Advance Reader Copy) that I read and reviewed for the blog so it holds a special place for me. It was also a really good book. I was nervous about reviewing books since it’s something I hadn’t done before. The author of this one gave me props on Twitter so that built up my confidence.
Once There Was A Way: What If the Beatles Stayed Together – Bryce Zabel
This was also an ARC that I had the privilege to review. The reason I got excited about this one, and even more excited when I was approved to review it – I would have totally read this regardless. It was right up my alley. This was such a smart and clever book. If you are a music fan, this is definitely one to read.
So that is my take on the best (and worst) of 2017 for me. Here is to a great 2018 full of good reads!