Phew! The year is over! 2017 has certainly been a book year for me. In both 2015 and 2016 I read 17 books throughout the year. Which honestly isn’t bad, but it had a lot of room for improvement. And apparently the improvement came this year, reading 36 books! Double the amount than the previous two years; or more than the previous two years combined (whichever sounds more impressing to you).
Now, two of the 36 books of 2017 haven’t been written about here, as I briefly mentioned in a post back in May, because I wrote reviews of them for the magazine I volunteer for (none of them got published though). But I certainly read them! But they’re both Norwegian books, so the effort to write the reviews such a long time after isn’t quite worth it.
Because of the Reading Challenge I got to read a lot of different books, which I’m really grateful for! Without it, it would’ve been a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and Norwegian novels. So here are some of my favorites from the year:
The Book Thief: I mean, just the fact that this was my third attempt at this book, and I finally finished it, was kind of a big deal. But the story is really catching, and I do believe it was the book that struck me emotionally the most.
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Just the title itself is so beautiful, which was what made me pick the book – I hadn’t even heard of it before, despite it being pretty famous. I think it’s good for a lot of people out there to read something that tells about a different culture from the minority itself; it might change some world views. This book also made me really realize that I read way too many books written by white people.
Both Fast Food Nation and Angry White Men sort of strengthen my view on the American culture – how it’s turned out the way it is these days, and how damaging capitalism really can be. Not saying everything about American culture is bad, but there are some factors that just pierces through the whole system and causes really bad things to happen, and that’s the scary part. However, at the end, Hillbilly Elegy made me think twice about my judgements, and that there’s more beneath and other factors to consider. (Angry White Men and Hillbilly Elegy was not part of the reading challenge though.)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: I really like the title itself (titles are a big deal to me, yes), and the short story collection tells about pretty normal-day events, often with a twist. I find it fun and inspirational that something to simple can be so interesting to read about.
Some of my least favorites these year were…well, I’m not gonna say, but they were Norwegian all of them. Not that they were bad, but just not my style.
Here’s the full version of the Reading Challenge 2017, fully completed!:
Thank you to all my new followers this year, I do really appreciate that you want to read my blog. 🙂 Here’s to a brand new book year!