Jan. 21 2017

Mel’s Book List 2017

2017 is going to be a good year for reading. I can taste it. I’ve already finished five books and broke open the spine on my sixth.

There’s a proverb floating around the internet that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I Googled it to make sure before I hit publish. Conveniently and coincidentally, I’m writing to you from January 21 and I am going to surmise that I’ve unintentionally habited myself into reading a lot of books this year and I’m very okay with that. This ‘hit the ground running’ mentality was possibly spurred on by a visit to ‘The Strand’ bookstore in New York City last week.

There are four adverbs in the above paragraph and I’m going to forgive myself for every one of them right…now.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should read William Strunk’s ‘The Elements of Style’ or Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’. I swallowed them up last year.

Book List 2017

Since 2015 I’ve been training for the literary equivalent of a marathon — reading 52 books in a year. Here’s what I read in 2015 and 2016.

What I’ve read so far this year*

*I will continue to update this.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyRoxane Gay
FangirlRainbow Rowell
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)Ursula K. Le Guin
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the WorldHaruki Murakami
Zen in the Art of ArcheryEugen Herrigel
PaprikaYasutaka Tsutsui
What I Talk About When I Talk About RunningHaruki Murakami
Milk and HoneyRupi Kaur
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Douglas Adams
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1)James Clavell
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary UnderbellyAnthony Bourdain
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad HabitsAnne Berest
Men Without WomenHaruki Murakami
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative BattlesSteven Pressfield
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneLisa See
Is it evil not to be sure?Lena Dunham
Wide Sargasso SeaJean Rhys
The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Travels With the Last of the Himalayan MuleteersJeff Fuchs
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who CookAnthony Bourdain
Zen in the Art of ArcheryHerrigel Eugen
BintiNnedi Okorafor
Man’s Search for MeaningViktor E. Frankl
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World TravelRolf Potts
All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust WorldSeth Godin
The Princess DiaristCarrie Fisher
Year of YesShonda Rhimes
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class PerformersTimothy Ferriss
The Sun and Her FlowersRupi Kaur
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen SuggestionsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fierce KingdomGin Phillips
The Hate U GiveAngie Thomas
Do Not Say We Have NothingMadeleine Thien
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will MatterScaachi Koul
Difficult WomenRoxane Gay
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeMark Manson
The VegetarianHan Kang
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessGreg McKeown
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LifeJen Sincero
Moshi moshiBanana Yoshimoto
Perfection of Character: Guiding Principles for the Martial Arts & Everyday LifeTeruyuki Okazaki
Lost JapanAlex Kerr
The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and BonesAnthony Bourdain
The Joy Luck ClubAmy Tan


I used to write out review posts for every book I read, but it’s a huge time commitment and I can’t promise I’ll review every book I read, but I often do mini reviews and love discussing what I’m reading on Instagram. #melsbooklist to follow along and talk about what you’re reading.

What books are you looking forward to this year? What do you want to read next? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading. ❤️