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
Because I’m a big nerd, I started a Google Sheet for everything I read.
What I’ve read so far this year*
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.
This book was just great. 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing,' by Madeleine Thien. It was the 2016 Giller Prize Winner and is this beautiful, intergenerational saga that happens between Canada and China. I learned that I really didn't know anything about the Cultural Revolution under Mao in China until I read this book (and then many Wikipedia articles to answer my leftover questions). If you love families, books, queer love or music you should read this book. It's too beautiful, this review doesn't do it justice. Go read.
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 ❤️🍵📚