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
What I’ve read so far this year*
*I will continue to update this.
|Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body||Roxane Gay|
|The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)||Ursula K. Le Guin|
|Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World||Haruki Murakami|
|Zen in the Art of Archery||Eugen Herrigel|
|What I Talk About When I Talk About Running||Haruki Murakami|
|Milk and Honey||Rupi Kaur|
|The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1)||Douglas Adams|
|Sh≈çgun (Asian Saga, #1)||James Clavell|
|Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly||Anthony Bourdain|
|How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits||Anne Berest|
|Men Without Women||Haruki Murakami|
|The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles||Steven Pressfield|
|The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane||Lisa See|
|Is it evil not to be sure?||Lena Dunham|
|Wide Sargasso Sea||Jean Rhys|
|The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Travels With the Last of the Himalayan Muleteers||Jeff Fuchs|
|Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook||Anthony Bourdain|
|Zen in the Art of Archery||Herrigel Eugen|
|Man’s Search for Meaning||Viktor E. Frankl|
|Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel||Rolf Potts|
|All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World||Seth Godin|
|The Princess Diarist||Carrie Fisher|
|Year of Yes||Shonda Rhimes|
|Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers||Timothy Ferriss|
|The Sun and Her Flowers||Rupi Kaur|
|Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
|Fierce Kingdom||Gin Phillips|
|The Hate U Give||Angie Thomas|
|Do Not Say We Have Nothing||Madeleine Thien|
|One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter||Scaachi Koul|
|Difficult Women||Roxane Gay|
|The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life||Mark Manson|
|The Vegetarian||Han Kang|
|Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less||Greg McKeown|
|You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life||Jen Sincero|
|Moshi moshi||Banana Yoshimoto|
|Perfection of Character: Guiding Principles for the Martial Arts & Everyday Life||Teruyuki Okazaki|
|Lost Japan||Alex Kerr|
|The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones||Anthony Bourdain|
|The Joy Luck Club||Amy 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. ❤️