2017 Reading Challenge-Quarterly Book Picks!
2017 Reading Challenge
My goal for 2017 was to read 100 books. Is that crazy? Absolutely. BUT, one of the members of my English cohort did it last year (while she was working on her M.A. and had two jobs). So really, I have no excuse. I currently have 22 books read, which means I am very behind, but I’m feeling a comeback! Here’s the list of books so far (click the links for my reviews):
- A Room of One’s Own
- The Martian
- I Am One of You Forever
- Home and Exile
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Out of the Silent Planet
- They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky
- Retold African Myths
- The Bermudez Triangle
- The Healing Power of Humor
- God’s Devotional
- The Burn Journals
- The First Phone Call from Heaven
- A Memoir in Two Voices
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I think by reading such a large amount of books back to back has lead me to realize a few things. The first is that I have become obsessed with the writer’s voice. Utterly obsessed. When Nathan asks me how a book is going, my first response is whether I like or dislike the writing style. I don’t remember ever caring about writing style. I was always most concerned with the plot. The second thing I’ve noticed, is that I am starting to love slow-moving, character studies over heavy plot-driven novels. And the last thing is something I already knew, but this reading challenge has just confirmed it–I love historical fiction and memoirs.
Hands down, my top three picks so far this year would be The Martian, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, and The Burn Journals. It wasn’t hard for me to pick these books because they were so far above all of the other books I’ve read over the last four months. The Martian was humorous, They Poured Fire was eye-opening, and The Burn Journals was tragic.
I actually read a lot of duds so far, which is incredibly disappointing and probably why I am so far behind. The Healing Power of Humor was the worst probably because it was so dated. The Bermudez Triangle was way too “YA cheesy romance” for me. A Memoir in Two Voices was probably more disappointing than anything because I thought it would be similar to Night by Elie Wiesel.
Hopefully I get back to work reading so I can make my goal! Post any suggestions in the comments and wish me luck!