2017

My challenge for 2017 is to only read the books I am most drawn to. On this page I’ll note what it was I was drawn to and if it was a success (i.e., if I like the book).

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
I was drawn to this book because of its cover–that muted blue with the gold. The title helped, and when I saw it was about an inheritance, I was like, “well okay…” Definitely enjoyed this one.

Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller
I didn’t know a thing about this book, except: I liked the handlettered script of the title, and Feminist Texican Reads liked it (even though I didn’t actually read read the actual review she wrote). Awesome book, I loved it.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I was drawn to this one mostly by the title, a little bit by the cover photo. Even then I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I actually did. A fun and sparkly book with a bit of heft.


Books I read in 2017 that were not part of this challenge (mainly book club reads, things I read for reasons besides enjoyment, or books I read before I decided to do this “challenge”).

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
This was the first book I read this year, before the idea occurred to me. My mom gave me this book and I was clearing off my shelves, which is the main reason I read it. I didn’t love it but I did think it was an interesting and thought-provoking concept.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Book club pick (although it was the one I voted for). I liked this one quite a bit, despite having somewhat low expectations due to other experiences with Atwood (not that those books were bad, just that I didn’t feel like I was in the mood for her). Out of the three I’ve read by her, this is probably my favorite so far.