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.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
I think I mostly chose this book because it was so short and it had been a book I’d wanted to read for a while. An interesting book with some well done tension.

The Sport of Kings by C.E Morgan
I saw this one in my university library and I loved the cover. It’s also published by Farrar Straus and Giroux, a publisher I tend to like. I ended up giving it “only” three stars, but despite my criticisms of it, I am glad I read it–it’s long but it definitely didn’t feel like time wasted.

Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Another one I got at my university library. Mainly because it was short and I liked the font on the cover. Also it seemed “gritty,” which can be something I like…or not. This book isn’t the kind of book I’m usually into, but I liked it well enough. It’s simple and gripping.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
I was drawn to this book because one of Curtis Sittenfeld’s other books kept coming across my Goodreads dash, but my library didn’t have a copy. They did have this one. And hey, high school drama–I was in the mood! It was a good book.


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.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I read aloud to Peter. My dad got me this book for Christmas; Peter suggested I read it aloud to him as well. Although it did seem like a good story, the sexism kind of wore down on both of us. 😦

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A book club pick. I’d wanted to read this book years ago–like 15 years ago–but then I lost interest. I’m glad the book club went for it, because I liked it quite a bit. Then after I read it, I read some essays about it–quite interesting, the story behind the story and various interpretations of it!