I started out the year wanting to add some non-fiction to my readings because last year was really fiction heavy. It ended up with me going on a bit of a biographical to semi-biographical kick over the course of the year.
The biography that impacted me the most is called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park, who escaped with her mom when she was 13 (she’s just 24 now). The book is extraordinary not because it’s hyperbolic and propagandist (which to be clear it isn’t), but because the situations she found herself in were so unlike anything most people would ever experience. And — as far as biographies go — it was an easy read. No filler.
Sophia Loren’s autobiography was really good too. I knew a little about her and was familiar with a few of her films, but I didn’t realize she had been through so much. It was kinda like a few years ago when I read Susan Lucci’s autobiography on a whim despite not being a soap opera fan. It turned out to be one of the more engrossing books I read this year.
When it comes to the fiction portion of my annual reading list, I read my fair share of a lot of different stories, including a couple of Karen Robards mystery suspense stories and a couple Danielle Steel novels per usual.
My favorite of all the books I read this year, however, is Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano.
I actually read two books by Shea this year. BAOT and The Rap Yearbook, the latter of which I finally got around to after wanting to read it for a few years now. In both cases, once I picked them up they were hard to put down. In fact, I bought BAOT the week it came out — a rarity for me. I really enjoy Shea’s irreverent, casual style and how much info is delivered in a non-tedious way.
In total, I read 30 books this year. That number doesn’t include any Audible books either. Not a bad literary year, I’d say. Continue reading “My Reading List of 2017”