I got crazy excited when I saw the email that it’s time to vote on Goodreads for the best books of 2017! 

A few of the awesome books on this list that I’ve read this year: 

  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit 
  • Turtles All The Way Down (John Green)
  • Silent Child
  • Into the Water 
  • The Marriage Lie
  • Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Final Girls 

There are more, but these were some of my favorites. 💜

I need to step up my game 

I need to read thirty more books this year to reach my goal.

I really enjoyed The Hypnotist’s Love Story. I related to it in a lot of ways. It’s interesting just how much previous relationships really do impact current ones, and also the weird secret shame that comes along with it: the feelings and comparisons and curiosity. I think this age of social media has made it so much harder for people to move on from failed relationships. Anyway…recommended.

I’m currently about halfway through reading an unpublished book written by a friend. I’d be finished by now if I could figure out how to get it on my kindle instead of my iPad. I hate reading on the iPad. 

Off to search for my next read! 

book appreciation

It turns out that leaving my Kindle at the office wasn’t so bad after all. It got me to finally grab this off my bookshelf, and so far it’s much better than the other book I have been reading. I should have known. I’ve always enjoyed this author. There’s also some interesting dialogue regarding bringing past relationship stuff (including dealing with exes) into a new relationship, to which I’m relating.

A book I love and why

This is a hard one. I read a lot, and I love so many books. So I’m going to limit this to a book I read and loved this year.

And the winner is…

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders


  • Innovative story telling. One of the most unique books I’ve ever read.
  • Incredibly moving and insightful: dealing with issues of death, mourning, and the after life.
  • The prose reads more like poetry at times.
  • Historical fiction: one of my favorite genres.
  • I couldn’t put it down.

Highly recommended.