And now the books!

Last week I talked about my love for Spotify's statistical analysis of my listening habits, and this week I was excited to see that Goodreads also creates a personalized reflection of the year. Check out everything I read in 2017!

I like how they highlighted some of the books that I rated five stars (You'll Grow Out of It, The Art of Memoir, Lolita), but here are the others I really enjoyed this year:

  • Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Yes, I went through a bit of a Manson phase this year, but not in a creepy way! It was fascinating to learn more about Manson's childhood and how his timing in San Francisco and Hollywood at the end of the '60s had a lot to do with his "success."
  • The Secret History - Dark and mysterious and full of great characters, almost like a twisted Wes Anderson movie. It made me want to drink lots of bourbon in the dark. Is that weird?
  • Bad Kid - I've also been on a memoir kick, now that I'm trying to write my own, and David Crabb really nailed this one. I was impressed by his abundant use of dialogue, which is hard to do when you obviously don't remember old conversations verbatim, but it made everything feel more real.
  • A Visit From the Goon Squad - All the cool kids read this years ago, so I was expecting it to not live up to the hype, but it did. I'm a sucker for lots of characters with intertwining stories and multiple points of view. 
  • Little Fires Everywhere - This is on all the "best of 2017" lists for a good reason. Celeste Ng perfectly captured late '90s suburbia and the quiet class/racial tensions. I'm glad I bought it because I might need to re-read it. 

Also, I surpassed my reading goal by one book! Woohooo!

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And I might make it to 27 if I finish Naked Lunch before January, but... not likely. 

What should I read in 2018? Also, let's be Goodreads pals!

Happy holiday reading! <3 <3 <3