2017 Book Recap
I have just posted my 2016 Book Recap a week ago and I am now on my 2017 Book Recap list. I reviewed my Booklist since 2013 and I noticed that my book choices have changed. I started liking non-fiction which was a no-no for me before and I did not read that much about fantasy and romance fictions. Oh la la! Adulting is real.
Anyhow, I only finished 14 out of the 25 books to read goal, but I think I made pretty good choices for 2017.
1. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell never disappoints. Though Outlier is still my favorite, this book gave me a lot of Aha moments.
“Acquaintances, in sort, represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are.”
Rating: 3.5 / 5
2. The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Alison Weir
Say hi to the King of Fuckboys! I decided to read this book out of curiosity and sweet Jesus, I got more than what I asked for. It made me wonder if Alison Weir has 24/7 CCTV of the royals for her to know all the deets including the name of castles, the name of Baroness, countess, duchess, princess and other royalties, the gift given to the Queens, etc. This meticulous research about the Royals will give you the front seat view of their lives. Not to mention the political and religious mess the King created. And how I hate Anne Boleyn, but above all, I hate this pig for a King. Lol. Prepare your popcorn and buckle up, it’s going to be a very long compelling read.
“Katherine of Aragon was a staunch but misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves a good-humoured woman who jumped at the chance of independence; Katherine Howard an empty-headed wanton; and Katherine Parr a godly matron who was nevertheless all too human when it came to a handsome rogue.”
Rating: 5 / 5
3. How to be a Parisian Wherever You Go – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
I bought this book for aesthetic purposes since it would look nice on my bedside table. I also did not read it until after 5 months just because “It is for aesthetic purposes only”, but as soon as I started flipping pages, it devoured me. I read it without the cover because a fashion book is not something that I would be caught dead reading. Who want fashion tips when you have your own style, right? But no, it’s not just about fashion tips, it’s more about being a woman of the new generation, climbing the ladder to success wearing high heels and winged eyeliner. Made me a feminist 10x in this Misogynystic world.
“You’re not a slave to the cult of the perfect body – so learn to make the best of what nature gave you.”
Rating: 4 / 5
4. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
My third book by Malcolm Gladwell. This is the author that made me love non-fiction. He will keep you engaged and he is good at giving exercises for your brain cells, hence, his books become my must-read in the non-fiction category. What did I learn from this book? Split-second decisions are good.
“We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.”
“Arousal leaves us mind-blind.”
Rating: 4.1 / 5
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
This is the best book that I’ve read in 2017. I admit I am a visual person, book cover matters to me. If I see this book in the book stand, I wouldn’t even dare to pick it up. However, a friend insisted for me to read this book, in fact, it was her book that I borrowed. I usually read a book when I am about to sleep just to keep my eyes busy until it gets tired, but I ended up weeping not sleeping. One hour become two hours then become three hours. I slept at 3 am with bloodshot eyes. It wrecked my heart badly, but for sure it deserves a thousand splendid star rating from me.
“the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion”
“With the passing of time, she would slowly tire of this exercise. She would find it increasingly exhausting to conjure up, to dust off, to resuscitate once again what was long dead. There would come a day, in fact, years later, when she would no longer bewail his loss. Or not as relentlessly; not nearly. There would come a day when the details of his face would begin to slip from memory’s grip. She would not miss him as she did now, when the ache of his absence was her unremitting companion–like the phantom pain of an amputee.”
Rating: 5 / 5
6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
This book is painful to read. The same pain intensity I felt when I read The Thousand Splendid Sun from the same author. It is beautifully written, it is, in fact, a masterpiece, however, it left me feeling wounded in the end. It was so depressing that it got the point where I want to abandon the whole reading plan, but I cannot put it down.
“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.”
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
Rating: 4.5 / 5
7. Divergent – Veronica Roth
I wasn’t amused by this book. I thought it would give me the same excitement as Hunger Games trilogy since both are a dystopian novel, but this book turned out to be boring and less exciting. YA’s for some reason does not excite me anymore. I am not sure if it is because I have outgrown this genre, but one thing is for sure, I will not continue reading this series anymore.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
Rating: 2.5 / 5
8. Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks
My least favorite of all the Nicholas Sparks book that I’ve read. It is good, but not good enough.
“Don’t take my advice. Or anyone’s advice. Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or unhappy, it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to you.”
Rating: 3 / 5
9. The Zahir – Paulo Coelho
This is also my least favorite book from Paulo Coelho. I just don’t understand the ghosting part of the story where his wife left him, no message, no warning. I hate this in every relationship.
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”
“Suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way that love should manifest itself – free and untrammeled, guiding us with its force and driving us on.”
Rating: 3.5 / 5
10. DIANA: Her True Story – Andrew Morton
I feel sorry for her. She was young and in love, but she was never loved back. She was adored by a lot of people, but the only person who she wished adored her only took advantage of her. My heart bleeds for the short-lived bittersweet life she lived. Malheureusement.
“What they say behind my back is none of my business. But I come back here and I know when I turn my light off at night I did my best.”
Rating: 4 / 5
11. The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
The Tale of Anna Wintour should have been the title of this book. If I am going to give my 2 cents about this book, I would say go watch the movie instead because it is 10 times better than this. This is the first time that I liked the movie more than the book.
“You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo’s, I saw it.”
Rating: 2.8 / 5
12. The Girl with a Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
This is so hilarious until Amy Schumer can no longer stop talking about her vagina.
“Love yourself! You don’t need a man or a boy or a self-proclaimed love expert to tell you what you’re worth. Your power comes from who you are and what you do! You don’t need all that noise, that constant hum in the background telling you whether or not you’re good enough. All you need is you, your friends, and your family. And you will find the right person for you, if that’s what you want – the one who respects your strength and beauty.”
Rating: 3.9 / 5
13. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Five years ago I tried to read this book, the time when YA romance and fantasy are my pieces of cake. I didn’t like it, I felt bored and sleepy in the first part when the protagonist was describing the animals they have in their zoo. Fast forward 2017, I picked this book up from the thrift shop and tried to read it again and surprise, I cannot put it down. Pi and Richard Parker’s adventure is truly one of a kind. Another favorite book for 2017!
“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
Rating: 5 / 5
14. The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
“If she was handing over a slice of her heart, she wanted the exact same size given back in return. Actually, she really preferred a bigger piece, thank you very much.”
Rating: 3.5 / 5
That’s it for 2017. See you next year for my 2018 list!