Books Read In 2017 📚

To be updated as the year goes on.
  1. 1.
    One More Thing Stories and Other Stories by @bjnovak
    7.4/10. This is definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read, and I enjoyed the short stories and being able to get inside B.J.'s imagination.
  2. 2.
    The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
    8.1/10. I'm a huge Carrie Fisher and Star Wars fan, and I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the movie. Also, I just love Carrie's writing style and voice.
  3. 3.
    Torch by Cheryl Strayed
    7.1/10. This one was tough for me to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's definitely my least favorite of Cheryl's books, and I think her nonfiction is so much better, but this is still a good read.
  4. 4.
    Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
    9.4/10. This was wonderful. I loved all the advice, and I want Cheryl Strayed to tell me what to do always.
  5. 5.
    Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson
    8.4/10. I loved this because Ryan Gosling and it was also very educational!
  6. 6.
    The New York Public Library's Books of the Century
    5.4/10. Meh. I only read this because I wanted to get rid of it, and I didn't want to get rid of it without reading it.
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    Our Country's Presidents by Ann Bausum
    7.6/10. I learned a lot from this book! I love presidential books because I like to go through and try to find patterns in their birthdays.
  8. 8.
    Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
    9.3/10. This was really great. This is a seriously underrated celebrity memoir. Shonda is funny, wise, and I love her imagination. Even if you don't love her shows you might still like this book.
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    Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
    8.8/10. This was really beautiful. I think Nayyirah is my favorite poet.
  10. 10.
    Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed
    9.0/10. This was even better than Salt, but they're both worth reading.
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    Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
    7.3/10. I was a little disappointed by this one, but it was still good.
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    First Ladies by Betty Boyd Caroli
    8.6/10. I really liked this! I liked how she traced the roles of the First Ladies through time, and how societal norms influenced them.
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    Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
    7.8/10. Some of these poems are really good and some are just okay.
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    Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
    6.4/10. Meh. I've never been a Hillary diehard, and I didn't adore this. I didn't like how she framed all criticisms of Bill as distractions, but I did enjoy the inside look into the White House.
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    Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen
    8.0/10. This was short and sweet! I liked it.
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    Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
    8.0/10. I liked the combination of practical advice (such as things to keep in mind when searching for an apartment) and emotional advice (such as how to deal with a Broken Heart and whatnot).
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    Killing Rage: Ending Racism by Bell Hooks
    8.3/10. I don't really know how to praise this book without sounding like a white person thanking a black woman for her perspective, but this is an important book.
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    The Trouble With Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau
    7.2/10. I loved that the main character shared my name, but other than that this book was just okay.
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    Root by Melissa Tripp
    7.9/10. This was good! I had discovered Melissa on Twitter, so I downloaded her book, and I'm glad.
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    Lucky by Alice Sebold
    7.6/10. I didn't like this one as much as The Lovely Bones, which Alice Sebold also wrote. However, I do like her writing style and attention to detail.
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    Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    7.5/10. This was good! It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, although I do think we hold funny people to unreasonable standards, but it wasn't a bad read.
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    It's Okay To Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmont
    8.3/10. This was really good. It has a nice mix of funny, honesty, and touching moments. I liked it.
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    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    8.5/10. This was a lovely read. It's definitely problematic (I won't spoil it for you but there's some debate about the illness used in the story) but it's a sweet story and the illustrations are gorgeous.
  24. 24.
    Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
    9.5/10. I absolutely adored this.
  25. 25.
    The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
    9.7/10. This was definitely the most inspiring book I've read this year. After I finished it I was all "LET'S DO THIS!" Also the illustrations are GORGEOUS.
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    Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
    9.3/10. This was really well done. I really want her to do a sequel/update since this was written 10 years ago.
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    Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington
    7.8/10. I didn't love this one but it was still good.
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    So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
    7.5/10. I LOVE this twitter account, but I was disappointed with the book. It was good, I think I was just expecting more.
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    Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni
    9.2/10. This was really great. I think this is a book that everyone should read.
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    Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature by Meredith Maran
    9.3/10. I loved this! It had so much good advice, and each author had a different and wonderful perspective.
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    Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman
    7.5/10. This was okay. I didn't love the way she talked about herself, which is really more of a personality complaint than a writing compliant.
  32. 32.
    Two Kisses For Maddy by Matt Logelin
    8.0/10. This was heartwarming and sweet.
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    How To Be A Person In The World by Heather Havrilesky
    8.5/10. If you loved Tiny Beautiful Things, you should read this one too. It's very similar and also very smart and inspiring.
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    The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
    9.1/10. This was great. Mary Karr is so wise without being stuck up and I really like her style.
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    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
    7.6/10. My mom has been telling me that I should read this book for years, and it was good!
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    On Writing by Stephen King
    8.2/10. This was good! I didn't love it as much as everyone else did, but I enjoyed it.
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    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
    9.8/10. This book is hysterical. It's probably the funniest book I've ever read. My only complaint is that I wish she had talked a little more about her mental illnesses. But that's a very small complaint.
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    The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
    7.6/10. I liked her message but sometimes found this book annoying.
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    This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression by Daphne Merkin
    9.7/10. This was wonderful. I quoted like half of it in my journal.
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    Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
    7.7/10. This one was interesting albeit slightly disappointing.
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    Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
    8.4/10. This was cute! I didn't like how vague she was about the character's history, but other than that I liked it.
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    All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
    7.5/10. Something about her writing bothered me. I can't quite put my finger on it.
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    The Dog Lived (And So Will I) by Teresa Rhyne
    7.8/10. This was sweet and uplifting. I need to read more books about dogs.
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    Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank
    8.9/10. This was very interesting and I learned quite a bit. He makes a very compelling point.
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    25 Movies To Mend A Broken Heart by Roger Ebert
    7.2/10. This was predictable and sweet.
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    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
    7.5/10. I liked the gist of it, and I can think of a million ways that I could've improved this book for her.
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    Felicity by Mary Oliver
    7.3/10. This was a nice, short read!
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    Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
    8.2/10. This was heartbreaking and I really don't have much else to say about it.
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    The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl
    7.9/10. I really liked this, only I don't like Katie's writing about Kate's "revenge body" and other sexist things. It doesn't sit well with me.
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    Scratch by Manjula Martin
    7.8/10. This was really good! I love books about writers and writing, and this was no exception.
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    Why We Write by Meredith Maran
    8.6/10. I really enjoyed this! I didn't like it as much as the Memoir version of this book, but it was very good.
  52. 52.
    You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
    7.8/10. I like her ideas and prompts, but I don't completely agree with her about income inequality and charity. She thinks that getting rich means you can donate to charities and help people in need, which is true, but I think that if we didn't have such a huge gap in income in America, we wouldn't need as much charity.
  53. 53.
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
    7.9/10. I liked this one but I didn't think it was as funny as Furiously Happy.
  54. 54.
    Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World by Kelly Jensen
    7.9/10. I really liked this one! I loved the essays and lists and different ways that people expressed their thoughts. It was very special.
  55. 55.
    All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
    8.5/10. This was really interesting! I found out that the average age of women getting married in 1990 was 24. My mom got married in 1991 when she was 24. #NailedIt
  56. 56.
    You Are Here by Jenny Lawson
    9.2/10. I've become a huge Jenny Lawson fan over the last 2 months or so, and I was really happy with this book. I love the pictures and writing that accompanies it.
  57. 57.
    Labor Day by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon
    8.2/10. I really liked this except one essay where the woman basically just went on and on that her children's birth stories don't matter anymore. I was like "okay, that's fine, but you do realize what this book is about, right?" She really Debbie Downered it for me and I really don't know why her essay was included. Other than that, this was very interesting.
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    The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
    7.4/10. The best essay or story in this was her original essay that went viral "The Opposite of Loneliness." Other than that, I like her attention to detail, but I didn't like that she told a story about an "overweight family helping jumpstart the car." That didn't sit well with me. I don't know why she had to mention that the family was overweight.
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    When We Collided by Emery Lord
    7.1/10. I was a little disappointed with this book. I was excited to read it and ultimately found myself wanting more details. She glosses over a lot of scenes.
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    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    8.3/10. This was very informative. I knew very little about mass incarceration before reading this, and I think she's really onto something here.
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    You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
    7.9/10. I liked the gist of this, and I do think she has a good attitude and good points. I didn't love her approach to "feeling depressed" and I was quite sure if she was talking about feeling sad or having depression. If she was talking about just feeling bummed out then her advice was okay, but if she was talking about clinical depression then she needs to pick up a book and learn a few things.
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    Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
    8.1/10. I LOVED this ending!
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    Shattered by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen
    9.3/10. This was great! It was really thorough, well researched, and included both people's criticisms of Hillary and why people love her.
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    Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
    8.0/10. I loved the short chapters! They were really fun. Also this was a good book. It's very wise in a compact form.
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    Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
    8.2/10. This was really cute! I loved the narrator.
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    The Bridesmaids by Eimear Lynch
    7.9/10. This was nice! There were a few essays I didn't get, but overall I enjoyed it.
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    The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis
    8.2/10. This was really interesting! My mom always says "follow the money" and I thought that many times while reading this book.