Books I've read in 2017

And a blurb of what I think about them
  1. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
    A short story that was easy to understand, I liked the focus on human behavior. This narrative describes the peculiar character of Bartleby whom at first is entertainingly strange but becomes a sadder and more tragic figure as the story goes on.
  2. Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley
    This is one book in a series following a private detective, Easy Rawlins. I tend to become impatient with this type of fiction. There is too much going on and too many characters are introduced. The main character is overly focused on getting the next girl he meets into his bed. It got boring.
  3. Judas Horse by April Smith
    Another series following FBI agent Ana Gray who goes under cover to bring down a corrupted ex FBI agent turned political activist I enjoyed it overall. Well written account of how one FBI agent out manipulates the ex FBI agent by going deep under cover and joining the political group just to bring it down.
  4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    I was interested in the way this novel explores two couples who get simultaneous divorces so that once divorced the husband from one family can marry the wife of the other. The spouses who leave are unapologetic and don't care how the children are affected. The story follows the children as they grow up in these broken homes and split their time four different ways. Not all survive.
  5. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
    This gonzo journalist goes on a hunt to find the most compelling information on what makes and what are the traits of a psychopath. He tries to answer why so many are in positions of power. It's a fascinating read but left me wondering how to avoid these people 100%.
  6. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
    Second time actually. First time was required reading in school so of course I didn't give a shit or pay much attention. Well maybe it's my first time after all. Riveting read. Shocking when N-word is used. Can't get used to that.
  7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    Brilliant, brilliant, hilariously brilliant. What a gem of a read that continuously made laugh. Made me mindful of all the little Catch 22's in day to day life. That itself is a gift.