My Goodreads reading challenge for 2017 was to read 30 books and I made it!! I read some great things this year as most years. I'm going to set my goal for 35 next year... Although I wish I could commit to more, I'm trying to be realistic.
A few stand out favorites:
- Where'd You Go Bernadette?
- I Was Told to Come Alone
- The Sisters of Versailles series (3 books)
- The Year of Living Danishly
Bellevue is an amazing history of over 300 years at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. I love history, Manhattan, and medical history so this was a phenomenal read for me! It is full of so much information and I specifically loved the parts about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the hospital and Hurricane Sandy. This is a thick one but so worth it if you're interested in medical history.
Where'd You Go Bernadette? is a book that I keep picking up at bookstores but never actually bought. I'm glad I finally did. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I enjoyed it a lot!
I Was Told to Come Alone is a fabulous combination memoir/history/politics look into the formation of ISIL and radical Islamic terrorists from a German female journalist who also happens to be Muslim and an immigrant to Germany. I really enjoyed both the personal anecdotes, the stories of her time reporting in places that other reporters couldn't or wouldn't go, and the history that becomes clear about how the West helped form ISIL, or at least bring about a climate in which it was easy for it to form.
I started reading the Sisters of Versailles before I went on my trip to London and Paris and it really heightened my enjoyment of visiting Versailles. Plus I LOVE historical fiction. Although I had read a good bit about Marie Antoinette and her tumoltous time at French court, I definitely didn't know as much about the previous French King, Louis the XIV. I finished the other two in the series in the fall and loved them as well.
I found The Year of Living Danishly randomly online and ordered it for a couple bucks (shoutout to Thriftbooks for providing me so many 2-4 dollar books this year!!). I have always enjoyed anthropological studies about how people in other countries live and while this is definitely more in the nonfiction genre and written by a former editor for Marie Claire in the UK, it is a very accessible easy read that I found laugh out loud funny more than a few times.
Books by Female Writers: 29 (Wow! a pretty darn good year)
Books by Male Writers: 1.