Ten Books I Meant to Get to in 2017 But Didn't Get to
I'm a well-meaning reader. I have the best of intentions about all the books I am going to read. I buy most of these books. But then life gets in the way and I just don't get it done. I blame law school. Now that that's over (and once I take the bar exam) hopefully I can get around to reading some of these books. Most of them came out in 2017, but a couple even came out in 2016 and I'm just really behind the times!
1. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead--I'll be honest: I started this one. I love the premise and can't wait to get back into the magic of Whitehead's prose.
2. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler--Books about NYC are kind of like crack to me. I can't get enough. What could be better than reading about someone "young and adrift" in NYC?
3. The Idiot by Elif Bautman--Right now my life is feeling very much in transition and I'm trying to figure out what I want to do and the best ways to make that happen. As a result, I'm craving books about that.
4. Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney--This one just sounds elegant! And sharp and cozy.
5. Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong--The premise of this one reminds me of my life a few years ago. I got out of a bad relationship, quit my job, and moved home, where I spent the next 7 months helping my family say goodbye to my papa. Then I had to figure out a new life. I think this one will be really relatable and I am excited to dive in!
6. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels--I've heard this one is totally epic and grand and I love reading books like that, but I just haven't had the time to dive into something so far-reaching in quite some time.
7. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman--"She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking." This character sounds exactly like me.
8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng--Everyone and their dog seems to have read and loved this novel. I started it, then got distracted by other stuff and had to set it aside. I love the premise though--mysterious mother and daughter move into a new home and change people's lives.
9. Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Katie Harding (editors)--I want to read this one to get some hope that there is a united movement for change and correction in this climate.
10. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg--I love history, for starters. And two, I just need to know why what happened in 2016 happened. It doesn't make any sense how so many people could vote against their own interests, but I've heard that this books begins to help explain that.
What did you meant to pick up in 2017 and didn't?