Happy 2018 everyone! Today is the first day of a new year and I think that we’re all probably feeling a little bit introspective and just taking some time to reflect. For me a big part of that is thinking about what parts of last year I want to make a point to take with me in to the new year and that always includes some books. I’m one of those people who believe that once I’ve read a book that story becomes a part of me. I find that I hold on to those characters and the lessons they learn and the lives that they live and it’s in that way that I think the books we consume (and the movies, and the shows, and culture in general) really help shape who we are as individuals.
So today I thought that I would share some of my best reads from last year and maybe they might become your best reads of this year. Feel free to share what your best reads of 2017 were down in the comments below because I’m always looking for new book recommendations!
- Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
I’ve talked about this book before but I had to mention it here as one of my best reads of the year. This book is one I go back to over and over again when I need to be reminded of how to forgive, what it means to grow, and the importance of living life. She does talk about her Christian faith but I found it was easy enough to apply the same principles to myself and my own beliefs. In general this book is like a pocket cheerleader, encouraging me to always be the best version of myself that I know how to be.
- Welcome to Nightvale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
This read took me totally by surprise. It was pretty slow going which, while I was reading, made me think that maybe I didn’t like it very much. But after I was finished I found myself continually going back to it in my mind. Though it is science fiction, this story is really about human beings in the most basic way.
- The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
This was probably my favourite YA read of the year. Honestly, I pretty much love anything that Ann Brashares does and, even though this story is a little unorthodox, this book is no exception. The Whole Thing Together tells a story about family and the ties that bind. It’s a sweeping tale of love and loss and the journey of untangling complicated familial relationships.
- Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang (Translated by Karen S. Kingsbury)
Now this is technically not a new read from 2017. I first read this book a few years ago when it was assigned for my World Lit class but I think that, as is often the case, reading for class takes away from being able to enjoy the story. So I decided to revisit this novel, which is actually a collection of short stories that take place in China and all tell stories about love and longing and the journey of becoming ones self.