As 2017 comes to a close so does the fourth year since I started using Goodreads seriously to track the books I read. After setting an initial goal of 14 books I ended up reading 25. I also joined the local library increasing the range of books available to me.
According to Goodreads, I have read 7,793 pages across 25 books. The shortest book at 96 pages was The Pearl by John Steinbeck. The longest book of 544 pages was The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t. If you’d like to see more stats and all the books I read this year visit my year in books on Goodreads. If you are on Goodreads feel free to send me a friend request because I’m always looking for book recommendations.
The following are some of my favorite books read this year:―
- The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes ― I was surprised to read about the rise of sugar cultivation and its use through history. Always like reading about history. Not 100% sure about the scientific bits but through personal experience, I agree that sugar is addictive and harmful.
- Deep Work by Cal Newport ― The most interesting part of Deep Work was the writing style. Approachable yet had some seriousness to it. I liked the format of the book wherein a strategy is proposed and some arguments are provided to either prove that the strategy ought to work or to understand the strategy.
- Who Moved My Interest Rate: Leading the Reserve Bank Through Five Turbulent Years by Duvvuri Subbarao ― I remember reading about the 2008 crisis and watching news anchors yell about inflation on TV. It’s surreal to read a behind the scenes view of what the man & organization responsible for dealing with these issues were up to during these times.
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of NIKE by Phil Knight ― Enjoyed reading this book about the story of how Nike was founded and grew to be a brand recognized all over the world.
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson ― One of the best books I’ve read in 2017. The setting is superb with the always present ash, detailed & believable magic system and most importantly the political & social system. When reading the synopsis of the book before starting I was skeptical about the magic but it’s explained and used beautifully.
- Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson ― The world building is phenomenal in its simplicity yet power. Just the right amount is revealed to move the story forward but enough left out so as not to bog down the narrative. Such balance is crucial for a science fiction novella and Sanderson hits the sweet spot.
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez ― A short story with a simple plot as the narrator tries to piece together the events leading up to an honor killing after more than two decades. The writing was sublime and had a lot of content both visually and emotionally considering its a short story.
- The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu ― My ideal science fiction & fantasy book. I like blending of historical settings, science fiction, and fantasy elements. The three stories which I loved the most in no particular order―The Paper Menagerie, Mono No Aware, and The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ― Beautiful. Brutal. Honest. Just a few words that describe this exquisitely crafted book.
Looking Forward To 2018
I’m happy with the range of books I’ve read this year and looking forward to widening my horizon even further next year. Currently reading the following series of books ― Mistborn, Imperial Radch, and Harry Potter.