It’s a New Year! It may be a little late for the celebrations, but maybe a look back to last year we’ll be inspiration for this one. That strategy wont work with everything, but definitely for books. I’m a little amazed that I was able to stick with this PopSugar Reading Challenge for an entire year. My only other successful resolution has been starting a regular practice of yoga (which I’ve been doing now for over 3 years.) So push away the thoughts of abandoned resolutions past for a moment and maybe you’ll at least find a good book rec below.
A book about Food: The Tastemakers by David Sax
I got a lot more out of this book than I ever expected. I was excited to read a take on the psychology of food trends, and why we get so obsessed and stand in line for hours, but this novel got more in depth than that. Sax gives you every form of a trend I could think of, and takes a look at trends at every stage of their rise and fall. As a journalist, Sax’s format was familiar to me, but I was impressed with the way he mixed the lighthearted with the serious, and I felt like I was getting a well rounded look at each trend.
A book involving a mythical creature: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I only needed one mythical creature for this prompt, but I decided to go all out with this book. It was a bit of a safe choice going with Gaiman since I don’t normally ready fantasy books at all, but I wasn’t prepared for how hooked I would be. The world building, pace, and creativity in the dozens of mythical creatures (or are they even really mythical?) was outstanding, and I had a hard time putting the book down when it was time to go to work. You can look up a proper summary if you like, but I recommend just diving in, fantasy lover or not.
A book by or about a person with a disability: The Antagonists by Burgandi Rakoska
This book was something I happened upon on Tumblr and unfortunately it was a bust. The concept is intriguing; a look at what would happen if the superhero group you always wanted to join rejects you, and you end up siding with the opposition, not a villain but an antagonist. Getting through the book was tough though, because it lacked a sense of flow. The themes also felt too forward and we’re portrayed through stiff dialogue. I would of loved something a little more subtle and thought out.
A book involving travel: Faery Tale by Signe Pike
This prompt was a struggle to think about because of the sheer volume of travel reads I have on my TBR. I was saved by making the decision by my stepmom essentially shoving this book in my hands. It’s an interesting memoir of sorts about a woman who travels to rediscover the magic she felt as a child when she believed in faeries. It’s not something I would normally pick up, but it did give me a new perspective on how we grow up and may have softened a little bit of my pessimism with it’s wonder.
A book you loved as a child: Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
I knew instantly what I was going to read when I saw this prompt, and I also chose it to be the last book I read of 2017. This is about my fourth reading of Harry Potter and it still holds up. I find a little more magic and wonderful storytelling everytime I pick it up.
A book by a person of color: The Color of Water by James McBride
I was excited to pick up this one, but I had been avoiding it for awhile, because I sensed that it would make me cry. It’s a memoir of a black man, his family, and being raised by a white mother. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences in our lives, both being biracial. I did cry, but it wasn’t until the end, and it was totally worth facing the fear.
What was your favorite read of 2017?
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