Favorite Books of 2017 December 13, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized

This year I spent a lot more time reading. A big reason was that I started reading books just for pure enjoyment instead of trying to learn something from them, or seeing them as important works of art that I should read as a well-educated human. Much like friendships, I feel like I ended up enjoying each book a lot more when I didn’t have an agenda in the back of my mind, and picking books that may not be great works of literature, but they make me happy.

Here is a list of the favorite books I read this year. If you are looking for the next book to snuggle up with this Winter, I hope these will give you some inspiration.

corkdorkCork Dork by Bianca Bosker

I loved learning all about how to become a sommelier, both to laugh at the snobbery of it, but also to admire the way these wine aficionados train themselves to notice subtler and subtler sensations on their tongues and noses.  It was an inspiration to learn about the author training her brain in such a short period of time, and learning to be more present to her body and world in the process. I definitely upped my consumption of wine after reading this. Now we even keep a spreadsheet recording favorite wines, so I guess we’re snobs now too?

 

hesseNarcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse

I read the majority of this book while staying at a catholic monastery for a few days. So the setting was perfect to contemplate what a spiritual life looks like. Do we need to be recunciates, or cloister ourselves into calm sanctuaries to lead a devout life? I’m pretty sure the answer is no. Live our lives, experience desires and beautiful things and terrible things, and it’s just as spiritual if not more so than the life of a monk.

 

 

 elenaMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I know everyone and their Grandma has read this book before I found out about it. But still I was shocked at how well it gets into the worst and most competitive parts of female friendships. I felt on edge while I was reading. I had this thought that terrible aspects of my own psyche had been exposed. Part of me wanted to scream ” sshh! don’t talk about female aggression! It’s a secret!” Yet, I kept reading, and learned to love the liberating aspects of diving into the shadow aspects of women’s personalities.