The 4 best books I read in 2017

I should have written this post in January, but I didn’t think about it in January. I thought about it this fine Sunday morning, in mid-April. So here we go. This list is equally relevant today, so enjoy!

I read 36 books in 2017 and some of them really sucked. For example, never read Ego is The Enemy. Why did everyone like that book? It was tedious as fuck. The Biology of Belief was also particularly terrible. I finished that book and then immediately wanted all my time back, which fortunately wasn’t much. Over a decade after its original publication, I also finally read Eat Pray Love, which while I understand its popularity and then went on to read Gilbert’s Big Magic as a result, didn’t quite do it for me. Most other books just kind of sat in the middle as average.

But then there were the gems. The books I truly loved. That’s the list I give you below. Of the 36 books I read last year, these are the books I’d actually recommend you read. In no particular order, let’s begin!

1. Spaceman by Mike Massimino

Awww, I loved this book! Mike’s humble account of his journey from childhood dream to actual astronaut is the kind of story that gives you hope and makes you want to hold onto your own childhood ambitions. It’s also a fascinating account of his time in space, the camaraderie within NASA, and his thoughtful perspective on life in general.

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This book was about so much more than one woman’s experience on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It was about her relationship with life and how she processed trauma. Honest and raw, it chronicled her experience hiking the PCT and processing the chaos that led her to hike it alone. Also, yay female empowerment!

3. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

Are you a foodie like me? Yes? Then read this book. I loved The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which I believe was later made into a documentary, so I jumped at the chance to read Cooked. It takes you through the various methods of cooking and preparing food, complete with histories, anecdotes, and his own experience mastering techniques in the kitchen. I listened to the audio version, which was excellent.

4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Eckhart Tolle is fucking weird. But as Dan Harris attests from personal experience with the guy in his excellent book 10% Happier, Tolle is the real deal. I listened to the audio version of A New Earth a few years ago. If you’ve ever read Tolle, you know his flowery language can sometimes be a barrier to understanding what the hell he is talking about. But once you get used to it, his genius is unleashed and you begin to see. I love his books. They’re a nice dose of spiritual woo-woo in my otherwise pragmatic existence. This book didn’t disappoint.

And that’s it! Many of the other books I read made my most recommended books list, but only because they’re relevant to specific interests (nutrition, hormonal health, etc). The above 4 books are generally excellent though. Have you read any of them? What do you think?

What good books have you read recently?

4 thoughts on “The 4 best books I read in 2017

    1. I hope you like it, it’s a good one. Michael Pollan does the reading himself, which I always find to be a treat. Loved Whole (I have it listed on my 2018 reading list page)! I read it earlier this year as well. Great book πŸ™‚

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