2017 was a good reading year for me. I didn’t read a lot of new releases last year. I also read some pretty horrible zombie novellas but they had their place. The books in my top 5 are stories that stayed with me all year. Without further ado here is my top 5:
5. Madame Bovary By Flaubert – This was the first time I had read Madame Bovary and I got to tell you this book is extremely relevant in todays society. It occurs to me as I talk with friends or surf around on the internet people fill voids in their life with stuff. A good chunk of the stuff does not belong to them but rather their creditors. For me the story mirrors a lot of the people I know.
4. Deathless By Catherynne Valente – I loved Deathless. It was one of those stories that swept you off your feet and transported you to the world of Koschei and Marya. The imagery that Valente used throughout the story was amazing. The scenes of Russia during the war were heartbreaking but beautifully written. It also dredges up the idea that as society moves forward the old myths and folklore don’t always necessarily move forward and they die. I keep hoping some night a domovaya comes out from behind my stove.
3. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset – This book is epic literally. Originally there were three books in the trilogy; however they were combined in to one large tome by Penguin Classics. The books follow Kristin and her journey from being a girl to an old women. This book basically kicked off my love of Norwegian literature. I went on to buy some of the other books by Sigrid Undset. Kristin story is sad at times and happy at times.
2. Ready Player One By Ernest Cline – I was a kid in the 80’s. I grew up during the technological boom so video games hold a special place in my heart. Ready Player One made me nostalgic with all the pop references. It is a fast pace read with so many pop culture references I felt like the book was written for me. Once I found out that Will Wheaton narrated the audiobook I had to listen to that as well.
1. The Bear and the Nightingale By Katherine Arden – If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will know how much I love The Bear and the Nightingale. I gush about this book and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new book to read. I picked up The Bear and the Nightingale after a book hangover from Deathless. Reading it was like being wrapped in a warm and cozy blanket. Katherine’s style of writing is beautiful and flowing. As with Deathless the theme of losing old ways isn’t necessarily a good thing.
I highly suggest picking up any of these wonderful stories. They may open up a new genre for you or just leave you with a happy feeling.