Monday, January 30, 2017

17 Books I'd Like to Read in 2017

Reading is having a bit of a moment in my life! I recently wrote a post sharing 4 of my tips to read more in the new year, and at the end of the post I added a quick snippet of some books I'd like to read during the year. I thought I'd do a more in depth post with 17 books I'd like to read this year and why I want to read them! 

  1.  The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    1. This is the book that I am currently reading! I have meant to read this book since March, 2016 when I bought the book, but never got around to it. I really like classics, especially from the Jazz Age and Beat Generation and this was a classic I never read before. I also really like Fitzgerald, so that was a plus. 
  2. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
    1. I like to say that this is my all time favorite book, but I haven't read it in the past couple years. A lot of the themes in the book, such as friendship, are so universal, and I'd like to see if the book impacts me differently now that I'm older. 
  3. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway 
    1. This was another book that really impacted me when I was in high school. I like how it addresses disillusionment and idealization and I would like to see if this book also resonates differently now that I'm older. 
  4. Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
    1. I haven't read this book and I really don't know much about this book, but I enjoyed reading Kerouac and it seemed like a logical next book for me to choose. 
  5. How to be Parisian Wherever You Are
    1. This is way less academic and more fun. A lot of people I know have read this book and speak really highly of it, so I thought it might be a nice beach read when I don't really want to be contemplating the complexities of life. 
  6. #Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso
    1. This book was the big thing a couple of years ago when it first came out (seriously, it seemed like every blogger read it!). I think this book holds a different sort of significance now, following the downfall of Nasty Gal, but was a book that I should read and form my own opinions of. 
  7. Into the Wild - John Krakauer 
    1. I love the movie adaption of Into the Wild. It is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time, but I never read the book it was based off of! I think the plot is so fascinating to think about and I'd like to explore that more by reading the book. 
  8. Driven - Robert Herjavec
    1. I started this book a couple years ago, but never finished it. I would like to read it again from the beginning because I really admire Robert Herjavec. I watch a lot of Shark Tank and he always seems like the business person I'd most want to be like because he is so successful without being cutthroat or arrogant. 
  9. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Truman Capote
    1. Another movie that I absolutely adore based on a book I've never read. I know the movie differs greatly from the book, but this is such a classic book that I'd like to eventually read. 
  10. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill 
    1. This book shows up on every "must read book" for entrepreneurs, business people, and people looking to become richer. I really like to read business books and this seems like such an obvious choice for me to read. 
  11. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
    1. I have heard such great things about this book and it has been recommended to me countless times. This book is supposed to be about creative living, which is something that I think is really important and can be implemented in my life. 
  12. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
    1. I definitely feel like I'm the only person that has never read this book. I know people that can say this book changed their life for the better, but I've also read reviews that aren't so nice. I guess if this book is good enough for Oprah, it should be good enough for me.  
  13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
    1. This is the book that sparked the whole KonMari trend. I like to think of myself as a minimalist, but I think that her philosophy behind minimalism is fascinating and I'd like to read about it more. 
  14. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
    1. I have not read this book, and to be honest, I don't think I know anyone that has read this book. I anticipate this to be the most difficult book to read on the list because Hemingway is known for his layered approach to writing with motifs and hidden meanings. That being said, I like Hemingway's writing so I'm excited for this. 
  15. The Sell - Fredrik Eklund
    1. I am obsessed with Million Dollar Listings New York and I love Fredrik. I have the audiobook version of this book and I definitely plan on listening to it sometime over the course of the year. This is a favorite book of mine because it takes a very holistic approach to business success and intertwines his personal anecdotes and is very fun to listen to (I reviewed the book a while ago, here!). 
  16. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
    1. This book is such an easy read (I think I read it in less than a day the first time), but is wise and well written. 
  17. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
    1. This book has been around forever and is such a classic. I like books that can teach me about life or can teach me skills to make me more successful. This book would fall in the latter category and I'd like to read it sooner in my life rather than later. 
This is a very long list and it's not full of easy to read books. It's ambitious to try read all of these books within the year, but it's doable if I give myself around three weeks for each book. Let me know in the comments what books you're planning on reading this year and if you have any book suggestions for me! Also let me know if you'd like posts on each book once I'm done with them! 

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