I made only one resolution in 2017: to read more books. Now that the holidays are here, I am happy to report that I accomplished my goal! Reading not only helps me to be a better writer, it expands my imagination and I learn new things about myself and other people.
I was heavy on the biographies this year with some spiritual inspiration and good old-fashioned comedy thrown in the mix. To join in with the festive season, here is a list of my top five favourite books I read this year:
1. Be Feel Think Do: A Memoir by Anne Berube
Anne Berube’s near-fatal car crash brought her closer to enlightenment, all of which she freely shares in this moving memoir.
2. Sick In The Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
The title of this book cracked me up, and so did the stories inside. Judd Apatow is a producer, writer, and comic who has interviewed many, many comedians. This book is full of their very funny, often introspective, conversations.
3. I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
If you’ve ever wondered how Kevin Hart became so famous, you can read about his trajectory to superstardom in this comical biography.
4. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer is someone who I picture myself hanging out with if I were a Hollywood starlit and lived in New York. Reading her book made me feel like I was catching up with a very hilarious best friend.
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
I realised I give a lot of fucks about a lot of things I don’t really need to. I’m glad I read this book because now, not only do I care less about stupid things, I feel less guilty about it, too.
I’ve got my list of on holds at the library sorted for 2018. I’m looking forward to another year of wonder, joy, and laughter from reading books!