The 5 Books I Read in 2017



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2017 has been a pretty good year. I only met three of my four goals - I didn’t graduate with my master’s, but that’s okay because I definitely will be in 2018. Another goal I had that I didn’t mention in the 2017 goal blog post is to read a more. I didn’t read nearly as much as I used to - I used to read several books a month. This year I only read five books, one of which I started several years ago, two I haven’t finished yet. Despite the low number, it’s been a definite improvement over past years.

So, without further ado, here are the five books I read in 2017:

Don Quixote

I’ve wanted to read Don Quixote for a long time. It’s an early example of a novel, written in Spain during the 1500s. What’s interesting about that is that novels didn’t really become popular until the 1800s. The actual book I read was an English translation (since I don’t speak Spanish, let alone 16th century Spanish) that translated it into Shakespearean or King James English - you know, with a lot of “thees”, “thous”, and verbs that end in “eth”.

It was a hard read and actually took me a few years.

Xenia, After

Xenia, After is a post-apocalyptic novel placed in my hometown written by someone I went to high school with. This was also the first ebook I ever read to completion, and the first ebook I ever paid for.

The Millionaire Next Door

I’m always looking to increase my personal finance knowledge, and The Millionaire Next Door seems to be a pretty popular book in that area. I was expecting a book on personal finance, but instead, the book discussed the demographics and habits of millionaires in the United States.

Neuromancer

Neuromancer Book Cover

Another book I’ve wanted to read for a while. Published in 1984, Neuromancer started the cyberpunk genre and even used the phrase “matrix” in the sense that was later used in the 1999 movie The Matrix.

This book was also William Gibson’s debut novel. When I bought this book at Half Price Books, they were also selling a first-edition copy of the book for somewhere around $250. Of course, my copy is a reprint (although still a print from the 80’s) that cost maybe a percent of that.

William Gibson also wrote the short story Johnny Mnemonic, which is placed in the same “universe” as Neuromancer and also later made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves.

Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies

I got married this year and we are already expecting the next big thing come April. If the last sentence was too vague and the book title didn’t make it super obvious, my wife is pregnant. We are having a little boy.

My wife actually bought me this book - and several other dad-to-be books. I especially like the “for dummies” book series, so I chose this one first.

And You?

How many books did you read this year? What were they?

3 comments for The 5 Books I Read in 2017

Loved Don Quixote. Though it was certainly a labor of love. Like you, took me a few years to get through it end to end. Happily found it a much easier flow in the second half. Having also read “Millionaire Next Door” I’m betting you know all the tricks now for early retirement? :)

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Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies sounds interesting. when we were pregnant we got most of our information from YouTube videos. They were very addictive, we would spend a whole Saturday watching them :-)

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I’m not sure how many books I have read this year, actually. I do love to read, though, and almost always vow to read more when I make my own New Year’s resolutions each year.

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