Hello, everyone! This is a bit of a deviation from the standard fare on my reviews, but I didn’t play many games in 2017, but instead read a ton of books, 57 to be exact. So I wanted to share my top 5 books I read this year. Some of these are lower rated than others I read, but I enjoyed them more despite flaws. Without further ado, let’s begin.
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is the debut novel for Cherise Wolas. It is a fantastic read, and kept me in a tight grip from page 1. The only flaw in this book happens to be the narrative interruptions, where we see Joan Ashby’s short stories. In a different narrative, these might have worked better, but overall this is a fantastic book that deserves a place on your shelves.
A Film About Billy by Daniel McClosky
When I was browsing books, this little gem caught my eye. Part conspiracy theory, part teenage dirtbag dream, this novel follows Collin as he attempts to make a documentary about his friend who committed suicide, while a suicide pandemic spreads throughout the world around him. It is an arrhythmic carnival ride that takes you up to the roof to watch the sunrise.
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
The Lemon Tree is a non-fiction story following the lives of Bashir Al-Khairi and Dalia, as well as the history of turmoil with the inception of modern Israel. I learned a lot, and there was a twist involving Bashir, well a twist if it were fiction, that caught me (and Dalia) off guard when he revealed it. This is a heartwarming tale that everyone should read.
The Crucible of Time by Robert Brunner
This was a fantastic read. It follows an entirely alien race over several millennia as they work to escape their doomed world. After one finds a way to observe the heavens finds that their world will be destroyed, a covenant is formed to follow his work, passing it on to subsequent generations as technology advances to lead to their escape. You need to read this if you love aliens.
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
The Razor’s Edge follows Maugham as he goes through his encounters with Larry, a young man who struggles with conformity after WWI. It is often contrasted with Maugham’s friend Elliot’s high lifestyle among the upperclass of France, and is a fantastic novel. It is considered fiction, though there are people who believe it may actually be a true story. Either way, it is a fantastic read, and I want everyone else to read it as well.
I hope you guys take these recommendations to heart. I put a lot of thought into these and want to know what your recommendations are. Happy new year!
Dragonworld by Byron Preiss
The Constitution Explained by Harry Atwood
Quiet Chaos by Sandro Veronesi