Book Breakdown of 2017

  • Books
  • December 28, 2017

Time for that ol’ annual blog post. The year end list—the one that toasts to all the books I’ve read this year.

Luckily, I read more than last year’s grand total, which was 7.

This year I read 16 books! Cue cheesy fist pump. To hit this number, I ramped up where I read…mostly on the couch while the kiddo watched cartoons. I replaced thumbing through Facebook with REAL LIVE BOOKS, MY GOD. And it worked. And I am pleased.

The list:

Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski
True Crime Addict by James Renner
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Fun House by Robert Vaughan
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Girls by Emma Cline
Lightwood by Steph Post
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Lust Killer by Ann Rule
Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky
On Writing by Charles Bukowski

The verdict:

True Crime and non-fiction ruled the year, but my favorite book from the list has got to be Entropy in Bloom. My god, people, read this freaking book of traumatizing short stories. Jeremy Robert Johnson is an amazing writer and I already have his other books on my 2018 TBR list.

As you can see my TBR list already filling up based on my Christmas haul. So tell me, what are some other books you’d recommend that I add to it?

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    Robert Vaughan

    December 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Jules, happy holidays! Great reading list for 2017, and I’m so honored that FUNHOUSE was on your list of your other reads! A dream come true, to be on the same list as Patti Smith and Lidia Yuknavitch, Denis Johnson (RIP!) and Bukowski!!! Have a super New Year, and all best to you, always, and happy writing in 2018.

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      December 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Heck yes, Robert! Thank you for sharing FUNHOUSE with the world…and me! Enjoyed it so. Happy writing to you. Onwards to 2018. XOXO.

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