Best Nine Books in 2017

ala Instagram’s Best Nine

In 2017, I’ve read 69 books. It was less than ideal for me, at least. This is a steep decline from 135 books that I’ve read in 2016. I won’t blame anyone but myself for this.

However, during 2017, I’ve manage to find some recommended gems that I think should be read by you, the reader of this article. The list is in not in particular order. They are:

  1. Obama: an Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
    This book summarizes a better times for those whose politically growing up during Obama era and therefore has a tinge of nostalgic. The picture and print quality are good.
    Fun fact: I’ve seen Obama for three times already. First during APEC Summit 2011, during a visit to White House in 2012, and during his second inauguration in 2013.
  2. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
    Beside the fact the book is hilarious, it also contained on the tips on working for the government (which I do for living) and there are some advices for career woman here.
  3. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
    I can recommend this book enough especially if you are worried about the current political situation in Indonesia.
  4. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
    I read the galley of this book offered by the publisher (Thank you!!). This book is a prequel to Practical Magic which I haven’t read or watch at the point I read The Rules of Magic. The book is fun and full of heartbreak.
  5. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
    The final book to the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy series. The book is fun and full of humor and tying up so many loose ends in the previous books.
  6. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
    A stream of consciousness account of a victim of war.
  7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    I can recommend this book enough. I think this is the most talked about book in 2017.
  8. Bloodline (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by Claudia Gray
    I always feel that Star Wars movies are mostly action and forgot to tell about the political squabble in the story (except maybe for Revenge of the Sith). This book explained the rise of the First Order nicely and how political life in the universe get so tired quickly.
  9. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
    I always read a Connelly or two every year and this year is no exception. Mickey Haller appears prominently here which I loved.