Monday, January 29, 2018

Best Books I Read in 2017

I read a lot of books in 2017 - 115 to be exact. And yes, that was while working full-time with two children under five. (How do I do it? I have a stay-at-home husband, which is the answer to almost everything in my life. Also, I take the bus to work and make time to read in the evenings instead of watching TV. But mostly it's that I don't have to do cooking/cleaning/that kind of thing.)

Here, in no particular order and without (much) commentary, are the best books I read in 2017.

Email Marketing By the Numbers

They Ask, You Answer (by the River Pools and Spas guy)

Borne - so weird.

All Our Wrong Todays - so, so, so good. My favorite science fiction/spec fic of the year.

The Art of Digital Marketing

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe - couldn't put it down!

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Oh, Crap Potty Training - if you have kids, get this book. It's the best one!

La Rose

The Content Trap - so good I read it twice.

The First 90 Days - recommended to everyone starting a new job.

The Dark Tower Series - somehow I had never read them before.

The Broker - the only book I could find to take place in Bologna, Italy, where I traveled in 2017.

When You Reach Me

Steve Jobs - I'm not an Apple fan, but I enjoyed the book.

The Everything Store - I am the opposite of an Amazon fan, but I really enjoyed this book.

You Should Test That - so good I bought it after I read it.

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty - poetry! If you are or know a teenage girl, this is great.

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

The Children's Hospital - a tie with Borne for weirdest book of the year.

Google Analytics Breakthrough

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York - awesomesauce.

How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders - recommended for people new to managing

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction - I also read this one twice. It's The Content Trap lite.

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America - if you buy food, you should read this.

The Punch Escrow - very close second place for best science fiction of the year.

The Merchant of Yonkers - which I requested from the library and discovered to my delight that the last time it was checked out was in 1948.

My least favorite book of the year was a tie between I Hate Everyone Except for You and The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Which, yes, won the Newbery Award and which everyone else on the planet loved. I can't explain it.

What should I read next?

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