In joining a friend in the aim to read 24 books, or two books per month, you learned with my last blog that we exceeded that goal. 17 books received a bronze rating. On a rating scale of 1-star to 5-stars, Matt with Matt Lynn Digital rated these 15-books with a silver rating of 4.0 stars.
Ranking as a silver rating with 4.00 stars in 2017 included these fifteen (15) books:
- In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel
- Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Something that strikes me is that each of these books had something to teach me that was both unique and distinct from some experience that I had experienced previously.
In the Garden of Beasts and Man’s Search for Meaning both look into the larger experience of World War Two from quite different perspectives and motivations. Seeking a relationship with the cultural concept of America is at the core of A Walk in the Woods and Team of Rivals, at least for my reading of these two works this year.
A deep and soul-searching self-examination were important for the works by Joan Didion and Khaled Hosseini. The larger arcs of history were examined in Dava Sobel and Virginia Woolf, both for women and for culture. Dickens and Ishiguro share a cultural review of wealth and British culture, stoicism, and an interest in uplift.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt is perhaps a demonstration of the best newer author that I have read on the list of those included in our list of writers. The many perspectives and internal dialogues are quite engaging, nuanced, and prompts me to want to seek out more. For this result, I offer praise.
The above listing of books reflects the silver listing of books that I read in 2017. The bronze listing was published yesterday. A gold listing will follow soon.
Matt – Saturday, December 30, 2017