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  • Writer's pictureAlan Shoebridge

2017: My year in books

Although I’ve had a life-long love of reading, I often can’t remember the specific books I’ve read from year to year – with a few notable exceptions. In April, I decided to start tracking my reading and brief impressions of each book. If your taste in reading is like mine, you might like some of these or at least avoid investing your time in a few I didn’t think measured up. While there are a number of good choices here, please read the first book on this list as I think it’s one of the best non-fiction books I’ve come across in the past decade and explains some of the root causes of poverty and homelessness in this country.

Essential reading (Pulitzer Prize winners)

4-star mysteries

Just for fun

For bicycling addicts only

non-cycling novels.


Disappointing, skip them

  • Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis – I think you had to read this novel during the 1980s for it to make any sense at all.

  • The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West – Just a truly bizarre book, which I didn’t find entertaining or enlightening.

  • The Top Gear years by Jeremy Clarkson

  • Made to Kill (Ray Electromatic Mysteries) by Adam Christopher – A “robot” version of Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe is a neat idea, but fell a bit flat.

  • Attempting Normal by Marc Maron – More depressing than funny.

  • The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler – The rare Chandler mystery that I can’t recommend, mostly due to a horrible ending.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken – Need I say anything?!

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