Krishna Sundarram

Books I read in 2017

Books I read in 2017

Bill Gates posts reviews of books he’s read every year (2017, 2016, 2015). His recommendations are solid, and I usually pick up at least 2 books from his list every year. Read on for my recommendations for 2017.

There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different. ― Lemony Snicket

The absolute best

Pretty Damn Good

There were a few books I read but did not enjoy but I would recommend avoiding my reviews of these. I defer to fictional critic Anton Ego to explain why.

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

I hope you pick up at least one of the books I liked. If you do, let me know! I’d love a chance to discuss these books with someone.