The Best Books I Read in 2017

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One of my resolutions for this year is to find the time to read more. It’s actually a forced decision after I realized that I didn’t hit even close my last year’s goal. In between reading for college and writing for the blog, by the end of the day, I oftentimes felt so tired that I couldn’t think of seeing any more written text. Too much information indeed could become too much—for that reason, I took a semester off at college so I could come back to my inner (reading) self. After our trip to London and exploring Paris, I finally felt good enough to get back to reading for pleasure. Today, I’m sharing the list of the best books that I found last year. I wonder if you read any of them yet!

Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger // From all the books on the list, this influenced me the most. Perhaps, because I’m an immigrant too and I grew up watching Arnold’s movies. It’s more than just a memoir though! This book is a library of knowledge about self-discipline, having the right mindset for success, and accepting yourself for who you are. If you ask for just one book recommendation, that would be it!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert // It’s one of the deepest and honest books about the struggles creative people are dealing with, from a perspective of a best-selling author. Learning about all the blocks that stand on the way to a true success, I found myself in each and every fear explained by the author. Fear of not making it, a fear of becoming pro-active, a fear of just not being good enough… If you are a writer or an artist, or you just do something creative as a side gig, consider reading this book to uncover all the fears that block your true potential and get inspired to be more creative.

The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes // This book explores the life and a story of a multiple personality disorder man who has more than 20 characters that live inside of his head. The writer takes a very creative twist on reporting about Billy Milligan’s crime from a perspective of major personalities that live in his head. It’s a fascinating read for anyone who loves psychological and crime novels.

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell // Working in a beauty industry, it was very intriguing for me to learn the story of a former Lucky Magazine beauty editor who became addicted to prescription drugs. It’s always interesting to hear how other people see all the glamour and hard work of the beauty world, especially through the prism of an incredibly honest voice of Cat Marnell. If you are dreaming of working in fashion and beauty, consider reading this book to receive an honest insider information about the business.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and Derek Perkins // Until reading this book, I had no idea that history could be so fascinating. The book explores all the ancient humans that inhabited Earth and explains what it truly means to be a type of a man we all are, homo sapiens. If you love educational books full of fun facts and important information, mixed with some exciting examples and stories – this book is for you.

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Of course, it’s not the entire list of the books that I’ve read, but it’s a good start for you if you are looking for a good book to start the year with. If you need more inspiration, check out my Amazon Booklist where I listed some of the most inspiring books about the beauty, fashion, and business industries that I read and loved.

I look forward to hearing what are some of the books you are currently reading. Please share your book recommendations as I really need to start working on my reading goals for 2018!

  • These sounds like wonderful books. One of my goals is to also make time to read more books.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I am halfway through the Schwarzenegger book. I keep putting it off and reading other books, though. (I’m one of those people who reads multiple books at once.) I’m a really big Arnold fan actually, and I like the book, but some of the writing is a bit “off” for me when it comes to grammar which can be distracting. You’re right though–it’s so much more than a memoir! I tend to think Arnold is a great motivational speaker, and his book proves he’s a great motivational writer as well.

    • I actually loved the fact that the grammar is a bit “Arnold grammar” – maybe because I’m an immigrant myself and English is not my native language. Perhaps, try listening to an audiobook? I’ve heard that some of the chapters are narrated by Arnold himself!

      And yes — I’m such a fan girl when it comes to Arnold too!

  • Ray

    I’ll make it a goal to read at least 2 of these. Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.underaytedray.com

  • Love your selections, I should read them 😀
    Have a nice evening 😉
    Olivia Poncelet <3
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

  • As a huge book lover, thank you for sharing these books! I’m always looking for more books to read, and quite a few of these sound like ones I’d enjoy. I hope you find the time to read more this year!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

  • I haven’t read any of this but I’ll check them out!

    http://www.memoriesofthepacific.com/

  • I really should read more often, the majority of things I tend to read in all honesty are blogs! I do enjoy a good book however so thank you for your suggestions 🙂

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, Katya! What an interesting selection of titles. In the past couple of years, I can’t seem to finish many fiction books so I’m definitely adding these to my running list of nonfiction ‘Books to Read’ in my iPhone. Particularly the one about the beauty editor who developed a prescription drug addiction. For whatever reason, I’m riveted by memoirs of people who battle addictions. (Is that psycho?) Thanks for the recs!!

    xoxo – Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

    • If that psycho, then I’m a COMPLETE psycho–because these are the exact type of books that I love reading!! LOL

      By the way, I just started reading another book about psychos in the fashion world – it’s called Focus. It’s SO SO GOOD! Here is the link on Amazon: http://bit.ly/2DQ0VwJ

  • Heidi Colourvibes

    Thanks for the recommendations beautiful!!
    Xo
    http://www.colourvibes.com

  • I love reading too and definitely need to make more time for it- perhaps instead of scrolling through my Instagram feed I should make the time to read a chapter of my book! I like pure escapism though!

    franklyflawless.com

  • Michelle Gil Santini

    I’m quite interest in reading the big magic: creative living beyond fear and Sapien: A brief history of Humankind since I get lot of art block and well as an artist I get the fear of not improving art skill and the Sapien I enjoy history quite a lot hopefully by next month once I don’t have many project I can take some time and start reading again.
    xx
    Michelle| http://www.brokebutflawless.com

  • Sam

    I had no idea Arnold Schwarzenegger had a book, although I guess it shouldn’t be surprising. I haven’t been reading lately either, but I am looking more into non-fiction books, so these are a great place to start!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

  • themomentsbyela.pl

    I also have a large backlog in reading books. In the past year, I decided that it must be much better in this matter. At least two books a month is my minimum.
    Have a nice day.
    Ela
    http://www.themomentsbyela.pl

  • These looks interesting Katya. Haven’t heard of these books, but How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell sounds really fun. Will check this one. Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com