My 2017 Reading List

Okay, so I know we’re five/six weeks into 2017, but I’m just now getting to writing a post of the books I am most excited to read this year. Some are fiction, most are non-fiction, and all excite me! I highly encourage you to join me on this reading journey.

2017 reading list

Let me know in the comments section 1) if you’ve ready any of these books before and what you think, and 2) what books are top of your 2017 reading list.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

2017 reading list

Author of the bestseller The Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss brings us what he refers to as the best book he’s ever written: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Ferriss has interviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of world class experts in their field, from business people to athletes, creatives to spiritual leaders, he has distilled their teachings and his learnings into this volume.

I’ve got it on hold from the library, but considering I’m 204th in line… I think I’ll be picking up a print copy, the better to mark up and make notes in!

Pivot by Jenny Blake

2017 reading list

The world is changing. Gone are the days of working 30+ years for the same company, and our new economy is going to be all about switching roles, focus, organizations, etc. To better manage this new world, Jenny Blake wrote Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One. As she says on her podcast, “if change is the only constant, let’s get better at it,” which is exactly what she teaches in Pivot. She has developed the Pivot Method which describes how to maximize what you’re good at or love doing with your next career move, and how to make it a smooth and successful transition.

I’m loving it so far, making vigorous notes, and know that the teachings will carry me through my evolving career. Not only is this a great book, but her Pivot Method website has a ton of downloadable resources. Hello, great value!

Embrace by Taryn Brumfitt

2017 reading list

Ever since I saw the trailer for the documentary Embrace, I have been a) dying to see it and b) eager to read Taryn Brumfitt’s book Embrace: My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover. Brumfitt set the internet on fire when she posted a before and after photo of herself that was not quite what society expects. The before was her photo from a body building competition where she had “the perfect body” according to societal standards, and the after was an image not dissimilar to what you see on the cover of this book. Check out the trailer for the documentary below if you’re curious.

For my part, 2017 is a year that I want to learn to embrace my body, to love it, and to stop wishing it were different. I’m hopeful that this book will play a big role in that dream.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

2017 reading list

If you read my first blog post of the year about how I hope to develop better skills in focus, then the addition of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World to my reading list should be no surprise. I’ve listened to Cal on various podcast episodes, and feel confident that he’s onto something. I’ve struggled so much with deep work, particularly since mommy brain set in, so I’m enlisting all the resources and experts (via books and podcasts!) to help me figure this one out.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

2017 reading list

Guys, I’m getting older and wiser, but that’s not reflected in the way that I eat. As opposed to another book on dieting,  In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto is all about eating for health, not for weight loss. It’s about putting good things in my body for energy, and still be enjoyable. It comes highly recommended, so I’m really looking forward to this read and how it will or won’t affect my eating habits.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

2017 reading list

A friend who’s a teacher and avid book reader recommended The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I know that, on the whole, my reading is less diverse than I would like. I read a lot of books by Caucasian authors (this list is no exception), but she’s given me an awesome list of authors and books to get going with this year. I do hope she’ll do a guest post for Girl Tries Life on her diverse reading recommendations.

Anywho, the story is about a young man named Junior who is an aspiring cartoonist. In order to get a better education and open up opportunities, he chooses to leave his reservation and attend an all-white small-town school. Part fiction, part the author’s own experience, I think it will make a fascinating fish out of water read.

Die Empty by Todd Henry

2017 reading list

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day was recommended to me by Stephanie Pollock, who I’ve interviewed for an upcoming podcast episode (yes, I work crazy far in advance!). It’s all about how to get your most important work OUT before you *drumroll* die empty.

What I like, based on what I’ve heard of the book, is that Henry doesn’t just wax lyrical about the importance of doing your best work, but gives you methods and strategies to make your goals a reality. I’m all about the actionable tasks!

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

2017 reading list

Honestly, the reason I’ve got The Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays on my 2017 reading list is entirely due to the Goodreads reviews for it. A collection of essays on feminism, writing, geek culture and more, I hear that Hurley delivers killer thoughts and observations in an uplifting way. I look forward to devouring it bit by bit.

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

2017 reading list

If you followed the U.S. election as closely as I did, the name Megyn Kelly will be familiar to you. In her memoir,  Settle for More, she gives you a look at what went on with Donald Trump behind closed doors, as well as discussing her transition from lawyer to the job of her dreams as a journalist. So far, I’m really enjoying it, and it’s definitely a manifesto about not settling, unless, of course, you’re settling for more.

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

2017 reading list

Jennifer Weiner’s memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, is MAKING MY LIFE right now. I’ve read her novels Good in Bed, Fly Away Home and watched In Her Shoes, but honestly I think her memoir is better. From her experience in college to days as a reporter, to her thoughts on weight and parenting, she writes with serious flair and attitude.

I also love getting a behind the scenes look at what it was like to be an author in the days when new authors could command a $500,000 first book deal, as she did. While that’s pretty rare these days, it was still a great read. She’s funny, opinionated and crafts delicious sentences. Well worth a read.


There are MANY more books that I plan to read this year, my library holds list is stocked to the brim and given that my maternity-leave brain was fried in 2016, this is the year I rock my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Again, if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your comments below. And… tell me what you’re reading! I always like to add books to my to-be-read pile.

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