Year 17, Book 15

15. The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Ross Gay decided to write an essay every day about something that delighted him starting on his birthday and ending on his next birthday. This book contains a selection of those essays. Some delights are straightforward and some begin as a seed that twists and grows into a greater story or reflection. One might expect that the book might be treacly or try to be inspirational, but it’s really neither of those things and some of the essays wind up pretty heavy even as they spring from a delight. Gay is a fantastic writer that really has a way with words and expressing things. Although the book is not meant to inspire anyone to do anything, it has made me to start noticing those small delights in my everyday life too. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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