I’m a voracious reader. If you’ve been a friend of mine for a long time or you follow me on Litsy (seriously, join up folks), you’d know that books are one of my greatest passions. Give me a library, or even just a stack of good books, and I will love you until the day that you are crushed under my pile of to-be-read and read books that toppled over onto you. Don’t be sad—it’s a noble way to go.
Anyhoo, for those of you that haven’t had a chance (or you’re just too stubborn), let me share some books and the reviews I gave them on Litsy. Not all of these books were released in 2017, but that’s when I read them, so here we are. Hopefully by looking at the beautiful covers (sometimes it’s okay to judge a book by its cover), and the review that accompanies the pictures, you’ll be inspired to check the books out, too! Enjoy:
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
I didn’t write a review of this one on Litsy, but it touched me in a way that was profound, and instantly made me search out other Frederick Backman books. If you like Mitch Alboum or Nicholas Sparks, you’ll love Frederick Backman’s similar, but more deftly written, novels.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I didn’t write a review for this book on Litsy when I finished it. Probably because it emotionally devastated me. However, if you’ve never read Khaled Hosseini—start with this one. Cry like a little bitch, then move on to his others. You won’t regret it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Wow. I stayed up all night to read this in one sitting. It has got to be one of the most important, powerful, and timely books that I’ve ever read. Not only was the story exciting and well written—it was profound beyond measure. My biggest “absolute pick” of the year. 5 stars!
No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
Truly enjoyed the rich, layered storytelling in this debut novel. Flashing between past and present, children that become the adults, and how the sins of the past can become the springboard into one’s future. Rife with the nostalgia of youth, both joyful and bittersweet, Powell Watt’s novel shares the lesson that we are all masters of our own fate. The full title should have been “No One is Coming to Save Us…But Maybe We Can Save Ourselves”.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I finally finished I Am Malala tonight. Such a moving story about how a goal, courage, and a voice can change the world. Beautifully written, great storytelling, heartbreaking, but hopeful. Required reading for anyone, in my opinion.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The last 50 pages of this book gutted me so thoroughly that I feel personally attacked by Celeste Ng. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. With themes covering racism, sexism, parent-child relations, defiance vs. desire, and the destructive acts people commit to cope, this is a book for everyone. While the end left me cautiously hopeful, my emotions will be jacked up until the new year. Absolute biggest pick of the year.
They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
This book emotionally devastated me to the point that I want to find Adam Silvera and kick him in the grundle. Having said that, the paradox created by someone telling you that you’re going to die is troublesome. However, the overall theme that how we live today determines the dignity with which we die makes this book an absolute pick.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Another one I didn’t write a review for on Litsy once I had finished reading it. However, this was another author I tried in 2017 and fell in love with. I’d highly recommend it to anyone—and below is a picture of one of my favorite excerpts that I posted on Litsy—just in case you need a taste of the book.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This was an absolutely beautifully written fairy tale set in Russia. Love the themes of feminism, courage, family, tradition, and honoring one’s home and environment. It took me several days to read since I didn’t have much time, but when time allowed, no one could pry this book out of my hands. Highly recommend!!
Until next time…