Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017 (in no particular order)
Since some of you guys asked for it, here are the Words of Mystery 2017 Books of the Year!
Emery Lord’s books have always been a hit with me! And I was fortunate enough to be on the Canadian blog tour for The Names They Gave Us. TNTGU takes place at a summer camp and does an excellent job at looking at grief, loss and religion along with the usual “feels” and awesome friendships associated with Emery Lord books.
2. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
The Inspector Gamache series is one of the few mystery series that I still follow. I look forward to a new book every year, and this year’s Glass Houses did not let me down. Definitely, one of the strongest additions to Louise Penny’s series.
I love comics, and this reference book is a great addition to the library of any comic lover. It’s also a great introduction to lesser known female characters and figures in the comic book industry.
4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Kevin Kwan’s satirical series of the extremely wealthy in Asia is one of my favourite series ever! I was eagerly anticipating this book as it’s the conclusion to the beloved Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. Fortunately it was worth the wait, and the ending was satisfying yet still leaves room for more.
5. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
This debut novel by a clinical psychologist and award- winning poet looks at the Palestinian diaspora while telling the the stories of several generations of a family. The prose is gorgeous and the characters are unforgettable.
6. Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes
I absolutely adored this mystery set in Oxford among the elites! Fun and dramatic this one’s for those who like strong, independent female protagonists and their mysteries on a lighter side.
7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book wasn’t at all what I expected, and I LOVED it! There’s your usual glitz and glamour in an old Hollywood setting in addition to tons of secrets and drama. But at the very heart of it, its a “star” and a story about great loves and sacrifice in all forms.
8. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
I was not expecting Young Jane Young to be the female empowering read that it was so I was pleasantly surprised. This book definitely takes a refreshingly, unique approach to the political scandals and the women that are affected by them.
9. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
I’ll admit that I’m a fairly recent fan to “Superwoman”, however I do love the positive message she has. This book was actually filled with some pretty useful tips and advice. Aimed at a younger but still adult (and teen) audience, this book is written in an accessible manner and has tons of personal stories that make it more entertaining and even relatable at times.
10. The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman
I’ve heard of Practical Magic but have never picked up the book or even the movie. I have however, read other books that Alice Hoffman and of those that I’ve read, The Rules of Magic is definitely my favourite. As it’s a prequel to the movie, you do not have to be familiar with Practical Magic in order to enjoy The Rules of Magic. With it themes of love, family and magic this book is an excellent fall to holiday read!