Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books We’ve Read In 2017 So Far

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Yash

  1. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: Listened to the audiobook during my daily commutes. I almost hated reaching my destination because I didn’t want to stop listening to Noah’s book. Here are some of the reasons why I loved this audiobook.
  2. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: I love this way more than any romance I’ve ever read and if you’ve never read a Nicola Yoon book before, I suggest starting here. If you’d like to read a review before picking this up, here’s Nafiza’s review.
  3. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee: I think Janet hit on all the reasons why you should read this book here!
  4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I’ll link my review for this book whenever it goes up. Point is, it made it to my favourite list and there are many good reasons as to why. Just trust me.
  5. Want by Cindy Pon: Here you go, here are all the reasons why you need to read this one ASAP.

Janet

  1. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. I skirted around reading this for years because I didn’t like the cover. What a mistake! Everyone who mentioned how extraordinarily good it is, was right.
  2. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee. It is Yash’s doing that I read this, for which I owe her a hug and at least one pie. With a latticed top. And pastry flowers. And a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Also a really well crafted audio book, for those who like being read to.
  3. Not pictured, The Changeling by Annerb. A fanfic in which Ginny Weasley was sorted into Slytherin. A must-read for those who love and need utterly determined fictional women. (Women. Plural. All the women. All the women with utterly different goals, interests, characters and personalities, who don’t always understand each other or get along but who still value and appreciate each other’s work and none of whom are derided for being the way they are.)
    1. Slytherin!Ginny and Mercy (Outrun the Moon) would get along like a house on fire, I think. Together they would be absolutely terrifying.
    2. Oh my goodness, if these two allied with Prunella (Sorcerer to the Crown) and Jacqueline (Naked Once More et al.) the world would tremble and fall in absolute obeisance.
  4. The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Um, yes, science and story and deer; also, turkeys, oaks, microclimates, one very territorial bobcat, singing mice, and dogs.
  5. The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth by Kit Pearson. Steph reviewed the former, if you need convincing. Seriously, Kit Pearson is a Canadian treasure.
  6. Always Human by walkingnorth is *sob* finished, and I would be weeping in earnest if it wasn’t so perfect a story arc. Yash has interviewed walkingnorth and reviewed this webcomic (as have I), which should give you an idea of how much we love it. Girls falling in love, best friends, loving and oh-so-annoying family members… this is one of the best webcomics around, possibly ever.

 

Nafiza

I’ve been having a rather dismal reading year. By that I mean I haven’t been reading as much as I usually would. I have also not been reading much kidlit so my choices will be different genres but they’re still excellent because I have excellent reading choices. #modestyisoverrated

  1. Sacrifice by Cindy Pon
    Oh I had been excepting great things from Cindy in the sequel and she delivered. And how. Everything was perfect and I loved it so it has made my top list.
  2. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
    This short blistering collection of feminist essays is one of the best things in existence. Seriously. Solnit is so articulate, her essays almost made me weep with appreciation.
  3. Saints & Misfits – S. K. Ali
    The world needs more books like this one.
  4. Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones
    I mean, it’s Diana Wynne Jones?
  5. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
    This has nothing to do with Karuna being a close friend and everything to do with how much I identified with this book. How brilliant it was to see shades of myself in this character.
  6. Underground – Haruki Murakami
    This is a collection of interviews conducted by Murakami with both the victims of the gas attack and the perpetrators or rather the members of the cult that was responsible for these gas attacks. I found the different ways different people remembered the same incident fascinating.
  7. A Curious Land by Susan Muaddi Darraj
    Honestly this is not the kind of book I would usually read but it is such an exceptional book that delves into lives not usually explored in literature in such astonishingly brilliant ways that I can’t help but include it in my list of best books of the year.
  8. The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon
    Well, Yash already said everything there was and oh look, I actually reviewed it too.
  9. Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante
    Okay, so I haven’t actually finished this book yet but once I do, it’s going into my list because it’s startling and brilliant and makes me think about writing and my role as an author.

 

 

 

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