Did you promise to read a few more books this year? If so, you are in for a treat. 2017 is the year of books, as there are plenty of interesting and exciting books hitting the shops. Whether you are looking for fiction or non-fiction, here are the must-read books for the year.
1. Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction by Lawrence W. Reed
Start your reading with some uplifting stories from real life. The book is full of fascinating stories and incredible people. The stand-alone stories will make you laugh and move you to tears.
2. Little Deaths by Emma Flint
A good thriller is always reading and Emma Flint’s debut thriller is worth checking out. The story is inspired by a true crime and the plot is full of murder, obsession and sex.
3. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
Books that teach you new things without feeling like study guides are definitely worth reading. How Not to Be Wrong is one such book; providing you with an educational yet humorous look at mathematics. It’s a book you want to talk about with your friends.
4. The Shack by William P. Young
The Shack is a book worth reading, not least because it comes out as a feature film in 2017. The story is about a young girl who is brutally murdered and his father’s quest to find out what has happened.
5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
If you’d love a bit of love in the timely setting of a refugee world, Exit West is the book to buy in March. The book deals with topical themes of migration and its different nuances and has plenty of tears in store.
6. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
If last year’s shocking election in the US puzzles you, you need to read Hillbilly Elegy. The book is a wonderful look at rural America and the problems it’s facing. The book is timely, interesting and an eye-opening experience.
7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
The book is not about apathy or living in ignorance. It’s about showing how to know when you should care and when you are better off moving on. The book is especially good in 2017, when 2016 has offered us with many difficult things to start dealing with. So, be more energetic this year with the help of this book.
8. But What if We’re Wrong by Chuck Klosterman
2016 was a year of divisions and most of us started dividing each other into camps. But what the things you think are right are actually wrong? Klosterman’s book is a good reminder of the fact that we’re not always right and the book offers much needed perspective for all of us. It’s a good idea to occasionally take a step back, calm down and face your ignorance.
9. Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King
If you like a bit of history and political thought, Charles King’s book about a specific hotel in Istanbul is worth checking. The story is about the rise of the Republic of Turkey and an in-depth look in the struggles between conservatism and secularism in this turbulent time.
10. The Circle by Dave Eggers
Another book-to-film that should get your attention is The Circle. The story is timely, with the focus on a powerful Internet company that has control over people’s personal information. The suspense novel is topical and captivating.
11. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Claire Fuller won the Desmond Elliot Prize for debut work of fiction with her first novel and Swimming Lessons might have a hard time following the success of Our Endless Numbered Days. Yet, the book seems intriguing once more and it’ll be interesting to see how her books start developing.
12. Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez
Do you like technology and entrepreneurialism? Then pick of the Chaos Monkey and learn more about the start-up revolution in Silicon Valley. The book is insightful and surprisingly fun to read, providing you with a more personal and humane look into the industry of self-made billionaires.
13.Moonglow by Michael Chabon
If you are looking for an autobiography, then you might want to check out Moonglow. In fact, it’s more of a fictional book disguised as a memoir and it offers a refreshing take on the genre of biographies. Chabon has said about the book, “I have stuck to facts except where facts refused to conform with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it”.
The above 13 books should keep you busy in 2017. If you love books, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on them, you can find great deals for retailers like Booktopia and Fishpond from the OZCodes.com.au. The offers and the above ideas should keep you reading for a while!