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Best Books of 2017

The New York Times has released its list of the 10 best books to read from 2017 and it's one of their best lists yet. With authors like Jesmyn Ward, Patricia Lockwood and Ron Chernow, it's something you should definitely check out and add to your to-read list on Amazon or Goodreads. There are large ideas regarding exile, the trials of a Korean family, and even modern day mythical journeys. There's a book about friendship and a book about the destructive nature of power.

The Most Important Book You'll Ever Read

Most people can think of at least one book that really changed their way of thinking or their life somehow. Maybe it was an entirely new perspective, or a new school of philosophy. Some people say The Alchemist changed them forever; others say Harry Potter did! Plenty of people cite religious texts like The Bible and others might just say a good book they re-read over and over again. A friend of mine swears by The Little Prince.

Monstress

Feminsm, creatures, violence, friendship, cannibalism... Marjorie Liu's comic Monstress seems to have it all. Originally, Liu wanted to simply write about girls and monsters, including elements of war, the supernatural and a few other ideas. She had no idea how the story would become an epic saga that fans salivate over.

Marvel's The Runaways

Are you excited about the new Runaways program about youth with super powers? It's premiering on Hulu soon and while it looks really interesting, I can already spot lots of differences from the photos versus the characters in the comics. It's always the case, really--there are very few instances of a comic being completely, faithfully adapted onto the screen. What's exciting is that this is an adaptation of a Brian K. Vaughan work, and Vaughan is known to reject having his works like Saga made into movies or programs.

The Book vs. The Graphic Novel

There's always been a big debate between what is better, the book or the novel, and most people who read the novels usually side with them save for a few exceptions. But now there's a new debate waging: the book versus the graphic novel! Everything from Game of Thrones to The Graveyard Book has a graphic novel adaptation, leaving both readers and movie watchers to ponder over which is better. 

Best Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books of 2017

Are you a lover of all things fantasy? If so, which fantasy book of 2017 has been your favorite so far? Some of the most anticipated fantasy novels for the year include Pierce Brown's book Iron Gold and V. E. Schwab's series conclusion to the Shades of Magic trilogy. Did you enjoy either of these books as much as expected or did you like other fantasy novels better?

Romancing the Ordinary

Do you find yourself going through the motions, not enjoying your life as much as you'd like? If you woke up and just realized that it's July already, this book is for you! Sarah Ban Breathnach, the famous author of Simple Abundance and Something More (think gratitude journaling!), wrote Romancing the Ordinary more than a decade ago and it's still a gorgeous book to help you move through the seasons with mindfulness and sensuality. 

Best Books of Summer 2017

Summer is in full swing and so are summer reading lists. How is your summer reading going? Whether you've already met your quota or you are searching for something to start, Publishers Weekly has a wonderful list of ten summer reads that are sure to whet your appetite for books. From Patricia Lockwood's memoir to China Mieville's story of Russian revolution, there is something interesting in the list for everyone.

Re-Reading The Dark Tower

Are you getting ready for The Dark Tower film yet? Stephen King has a huge year this year, what with TV shows, films, books and a tour going on. He's even going to be in my hometown (sadly they are already sold out, so I won't be attending). I've heard a lot of people talk about how they plan on re-reading The Dark Tower to prep for the big film starring Idris Elba (woohoo!). It has been so long since I've read the book that I think I'll do the same.

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