Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books in 2017 (so far)

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Hello everyone!

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week I will write about the best books that I read in 2017 so far.

If you stay tuned until the end, I will have a picture (or two) from my cross-Canada road trip 🙂

Without further ado, let’s begin! In no particular order:

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon is a touching memoir about living with depression. This book also delves into the neurobiology and social impact of depression. I love how this book ends on a hopeful note.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is a memoir and how-to book about writing. It is a book that I refer to again and again and again, and certain quotes and passages haunt me each time I write. For example: “The road to hell is paved by adverbs.”

In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke, the author explores various facets of prescription drug abuse. As a health care professional, I see headlines about this critical issue every single month. Prescription opiate abuse is an epidemic that needs to be stopped.

E. H. Gombrich will draw you into the world of art in his book, A Story of Art. It is an amazingly (oops, adverb) written account of art history, from the Prehistoric times to Modern Art, complete with prints of famous artworks that will allow you to follow along. A must-read for art lovers.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe, who is rumoured to have burned down a town, stole princesses from kings, spent a night with the Felurian and survived to tell the tale.

In The Captive Prince Trilogy by S. U. Pact, Damen, the prince of Akielos, is sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. This series is more than what meets the eye. It is perhaps the best surprise in the form of a book for me, ever. If you enjoy a good romance (and enjoy or at least don’t mind the occasional graphic depiction of gay sex), you will very likely fall in love with this series.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini are heartwarming stories about depression and suicide. They are must-reads for anyone who is interested in mental health. I love that, despite the heavy topic, the authors incorporate a sense of humour in the main characters’ view point, and that there is a spirit of optimism.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon tells the story of a girl who is “allergic” to the world and confined to her home. Everything changes when she meets and falls in love with her next door neighbour. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab takes place in the dystopian city of Verity where monsters roam the land. August is a kind monster, who meets Kate, a human, and the daughter of an influential man in the city of Verity. I love the chemistry between the characters in both novels. They are both page-turners that kept me hooked until the very end.

And that’s all!

As promised, a few photos from my trip across Canada. Both were taken in Banff:

 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Fantasy and YA Books in my TBR

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Hello everyone!

I’m excited to share with you my (first ever) Top 10 Tuesday list! Top 10 Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Ten books from X genre that I’ve added to my TBR.”

I could not decide between Fantasy (my recent obsession) and Young Adult (which I always come back to), so I thought I’d share some of each. I realize that some books fall into both genres 🙂

Without further ado, let’s begin! In no particular order…

Fantasy

1. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu / 2. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

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I’ve heard many great things about Marie Lu’s writing, and I am so excited to begin reading this series.

 

 

 

3. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss

 

21535271This is a novella that takes places in the same world as The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. However, this time the focus is on Auri and her adventures in the Underthing. Auri is one of my favourite characters in the series so I am very excited to read about her.

 

 

4. The Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss

This is the much anticipated third and final book in The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. As you can see, the cover art has yet been released for this book (although if you know otherwise, please share!) As of February 2017, the author is still working on revisions for this book, and did not state a release date.

Having read the first two books in the series, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for this one!

5. Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by V. E. Schwab

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I really enjoyed the first book in the series, This Savage Song, and have been waiting impatiently for this one to come out! Good news, this will be released on June 13 – less than a week. For those who love V. E. Schwab’s writing, definitely check this series out! (And is that not an AWESOME book cover?)

 

 

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series. One of the books in this series is also on the top of the YA Novels of 2017 list on Goodreads. I am looking forward to reading this one 🙂

 

 

 

7. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

10357575This is an older book (published in 2009) that has been on my radar for a while. I am a fan of Haruki Murakami and I am looking forward to reading more of his works. This is a longer book (925 pages), but I am hoping to get to it eventually.

Young Adult

8. Everything Everything by Nicola Poon

18692431This will probably be the book that I’m reading next 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

32768522I am in love with Rainbow Rowell’s books. I absolutely LOVED Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, and Landline. For those who have read Fangirl, remember Simon Snow? Well… this book is about Simon Snow and his adventures in wizard school!

It seems like this book also has an LGBT component to it as well, which is also a genre that I enjoy reading.

 

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

19063This is another book that I’ve heard amazing things about, and somewhat of a classic.

 

 

 

 

And that’s all!

If you’ve read any of the books on this list, I’d love to hear your opinion. Which genre(s) do you like to read? What are some of the books on your TBR? Do you have a Top 10 Tuesday post? (If so, please share!)

Cheers,

Sophie