Best Books of 2017

From drama to sci-fi and everything in-between, books have the unique power to capture our interest and draw us into a different world. Each year sees unique and fascinating finds from a wide genre of literature. These are some of the best books of 2017.

Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky

Written by a professor of biology and neurology, this book is a surprisingly fascinating read. Sapolsky attempts to answer the question of why humans harm or help each other? He finds his answers in biology and the book is informative as well as amusing with his dry humor and wit.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This book follows the lives of four generations of a Korean family starting in 1910. It starts with the story of an elderly fisherman and his wife living in Busan. The tale weaves through the family as they experience loss, growth, and the huge changes of the times. Weaving a fascinating tale throughout the years, readers will experience the tradition ups and downs of a family.

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Sexton

This is the first novel by the author but it made the longlist of the National Book Award. Her novel traces a downward spiral of a black family from the start of WWII to Hurricane Katrina. The story begins with a young debutante who falls in love with a lower class man. Readers will see the struggle of each generation, ending with the youngest member of the family who ends up in jail for drug possession.  Here is Margaret Sexton reading an excerpt from her book.

Rising Star by David Garrow

The Obama’s have possibly been even more a subject of interest after they left the White House and have been the subject of many books. This biography stands out by focusing on the calculations that Barack made in the years leading up to his presidential race. Garrow brings in the idea of destiny and the calculating moves that Barack made in pursuit of his goal.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

While this book has seen great attention due to the events of 2017, it stands out among other dystopian novels. The premise is simple. Girls discover that their bodies can produce an electrical charge which goes on to disrupt civilization. This new power is seen in a variety of settings from a young girls’ bedroom to political offices. The story sparks with satire and makes for a fascinating read.

Although this list is certainly not exhaustive, take a chance on one or more of these top books. You’ll find a fascinating story in each of their pages.

Best New Music of 2017

Best New Music of 2017

Music can guide you through your darkest hours, your happiest moments, and even your most potent of defeats. 2017 had some of the best new artists and some pretty great songs, the list below will give you your music lowdown and will be the only guide you will ever need to the greatest music of last year.

1. New Rules – Dua Lipa – Funky with a cool beat, Dua Lipa discusses relationship woes in her top hit.
2. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rhianna, Bryson Tiller – Rhianna and DJ Khaled make a great pair in this song, a catchy pop song that is perfect for a summer pool party.
3. I’m the One – DJ Khaled, Justin Beiber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper – Khaled knocked it out of the park in 2017 in terms of catchy and fun songs. This is the kind of song you play to keep people happy at your late night party.
 
4. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran – Another top hit for Sheeran, Shape of You is undoubtedly one of the best for 2017, with a fast pace and relatable lyrics, it’ll get stuck in your head and you won’t even be mad about it.
5. HUMBLE – Kendrick Lamar – Lamar raps his heart out in this song, which expresses the intricacies of staying humble.
6. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars – A catchy Bruno Mars song to brighten up your day, this song is a great song to dance to.
 
7. Havana – Camila Cabello – Smooth with a South American feel, Cabello’s lyrics and voice make Havana one of the best of the year.
8. Swish Swish – Katy Perry – Perry has had some duds as of late, but Swish Swish is a fun and quirky song, that reminds you that life is too short not to swish…and then swish some more.
9. Every Single Night – Computer Games – Released by the band Computer Games (made up of brothers Darren and Chuck Criss), Every Single Night is an electric pop song that will have you dancing around the room in no time.
10. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato – This fearless track by Lovato gives you all the empowerment you need to go and be proud of the decisions you make.
There were so many great hits for 2017, it was hard to narrow it down. Do you think I missed any? What were your top hits?