Even I must admit that this post is coming a little late. But, as the saying goes, “better late than never,” so… Here, divided into 8 different categories, are some of the favorite books I read in 2017.
FICTION: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.
We Need New Names tells the story of Darling and her band of misfits friends. The harsh conditions of living they find themselves notwithstanding, the group sticks together for survival and support. Everything changes, however, when Darling “escapes” to a better life.
BUSINESS/ECONOMICS: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
The Lean Startup challenges, with empirical evidence, the traditional approach to the business of production. I would recommend this book to all entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs, alike.
MEMOIR: Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.
That I’m a Shonda fan might just have contributed to her memoir getting this nod. However, my love for her notwithstanding, Year Of Yes did hold its own. It was, for me, a different experience with memoirs. It was the right amount of fun, exposition, and motivation.
FAITH: Crash the Chatterbox by Steve Furtick
The mind is where the enemy wages war against believers, attacking our faith with thoughts and imaginations contrary to God’s. Crash the Chatterbox, offering practicable steps, discusses how we, as believers, can successfully tune out the enemy’s voice.
NON-FICTION: Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry
1999, aged 17, Adnan Syed, a high school student at that time, was arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Seventeen years later, Adnan’s Story narrates the arduous journey that the search for justice for Adnan has been.
PERSONAL FINANCE: Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu
Books on personal finance tend to be slightly egocentric and preachy, but not Arese Ugwu’s Smart Money Woman. The book particularly stood out with its decision to stick with simplicity over technicality. Simplicity and the unique approach the author employs made Smart Money Woman one of the favorite books I read in 2017.
SCREENWRITING: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
This book is basically my screenwriting Bible. Yes, I have read many other awesome books on screenwriting, but, I’ve found, none works for me like this one.
POETRY: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Sex, toxic and abusive relationships, rape, heartbreaks, love and the misguided idea of it, Rupi Kaur touches on it all in Milk and Honey. And she tackles these issues beautifully well. With this collection, Kaur simply made me fall in love with poetry anew.
- Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle.
- Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.
- The Jewish Phenomenon by Steven Silbiger
These are some of the favorite books I read in 2017. What are your favorite reads from 2017?