Hibernation Has Begun: Top Books Of 2017 You Still Need To Read

It’s freezing and the last thing we want to do is get ready and go out, but we also fight cabin fever – we’re here to help you solve the problem.

You can only binge watch so many shows before you start to feel a little useless and stir crazy. There’s nothing better curling up with a blanket, glass of wine and a good book to fight the winter blues. We rounded up some of the must-read books that have been floating around and getting loads of buzz – meaning they’re all amazing AF. Whether you need a lift, relationship advice, a good fiction novel, financial advice or some uplifting words on your career – we’ve got you covered with a diverse list. Check out some of the top books from last year to catch up on.

 

The Defining Decade: Why Your 20’s Matter – And How To Make The Most Of Them Now:
Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.

Dear Martin:
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Love, Sex & Friendship: In No Particular Order:
Love, Sex & Friendship: In No Particular Order is a ‘Carrie Diary’ approach to telling a snap shot of the true story of years in the life of author and business woman Farissa Knox in her early 20’s- before her start in advertising, before starting WhatRUWearing, before moving to Chicago, before marriage, before true adulthood. You get to live through the decisions, opportunities, experiences, and friendship with her best friend that helped guide her into becoming the 30 something woman she is today. Farissa also includes pictures from her childhood and her 20’s to go along with the story, complete with outfit descriptions.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together
Broke Millennial shows step-by-step how to go from flat-broke to financial badass. Unlike most personal finance books out there, it doesn’t just cover boring stuff like credit card debt, investing, and dealing with the dreaded “B” word (budgeting). Financial expert Erin Lowry goes beyond the basics to tackle tricky money matters and situations most of us face #IRL.

Rich People Problems: A Novel:
Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan) and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps:
If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it’s OK. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING, makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable–and even conquerable.

The Babe Bible: Every Woman’s BFF – Love Letters to Guide You Through Life’s Toughest Lessons, Soothe Your Heart, and Sparkle Your Soul:
Today there’s intense pressure on women to be perfect, which has caused a huge lack in self-confidence and self-love. As a result, so many women believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up, in multiple areas of their lives—at school, in relationships, in their physical appearance, at home, and in their career. And often, they don’t believe they have anyone to turn to who will truly understand how they’re feeling.  Maybe you’ve experienced days where you feel insecure about your body, days where you’re struggling to motivate yourself, or even days when you find your heart shattering and you can’t see how it’s ever going to piece itself back together again. And sometimes, all you need is someone to be there at the end of the day to comfort and reassure you that everything will be okay. The Babe Bible will guide you through some of life’s toughest lessons, help you discover answers to your many questions, and be the light in the darkness when you need it most.

The Idiot:
Surrounded by charming oddities in her first year at Harvard, Turkish-American undergraduate Selin falls in love with the lanky Ivan, relying on hilariously ’90s technology and her limited social nous to eke out romantic progress. If this sounds like elite-ish bellyaching to you, then fall back. But if you scrutinize human bonds as confusedly as you might study chemical ones, feeling like insight will forever elude you, you’ll guzzle The Idiot‘s sardonic wit and drawn-out quotidian tragedies.

The Rules Don’t Apply:
“I wanted what we all want: everything,” writes Ariel Levy in The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, which expands upon her powerful New Yorker personal essay about miscarrying, “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” “We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising. We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers.” Levy’s story is about getting everything she wants—an exciting wife, her dream job, pregnancy—and then losing almost all of it over the course of a few short weeks. Brilliantly written, and soaring on Levy’s signature eye for detail, the memoir conjures grief, success, love, anger, addiction, and betrayal at a rapid-fire clip that feels very much like the thing it describes, which is, of course, life

Sweetbitter:
Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.

The Hate You Give:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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