Books I Read in 2017 Just some of the books that kept me busy in 2017: (Click on the book cover for a full review.) I started watching Lilly Singh’s videos earlier this year. I KNOW! Super behind… Anyways, I’m a fan and when I heard about her book I wanted to read it, without knowing much about it. Once I read the title, How to be a Bawse, I dragged my feet a bit. A self-help book? *insert eye roll here* Spoiler Alert: I loved it. I thought I was going to take a break from Blogging for Books in order to tackle all the books (I haven’t read) on my overflowing bookshelves. Sure, I’d check the site every now and then to see what they were offering but I’d always talk myself out of requesting review copies of anything. That was until I saw the cover, and read the premise, of David Samuel Levinson’s Tell Me How This Ends Well: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the debut novel of Ayana Mathis. Set over the course of fifty-five years, each chapter focuses on the life of one or two of Hattie’s children with the final chapter focusing on the matriarch’s grandchild. Through these different points of view, the reader gets a glimpse into Hattie’s world and an intimate look at the family she shouldered. I’ll admit it; I wanted to read Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao because it has a cool cover. I am that person who judges books by their cover. As with all the other books on my shelves, it was waiting in a long to-be-read queue. What made me finally pick it up? The author is a person of color and if you’ve been paying attention…that’s the only type of author I’m reading this year. Toni Morrison’s Beloved is one of those books that isn’t what you expect and takes you on a ride that you weren’t prepared for. At just 152 pages, Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, knocked me on my ass. Don’t judge this book by its size. The words within it have challenged me more, enlightened me more, broke me more than some of the thickest prose I’ve read in my life. It took me much too long to get around to reading Roxane Gay’s collection of essays that she titled: Bad Feminist. It came highly recommended by multiple friends and every other media outlet. Within the pages, the reader is provided with Gay’s opinions on everything from rape jokes to trigger warnings to self-image to Tarantino films. She leaves no stone unturned as she examines popular culture and popular opinion through a feminist lens…a Bad Feminist lens. Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel, Girl in Pieces, tells the story of Charlotte “Charlie” Davis and her experience with death, abuse, self-harm, and the road to recovery.