There is light at the end of the 2017 tunnel – a reading light, that is! If you’re a lover of the written word, 2017 had lots of gifts for you throughout the year. There were literally hundreds of fantastic books published in 2017. We know this because we looked through some Best of The Year book lists, and they were long!
While some lists highlighted every single book published in 2017, we opted to focus on a much smaller mix of titles. We asked ourselves which books we were most likely to curl up with during the last week of the year, and the following three titles struck our fancy – maybe they’ll strike yours, too!
- “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman and mythology lovers alike rejoiced this year with the release of “North Mythology.” Gaiman is a beautiful and witty writer, though his latest work feels surprisingly simple in comparison to some of his other collections. The real meat of this book is in the storytelling – in the retelling and rewriting of classically recognized figures. This interpretation of these mythological beings is funny and delightful, and brings out an unexpected level of humanity from the characters. The result will satisfy anyone interested in this type of tale.
- “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by Maurene Goo. This book highlights exactly why young adult fiction isn’t just for young adults. Its 17 year old protagonist, Desi Lee, is an intelligent Korean-American girl. She’s the top of her class, and is set to study pre-med at Stanford. The one area she hasn’t mastered? Relationships. So she turns to the serialized Korean TV shows that are often viewed in her home for help. Desi creates a blueprint to romantic success by writing a formula based on the TV storylines – with hilarious results. This delightful read addresses and breaks down the silliest romance story tropes, all while featuring a diverse cast of characters and telling a generally good story.
- “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. John Green’s latest book is already being evaluated as a potential movie – so if you like to read books first, you’ll want to grab this one soon! The star of the book, 16 year old Aza, finds herself pursuing the mystery of a fugitive billionaire, thanks to the persuasion of a friend. Throughout the book, Aza struggles to be a good daughter, friend, student, and detective. She struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The final result is a story of love, resilience, and friendship. While classified as young adult fiction, many feel that this book is darker and more complicated than the heart-wrenching “The Fault in Our Stars” novel by the same author. The story told is a human one, and one that will stay with you into 2018.
This mixture of titles and topics should definitely give you the feels, should you decide to pick them up before the end of the year! However, if we may drop in a piece of professional advice – it’s important to remember that reading can be hard on the eyes if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
That’s why you should always read your books in a well-lit area. And if you’re reading a digital copy, you should be aware of how your reading habits can encourage eyestrain. We’ve written about eyestrain in the past, and our tips for preventing it at work can definitely apply to your reading habits!
Do you read books on a screen often? Food for thought: the blue light emitted from your computer and TV screens can cause your eyes to feel fatigued, interrupting your reading time. Phonetic’s glasses cut down on the harmful light and can make reading comfortable for longer periods of time. If you’re gearing up for a book-heavy year in 2018, you’ll want to visit our online shop to find a pair that fits your style!