Fact: 2017 is shaping up to be the best reading year ever. February is brimming with obsession-worthy reads no avid reader will be able to put down (trust us, Sparks). Here are the best book club picks to add to your reading rotation and pass down to your girlfriends immediately.
Best YA – Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
The best YA novels are emotionally raw and miraculously access the place in our heart where youth thrives — Sad Perfect does just that. This stunning must-read portrait of a 16-year-old girl facing her eating disorder demons will leave every reader’s soul moved to the core.
Best Romance – Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi
Think Gilmore Girls without those earth-shattering and chaos-inducing last three words. This gorgeous tale follows one woman as she navigates through the expectations of her small town, running a cozy inn and following her heart’s true desires. Be prepared for major swooning; Sweet Lake is the feel-good read of the year.
Best LGBT – The Evenings by Gerard Reve
The first English translation of the famous Dutch masterpiece (written by the first openly gay writer in the country’s history) just hit American bookshelves, and you need to devour it immediately. A provocative literary coming-of-age cocktail of heartbreaks, endless wit and hope, The Evenings will leave every reader mesmerized.
Best Thriller – The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty
Newly dumped Anne Morgan takes on the coveted role of housekeeper to her biggest icon: Emma Helmsley. Little does she know celebrities often have the dirtiest of laundry — and this type of filth could leave her life in ruins. A true adrenaline-inducer from the first page, The Housekeeper is shaping up to be the “it” thriller of spring.
Best Short Story Pick – By The Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish
If Beyonce were a book, this would hands-down be Sasha Fierce. This gorgeous collection of stories focuses on women in absurd situations trying to survive in a world hostile to females. By The Wayside is as real as it gets and belongs on every lady’s nightstand.
Best Black History Month Pick – The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers
Celebrate the first African-American FLOTUS in history by indulging in this stunning collection of stories exploring her iconic influence. This marvelous ode to Michelle Obama doubles as an enthralling exploration of class, gender, race and creativity in America.
Best Nonfiction Pick – The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Keep your mindful living resolutions on track in 2017 with this incredible look into the lifestyle of one of the world’s happiest countries: Denmark. A full guide to the Danish lifestyle philosophy called Hygge, readers will learn that peace and harmony are often found in the simplest of life’s pleasures.
Best Literary Pick – One Way Down (Or Another) by Calder Lorenz
If you’re looking for a deep and dark read, littered with prose and overflowing with meaning, One Way Down (Or Another) is going to keep your book club discussing until the wee hours of the night. Based in San Francisco, you’ll follow one man’s journey through addiction, as he fights bitterly to destroy his own life.[/fusion_text]