Top 10 Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week I will write about the best books that I read in 2017 so far.
If you stay tuned until the end, I will have a picture (or two) from my cross-Canada road trip 🙂
Without further ado, let’s begin! In no particular order:
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon is a touching memoir about living with depression. This book also delves into the neurobiology and social impact of depression. I love how this book ends on a hopeful note.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is a memoir and how-to book about writing. It is a book that I refer to again and again and again, and certain quotes and passages haunt me each time I write. For example: “The road to hell is paved by adverbs.”
In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke, the author explores various facets of prescription drug abuse. As a health care professional, I see headlines about this critical issue every single month. Prescription opiate abuse is an epidemic that needs to be stopped.
E. H. Gombrich will draw you into the world of art in his book, A Story of Art. It is an amazingly (oops, adverb) written account of art history, from the Prehistoric times to Modern Art, complete with prints of famous artworks that will allow you to follow along. A must-read for art lovers.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe, who is rumoured to have burned down a town, stole princesses from kings, spent a night with the Felurian and survived to tell the tale.
In The Captive Prince Trilogy by S. U. Pact, Damen, the prince of Akielos, is sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. This series is more than what meets the eye. It is perhaps the best surprise in the form of a book for me, ever. If you enjoy a good romance (and enjoy or at least don’t mind the occasional graphic depiction of gay sex), you will very likely fall in love with this series.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini are heartwarming stories about depression and suicide. They are must-reads for anyone who is interested in mental health. I love that, despite the heavy topic, the authors incorporate a sense of humour in the main characters’ view point, and that there is a spirit of optimism.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon tells the story of a girl who is “allergic” to the world and confined to her home. Everything changes when she meets and falls in love with her next door neighbour. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab takes place in the dystopian city of Verity where monsters roam the land. August is a kind monster, who meets Kate, a human, and the daughter of an influential man in the city of Verity. I love the chemistry between the characters in both novels. They are both page-turners that kept me hooked until the very end.
And that’s all!
As promised, a few photos from my trip across Canada. Both were taken in Banff: