Four of The Best Books I Read in 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

Note: This is a rare post that is not about customer service. Scroll on down if my book list doesn’t interest you. My ego won’t be bruised. 🙂 

I read voraciously, on planes, in between conference calls, while onions saute and in the spring and summer, on my patio. I read hardbacks, love nestling up with my Kindle, and I also listen to a lot of Audible books. During my holiday vacation, I did little more than reading, and oh, how I loved that! In fact, I had to slip a bookmark in my current read just to write this post for you.

As a Happy New Year gift to you, I’m sharing four of my favorite books from 2017. Maybe this short list will inspire someone. I’d love to hear some of your favorite books from 2017, or to just hear about what you’re reading right now. Share with me some great reads! Here’s my list.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The story follows two sisters separated at birth, one sold into slavery, and the other raised in royalty in Africa. Readers follow the sisters’ parallel journey. One sister, we travel with from the slave ships departing West Africa to post-slavery in America’s south. The other sister is raised in royalty in Africa and free from the bondage of slavery, yet her lineage struggles with shackles of different sorts.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbola Mbue

This book about a Cameroonian family trying to make a life in New York opened my eyes to the struggle of immigrants working to secure citizenship in America. I learned that some have to fight tooth and nail for the Amerian Dream that I take for granted.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

A lyrically written story told from two narrators, son, and mother. More than anything this book spoke to me about the power and influence of a grandfather in his grandson’s life, even in the absence of a father (and mother).

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This book is an imaginative take on the underground railroad as literally, a rail system underground. The story is fascinating, kept me on edge, and many times, I found myself angry. I love books that tell me what my people went through to gain just fundamental freedoms. This book did just that for me.

Now, back to my current read, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a historical mystery about the Osage Tribe killings in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, by David Grann.

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