2017 has seen its share of ups, downs and sheer surprises. This is the year that Donald Trump (also a published author) become the 45th President of the United States of America, Elon Musk’s SpaceX conducted the world’s first reflight of an orbital-class rocket, and a new species of Orangutan was discovered in Indonesia. While news can become old really fast, what stays behind are heartfelt stories. And 2017 is also the year that saw beautiful writing by prolific and first-time authors who gave us fiction and non-fiction books that will grace our bookshelves and hearts forever. Here’s a list of 2017’s 17 top books.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway
Authored by Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series that has sold over 180 million copies. In fact, The Getaway, which is the latest entrant to the 12-book series, has already sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. Considered to be on par with other acclaimed authors such as JK Rowling, Jeff Kinney’s The Getaway is funny and anecdotal, describing Greg’s travels as he embarks on a family holiday. Arguably one of our top books on the list this year, this one is a must-read for your little one or even you, if a trip down memory lane is in order!
Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code was a heady concoction of history, religion, mystery and heroism, and the other books in the Robert Langdon series are no different. Brown’s wizardry lies in creating a hero out of an otherwise ordinary character — a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. If you love a good mystery that unravels at a dizzying pace, this is the perfect book to usher in the New Year with. Origin is set in Spain, where Langdon hunts down a cryptic code to unlock the explosive secret of Kirsch a futurist who is on the radar of religious organizations from across the world.
This is not Your Story
Savi Sharma’s debut novel, Everyone has a Story, sold 1,00,000 copies in 4 months, making the book India’s fastest-selling debut novel. This is not Your Story is her second outing as a writer and is equally satiating. With a tale that is touching, inspiring and starkly honest, its true heroes are the carefully crafted characters and intricate plot. Join Shaurya, Miraya and Anubhav on a journey that is sure to be an emotional roller-coaster.
I Do What I Do
Raghuram Rajan’s tenure as Governor of The Reserve Bank of India was not without its ups and downs. After all, he took on the economy when the rupee was crashing, as were the country’s exchange reserves. In I Do What I Do, Rajan explains what it was like to take on a central bank smack in the middle of a tumultuous situation. Besides, he deftly makes economic concepts simple and accessible to every Indian. From straightforward subjects to more abstract ones, such as how political freedom and prosperity are closely knit, I Do What I Do offers an unfiltered view of one of the country’s best economic minds.
The Boy Who Loved
Durjoy Datta, an engineer by qualification, is an author most known for publishing his first novel, Of Course I Love You, at 21, which went on to become a bestseller. With 12 other books that have made it to various bestseller lists, Durjoy’s latest, The Boy Who Loved, is the first of a two-part romance series. A troubled Raghu, who wants nothing to do with Brahmi, falls in love with her despite trying his best to be indifferent. What follows is a story that’s realistic, edgy, dark and quirky — all at once!
Forever is a Lie
Forever is a Lie combines two genres, romance and thrill, to deliver a novel that is nothing short of jaw dropping. Priya, a young student, falls for a man who is twice her age and a prominent fixture of the Bengaluru party circuit. What she doesn’t know, however, is that this mysterious man kills the people who love him. Intrigued? Pick this, one of our top books of 2017, for a read that is a murky mix of romance and mystery.
Turtles All The Way Down
Best known for The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is a young-adult novelist like no other. In fact, Green has to his name the title of a New York Times bestselling author, a Printz Medal, and the Edgar Award. Following Aza, a woman trapped by her own thoughts, Turtles All The Way Down is about many things, but above all, about lifelong friendship.
Our Story Needs No Filter
Sudeep Nagarkar writes for television, guest lectures at premier Indian education institutions, and has authored eight bestselling books too. He is the winner of the Youth Achievers Award and a part of the Forbes India long list of the most influential celebrities for three consecutive years. His latest novel Our Story Needs No Filter, among our top books of 2017, is downright riveting. Following Raghu and Ruhi, this story explores the dark side of relationships where student politics form an important part of the narrative.
Satya Nadella is a man most recognized for his role as Microsoft’s CEO. In Hit Refresh, Nadella crafts an engaging story. On one hand the book talks about his personal journey, and on the other, it talks about the constant transformation that Microsoft is going through. But, at its core, it is about how each one of us must hit refresh for new energy and ideas, and to stay relevant. The book talks about the value of basic human qualities, and how they are going to gain more importance in an increasingly technologically-driven world.
The Sun and Her Flowers
Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey is nothing short of a collector’s item and with The Sun and Her Flowers, Kaur hits it out of the park once again. Kaur’s second collection of poetry and illustrations celebrates love in all its forms and is presented as a journey of growth and introspection. If you’re looking for a change of pace, this book makes for an excellent addition to your reading list.
Immortal India: Young Country, Timeless Civilization
Amish Tripathi is one of the country’s most popular writers, best known for his Shiva Trilogy. Dubbed as “India’s first literary popstar” by Shekhar Suman, his proclivity for India’s ancient learnings is well known, and Immortal India is his first non-fiction offering. Containing a series of articles that discuss topics as diverse as mythology and social customs, ethics and history, the book takes you through the author’s own interests in Indian culture. A must-read that presents the multi-hued landscape of the nation we call India.
A Hundred Little Flames
Preeti Shenoy is one of the few women in the Indian literary landscape who is also on the list of bestselling authors. Apart from a column in The Financial Chronicle, she has also contributed to publications like Reader’s Digest and Times of India. Released in late 2017, A Hundred Little Flames explores the journey of a millennial who finds himself temporarily living with his grandfather in a sleepy village in Kerala — a world without internet and the luxuries most of us take for granted. Written in a simple and conversational style, the book offers insight into the relationship between grandfather and grandson where old-world values intersect with a modern outlook. This one definitely scores high among our 17 top books of 2017!
How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
Lilly Singh is best known as Superwoman, courtesy her YouTube series, which won her #1 spot on the Forbes Top Influencers List in the entertainment category in 2017. In her career as a vlogger, actress and comedian, she has won numerous accolades including the two Teen Choice Awards and the MTV Fandom Award. Her first book, How to be a Bawse, takes a humorous approach to a serious topic: how to be successful both personally and professionally in the 21st century. Divided into four sections — Master your Mind, Hustle Harder, Make Heads Turn and Be a Unicorn — the book will make you laugh and learn with each turn of the page.
Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari penned Homo Deus right after his critically acclaimed novel Sapiens became an overnight success, appearing on the coveted New York Times bestseller list. While his first book explores the entire trajectory of human history, Homo Deus asks relevant questions about the future of the human race. While we have beaten famine and war to a large extent, he writes, how will we master obesity and artificial intelligence? Read this, one of our top books of 2017, to access a rich and interesting voice that showcases the next stage in human evolution where we are free to set our own destiny.
The Rooster Bar
With his books being translated into 42 languages and topping the New York Times Bestseller lists year after year, John Grisham is one of the most beloved storytellers of the 21st century. An American criminal lawyer who practiced law for about a decade, Grisham began his journey with books in 1984 with his first novel, A Time to Kill, and has penned 40 books since. His latest book, called “A buoyant mischievous thriller” by the New York Times, presents the story of three law students who realize that to get themselves out of debt and expose a scam, they need to battle both the FBI and a billionaire hedge-fund operator. If you love thrillers, don’t miss out on one of the top books in the genre this year.
The only author to have been a #1 bestseller in fiction, non-fiction and short stories, Jeffrey Archer needs no introduction. With his moving prose and gripping stories, it is no wonder that he was described as probably the greatest storyteller of our age by The Times. Containing 14 short stories, Tell Tale is a window into the lives of diverse people, from a detective in Naples to a woman professor at an Ivy League University in the 1930’s. Poignant and insightful, read this book to go on adventure after adventure to solve crimes, experience life and explore the unexpected.
Ministry of Utmost Happiness
After the untold success of her first book, The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997, Arundhati Roy became known as a champion of human rights and environmental causes. Although she wrote five non-fiction books in the twenty years since, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is her second fiction book. In her metaphorical and descriptive style, Roy writes about distinct characters residing in different parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in varied spans of time connected by hate and love. Her story discusses injustice, violence and gender in her unique voice that is sure to leave you wanting more. This one is easily among the top books on our list this year.
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