Hello all, Stephanie here! It’s coming up to the end of the year so we have a few “Best Books of 2017” lists to go over, as well as a hodgepodge of other news. Let’s begin, shall we?

2017 and 2018 Book Awards

Earlier this week NPR’s 2017 Great Reads, Goodreads’ 2017 Choice Awards, and the American Library Association (ALA) 2018 Morris Award finalists were announced in an explosion of diverse authors and narratives. The stand-out winner so far is Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, which earned a spot on the Morris Awards shortlist and NPR’s 2017 Great Reads, and scooped up two Goodreads’ Choice Awards for Best Debut Author and Best YA Fiction.

Other recently declared “Best Books of 2017” that feature marginalized voices include When Dimple Met Rishi, I Believe in A Thing Called Love, and An Unkindness of Ghosts. Click the links to see our reviews!

ACTRESSES JOIN THE BOOK BEAT

Speaking of reviews, I finished Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter’s debut novel Bonfire over the weekend. Be sure to reserve a copy for yourself at your local library – I highly recommend it. And what better book to curl up with on a dark, cold winter’s night than a thriller?

For those who want something a bit more lighthearted but no less feminist, there’s actress Jenny Slate’s upcoming feminist essay and fable book to look forward to. The still-untitled debut will be published by Little, Brown, and Co. with an intended release in 2019. If Slate’s book is as funny as she is as Mona Lisa Saperstein on Parks and Rec, as Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, or as Tammy on Bob’s Burgers,  then I can hardly wait.

BIKERS AND BOOKS

To close off this week’s Beat with something a little cute and quirky, here’s a photo of an approximately 300-strong biker rally in Chandigarh, India. This is a snapshot of the “Bravehearts Ride” event in support of India’s first military literature festival. The rally included both male and female individual bikers, as well as members of several local bikers’ groups, who all gathered before and after the event for tea. Sounds like my kind of ride.

Part of the "Bravehearts Ride" biker rally held on Sunday in Chandigarh, India in support of India's first military literature festival. Source: Times of India

Part of the “Bravehearts Ride” biker rally held on Sunday in Chandigarh, India. Source: Times of India

Happy Thursday!