December 2017 Reading Guide: What to Read

‘Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

 

We’re down to the last lap of 2017, folks. What a year it has been for book lovers! There were so many delightful books to delve into. And by the look of things, 2018 promises to drop even more amazing books into our eager hands.

So, as we wind down to a close, I’ve prepared a juicy December 2017 Reading Guide for you all. It’s a celebration of some of the notable books that were published this year, along with some upcoming releases. Have a jolly good time treating your shelves.

December 2017 Reading Guide: What to Read

A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.”

Bone

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“A poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.”

The Talented Ribkins

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“The Talented Ribkins… weaves themes of race, class, and politics into a wonderfully accomplished and engaging novel.”

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“A vivid narrative of Africans, many of them women, who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.”

We’re Going to Need More Wine

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“A powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.”

Around the Way Girl

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“An inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.”

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“[Sidibe] shares her unconventional rise to fame as a movie star, alongside ‘a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom’s apartment.'”

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“This gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: ‘Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes.'”

City of Saints & Thieves

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.”

Being Fishkill

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“A stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.”

Six Four

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.”

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“This debut story collection depicts family, friends and lovers in crisis: ghosts, floods and a child woven from hair all appear.”

The Changeling

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison…the result would be Victor LaValle.”—Anthony Doerr

American Street

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.”

Girlcott

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“Girlcott takes you beyond the image of Bermuda as a piece of paradise and charts a narrative of resistance, hope and the importance of fighting for change.”

Her Body and Other Parties

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.”

Warcross (Warcross #1)

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.”

Norse Mythology

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“Master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.”

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

“Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel offers a speculative history of early ’90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation.”

Mean

'Tis the season to be jolly because a new month means new reads. Find out which books made it into the December 2017 Reading Guide.

Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously.”

 

Will any books in the December 2017 Reading Guide make it onto your TBR list? I love to hear from readers. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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