If you’re an avid reader, you probably digested a huge pile of books in 2017. Some may have been new releases, others new discoveries, and others still, old favorites that get re-read on a regular basis. While we’re reflecting on the past year, the Bomb Squad looked back at their favourite books of 2017.


The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra.

A masterful essayist and the woman who inspired me to believe in myself (and that’s not always an easy feat), Megan Stielstra released a ferociously real, relentlessly funny, and altogether warm collection of essays entitled The Wrong Way to Save Your Life in August of this year. Stielstra’s prose is beyond the written page: it is life — vivacious and vivid and very, very ironic, creative and cry-inducing and colorful. Across the 17 essays Stielstra gifted us in Wrong Way, she explores myriad themes — fear and hope, truth and faith, love in the new age and love in the old — and attempts to answer just as many questions — What is value? Why do we feel what we feel in the moments we feel them? Can continuing to do what we love, despite a possible detriment, be our downfall? Give The Wrong Way to Save Your Life a spin and discover the older sister you never had, the advice you wish you’d listened to when you were younger, a newfound hope for a brighter future, heart-squishing tales of loss and enlightenment in equal measure, and many, many laughs.


Backwards and in Heels by Alicia Malone.

I’ve finished this book multiple times throughout this year. It’s honestly just a part of my day now to read about one badass lady of the entertainment industry before I go to bed. It’s inspiring, motivational and I can just hear Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” song in the background. Alicia Malone shares stories of wonderfully, talented woman who blazed their own trail in the film industry, and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should!


Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb. I’ve adored Hobb’s tales of Fitz, the Fool, and the Farseers for years, and it was a bittersweet delight to read this story–the final installment of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. All of the events that had been building in the first two books came to a head, and we learned a lot more about the enigmatic Fool. Hobb wove in characters from her other series, set in the same universe, evoking old friends that you hadn’t heard from in many years. The ending was incredibly fitting, one that tied back to the original Farseer Trilogy, and a perfect way for Fitz and Beloved to end up where they did.


The Throne of Glass series with Tower of Dawn coming out in September this year. Sarah J. Maas is delightful to read; she depicts an incredible fantasy world following the feisty assassin Celaena who is a LOT more than she puts forward (which in itself is a lot). Great love stories, big plans, and fun magic! Recommend for the ladies who dig fantasy.

What did you enjoy reading in 2017? We’d love you to tell us all about it in the comments below.

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About Author

Shona is an aspiring fantasy author who geeks out over books, video games and TV shows. She loves bringing kickass characters to life through cosplay and is Australia's Lara Croft cosplay ambassador. A huge fan of Nintendo, she's been running a Legend of Zelda fan site since 2001. She indulges her interest in technology through her job as a telecommunications engineer.

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