Rochester Must Read Books in 2017

If the weather outside gets frightful and you find Jack Frost nipping at your nose, there’s nothing like a warm fire and a good book.   We’ve searched the world over, okay, maybe just the internet, to bring you some great titles for all different kinds of readers.  Welcome to our Must Read Books in 2017!

Work Life Balance

Easier said than done, we know.  We got this list of 10 from  Here are two that caught our eye and their write ups:

The Big Life

“The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket”
Massive debut alert. After scoring a main book deal with Rodale, Ann Shoket has many people attentively awaiting for her novel to be released in March. Having served editor-in-chief at the Seventeen magazine for seven years and being the main engine behind the trendy Badass Babes community we are convinced Shoket will live up to the expectations and deliver a trailblazing book written for – not just – Millennial women. In her book Shoket promises to put an end to the endless conversation on work-life balance and show us how we could, instead, learn to embrace the mess.

We’re going to lie.  We were hooked by the extended title alone.  There’s something about embracing the mess that sounds easier than getting our act together.  We’ll have to wait and see!

The 5 Second Rule

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is an American TV commentator at CNN, life coach, speaker, author, contributing editor for Success. In her new book, we are about to explore the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich our life and work by simply knowing how to push ourselves. Before you pick up this book it is also worth watching (over 10 million views..) Mel’s brilliant TEDx Talk: How to stop screwing yourself over. 

We’re all about the 5-second rule when it comes to grabbing something off the floor and eating it, so if there are more applications, let’s hear about it!   The fact that there’s a TEDx talk that you can listen to so you can try before you buy, is a bonus.

Good Reads

If we’re going to talk about the best books to read, we’ll have to hit the   They have 825 listed for 2017.  Most were actually books in a series, so we decided to explore.  We ended up on the recently published fiction page.  After all, if we’re going to have life/work balance, we might as well balance with fiction!



Michael Chabon

4.07  ·

Rating Details ·  1,617 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us.


Alice Hoffman

4.08  ·

Rating Details ·  4,631 Ratings  ·  1,055 Reviews
From the New York Times, bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

As you can see, what we love about is that people have read the books already and have kindly reviewed them.  We also love the write ups that get straight to the point without giving the plot away.  You can create an account and save the titles of what you want to read for later.

Scholastic Books

Do you remember book orders when you were a kid?  For kids and kids at heart, here are some releases coming in 2017!  You can get the scoop right from the authors (plus check out the rest of the list)

The Harlem Charade-  Middle School  A dangerous mystery, a crooked politician and a grandfather fighting for his life

Worthy- High School  What if there was an app that determined whether or not you were worthy to date someone?

Don’t forget to check out (#seewhatwedidthere) what’s going on at your local library!  Each branch usually features new arrivals or a theme each month.  Visit their website and download their app! 

So start a fire, grab a book and have an adventure!  No fireplace?  We can help!  Contact us today to make your move!



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