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The Best Books You May Have Missed This Year

Everyone wishes they had more time in the day to curl up with a good book. With so many great new releases in 2017, we can’t blame you if you missed some under-the-radar literary gems. As the temperatures drop and the holiday shopping madness begins, add these books to your list — we know you’ll be needing a little more “me” time in the chaos. If your #TBRpile is threatening to tip over at any minute like ours is, these are the books you should settle down with before the year ends.


1. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker ($27): This dual-perspective thriller about two sisters and their mysterious disappearance three years ago will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. When one sister returns without the other, she raises more questions than she answers, and begins to unveil a dangerous life within the walls of her own home.

2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid ($26): Nadia and Saeed’s world is crumbling around them, and all they are certain of is their secret love for each other. With civil war erupting in their backyards, they two-step through a door that will take them to a place far away from the only home they’ve ever known. This otherworldly love story is one unlike most you may have read in 2017.

3. The Infinite Nowby Mindy Tarquini ($17): In 1918 Philadelphia, Fiora Vicente is forced into a future she hadn’t anticipated, and her apprehensions about what’s to come will cast a physical, idle bubble of time over her community. In a new world of unspent seconds, the pressure to move forward with life will begin to build, and with tensions brewing, Fiora must find the strength to collapse the bubble or lose sight of her dreams forever.

4. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie ($30): In Sherman Alexie’s first memoir, he digs into his complicated relationship with his mother after her passing. Stories of an imperfect human litter the pages of this poignant read as Alexie recounts moments of disappointment, heartbreak, and abuse. One of the most honest publications this year, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me will have you hugging your loved ones a little harder in 2018.

5. The Other New Girlby LB Gschwandtner ($17): Starting at a new Quaker school will not be an easy task for Susannah Greenwood and the shy girl she befriends. When her new friend disappears after an altercation with the authoritative dean, Susannah must decide whether she should be loyal to her or help the liable dean, whose job is now on the line.

6. Flood by Melissa Scholes ($26): Leaving her small town in Missouri 10 years ago was the easiest decision Laura Brooks had ever made, but when her new life in Florida starts to fall apart, she’s forced to return to a town full of memories she’d rather forget. The more time she spends in Hannibal, the more she sees that the past isn’t as black and white as she had thought — and that family is sometimes the only thing you have. When the Mississippi threatens to flood the town once again, she’ll have to decide if she wants to endure the storm or run away from the only familiarity she’s ever known.

7. Perfectly Undoneby Jamie Raintree ($16): Being the perfect doctor, partner, and daughter has never been so demanding, and Dylan Michaels’ guilt about losing her sister is keeping her life at a standstill. So when her boyfriend gets down on one knee, Dylan can’t get herself to accept the proposal. Jamie Raintree’s debut novel follows one young woman on her road to self-discovery and acceptance of the things she can’t control.

8. Black Book of Poems by Vincent Hunanyan ($7): Vincent Hunanyan’s debut poetry collection manages to find light in the darkest of subjects and teach moral lessons through feelings of grief and pain. His use of both classic and modern poetry rhythms and incorporation of a few short stories makes this a standout collection for the year and a must-read for anyone looking for a little hope during tough times.

9. Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios ($13): Chloe spends plenty of time in the forests surrounding her home but has never before discovered the magic that lives beyond the trees — until she’s abducted and sold to a group of wanderers. Forced to survive in an unfamiliar land, Chloe must rely on the magic of the land around her in Diane Rios’s fantastical novel about finding friendship in even the most desolate places.

10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ($9): Starr Carter’s world of poor neighborhoods and suburban prep schools is shattered when her childhood best friend is shot by a police officer. News headlines claim he’s a drug dealer, but he wasn’t armed at the time of the attack. Starr is the only one who knows the truth about that fateful night, and her recollections come with a heavy price.

What book are you finishing off 2017 with? Tweet us @BritandCo to share your picks.

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Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*