The Teacher’s Week Book of The Year 2017 was the first book to earn its Author’s Choice award.
In honor of the occasion, The Toast has compiled a list of the top ten books to get the honor.
Here are the books on the list: 1.
‘The Girl in the Book’ by Alyssa Minkins.
“Alyssa is an incredible writer, and her book The Girl in The Book was nominated for a National Book Award for its beautifully written and beautiful prose.
The book has become the most-loved and talked about book in America.
It is truly a beautiful book.”
—The Toast Book Review 2.
‘I Am a Woman’ by Rebecca Solnit.
“The novel is one of my favorite pieces of fiction.
Solnit’s stories are often deeply personal and thoughtful, but always with a smile on their faces.
Alyssanne and I were lucky enough to read it while visiting our local library, and she has been a regular visitor for years.
I think her words will resonate with everyone.”
—Publishers Weekly 3.
‘No Way Out’ by Sarah Waters.
“Sarah Waters’ No Way Out is a beautiful story about a young woman struggling to make sense of her own life after her father died.
A beautiful, moving story that I hope people will read and want to be reminded of.”
‘A Love Supreme’ by Karen Russell.
“My favorite book of 2017 was Karen Russell’s A Love Supreme.
I loved reading it, and the ending was so heartbreaking.
I feel like this is a book I should have read as a child.
Karen Russell has been so kind and kind to me.
It’s so important to keep that feeling with us in our everyday lives.”
—New York Times 5.
‘In the Light of Day’ by Anne Carson.
“Anne Carson is a great writer who wrote one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
She was nominated in 2017 for a Nebula Award for her novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I hope that one day, people will be able to read Anne Carson’s books and be inspired by the beauty of her words.”
—GQ Magazine 6.
‘You’re Not the One: An American Journey’ by Rachel Kushner.
“I read Rachel Kushner’s book You’re Not The One because I was overwhelmed with emotion in the middle of a long day.
I can’t wait to read the rest of her books.”
‘Walking Into the River’ by Naomi Klein.
“If you want to know what it’s like to be a girl in a world that values you, Naomi Klein’s book Walking Into the Water is the perfect book for you.”
—Bowery Ball 8.
‘Cottonmouth’ by Emma Goldman.
“Emma Goldman’s Cottonmouth is a story of love and survival.
I read it for the first time during a long weekend in October when I was so inspired by a beautiful lake in the woods.
I’m so grateful that I got to experience it and I hope it inspires others to do the same.”
‘All the Young Ones’ by Angela Carter.
“When I was a kid growing up in a rural school in the U.K., I didn’t have a TV or a computer.
I had to learn how to use the radio to listen to a radio station that was in my room.
Angela Carter’s All the Young One was a book that taught me that the most important thing about growing up is that you are not alone.
It taught me about love and friendship, about life, and about life after death.
I love it.”
‘We Are the World: A Journey Through History’ by Michael Pollan.
“Michael Pollan’s We Are the Worlds is a fascinating book about the ways we make sense and sense of the world.
It gives us the tools to understand the world in a way that doesn’t overwhelm us.
This book is so powerful, and it will forever be a favorite.” —NPR