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Best of Skimm Reads 2017

Skimmreads web LAST UPDATED DEC 14, 2017

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   2017 was...a lot. Here are our top 10 favorite Skimm Reads that we escaped into along the way...

For your first friend to have a baby…

“Dear Ijeawele” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By the lady who wrote “Americanah,” and who Beyonce thinks is flawless. She's got tips on how to raise the next gen to be gender equal. It'll take you an hour to read. And you'll be glad you did. Get it here.



"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

A mysterious artist and her daughter show up in a sleepy Cleveland town. And bring a lot of baggage and suspense with them. Get it here.




For when you’ve finished binge-watching “Billions”...

“Black Edge” by Sheelah Kolhatkar

This read's all about the real-life hedge fund billionaire the show is based on. And the shady ways he made a LOT of money. It's a page-turner that'll teach you quite a bit about the finance world. Get it here



“The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak

Boy meets girl. They fall in love and everything is perfect. Until the financial crisis hits and boy gets involved in a shady deal at work. This read is “The Big Short” meets “Serendipity.” Get it here.



For when you need a complicated love story...

"Home Fire" by Kamila Shamsie

It's about two families in London whose lives become intertwined when one brother leaves home to join a terror network. Get it here.




"Stay With Me" by Ayobami Adebayo

Imagine being married for four years. And because you haven't had a child, your husband's family has him secretly take a second wife. That's just the first few pages of the book. The rest is better. Get it here.



For when you want a true guilty pleasure read...

"Rich People Problems" by Kevin Kwan

It's part three of a series about some very crazy, very rich Asians. It's well-written escapism that'll get you through a beach weekend. Read it. And if you haven't read parts one and two, you’re in for a treat. Get it here.



“The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine

A woman befriends a perfect Connecticut couple...and sets out to make things not-so-perfect. It’s like “The Talented Mr. Ripley” with XX chromosomes. Get it here.



For when you feel a quarter-life crisis coming on...

"The Rules Do Not Apply" by Ariel Levy

This memoir by the New Yorker staff writer is Cheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. You'll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekend's over. Get it here.  


"Standard Deviation" by Katherine Heiny

Imagine having dinner with your SO and your ex. And deciding to all become best friends. This read is like "The Vacationers" meets Nora Ephron. Warning: you will laugh in public. Get it here.




Want to know all our Skimm Reads picks? They're all in our app. All the reads. All the time. And we add a new one every Friday. Because we like big books and we cannot lie.


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