Top 10 Books of 2017

I read some books in 2017. I also read milk cartons, laxative labels, and bus stop signs but apparently the world does not consider those significant enough to track and then use to brag to your friends about.  What a shame.

In all honesty, 2017 wasn’t a great reading year for me.  I read 65 books in total, and of those 65 I would willingly burn at least 20 to keep warm if the end of the world were to occur.

I was just about to mention some that I did like and would not burn in a fire, but then I realized that the whole point of this article is to list the 10 books that I would not throw to a fiery death. Duh.

These are in no particular order although my luck number is 5, and therefore my number 5 pick is automatically blessed by the Gods.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
  3.  Room by Emma Donoghue.
  4.  Origin by Dan Brown.
  5.  Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.
  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
  7. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg.
  8. Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery.
  9. Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel.
  10. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex.






P.S. Happy New year!




Oh oops…Hi.

Well. I have a habit that has yet to be clinically diagnosed, but involves me impulsively and compulsively creating new Blogs, Instagram pages, Youtube channels, Imaginary Bridges, and Websites that I will inventively forget about in less than 72 hours.

It’s a sickness.

Many an idea has died only to be resurrected when I feel the need to receive validation from strangers via a witty blog post.  So here I am.

I have a few new blog posts coming your way for at least a little while until I forget about you again. Just know that you will always be in my heart.


A lot of great things have happened since I have been gone! I graduated from
grad school in May, accepted a reference librarian position in July and moved to a new city about 5 hours away from my home in Chicago!





I am so excited to start this book blog! I have wanted to run a book blog for the longest time, and I decided to finally take the plunge. My name is Erica Esther, and I am 26 years old. I am from Chicago, but I currently live in Champaign, IL. I am a graduate student in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois! I am graduating in May!!! Woooo.


I plan to become a children’s librarian when I graduate. I absolutely love children’s books, but I read from all genres!  Some of my other favorite genres are nonfiction, YA, and contemporary fiction.

One of my other passions is travel. My favorite city that is Paris.  Although I will mostly be talking about books on this blog I may include the random travel tidbit as well (and let’s be honest…my travels almost always include visiting the local library or the local bookshop!).

I have been a content creator on YouTube for several years. My YouTube channel, Esther Enchanted, is mainly focused on fashion and lifestyle. Recently, however, I started a booktube channel! My booktube channel is called Esther Enchanted Reads. I love booktube so much, and really value the ability to talk to other people that are passionate about books.

I hope that this blog will also help me to connect to others who share a love of reading.   You can expect book reviews, recommendations, and the occasional rant on this blog.  I will also occasionally discuss other media such as TV and movies. If you have a blog, booktube channel, or instagram please feel free to leave your information in the comment section down below. I would absolutely love to connect with you!