50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2017


Really, though, 2017 is going to be lit

As we prepare to say our final farewell to a year most likely to be voted as a surreal experience that portends what is more or less a chaos-driven dystopia, we... ah, wait. Never mind. We're going to skip saying goodbye to 2016 and just pretend that it's already 2017. Because there's definitely no doubt that 2017 will be amazing, right? What could possibly go wrong? Hard to say! What's easier to say is that no matter what the future holds in store for us, we are prepared to greet it, book in hand. Here, then, are 50 books that we can't wait to be holding on to for dear life as we dive into a strange and uncertain future. Will they prevent bad things from happening? Probably not. But they certainly serve as a reminder that, no matter what happens in 2017, there will be tons of great stuff to read. 


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Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (available January 3)

An incisive peak into modern India through the eyes of a cricket- and CSI-obsessed young man, who is raised alongside his older brother by their domineering father in a Mumbai slum.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.