As the year known as 2017 finally draws to a close, it’s time for me to look back and announce to the world my favorite books of the year. Just like last year, I’ll start by talking about the outstanding fiction from 2017. Later, I’ll follow it up with another post dedicated to my favorite nonfiction books. Of course, this year just like in previous ones, it doesn’t matter when the books were published. All that matters is they’re excellent.
As for declaring an overall winner, it wasn’t easy since all 12 books are fantastic. In the end, it was tough call to make but I awarded it to The Paying Guests. As high as my expectations were for this book, I was not disappointed.
And a diverse collection of novels indeed. Set in faraway locations like Libya, Croatia and Morocco the armchair traveler in me was duly satisfied. So also was my inner historian, with one novel set in turn of the 20th century New York City, one in Stalinist Russia and another in 1920s London. Lastly, several of the below-mentioned books were first time novels. Kudos to their respective authors for a job well done!
- The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
- The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
- Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
- Conclave by Robert Harris
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
- The Yid by Paul Goldberg
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- Girl at War by Sara Nović