‘Tis the season for everyone to share their list of “best” books for 2017 and Librarians are no exception! If you are on Twitter, check out the hashtag #libfaves17 to see all the tweets from this year, or you can read the summary of each day (and the top 10 vote-getters) here.
It’s always interesting to see whether my own favorite reads end up on other “best of” lists. For example, I completely agree with the number 1 Librarian pick, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (ESPECIALLY the audiobook – it’s really exceptional) and I enjoyed many of the others in the top 10. That said, I seem to be one of the few people who didn’t finish Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman which leaves me wondering if I need to give it another try or just move on.
On the other hand, two of my absolute most enjoyable reads only show up here and there on the best of 2017 lists. They are both filled with suspense, but each has complex and fascinating characters and layered, heart-felt stories that kept me completely engaged. One is Celine by Peter Heller, (reviewer Ron Charles called it “a thriller with heart”) and the other is The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (author Ann Patchett called it, “One part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation.”
Two other titles I enjoyed were much quieter: The Mountain by Paul Yoon (“reflective, spare, haunting and beautiful” are just a few of the words I used to describe these connected stories) and Andrew Krivak’s The Signal Flame (a quiet, compelling story of family, friendship and a small community touched by tragedy). Bonus: if you enjoy these, each author wrote a previous novel that are also wonderful!
If you want to see more from the “Best of 2017” lists, drop by the new book area during January and browse our display of titles published in 2017 that received accolades – and feel free to let us know YOUR favorites as well.