TTT: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about favorite books of 2017.   This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.   There were so many great books I read this year.  To keep this post current and about 2017, I’ve stuck to my favorite books read this year that were published this year as well. Have you read any of these?  If so, what were your thoughts about these books?  What is your favorite book of 2017?  Please share!

  1.  The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (Published January 2017) – This is a wonderful roller coaster ride of a book, a complete delight.  It is about the power of art to transform and redeem, to heal and reconcile the past.  My review.
  2. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Published February 2017) – An incredible collection of short stories about the experience of Vietnamese refugees in America.  The writing is excellent and the stories are emotionally intense. My review.
  3. Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez (Published February 2017) – This is a collection of short horror stories, all based in Argentina.  Through these works there is plenty of social commentary.  Additionally, the tumultuous horrific history of Argentina’s Dirty War keeps creeping into present day.  My review.
  4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Published March 2017) – An excellent mediation on immigration.  In this well written novel, Mohsin describes the relationship between a young couple and how it evolves as their country becomes embroiled in a civil war.  They flee and become refugees in other lands.  Their roles, personalities and relationship are all in flux as a result.  My review.
  5. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Published March 2017) – A beautiful novel which at it’s heart is about a father-daughter relationship. The daughter is coming of age and discovering more of the history surrounding her father.  Despite her father’s shady past, he is also a hero, surviving 12 bullets, appearing to be a Hercules of sorts.  A mystery unfolds, and love and understanding deepens, as his past is revealed.  My review.
  6. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (Published April 2017) – This collection of short stories each focus on characters that grew up in Amgash, Illinois where Lucy Barton did from Strout’s earlier novel, My Name is Lucy Barton.  Elizabeth Strout is a magnificent storyteller and with each story, the reader gets a better view of the town, the social millieu and an understanding of the darkness surrounding Lucy Barton and her family at the time.  My review.
  7. The Leavers by Lisa Ko (Published May 2017) – This novel is an epic tale told in alternating perspectives from a mother and in a third person voice about her son.  This book is about Chinese immigration, the experience of illegal immigrants, adoption, and feelings of identity crisis once adopted.  
  8. The Changeling by Victor LaValle (Published in June 2017) – In this novel, a modern day fairy tale turns into a horror story.  A young couple is living in New York City with a baby.  The father is overjoyed, takes lots of pictures, is very involved.. until the baby is killed by the mother and he is left chained to the radiator.  Now enter a world of witches, trolls, and changelings.  Victor LaValle is masterful storyteller who also weaves in plenty of social commentary regarding race and everyday horrors that have nothing to do with supernatural beings.  My review.
  9. We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy  (Published July 2017) – This novel occurs over a span of several days on a Maine island inhabited by two families who typically avoid each other.  During this period their pasts and presents collide in this wonderfully written novel that is somewhat historical in it’s incorporation of McCarthyism, but is also a coming of age novel and a mystery.  My review.
  10. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld (Published in September 2017) – This is a thriller about missing children and a woman who spends her life looking for them.  She herself was a victim and she seems to understand the captors and victims well.  The author, herself, writes from tremendous experience both in her personal and professional life.  This is a thriller that feels honest and real, representing all sides justly.  My review.


10 thoughts on “TTT: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017”

  1. Wow, I read most-6- of these books!and one I am reading one now. It is good to see you also liked We Shall Not All Sleep. I haven’t seen many talk about it and I really liked it. Also The Animators is liked by many who read it but it seems still under the radar. I’ll go read your reviews now!

    1. That’s awesome that we’ve been reading the same books this year! I completely agree that it’s a shame We Shall Not All Sleep and The Animators have not taken off, in terms of being read by more people, like they should.

    1. I love Strout too! Yes, I was so excited to hear that she was coming out with a book based on the town where Lucy Barton grew up. My Name is Lucy Barton had left me with a lot of questions.

  2. Great list! The Refugees is one I hope to read next year; and I loved The Child Finder. I almost added it to my own top ten list, but I haven’t posted my review of it yet. 🙂

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