Good Books of 2017

The paper is ripped, the ribbon undone. The tree is now needles all over the floor.

It's time now to look back at what we've wrought & read. Here are some of my favorite books this year. But because I'm often late to the party, these are not necessarily books published in 2017, but books I enjoyed this year. 


A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Gripping, engaging, painfully sad. But also a real divider; half of my friends couldn't stand this novel. The others, like me, didn't want it to end. 


The Best Kind of People
by Zoe Whittall 

How often we rush to judgement, and how often we are blind to our assumptions. This novel is so well written, so taut and real. A true page-turner that will also turn you to knots. 


Make Your Home Among Strangers
by Jennine Capó Crucet 

A thoughtful novel with a "ripped from the headlines" relevance that reveals the real heart and hurt of immigration and integration. 


The Girls 
by Emma Cline

Loosely based on real life and with thrilling skill, this novel beautifully renders a tender and terrifying age. 

The Great Man
by Kate Christensen

A wonderfully sharp and observant take on art and its players, with richly complex characters. 



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas 

Fresh, raw, real, necessary. Don't be fooled by the young adult categorization; this is a book for all ages. 



Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
by Katy Butler 

The best description of this book is from one of my favorite authors, Abraham Verghese, who says: "A thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become." 



We Carry the Sky
by Mckayla Robbin

A slim volume of poems that stand strong. In spare lines, this debut poet offers unusual depth. I first found her here:


Good Books of 2016

Good Books of 2015

Good Books of 2014

Good Books of 2013

Good Books of 2012

Good Books of 2011


Your turn: What did I miss? What were your favorite books this year?