Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2017 Books

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017 (as published by Hello Giggles)

  1. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  3. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  4. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  5. Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
  6. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  7. Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
  8. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  9. Like a Beast – Carly Joy Miller
  10. Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  11. Rabbit Cake – Annie Hartnett
  12. How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
  13. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. – Samantha Irby
  14. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  15. Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits – Jennifer Romolini
  16. Startup – Doree Shafrir
  17. Woman No. 17 – Edan Lepucki
  18. All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers – Alana Massey
  19. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  20. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake – Chiara Barzini
  21. Eat Only When You’re Hungry – Lindsay Hunter
  22. Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone – Juli Berwald
  23. New People – Danzy Senna
  24. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs
  25. Touch – Courtney Maum
  26. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  27. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by The Awl)

  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness – Joe Moran
  • O Sing unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music – Andrew Gant
  • The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built – Jack Viertel
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova
  • No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands – Judith Matloff
  • Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World – Laura Spinney
  • Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century – Richard McGregor
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities – Bettany Hughes
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
  • Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon – Henry Marsh
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright
  • Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Hostage – Guy Delisle
  • Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics – Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars – David Hepworth
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 – Martin Salisbury
  • Peach – Emma Glass
  • Red Winter – Anneli Furmark
  • Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 – David Cannadine
  • God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State – Lawrence Wright
  • Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny – Witold Szablowski
  • Amiable with Big Teeth – Claude McKay

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

Nonfiction

  1. China Lake: A Journey into the Contradicted Heart of a Global Climate Catastrophe – Barret Baumgart
  2. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  3. Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall – Peter Conners
  4. Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations – Kristina Marie Darling
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  6. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
  7. The Doubles – Scott Esposito
  8. Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters – Harold Evans
  9. Abandon Me – Melissa Febos
  10. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  11. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  12. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  13. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  15. Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet – Edited by Steven Huff
  16. Question Like a Face – Christine Hume and Jeff Clark
  17. Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers – Taisia Kitaiskaia
  18. After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  19. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions – Valeria Luiselli
  20. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process – John McPhee
  21. After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search – Sarah Perry
  22. The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  23. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  24. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe – Inara Verzemnieks
  25. The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock – David Weigel

Fiction

  1. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  2. The Hunger Saint – Olivia Kate Cerrone
  3. So Many Olympic Exertions – Anelise Chen
  4. American War – Omar El Akkad
  5. Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
  6. The Gypsy Moth Summer – Julia Fierro
  7. The Iliac Crest – Cristina Rivera Garza
  8. The Epiphany Machine – David Burr Gerrard
  9. The Gargoyle Hunters – John Freeman Gill
  10. Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley
  11. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  12. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  13. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  14. Stranger, Father, Beloved – Taylor Larsen
  15. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  16. Dear Cyborgs – Eugene Lim
  17. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  18. The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  19. My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye
  20. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  21. The Standard Grand – Jay Baron Nicorvo
  22. Heritage of Smoke – Josip Novakovich
  23. Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman – Aimee Parkison
  24. Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth
  25. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang

Michigan Daily: Top 10 Books of 2017

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy - Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Michigan Daily: Top 10 Books of 2017

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  3. Gather the Daughters – Jennie Melamed
  4. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  5. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  6. A Column of Fire – Ken Follett
  7. Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  8. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  9. Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong
  10. Mean – Myriam Gurba

Book Riot: Best Books of 2017

Don’t Call Us Dead - Danez Smith

Book Riot: Best Books of 2017

  • A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
  • All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
  • An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole
  • Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Hate to Want You – Alisha Rai
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter – Scaachi Koul
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • The Prey of Gods – Nicky Drayden
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Wanderers – Meg Howrey
  • We Are Okay – Nina LaCour
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2017

Kill A Horse Walks into a Bar - David Grossman

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  • A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan – Ruth Gilligan
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down – Brontez Purnell
  • So Much Blue – Percival Everett
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • South Pole Station – Ashley Shelby
  • Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  • The Girl in Green – Derek B. Miller
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne
  • The Year of the Comet – Sergei Lebedev
  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru

Nonfiction

  • A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand – Jim Harrison
  • Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India – Sujatha Gidla
  • Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene – Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Nils Bubandt, Elaine Gan, Heather Anne Swanson
  • Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. – Danielle S. Allen
  • Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption – Benjamin Rachlin
  • Give a Girl a Knife – Amy Thielen
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • Insomniac City: New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me – Bill Hayes
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America – Ron Powers
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017

The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017, plus a list of “besties”

  • Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
  • The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  • This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History – Kurt Andersen
  • In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution – Geoff Mann
  • The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  • Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary – Pat Thomas
  • Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning – Claire Dederer
  • Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium – John Corbett
  • (v.) – Anastacia Renee
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime – Ben Blum
  • Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair – Sarah Schulman
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  • All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Besties

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • The Raincoats – Jenn Pelly
  • Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music – Ann Powers
  • The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time – Brooke Gladstone
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Ugly Time – Sarah Galvin
  • Catcall – Holly Melgard
  • Other Russias – Victoria Lomasko
  • Boyfriends – Tara Atkinson
  • Nature Poem – Tommy Pico
  • While Standing in Line for Death – CAConrad
  • Unreal City – D.J. Bryant
  • Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World – Rob Sheffield
  • The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – Esther Perel
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Harari

The Week: Best Books of 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

The Week: Best Books of 2017, divided into novels and nonfiction

Novels

  1. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  2. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  3. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  4. White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  5. Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan

Nonfiction

  1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  2. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  3. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Grant – Ron Chernow
  5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay

Harper’s Bazaar: Best Books of 2017

Harper’s Bazaar: Best Books of 2017

  1. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  3. Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan
  4. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  5. Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  6. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  7. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  8. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  9. What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  10. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  11. How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
  12. Joni: The Anthology – Barney Hoskyns
  13. Marlena – Julie Buntin
  14. South and West: From a Notebook – Joan Didion
  15. The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
  16. My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues – Pamela Paul
  17. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  18. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) – David Sedaris
  19. Debriefing: Collected Stories – Susan Sontag

Laura Miller: 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Autumn - Jennifer Egan

Laura Miller: 10 Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present – Pankaj Mishra
  • Augustown – Kei Miller
  • Autumn – Ali Smith
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances FitzGerald
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York – Francis Spufford
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology – Ellen Ullman
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer – Richard Holmes
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru