Best Books 2017 (So Far)

Of making best book lists there is no end. June marks the half-way point of the year, so lists of the best books to date are following the many lists of best summer titles. Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and more already have already released their picks. Expect additional lists in the next couple of weeks.


Entertainment Weekly’s “The 10 Best Books of the Year so Far” leads with Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (PRH/Riverhead; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). At #2 is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (PRH/Doubleday; RH Large Print; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).


The Washington Post‘s Book World’s lists “37 Books We’ve Love So Far in 2017.” Topping their list in fiction is American War by Omar El Akkad (PRH/Knopf; RH Large Type; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). In nonfiction it is An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, by Elisabeth Rosenthal (PRH/Penguin Press; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).


Many of the picks received media attention when they hit shelves and in the months following. A number became bestsellers and some, such as Elizabeth Strout’s Anything Is Possible (PRH/RH; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) and the YA debut novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HC/Balzer + Bray; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), are still on the charts. The latter, which examines police violence, has become a cultural phenomenon and just won the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for Fiction/Poetry.

These half-year checkups are not simply useful to track what hit big or impressed reviewers, they also highlight overlooked gems that could use a circulation boost. For readers’ advisory librarians they provide a starting list of sure bet titles from 2017 and introduce, or cement the reputation of, key authors to know.

Esquire, Paste, Refinery 29, and Time (fiction and nonfiction) each have produced midyear lists as well.

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