20 Favorite Books of 2017

The New York Times Book Review released it’s 100 Notable Books of 2017 at the end of November. They cull their readings and reviews from thousands and pick the 100 best books from their 2017 work. In the spirit of their efforts, I perused the books I have read this year and picked my 20 Favorite Books of 2017. These books are not necessarily just those published in this year; they are books that I have read this year.

I picked six fiction, six nonfiction, three poetry, and five picture books. I read more than three collections of poetry this year, but these are the three that stood out as deserving of recognition (also I was having a hard time narrowing down my fiction and non-fiction categories so I redistributed my numbers *sheepish grin*).


Six Notable Fiction Books

Autumn by Ali Smith

Tale of a Boon’s Wife by Fartumo Kusow

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam


Six Notable Non-Fiction Books

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to be Simple by Krish Kandiah

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesay


Three Notable Poetry Collections

Counting Descent by Clint Smith

indivisible: poems for social justice edited by Gail Bush and Randy Meyer

Here by Wisława Szymborska


Five Notable Picture Books

Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

One Grain of Rice by DEMI

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

Flowers for Sarajevo by John McCutcheon


Your turn! What were your favorite books to read in 2017?




11 Responses to “20 Favorite Books of 2017”

  1. Carrie Rubin

    “Born a Crime” was probably my favorite book of 2017. I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic with Trevor Noah’s narration.

    I also discovered Angela Marsons DI Stone series. Really enjoying it.

  2. Kate Scott

    I’m so glad Homegoing and Born a Crime made your list! Homegoing was my favorite novel of 2016. I listened to the audiobook of Born a Crime this past summer and loved it. I started Just Mercy recently and am enjoying it so far, though I’m not that far along yet. Happy New Year!

    • rebeccarvincent

      So many good things to say about all of them. Some people liked the structure of Homegoing (myself included) but I read others who felt it was choppy and lacking. I’m curious to hear what you think. 🤔


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