For example, knowing that I have River of Teeth on my list because it is the “Most fun I had reading a book this year,” means much more than simply listing it as a favorite.
Plus, after 10 years of “best” lists, it’s time to do something a little different. Even I am getting bored of myself.
On a side note, I am very proud of myself that there was almost 50% diversity in my favorite book choices. I actually made myself pick my favorites first and then went back and audited my results. Here are the results:
- I have 4 straight up POC titles
- 1 LGBTQ
- 1 has a non binary protagonist
That’s 6 out of 13 titles listed here.
Enough intro. Here is the list with links to my full reviews either from the blog or on Goodreads.
- Most fun I had reading this year-- River of Teeth by Sarah Bailey
- Best Audio-- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- Best Nonfiction- Radium Girls by Kate Moore
- Best GN- My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
- Best Debut- City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
- Best Historical- Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
- Best books from 2016 that I read in 2017: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and News of the World by Paulette Jiles
- Best Horror-- In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson. My full list of the best horror I read in 2017 is here.
- Best backlist gem-- The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
- Best book that sneaked in under the wire: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
- Wildcards: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Finally, a reminder that I am starting 2018 with Sing Unburied Sing and The Changeling-- In this post I said that The Leavers would be one of those books, but it looks like I will be reading it for a book club later in 2018, so I am pushing that one back. I never got to The Changeling when I got the ARC and it is the one best speculative book I didn’t read this year.
This is my last post of the year. After a short break, I will return with some catch up reviews before beginning the regular blogging schedule again on 1.8.18.