Did you set any new year’s resolutions? I didn’t (personally at least), but if you’re trying to read more this year, I can help! I love to read and I’m not picky about genre (except horror, keep that mess away from me), so today I’m sharing a bit of the best fiction of 2017!
Just a note: these aren’t books published in 2017, just ones I read this year. Also not on the list are books I was in the middle of when the clock struck midnight, like Game of Thrones.
Best Fiction of 2017
My Grandmother Asked Me Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman
This is one of those books that’s beautiful and sad and makes you want to hug someone and tell them you love them. The story is told by an 8 year old girl with a uniquely close relationship to her grandmother, who sends her on imaginary and real life quests. As the story progresses, reality and pretend begin to merge as the grandmother’s life is revealed, showing her as much more than a crazy old lady in the apartment across the way.
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
Best historical fiction I read this year, hands down. It follows two sisters their drastically different experiences of World War II. One sister lives what becomes Nazi occupied France while her husband is away at war, and the other pursues an active role in the resistance movement. During a season of reading several WWII novels, this one uniquely highlighted both the roles and effects of the war on women. There’s also something unique about hearing the European perspective on the war – so much of what I read about WWII comes from an American view. But Europe experienced that war so much differently than we did as a nation, and to add two women’s lives to that picture – even if fiction – rounds out the picture so much more.
Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
Favorite sci-fi of the year goes to Dark Matter. What if science found a way to alternate dimensions, where each tiny decision you make in the day leads to a different world? How would your day have been different if you had eggs for breakfast, or woke up five minutes earlier, or spilled your coffee and had to change your shirt? One scientist living a happy but average life finds himself given the choice to explore each of these alternate dimensions as doors in a hallway.
Dark Matter hits the sweet spot of being a fun read that also makes you think. I loved it, and you’ll never see the ending coming.
The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
Cross time travel with classic literature and you come close to The Eyre Affair. In a world where people have passionate arguments over the true identity of William Shakespeare and World War II was only won by allowing a corporation to essentially control the allied nations’ governance, there’s a whole police branch devoted to literature crimes. One such officer, Thursday Next, has the curious ability to physically enter books’ storylines.
I don’t want to say much more, because doing so will make it sound absurd. But the book is fun and nerdy, not taking itself too seriously while sucking you into an admittedly strange plot line. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
As someone who loves getting sucked into a compelling story, this is a great one. Honestly, I’m not sure just how to sum up Cloud Atlas. It’s a fun read, with a few threads tracing their way through each tale set years or centuries after the previous. The books follows the rise, fall, and potential rebirth of civilization, only to back its way out of each tale to conclude the previous one. I listened to this one as an audiobook and loved the verbal experience. Plus, it made one story – told in pidgin – easier to follow.
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Somehow I missed out reading this in grade school and never really head what the plot was. After it popped on a ‘recommended for you’ list from my library web site, I finally got it. And OH MY GOSH HOW DID I NOT READ THIS IN SCHOOL. I love a good dystopia or satire, and this story 100% hits that sweet spot. For an adult its a quick read, but worth picking up. It’s a reminder of the value of love, quirk, and beauty over efficiency.
Those are my best fiction reads of the year!! You should also check out my nonfiction list and last years favorite fiction and nonfiction. What was your best fiction of 2017???
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13 thoughts on “Best Fiction of 2017”
The Nightingale sounds right up my alley! Yay, always looking for more historical fiction, especially WWII in Europe. Also, not sure where your main photo is from but I see The Philharmonic Gets Dressed…that’s one of Lucy’s favorites right now, and mine too!
Yes!! Just a shot of random books, but I loved the Philharmonic Gets Dressed!n
LOVEEE ‘The GIver’ one of my favorite books, looking forward to checkout out the others!
I loved the Nightingale! It made me bawl. I honestly can not wait to read it again. I’m going to have to check out some of the others as well!
Seriously, SO MANY TEARS over Nightingale!
I have the Nightingale on my Kindle but I haven’t started reading it yet, sounds like I am in for a treat!! Loved to read your opinions on these books!
It’s so good! You definitely are in for a treat. Let me know how you like it!
These all sound absolutely amazing! I actually put holds on the NIghtingale and Dark Matter after reading your post! And The Giver is such a beautiful book. I loved this post – I think you and I might have similar bookshelves. 🙂
Ahh you just made my day!! I’d love to hear how you like them both – message me after you read them, I’d love to talk books!
The only book i’ve read form this list is The Giver! I used to love reading and I did it all the time! Now I never seem to make the time. That is one of my personal goals this year 🙂
Happy reading! Let me know if you read anything wonderful – I’m always looking for book recommendations!
I’m always looking for some good books! Writing some of these down and saving them for next time i visit the library! Thank you!
You’re welcome! Enjoy them!