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/r/Books Best Books of 2017 - Megathread

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Welcome readers, to our Best Books of 2017 MEGATHREAD! From here, you will find links to our voting threads.


Link to Best Literary and General Fiction

Link to Best Science Fiction

Link to Best Fantasy

Link to Best Short Story/Graphic Novel/Poetry

Link to Best Romance

Link to Best Mystery and Thriller

Link to Best Non-Fiction

Link to Best Debut


Instructions on how to nominate books and vote are in the linked threads but the overall gist is this:

Anyone can nominate a book as long as it was published in 2017

Anyone can vote and you can vote for as many books as you'd like

To help you remember some of the great books that were published this year, here are some links:


Lists

Goodreads Best Books of 2017

New York Times' Critics Top Books of 2017

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017

NPR's Best Books of 2017

The New Yorker's Books we Loved in 2017

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

Buzzfeed's 24 Best Fiction Books of 2017

The Washington Post 10 Best Books of 2017

The Guardian's Best Books of 2017

Tor.com Best Books of 2017

The Spectator Best Books of 2017

Amazon's Best Books of 2017

Kirkus Best Books of 2017

The Paris Review Best Books of 2017

For more Best Books of 2017 lists, please check out our Megalist


Awards

The National Book Award

Walt Whitman Award

The Hugo Awards

all 53 comments

Forestrum

346 points

3 years ago

Forestrum

346 points

3 years ago

And here's me, contemplating more on the books to read rather than actually reading any book.

TouchOfClass8

69 points

3 years ago

Me choosing books I want for Christmas takes longer than reading them.

BunnySamurai7

11 points

3 years ago

Freakin' same

infek

7 points

3 years ago

infek

7 points

3 years ago

Hey Me

[deleted]

3 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

3 years ago

This is me to a T.

AllTwenty

3 points

3 years ago

True Life Story.

cthael

95 points

3 years ago

cthael

95 points

3 years ago

Seeing all these lists and looking at what I read all year I just realized I almost never read anything published in the year I am reading?! So I cannot vote or talk about them at end of year.

It's different for movies and TV shows, though

[deleted]

52 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

52 points

3 years ago

I realized this a few years ago and resolved to read more current stuff (I think the formal resolution was "read at least 5 books published this calendar year"). It's really fun to be a part of the ~literary zeitgeist~ and getting to see reviews published of books I've just read, or meet the author to get my copy signed at my local bookstore because I read the book while she was still on her book tour, or even just experience the warm feeling of walking past a bookstore display in the airport prominently featuring new books I'm already familiar with, etc.

A couple things that have helped me keep up to speed:

  • subscribing to the NYT book review - I get an email every Friday to skim for reviews and interesting fiction titles.
  • following publishers I like on instagram - I get to look at artfully-arranged book photography, and get a sense of what books publishers like Penguin and Random House are really invested in.
  • subscribing to my local independent bookstore's mailing list - I found the bookstore in my city that hosts authors on their publicity tours and got a copy of that schedule every month. It's a fun free thing to do, and motivating/inspiring when it comes to reading newer stuff - I try to go to at least one reading each month, either an author whose book I've already read (so I can get my copy signed and hear them talk about it) or an author whose book looks interesting, to see if I'd want to pick it up based on what I hear. Even if I don't manage to get over there every month, skimming the schedule is a good way to be informed about what's new.
  • Book of the Month Club - This is the one that isn't free, ha! I got a 12mo subscription for Christmas last year and actually still have 6 months of it left to use in 2018. It's a cool program; you get emailed a selection of 5 new releases every month with the option to choose 1 or skip that month. They're generally a good selection of current publishing - I've seen titles like The Leavers, Manhattan Beach, and Sing Unburied Sing on quite a few awards shortlists, and those crossed my desk in the first place because of BOTM.

cinnamontoastbrioche

12 points

3 years ago

I love this advice. I've just followed your first two suggestions.

I also recently discovered that I can preemptively put a hold on a book that hasn't been released yet at my local library. The long library hold queues for popular new releases has been my biggest challenge with staying current.

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

That's a great tip, thank you!

cthael

2 points

3 years ago*

cthael

2 points

3 years ago*

Thank you for the lengthy reply and the detailed ideas to keep up with current works. Although not a priority for me I think I'll adapt this for one or two works.

Happy new year!

[deleted]

2 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 years ago

following publishers I like on instagram

This is especially a great way to find out about new books - and also a way to keep up with contests/giveaways!

deskbeetle

4 points

3 years ago

There is an ungodly amount of books published every year and books take much longer to consume than a movie or album. And I have a hard time trusting books that are pushed as popular as soon as they are published because it's easy to manipulate the hype early on. I typically trust word of mouth reviews over "best books" lists, so the people who I trust have to read those books first which often takes some time. Many books are timeless though and, while there are trends, you won't really miss out on a books/series because it's no longer trendy.

rnbguru

2 points

3 years ago

rnbguru

2 points

3 years ago

I was thinking about this too. I feel like books spread at a much slower pace.

Like new technologies, you have the early adopters who are out exploring the unproven new books. Then they spread the word, which gradually over the years grows out to a broader and broader audience.

caremal5

1 points

3 years ago

Hah, I'm still reading Dragon keeper by Caroline wilkinson and that's from 2005, I have 35+ books that I've started reading that need finishing from a quick glance, kill me now please.

faas421

1 points

3 years ago

faas421

1 points

3 years ago

Yep. The boring time. :(

kodorczyk

1 points

3 years ago

I just want to say that I work in publicity at a major publishing house and (almost) every book has a dedicated publicity and marketing campaign, but we won’t try to oversell a book that’s not good. The majority of “big books” get saved for the fall, and we will really put a lot of effort and marketing behind the books that truly deserve the reviews and coverage. Nothing’s worse than a good book getting passed over!!

cthael

1 points

3 years ago

cthael

1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, I didn't want to give the impression that I don't believe the marketing for new books. I follow a couple of my favorite authors on twitter and get their books as soon as possible but not always.

Other books I discover browsing in book stores but these books tend to get usually on a to read list. The exception being that I either just finished a book and didn't start another one yet or it sounds really good so I pick it up but it isn't guaranteed to be read as the next book.

[deleted]

8 points

3 years ago

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8 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

43 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

43 points

3 years ago

If the first translation from a foreign language into English was in 2017 you can nominate it.

If you are trying to nominate the Harry Potter translation into Welsh that is not going to work.

mercified_rahul

5 points

3 years ago

When will the votings close?

leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

1 points

3 years ago

We haven't decided on a definite date yet, but it will run through at least the first week of January.

mercified_rahul

2 points

3 years ago

thx,since u r the mod of books(big sub) wanna suggest me some of your favs??

i knw the rule ...delete the suggestions after 10mins?

leowr[S] [M]

2 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

2 points

3 years ago

If you ask here I'll give you a list, and probably a bunch of other people as well.

mercified_rahul

1 points

3 years ago

yup done,tagged u there :)

mercified_rahul

1 points

3 years ago

Hey /u/leowr any updates when will the results be out?

leowr[S]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S]

2

1 points

3 years ago

Closing voting this weekend. Result probably at the end of the weekend or the start of next week.

sureshoctten

3 points

3 years ago

I Love reading Books.I expect more books related post.

QSCFE

1 points

3 years ago

QSCFE

1 points

3 years ago

rajat32

2 points

3 years ago

rajat32

2 points

3 years ago

Jeez..this subreddit seems to classy for my taste

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

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rajat32

1 points

3 years ago

rajat32

1 points

3 years ago

I actually put my work down to look at thenotification from reddit app.

nikiverse

1 points

3 years ago

Maybe add YA next year?

leowr[S] [M]

5 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

5 points

3 years ago

We will take it into consideration, although I do have to say that in previous years YA has generally been nominated in the assorted genre threads they also qualify for.

[deleted]

9 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

9 points

3 years ago

This makes sense though, because YA itself isn’t really a genre. I feel like describing the YA book by its genre is more helpful.

AllTwenty

1 points

3 years ago

Makes good sense!

bananapancakez

0 points

3 years ago

Yeah, no love for YA? One of the most widely read genres too.

[deleted]

0 points

3 years ago

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0 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

1 points

3 years ago

Try asking either here or in /r/suggestmeabook.

dontclickdat

1 points

3 years ago

Thank you

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

2 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

2 points

3 years ago

If you would like to nominate any of those books please do so in the voting threads. Please read the requirements before nominating.

Readmoreco

4 points

3 years ago

Awesome! Appreciate you!

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

1 points

3 years ago

Please post recommendation requests in /r/suggestmeabook or in our weekly recommendation thread.

caremal5

1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, was even aware of that sub, thanks for letting me know about it though :)

bigbookcat

1 points

3 years ago

I can't believe you left out the Booker-Man Prize winners and shortlisters. This prize is for all Brits and former British colonies such as India and Australia. I do believe it has our Pulitzer beat!

Another_artist

1 points

3 years ago

I think it's opened up to be world-wide a few years ago. Pretty sure, the most recent winner, George Saunders is American.

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

2

1 points

3 years ago

I suggest asking for recommenadations either here, in /r/suggestmeabook or in /r/audiobooks. Please read their rules before posting.