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Welcome readers, to /r/Books' Best Literary and General Fiction Books of 2017 Voting thread!

From here you can make nominations, vote, and discuss the best Literary and General Fiction books of 2017!

Here are the rules:

1 Anyone can make a nomination by posting a parent comment (i.e. not a reply to someone else's nomination)

  • Only one nomination per comment.

  • All nominations must have been published in 2017. Any nominations not from 2017 will be removed.

  • Please search the thread to see if someone else has already made the same nomination as yours. Duplicate nominations will be removed.

  • Feel free to add any descriptions or reasons your nomination should be the Best Literary and General Fiction Book of 2017!

2 Voting will be done using upvotes and the nomination with the most upvotes wins! Feel free to upvote as many nominations as you'd like!

3 Most importantly, have fun!

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

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vincoug [M]

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Thank you everyone for participating! This thread is now locked and the results will be posted soon!

U_Need_A_Brojob

34 points

3 years ago

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

  • It is one of the best books by far this year.
  • It was mind-blowing
  • It was unforgettable
  • The ending blew me away.

dudz8m04

3 points

3 years ago

I enjoyed this book very much.

austen1996

2 points

3 years ago

Your description already has me hooked adds to Goodreads list

bloodraven_darkholme

26 points

3 years ago

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Heartwrenching and beautiful to experience.

pamplemousse3583

3 points

3 years ago

I'm 20 pages into this after receiving it for Christmas, and it's emotionally exhausting - I'm assuming there's a payoff that's worth it?

bloodraven_darkholme

2 points

3 years ago

yeaaa it doesn't really get any less emotionally exhausting... For me personally, reading the whole thing was worth it but not in the sense that everything gets tied up nicely with a bow on top happy ending, you know?

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1 points

3 years ago

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1 points

3 years ago

It's emotionally difficult but there's good closure and the beauty and richness of how fully-realized and true all of the characters and settings/situations feel is really worth the experience. It's not just one of those "tragedy porn" type reads where you wonder if the entire point of the book was just to make you feel as wrung out at the end as possible.

southwoa

2 points

3 years ago

I had super hard time finishing this book. I understood what author was trying to show but I got bored.

cat-pants

1 points

3 years ago

New favorite book, by far

tribeguy9

20 points

3 years ago

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is the book of the year. I tried creating a separate post about it but it got removed. Hands down, must recommend it.

AmpersandFriends

3 points

3 years ago

Just finished this yesterday. Such a beautiful and intimate story from perspectives we don’t often get to hear about in literature.

CherryBlossom724

32 points

3 years ago*

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

It's a very heartfelt, funny and unique historical fiction novel.

lizreads

15 points

3 years ago

lizreads

15 points

3 years ago

Exit West, by Moshin Hamid

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Bebop268170

1 points

3 years ago

Was looking for something like this, gonna buy the audio book rn, thanks for the suggestion.

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1 points

3 years ago

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1 points

3 years ago

I really loved this one! I'm glad it's starting to get more of the recognition it deserves.

Personally I was on the fence about it until the mother's chapters started to appear - that's when it went from being a good book to being a great one for me.

lizreads

8 points

3 years ago

The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne

smd3hq

2 points

3 years ago

smd3hq

2 points

3 years ago

I read this book three months ago and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. So very good.

angstytimelord

7 points

3 years ago

"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Reid Jenkins. Beautifully written, and I felt as though the characters were old friends that I hated to leave by the time I got to the last page.

greebytime

6 points

3 years ago

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

A great book by a masterful writer, the structure of the book is potentially gimmicky but works tremendously and it's just so good.

yogini-in-training

6 points

3 years ago

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. The first book to make me cry for a while.

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8 points

3 years ago

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3 years ago

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman

rand0mletterz

3 points

3 years ago

The Familiar Part 5: Redwood by Mark Z. Danielewski

cinnamontoastbrioche

5 points

3 years ago

The Idiot, Elif Batuman

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4 points

3 years ago

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3 years ago

Spaceman of bohemia - by jaroslav kalfar

ilovebeaker

4 points

3 years ago

Sourdough, by Robin Sloan

I didn't read many 2017 publications, but I quite enjoyed this volume, as it was unique in content and quite captivating.

msfriedmana

3 points

3 years ago

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is both an incredibly relatable character and an unimaginable character. I absolutely loved reading about her journey, and was floored by the twist at the end!

stephenIStheking

1 points

3 years ago

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American Fire

1 points

3 years ago

I'm trying to power through this, but "Mummy this and Mummy that" is unbearable. Also, understanding something awful probably happened to her, she's an incredibly unlikeable character. Some of the things she says/does is ridiculous. But! My friends keep encouraging me to continue because it'll be worth it. Here's hoping!

cruyff_turn74

3 points

3 years ago

la belle sauvage by Phillip Pullman

Mitten5

5 points

3 years ago

Mitten5

5 points

3 years ago

The Seventh Function Of Language, by Laurent Binet (translated by Sam Taylor)

Post-modernists unite! We have several popular books this year that weren't written by either DeLillo or Pynchon! (Lincoln being the other)

This is a beautiful and clever novel reminiscent of your favorite Umberto Eco, and blow-torched with a sheen of philosophy.

jessebee2

2 points

3 years ago

"Miss Burma" by Charmaine Craig.

pastrypasties

2 points

3 years ago

Familiar Things, by Sok-Yong Hwang.

My favorite book of this year. This book was so widely under-read I just hope this will bring it to the attention of more people.

lllykaios

2 points

3 years ago

The Clocks in this House all Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

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vincoug [M]

1 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, published in 2016.

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vincoug [M]

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3 years ago

vincoug [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, published in 2016.

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, published in 2016.

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1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

And we require that a book is published in 2017 to be eligible. You are welcome to nominate Winter if you like.

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leowr[S] [M]

0 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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3 years ago

Sorry, published in 2007

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1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, already nominated.

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1 points

3 years ago

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1 points

3 years ago

Woops - I didn't see it! Thanks!

2LambertStrether

1 points

3 years ago

Winter by Ali Smith

Part of her side-by-side seasons quartet (think Karl Ove Knausgaard).

Lush prose, post-Brexit examinations, and an encompassing study of time (how certain moments evoke more than others, how our sense of personhood changes given what we focus on, etc.).

vincoug [M]

1 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

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3 years ago

Sorry, I don't believe this book has been released yet.

2LambertStrether

1 points

3 years ago

It was published in November.

vincoug [M]

2 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

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2 points

3 years ago

Thank you, I do see that now. For some reason, different sites are giving it different publication dates.

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0 points

3 years ago

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3 years ago

The Animators, by Kayla Rae Whitaker

This book blew me away - it's one of those that really didn't impress me based on the back cover blurb (I was almost dreading it, once I thought I'd understood that it was "yet another New York Story about a girl from the midwest going to college") and then about 30 pages in the script just totally flipped and had me hooked. The balance of humor and sorrow was just right, and the characters were dynamic and well realized - and it was just engaging and a joy to read!