Best Books 2017

LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.

In late October, nine LJ editors gathered at New York’s gothic Jefferson Market Library to select this year’s top ten best books. Our nominee list consisted of 23 carefully selected fiction and nonfiction titles. After many weeks of reading and much deliberation, the winning titles are evenly split: five works of fiction and five nonfiction; five women authors and five men. If there is a “winner among winners,” it would be Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, for which every editor voted.

See the list and other top picks of 2017.

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