Someone has taken a several Best Books of 2017 lists and coallated the information into a single list that weights the books based on how many times they appeared on the best of lists.
You know me; any list of books, and I make it a quiz.
So here we go: Which of best books of 2017 have I read? I have put in bold the books I have read; I have put in red the books I own and have yet to read, and in underline books that I want to get someday.
For the fiction:
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- White Tears by Hari Kunzru
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
- The Answers by Catherine Lacey
- What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
- Ill Will by Dan Chaon
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
- Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
For the nonfiction:
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
- We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
- The Future Is History by Masha Gessen
- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
- Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
- Hunger by Roxane Gay
- Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
- What Happened by Hillary Clinton
- The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum
- Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan
- Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
- Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
- Grant by Ron Chernow
- Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
- Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
Not a damned one.
I’ll let you, gentle reader, be the judge of whether that more indicts books published in 2017 or the taste of people who publish Best Books Of lists. To be honest, more likely the latter.