23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2017

Posted by Hayley on January 2, 2017
We pity the man or woman who asks (often with a puzzled head tilt as we march, once again, to the library or bookstore), "Do you really need more books?" As any book lover knows, there will always be more books and thus we will always need more books.

So allow us to suggest a few additions to your overflowing bookshelves and ereaders. We rounded up the 2017 books that are getting the most buzz from your fellow Goodreads members. Take a look! How many do you need?

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Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller

When Ingrid supposedly drowns she leaves behinds letters, hidden in her husband's books. Only her daughter can piece together the truth behind her mother's disappearance—and her parents' marriage—in this absorbing read.

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The Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Last year, Nguyen's The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Don't miss his powerful new book, a collection of stories that explore questions of identity and immigration through the eyes of outsiders.

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My Not So Perfect Life
by Sophie Kinsella

The author of the Shopaholic series is back with a brand new muse, London-based dreamer Katie Brenner. Addicted to Instagram instead of shopping, Katie attempts to improve her reality in this sweet, comical tale.

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Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

In an unnamed country on the brink of civil war, two lovers stumble upon a door that leads to an uncertain future. The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist sprinkles magical realism into this inventive story of loyalty amidst chaos.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay

What does it mean to take care of yourself? The author of Bad Feminist explores the tension between desire and denial, comfort and care, in this candid, illuminating, and inspiring memoir.

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Theft by Finding: Diaries
by David Sedaris

Readers think they know Sedaris, thanks to the humorist's beloved books including Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. Now meet the real Sedaris, as revealed in these never-before-published diary entries that span nearly four decades.

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Age of Anger: A History of the Present
by Pankaj Mishra

Welcome to a world in crisis—your own. Mishra delves deep into the roots of paranoia and frustration that penetrate our political and cultural landscape, from terrorism overseas to racism and misogyny online.

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Solutions and Other Problems
by Allie Brosh

Brosh, a 2013 Goodreads Choice Award winner for her first book, Hyperbole and a Half (based on her popular blog of the same name), returns with a hilarious new collection of autobiographical illustrations and essays.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here?
by Lawrence M. Krauss

Theoretical physicist Krauss is not interested in finding out the meaning of life (maybe because we all know it's 42); he wants to know the reason for life. This landmark work of scientific history blends research with engaging storytelling.

Young Adult
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Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth

Attention, YA readers: There's a new series from the author of the Divergent trilogy! Taking the action to the stars, Roth introduces Akos and Cyra, two would-be heroes with "gifts" capable of saving the galaxy or destroying it.

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History Is All You Left Me
by Adam Silvera

Need a good cry? Let it all out with Silvera's heartbreaking and "breathtakingly human" story of Griffin, a young man whose life falls apart when Theo, his first love and ex-boyfriend, dies in a drowning accident.

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Flame in the Mist
by Renee Ahdieh

From the author of The Wrath and the Dawn comes a dangerous adventure of cunning and malice. Dressed as a peasant boy, the daughter of a samurai infiltrates a gang of bandits, determined to untangle a deadly conspiracy.

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by Stephanie Garber

One of the buzziest books of the year is a debut! In Garber's dazzling world of magic and illusion, two sisters escape their father and enter a legendary game where neither can tell what's real and what's made up.

And look out for exciting sequels from Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Aveyard, Jenny Han, and Cassandra Clare!

Mystery and Thriller
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Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins

Can lightning strike twice for Hawkins? The follow-up to the author's 2015 smash hit The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller dives into the lives of two sisters…and the secrets that may drown them both.

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Never Let You Go
by Chevy Stevens

Fearing that someone is stalking her, Lindsey Nash has only one suspect in mind: her ex-con ex-husband. Desperation collides with doubt in this addictive read from the author of Still Missing.

And look out for the fourth Cormoran Strike book from Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)!

Fantasy and Science Fiction
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Iron Gold
by Pierce Brown

When one trilogy ends, another can begin. Brown returns to Mars (and beyond) in a new trilogy set shortly after the events of his Red Rising books. This time his heroes grapple with mending a galaxy they helped break.

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Red Sister
by Mark Lawrence

The Convent of Sweet Mercy turns girls into killers. But when Nona arrives, she is guilty of something worse than murder. This tale of assassins and secrets is the first in an epic fantasy series from the author of Prince of Thorns.

And look out for the conclusion to V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy—and PERHAPS George R.R. Martin's The Winds of Winter.

Historical Fiction
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Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders

Step back in time with one of America's most beloved short story writers. In Saunder's first novel, Abraham Lincoln mourns the loss of his 11-year-old son over the course of one poignant and cathartic night.

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

In this spellbinding story about the power of family from the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, a mother contemplates leaving her remote Chinese village while the daughter she gave away grows up in California.

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The Thing About Love
by Julie James

On a high-profile undercover sting, FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd work out the kinks of their fiery love/hate relationship. The result is a sexy and thrilling standalone romance from the author of Something About You.

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Full Package
by Lauren Blakely

No one puts out a title quite like Blakely. In 2016, she brought readers Big Rock, Mister O, and Well Hung. Next up is this contemporary romance about a man with…a big brain and a heart of gold.

Graphic Novels and Comics
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Wonder Woman: Warbringer
by Leigh Bardugo

What do you get when you combine the writing powers of Six of Crows author Bardugo with actual super powers? A comic book juggernaut. Discover the coming-of-age story of Wonder Woman in this sweeping adventure.

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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
by Thi Bui

In this intimate graphic novel, Bui traces her family's escape from war-torn Vietnam and subsequent resettlement. With poetic prose and haunting illustrations, her past springs to life on the page.

What books are you most excited to read this year? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by DarkChaplain (new)

DarkChaplain * Michael J. Sullivan's Age of Swords and The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter.
* If out by the end of 2017 (as indicated), John Gwynne's Dread.
* Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

message 2: by Cherity (new)

Cherity I really hope the Brosh's book will finally come out. It was first supposed to be published at the beginning of 2016, then the end, and now it's rescheduled to 2017...

message 3: by May (new)

May Watson Homesick for Another World by far! Eileen is hands down one of the best novels I've ever read, I'm so excited to see what Moshfegh comes out with next.

message 4: by Dayna Warren (new)

Dayna Warren Cherity wrote: "I really hope the Brosh's book will finally come out. It was first supposed to be published at the beginning of 2016, then the end, and now it's rescheduled to 2017..."

I hope so too. I was so disappointed when its release date kept getting pushed back!

message 5: by Kyle (last edited Jan 02, 2017 08:20AM) (new)

Kyle May wrote: "Homesick for Another World by far! Eileen is hands down one of the best novels I've ever read, I'm so excited to see what Moshfegh comes out with next."

Seconded. Along with:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Graphic Novels
Saga, Volume 7
The Black Monday Murders, Volume 1: All Hail, God Mammon
Seven to Eternity, Volume 1

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

message 6: by Hope (new)

Hope I am really hoping that The Thorn of Emberlaine by Scott Lynch finally comes out this year.

message 7: by Mike (new)

Mike Really? Another drivel from Paula Hawkins is highly anticipated?

message 8: by Marshia (new)

Marshia Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong, The Turn by Kim Harrison, and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

message 10: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie That's a lot I want to read this year.

message 11: by Isabella (new)

Isabella "King's Cage" and "Always and Forever, Laura Jean" !!!!!!

message 12: by Medhat The Book Fanatic (last edited Jan 02, 2017 09:59AM) (new)

Medhat The Book Fanatic You failed to mention the BIGGEST release of 2017, Goodreads, which is Origin by Dan Brown!!!

Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) I'll give Paula Hawkins another shot. Also, I added Chevy Stevens. She owns the better track record.

message 14: by Magne (new)

Magne Jo Nesbø's The Thirst when it comes out in March (Norway)

message 15: by Joy (last edited Jan 02, 2017 12:39PM) (new)

Joy Endreshak Karen Marie Moning
2 weeks until Karen Marie Moning's Feversong!!!!!!

message 16: by Jenny (new)

Jenny "Devil in Spring," Lisa Kleypas!

message 17: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Santana I wish I could mention the next Game of Thrones book. :(

message 18: by Marguerite (new)

Marguerite A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas definitely is my most anticipated read of 2017!! Flame in the Mist is certainly another, though :)

message 19: by siriusedward (last edited Jan 02, 2017 03:16PM) (new)

siriusedward Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter and Psy Changeling series
Definitely the new Cormoran Strike novel Robert Galbraith

The new The Thing About Loves too

And the new Amanda Quick novel The Girl Who Knew Too Much

message 20: by Natasha (new)

Natasha When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy's Fight for an American Icon, biography of Jackie O's fight to spare Grand Central Terminal from destruction. Seven years in the making and the wait was worth it. Alexandra Boiger's illustrations are wonderful and symbolic.

message 21: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Anything good and gory!

message 22: by Diana (new)

Diana Lincoln In the Bardo/George Saunders

message 23: by Leni (new)

Leni Kadali "PERHAPS George R.R. Martin's The Winds of Winter"
I don't know if its just me, but I find this a little sarcastic. ;)

Well in addition to A Conjuring of Light - Victoria Schwab, I'm also waiting for Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson and Destiny's Conflict - Janny Wurts.

I didn't think Pierce Brown would return to the world of Darrow and co anytime soon. Here's to hoping that the book is as stellar as the Red Rising Trilogy he gave us.

message 24: by Elinor (new)

Elinor Sara ✨ wrote: ""Lord of Shadows" by Cassandra Clare!"

Yes!!!! I've been waiting for almost a year for this to come out.

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message 26: by Mary (last edited Jan 02, 2017 08:05PM) (new)

Mary What I Need

What I Need by J. Daniels due out March 5th! I can't get enough of her Alabama Summer Series. ❤️
My kids are impatiently waiting for the next installment of Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. Chris Colfer The Land of Stories

message 27: by Franklin (new)

Franklin  Hummel I found this list just so uninteresting.
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message 28: by Mujahid (new)

Mujahid Khan Where the hell is Dan Brown's "Origin" in this list?

message 29: by Louie (new)

Louie Definitely, The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. And the latest novel from Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1.

message 30: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Iron Gold by Pierce Brown!!

message 31: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Diana wrote: "Lincoln In the Bardo/George Saunders"

Seconded! Can't wait for Lincoln in the Bardo and George Saunders is simply brilliant. Also can't wait for Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward!

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message 34: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Tucker What I want is for Peace Talks by Jim Butcher to come out. It has been waaay too long since the last The Dresden Files book.

message 36: by Sweeha (new)

Sweeha Goodreads, what about my beloved Dan Brown???

message 37: by Bea (new)

Bea I wish that 3th book of Kingkiller chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss come true.

message 38: by Sheity (new)

Sheity Williams I am utterly disappointed to find Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson absent from this list.

message 39: by Ulla (new)

Ulla I'm very excited about
The Book of Never Vol. V - Imperial Towers and VI
both by Ashley Capes :D
and absolutely everything else he will write this year! Yeah.

message 40: by Janet (new)

Janet Franklin wrote: "I found this list just so uninteresting.
. . ."

Agree. I guess I'll be doing a lot of backlist reading this year.

message 41: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I'm very excited about Louise Penny's book (#13 in the series, the book is not yet named) that will likely come out in August, Cold Harbor by Matthew FitzSimmons (oh my gosh, this series is SO GOOD!) and the Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni. Maybe this list wasn't meant for series, since all of my "can't waits" are the latest in really good series.
The Trapped Girl
Matthew FitzSimmons
Louise Penny

message 42: by Karen Floyd (new)

Karen Floyd "I found this list just so uninteresting.
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Agreed! Uninspiring.
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message 43: by Tova (new)

Tova That shade at GRRM is fabulous.

message 45: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Franklin wrote: "I found this list just so uninteresting.
. . ."

Yep, me too. Apparently whomever came up with this list has very different taste in reading than mine. That's OK, I'm pretty sure I can come up with a long list of books I'll be excited to read. and I REALLY need to work on my backlist... I have way too many on my "to read" shelf.

message 46: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Franklin wrote: "I found this list just so uninteresting.
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Same. However, the good thing is, I'm not adding any books to my ever growing "to be read" list!

message 47: by Jane (new)

Jane Franklin wrote: "I found this list just so uninteresting.
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Yep. Same old stories. One women's fiction, one literary fic with an ethnic minority theme, one chicklit (really?) and one magical realismy sort of thing. Great book club fodder but they all look so forgettable.

message 48: by Nenda (new)

Nenda Can't wait for Kevin Kwan's Rich People Problems on May 2017.

message 49: by Jaap (new)

Jaap Fantasy: the next Fitz & the Fool installment from Robin Hobb... probably want that more than GRRM

Medhat The Book Fanatic Sweeha wrote: "Goodreads, what about my beloved Dan Brown???"

Totally agree, Sweeha!! Like seriously Origin is THE most anticipated book of 2017 (along with The Winds of Winter)

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