The Buzziest Books of the Season

Posted by Hayley on January 10, 2017
The secret to succeeding in your 2017 Reading Challenge is starting off with some great books! That's where we come in. To help you meet your goal, we rounded up beloved new books, each with a 4.0+ rating from Goodreads members. From secrets in the Sistine Chapel to insanity at the end of the world, from the women who would be queen to the man who created a galaxy far, far away, these are the buzzy books that have captured your fellow readers' hearts. What will catch your eye?


FICTION
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Lucky Boy
by Shanthi Sekaran


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Moonglow
by Michael Chabon


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Difficult Women
by Roxane Gay


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Faithful
by Alice Hoffman




NONFICTION
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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
by Douglas Preston


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah


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Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe
by Sarah Gristwood


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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
by Michael Lewis


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George Lucas: A Life
by Brian Jay Jones



YOUNG ADULT
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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon


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Heartless
by Marissa Meyer


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The Secret of a Heart Note
by Stacey Lee



MYSTERY AND THRILLER
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Everything You Want Me to Be
by Mindy Mejia


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The Ice Beneath Her
by Camilla Grebe


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Conclave
by Robert Harris



FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
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The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden


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Normal
by Warren Ellis


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Rhapsodic
by Laura Thalassa


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Invisible Planets
Edited and translated by Ken Liu



ROMANCE
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Wait for It
by Mariana Zapata


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Lucas
by Jay McLean



HISTORICAL FICTION
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From Sand and Ash
by Amy Harmon


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The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds
by Selina Siak Chin Yoke




Enjoy a year of great books with Kindle and the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. Set your reading goal and keep track of your progress throughout the year!

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message 1: by Caedy (new)

Caedy  Eries Some of these actually look pretty good. I want to read Heartless and a few others on this list :)


message 2: by Íris (new)

Íris Reading Difficult Women and loving it!


message 4: by robyn (new)

robyn haven't read 'conclave' but robert harris always bring a good story. i loved his pompeii.


message 5: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Campbell absolutely LOVED Faithful


message 6: by Jen (new)

Jen Nice list!


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda what's the buzz on forthcoming poetry titles?


message 8: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse Glad to see some non-fic represented.


message 9: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Meservier Born a Crime really blew me away. Highly recommend it.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* The Bear and the Nightingale is great - recommend it. Beautiful writing and interesting fairytale lore


message 11: by Sarbjot (new)

Sarbjot I really want to read Heartless, and The Sun is also a Star I saw that book (The Sun is also a Star) in a book shop. I chose not to get it but I totally regret my decision.


message 12: by Franklin (new)

Franklin  Hummel *ugh*


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ I've heard from several of my friends on here that Born a Crime is fantastic. Honestly even though I'm not into things like that I really wanna read it now!

Had no idea it was nonfiction though.


message 14: by Moneeza (new)

Moneeza Rafiq Just finished reading 'Heartless' and I enjoyed it a lot.


message 15: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Nice list! Added a few to my TBR. Particularly excited about The Bear and the Nightingale, which looks like it's right up my alley!


message 16: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Caedy wrote: "Some of these actually look pretty good. I want to read Heartless and a few others on this list :)"

You definitely need to read Heartless. It was an absolutely amazing book. One of my favourites. 100% spellbinding.


message 17: by Rayjan (new)

Rayjan Koehler Before i even checked this post/list i already had a couple on my list of want to read... lol


message 18: by Abigail (new)

Abigail I read "Bear and the Nightingale" in 2 days and I loved it and wished it would have lasted a little bit longer!


message 19: by Anita (new)

Anita Friedman I didn't think Conclave was as good as some of his other books. Loved Pompeii.


message 20: by Tamara (new)

Tamara From Sand and Ash is EPIC! Loved it from start to finish. Highly recommend to everyone looking for an unforgettable and gorgeously written story.


message 21: by Jack (new)

Jack Buechner robyn wrote: "haven't read 'conclave' but robert harris always bring a good story. i loved his pompeii."

Even if you are not a practicing Catholic you will find this book extremely interesting. Yes, Harris does entertain and I might add educates us, but this book provided me, who had 17 years of all or mostly all done by religious, some new insights in Papal politics. The ending contains not one twist, which you will likely figure out at the 80% read/rate, but then something else happens that will catch you off guard. Watching the new TV series," The Young Pope" is a perfect companion.


message 22: by Ashley (new)

Ashley From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is a must-read. It is the best Historical Romance I've ever read.

From Sand and Ash


message 23: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Ruiz Currently reading From Sand and Ash. Brilliant and Heartbreaking ❤️❤️


message 24: by Heather (new)

Heather Kirk From sand and ash is amazing, brilliant! Loved every minute of it!


message 25: by Irraya (new)

Irraya Please don't read Born a Crime, listen to it. Listening to the book in his voice, with all his tones and different languages and accents makes it all the more better.
His mum is the true star.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Irraya wrote: "Please don't read Born a Crime, listen to it. Listening to the book in his voice, with all his tones and different languages and accents makes it all the more better.
His mum is the true star."


That's what I heard too! That the audiobook is amazing!


message 27: by Melina Simpson (new)

Melina Simpson If Born A Crime is better when it is read to you by the author then I highly recommend The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Somethings just translate better when they are read aloud.


message 28: by Adria (new)

Adria Youngblood Alyssa wrote: "absolutely LOVED Faithful"
Faithful sounds really good! Going on my list!


message 29: by Adria (new)

Adria Youngblood Heartless was really really good!


message 30: by Vafa (new)

Vafa Nadernia That is a nice list of books, but I prefer to read The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds which I think has both an Asian outlook and pays more attention to the problem of identity in the modern world.


message 31: by Hira (new)

Hira  M. Qureshi Íris wrote: "Reading Difficult Women and loving it!"

What kind is it? As in does it have linked genres?


message 32: by Íris (new)

Íris Hiraculous wrote: "Íris wrote: "Reading Difficult Women and loving it!"

What kind is it? As in does it have linked genres?"


It's a collection of short stories about different women. It's like a reflection of what it mans to be a woman and what a woman's life is like, with all its problems and layers. I enjoyed it a lot.


message 33: by Hira (new)

Hira  M. Qureshi Thanks, much appreciated


message 34: by Suzi Evelyn (new)

Suzi Evelyn Heartless was amazing and I ordered The Sun is Also a Star after reading (and loving) Everything, Everything.


message 35: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Logan Loved Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. Would read it again


message 36: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Don't see any mention of Luke Phillips new book, wondering what is the hold up on the new release?


message 37: by Annamarie (new)

Annamarie Surely the bees haven't made an entrance at this time of year?! Ha, ha.... <3


message 38: by Annamarie (new)

Annamarie From the comments: Difficult Women next on my list..... x fingers it is enjoyable????? <3


message 39: by Yulia (new)

Yulia robyn wrote: "haven't read 'conclave' but robert harris always bring a good story. i loved his pompeii."
I read 'Conclave" - it's great.


message 40: by Sylvanus (new)

Sylvanus Nwali They are nice to look into but for now i will like to read those once i tick thanks


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