Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017 … So Far

Posted by Cybil on June 29, 2017
We're halfway through 2017, and we thought it was high time to look back at the year and see what new books have been a hit with Goodreads' readers.

For this list, we took a look at readers' ratings (to be included, each book had to have a least a four-star average). Then we factored in the number of reviews each book has garnered, plus how many people have added the books to their Want to Read shelves. We then plucked out a good sampling of the books that have been trending on the site this year.

What books published this year are you recommending to your fellow readers? Tell us in the comments. And if you're feeling inspired, add some of 2017's top-rated books to your Want to Read list.

The Bear and the Nightingale
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This is How It Always Is
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Days Without End
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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Norse Mythology
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The Orphan's Tale
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Pachinko
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We Were the Lucky Ones
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
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Never Let You Go
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The Hate U Give
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The Collapsing Empire
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A Court of Wings and Ruin
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
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The Silent Child
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Beartown
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Red Sister
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
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King's Cage
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Killers of the Flower Moon
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Lord of Shadows
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option B
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Rich People Problems
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Saints for All Occasions
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Gwendy's Button Box
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The Alice Network
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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The Silent Corner
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Magpie Murders
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The Identicals
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
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Borne
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Waking Gods
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The Missing Ones
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Share your favorite books of the year (so far) in the comments!

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message 1: by Peebee (last edited Jun 29, 2017 08:47AM) (new)

Peebee Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

are all on my list of personal favorites for the year that are not on this list. They do not have a collective rating of 4 stars, so they were not eligible for consideration, but they're all 5 stars in my book!


message 2: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I've read so many great books so far in 2017. It's a great year for books! For books published in 2017, I would recommend Sympathy, White Fur, Be My Wolff, Shadowbahn, Ill Will, and Sonora. An entertaining thriller from 2017 is The Girl Before. If you're looking for a good romantic YA fantasy, look no further than Wintersong.


message 3: by Piepie (new)

Piepie "Evelyn Hugo" and "Eleanor Oliphant" were both excellent!! Highly recommended!

Ooh, I also loved "The Girl Before"! Other books that were published this year that I loved included "The Night The Lights Went Out," by Karen White; "Behind Her Eyes," by Sarah Pinborough; "Close Enough to Touch," by Colleen Oakley; "Devil's Breath," by G. M. Malliet; and "Burntown," by Jennifer McMahon.


message 4: by Amber (last edited Jun 29, 2017 09:42AM) (new)

Amber These are mine so far:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The Call of the Wild
Hex
The Young Widower's Handbook
A World Without Heroes
Lost Gods
Tigana
The Adventures of Slim & Howdy
Born of Vengeance
The Dark Half
The Last Temptation
Uzumaki
The Wild Robot

Everything I have read though this year has been a pretty good read though. If ya'll check these reads out, I hope you enjoy them.


message 5: by Janice (new)

Janice Lynsay Sands's Immortal Unchained, Christine Feehan's Dark Carousel, and many others.


message 6: by Brina (last edited Jun 29, 2017 10:21AM) (new)


Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians, #3) by Kevin Kwan Completely hilarious!!!
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens I love Chevy Stevens


message 8: by Jacob (new)

Jacob McConnell Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1) by Brian McClellan

Sins of Empire isn't on this list? That's a major snub, in my opinion.


message 11: by Justin (new)

Justin Heard Jacob wrote: "Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1) by Brian McClellan

Sins of Empire isn't on this list? That's a major snub, in my opinion."


Jacob wrote: "Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1) by Brian McClellan

Sins of Empire isn't on this list? That's a major snub, in my opinion."


It was a pretty good book, but compared to Red Sister, it falls flat. I still think Promise of Blood is the best book he's ever written, which puts me in the minority.


message 12: by Sofie (new)

Sofie For Lovecraftian horror and childhood nostalgia. Meddling Kids - Edgar Cantero


For a wild west story with hippos (alternative history). River of Teeth - Sarah Gailey


Some contemporary fantasy with a nice feel to it (and illustrations) Rotherweird - Andrew Caldecott



message 13: by Megan (new)

Megan Well, I've only read one book on this list but i definitely recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Such an uplifting book!


message 15: by Megan (new)

Megan If we're looking at books published this year then I would have to say ...
Lincoln in the Bardo, as well. Loved it.


message 17: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I read Ballad for a Mad Girl (average of 4.21/5) earlier in the month and it was absolutely phenomenal. Favourite new book of the year by far. Highly recommend.


message 18: by Deby (new)

Deby Do not miss ONE GOOD MAMA BONE...the absolute BEST of my 78 reads so far, and Bren is a Goodreads Author. Please support this wonderful novel. If you don't love it, I will buy your copy back from you😉


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim C Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles should be on this list. Maybe because it is the third book of a trilogy is the reason it was excluded.


message 20: by Raymond (last edited Jun 29, 2017 06:33PM) (new)

Raymond The following books were published this year and I highly recommend them: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Tears We Cannot Stop A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson .

I'm currently reading Jane Crow The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg and I believe it will be one to add to the three above.


message 21: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra By oneday, I would have read all of them...!


message 22: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (last edited Jun 29, 2017 09:17PM) (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I'm still at the beginning of Flowers of the Killer Moon. Rated Bear and The Nightingale 4 stars - great book! Rated The Orphan's Tale 2 stars, didn't understand the hype.


message 23: by Robert Thompson (new)

Robert Thompson Blackflame (Crade #3) by Will Wight


message 24: by Daisy (new)

Daisy Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki is an unusual, modern story.


message 26: by Andy (new)

Andy Mckissock The Vegetarian by Han Kang


message 27: by SueLucie (last edited Jun 30, 2017 06:40AM) (new)

SueLucie My favourite books published this year in the UK (though some may have been published last year in USA, I haven't checked)
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
The Scandal (also titled Beartown) by Fredrik Backman
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Larchfield by Polly Clark
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


message 28: by Ulla (new)

Ulla I think this thread is meant to be about books which were published in 2017 so far.
For me the best is (certainly one of the best books ever, too!):

Book of Never Volumes 4-5 (Book of Never, #4-5) by Ashley Capes Book of Never: Volumes 4-5 by Ashley Capes

Book of Never Volumes 1-3 (Book of Never, #1-3) by Ashley Capes Book of Never: Volumes 1-3 was published last year.


message 29: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher Min Jin Lee's Pachinko is such a good book. Well worth looking out especially in its UK Hardcover edition. Covers matter and The UK edition is so atmospheric


message 30: by Joseph (last edited Jun 30, 2017 05:56AM) (new)

Joseph So far, I've only give 5-stars to one book written this year: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss.

I gave 4 stars to these three 2017 books:
This is How It Always Is
The Girl Who Knew Too Much
The Accidental Santera: A Novel


message 31: by Kelly (last edited Jun 30, 2017 06:20AM) (new)

Kelly Sofie wrote: "For Lovecraftian horror and childhood nostalgia. Meddling Kids - Edgar Cantero


For a wild west story with hippos (alternative history). River of Teeth - Sarah Gail..."


I just added all three of these to my to be read list. Thanks for the great recommendations.
*Not sure why it's only showing two books as there were three listed*


message 32: by Andy (new)

Andy Mckissock Yes - my mistake it's 2017 books. I would go for the new Han Kang. Pretty bloodthirsty(!) but beautifully written. I can't memember the title!!! It's a Korean story and the paperback version has two rifle bullets on the cover!


message 33: by Emma (new)

Emma As of yet, I haven't read any of these books. But Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman is on my to-read shelf.


message 34: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne My top 2017 read was The Animators which came out earlier this year. Highly recommend. (Has 3.95 stars currently, but 5 stars from me.)

Also gave 5 stars to The Rules Do Not Apply Ginny Moon Moonglow


message 35: by Daisy (new)

Daisy The memoir The Mighty Franks: A Family Memoir was also quite unusual and entertaining.


message 36: by Lady Jayme, (last edited Jul 01, 2017 10:55AM) (new)

Lady Jayme, I absolutely loved Six Wakes. If you're looking for a great sci-fi/mystery mashup in space - with clones! - this is the one.


message 37: by Mel (new)

Mel The top reads published this year for me (so far!) are:
- Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
- The Hate U Give
- Labyrinth Lost
- We Are Okay
- When Dimple Met Rishi

My list is pretty YA heavy so far, probably because I had a lot of really anticipated YA reads and it's been fun working through them. I'm working through some non-YA published this year now, and hoping to add that to the list. :)


message 38: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I have so many from this year that I haven't read yet. King's Cage will be very soon! As I'm writing this, it's sitting to my left, just waiting patiently. Hopefully, I'll manage to start it by the end of the month. :)

A Court of Wings and Ruin was absolutely wonderful! I cannot express how much I love it and the entire series! From what I've read published this year, The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman was also great and a fantastic sequel. :)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is on my TBR shelf. I'll have to get it at some point. Hopefully some point THIS year...Oh dear, the issues with an ever growing TBR pile.


message 39: by Karen (new)

Karen My favourite book of the year so far is When Breath Becomes Air. It was so moving, and really made me think.


message 40: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Karen wrote: "My favourite book of the year so far is When Breath Becomes Air. It was so moving, and really made me think."

Oh yes, that was amazing!


message 42: by Kamil (new)

Kamil L Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull is easily my favorite so far this year!


message 43: by Carla (new)

Carla My TBR list is growing by the second lol.


message 44: by Anne ✨ (last edited Jul 01, 2017 07:48PM) (new)

Anne ✨ Strange the Dreamer, 2017 release, was superb! Currently has 4.41 rating from 10,230 people!

Strange the Dreamer



message 45: by BookishDubai (new)

BookishDubai The Last Tree

My favorite picture book this year.


message 46: by S. Umar (new)

S. Umar How is Strange the Dreamer not a part of this? It is incredible!


message 47: by Jade (new)

Jade Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Fantasy at its finest!


message 48: by Jen (new)

Jen Orphan Island - Touching and absolutely gorgeous!

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - a wonderful fantasy novel!


message 49: by Peebee (new)

Peebee Karen wrote: "My favourite book of the year so far is When Breath Becomes Air. It was so moving, and really made me think."

Amazing book. But it came out in January 2016.


message 50: by Zachery (new)

Zachery I like this collection of books so much, but as an interior designer expert, I really wish to find a lot of home improvement and interior design books here more than that. there are some books but we need more home interior design ideas & decorations to help to make the home better and to be a resource for interior decorator and designers.


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