Best Books of 2017

The best books published during 2017.

See best-of-year lists for other years:
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
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1,621 books · 3,087 voters · list created January 1st, 2017 by deleted user.
Tags: 2017, best
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CL 3676 books
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claire1 279 books
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Megan 1625 books
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Donna 3421 books
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Bertie (Roberta) 27 books
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Elaine 10933 books
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Nicole 139 books
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Angela 71 books
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message 1: by Revati (new)

Revati Kapur A good read about a young woman's struggle to adjust to an arranged marriage and immigrating to a new country, the USA.


message 2: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Sommer this is totally the year of beauty and the beast!!!!


message 3: by Nikki (new)

Nikki I don't understand why some people are rating ACOWAR before they've read it? Am I missing something - not meaning to sound like a (swear word) :)


message 4: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 1 duplicate.


Janee_dark&eroticreads4me How do the books get chosen for this list? Im surprised by some on and off.


message 6: by Donna (last edited May 20, 2017 12:42AM) (new)

Donna Davis Janee_dark&eroticreads4me wrote: "How do the books get chosen for this list? Im surprised by some on and off."
The person that invents the list puts his or her favorites on to start it rolling, and writes the title and parameters as a subscript to tell us what is allowed and what isn't. After that, anyone can add a title. Above the list and slightly to the right, there's a tab that says "Add Books to This List." When you click that, your own list of shelves becomes available to you on the left.

Some lists--and happily, this is one--have an automatic system that lets you know which of the books you've listed on your shelves are eligible (first published in 2017) and which are not, so that you don't vote for a book that doesn't qualify. For those that read advance copies for review, there is a bit of a lag time before we can vote for books about to be published, but otherwise it works well.

Removing books from the lists can be done by librarians. We are volunteers. There are strict rules, however, and anyone that thinks to remove a title because they dislike the choice rather than because it falls outside the list's parameters--in this case, if a book first published in an earlier year snuck in, for example, I could remove it--can lose her membership; we are a careful lot. We can also have the system check for duplicates on some, but not all of the lists. (Don't even ask; it's a sore spot for many of us!)

The rest is mostly democratic. People vote for the titles they like in their order of preference, so your very favorite book of 2017 (so far) gains 100 points in the total votes; second choice 99, and so on down to 1 lonely point if you use all 100 votes. I have read more than one book based on its tendency to linger at the top of a lot of these lists. Were it not for Listopias (though not this one), I would probably never have read The Glass Castle.

A list in progress the way this one is proves especially interesting, because as more excellent books are published, I revisit my votes, demoting some titles on my current list in order to bump up my new favorites to the places I believe they rightfully deserve. By the end of the year, the list will be a lot meatier and more interesting.

So go for it. If you don't see books you like, go ahead and add the ones you think deserve to be here. If you get excited about the chance to promote a book or two that you aren't seeing publicized, invite friends to vote. I find these lists to be a strangely relaxing form of recreation, which is how I come to be typing this at 12:33 AM.

Go ahead and give it a shot. You only live once. It's free. If you decide later you don't want your choices posted, it's easy to remove a whole set of votes with one click of your button. What could possibly go wrong (wince). But seriously, these are just pure fun. Nobody gets rich off them, and it's fun to see your favorites ascend.


message 7: by Margeau (new)

Margeau I would like this list a lot more if it had less of those dime-a-dozen chick-lit romances with shirtless dudes on the front and innuendo-y titles.


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Margeau wrote: "I would like this list a lot more if it had less of those dime-a-dozen chick-lit romances with shirtless dudes on the front and innuendo-y titles."
I tend to agree. The only way I know to alter it is by voting for really good books of 2017, and by adding the good ones that aren't here yet. Romance and erotica are the vogue right now, which is irritating to those of us that prefer other types of literature. Sooner or later people will get sick of it, and then it will be something else, hopefully something more appealing to cranky Boomer women like me.


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Donna wrote: "The system found and removed 1 duplicate."

Can you do a duplicates check again? I tried and it wouldn't work for me.


message 10: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Donna wrote: "The system found and removed 1 duplicate."

Can you do a duplicates check again? I tried and it wouldn't work for me."

Apparently I cannot either, at least not tonight. Drat. I will try again after the weekend has ended.


message 11: by Donna (last edited Jul 31, 2017 04:10PM) (new)

Donna Davis Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [book:And Then You're Dead: Wh..."

I can see your point. There are no other editions listed. I have had this happen before and have given up; sometimes I come back later and find the system has caught up with itself in some way and I can add them.
This is not particularly helpful, I realize, apart from that misery loves company. My only possible solution is for you to take this issue to the super-librarians (actual employees, apart from us humble volunteers) on the librarians' thread. That said, since Amazon purchased GR, the listopia has become a low priority, and it may take awhile (or forever) for someone to get back to you. There are elements out there that are dying to make all of these lists finite, along the lines of "Pulitzer winners" or (*shudder*) Amazon employees' top 20. This sort of threat makes me uncharacteristically timid; I want to protect the ability of all GR readers to add books to lists, and to start new ones.
I hope this is helpful in some measure.

Note: in addition, The Half-Life of Remorse; Amish Guys Don't Call; and Watching the Detective all show up as not published in 2017, and all were published for the first time in spring 2017. This doesn't even account for the myriad strong DRCs that I can usually add to a listopia, but cannot enter here. *sulking*


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Check duplicates is still broken. I don't know why, since the bug normally kicks in on lists much larger and with many more voters than this.

Can someone report this bug in the Feedback and Librarians Group? I would except I've been banned from both.


message 13: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [book:And Then You're Dead: Wh..."

You should report that in Feedback Group as a bug. It definitely appears to be a bug as the book's listed publish year is clearly 2017.


message 14: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Check duplicates is still broken. I don't know why, since the bug normally kicks in on lists much larger and with many more voters than this.

Can someone report this bug in the Feedback and Librar..."


Broken still.


message 15: by Sarah :) (new)

Sarah :) Lobstergirl wrote: "Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [book:And Then ..."

lol why were you banned"?


message 16: by BooksTwins (new)

BooksTwins No hemos leído ninguna de estos libros, me siento muy mal!


message 17: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Pamela wrote: "Donna wrote: "Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [..."
Worth a try.


message 18: by Shaun (last edited Sep 12, 2017 06:49AM) (new)

Shaun Pamela wrote: "Donna wrote: "Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [..."

Hi Pamela! Shaun here, Goodreads staff. I noticed the original publication date wasn't yet added to those two book editions you linked to, which could be preventing the books from being added. I've gone ahead and added that data now.

Please try add the books again and let me know if you have any further issues!


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in particular is: [book:And Then You're Dead: Wh..."

I've had this problem with several books I wanted to add to the list. I even double checked to make sure that they were published in 2017. Some literally just came out this month so that could be it...


message 20: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The link to eliminate duplicates is broken again.


message 21: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Donna wrote: "The link to eliminate duplicates is broken again."

Can you start a new thread in Feedback Group about it? This problem is never going to be fixed unless more people bring it to their attention. Maybe the 'Best of 2017' list will be considered important enough for them to actually find a solution to the bug. I won't hold my breath, but just maybe it will.


message 22: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Donna wrote: "The link to eliminate duplicates is broken again."

Can you start a new thread in Feedback Group about it? This problem is never going to be fixed unless more people bring it to their..."

Lob, I have had trouble navigating the Librarians link, which is the only reason I haven't done this. If you can put up a link showing the appropriate page, I will cheerfully go there and do that for this as well as other lists when I encounter this problem. As it stands I find myself confronted with a command to enter the title of a book or go no further, and then I'm sunk.


message 23: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Here's the Bugs folder of the Feedback Group. Click on "new topic" to start your topic. There is no requirement to enter the title of a book. (If presented with an empty box that suggests you enter the title of a book, just leave it blank.)

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 24: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Here's the Bugs folder of the Feedback Group. Click on "new topic" to start your topic. There is no requirement to enter the title of a book. (If presented with an empty box that suggests you enter..."

That's what I needed. I have requested a fix and will also copy this link to my computer for next time. Thanks.


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Donna wrote: "I have requested a fix"

I see that your thread is not getting any attention.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I suggest that you bump the thread - and add a link to this list so that people can easily click on it (even though it's pretty easy to find).

Four days, staff should have responded to you by now.


message 26: by Donna (last edited Sep 28, 2017 01:30PM) (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Donna wrote: "I have requested a fix"

I see that your thread is not getting any attention.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I suggest that you bump the thre..."


Good plan, Lob. I've become a squeaky wheel. Done.

(Thursday 9/18)
Oh ho, about like trying to fight city hall. I made the grievous error of asking for the repair of two different lists during the same week. As near as I can tell, according to their comments, all three of my requests--this one plus a bump, and the other one for the Best Books of 20th Century--have been frozen as duplicates. Smacked me back into my voluntary-librarian place hard. Teach me a thing or two; who do I think I am, using my advanced degree for a job that pays nothing ever?


message 27: by Hollie (new)

Hollie I tried to add "I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair" to this list but it says it wasn't published in 2017, but it was. This is kind of depressing since it's the first time I've looked at lists, let alone tried to add to one.


message 28: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Hollie wrote: "I tried to add "I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair" to this list but it says it wasn't published in 2017, but it was. This is kind of depressing since it's ..."
You will need to enter this as a new thread on the Librarians' Page. We humble volunteers aren't authorized to change that. (If it makes you feel any better, the same bug has afflicted other titles also.)


message 29: by Justice (new)

Justice I'd like to add "Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It " to the list which was published in 2017 but Goodreads won't allow it.


message 30: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Justice wrote: "I'd like to add "Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It " to the list which was published in 2017 but Goodreads won't allow it."
Read message 31, right above this one.


message 31: by Hypado (new)

Hypado A Column of Fire. Hands Down.


message 32: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Hypado wrote: "A Column of Fire. Hands Down."
You can vote, or add a title, using the tab above the list and to the right. This section is for technical issues.


message 33: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I was unable to add Democracy by Condoleezza Rice even though it was published in May of this year.


message 34: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lisa wrote: "I was unable to add Democracy by Condoleezza Rice even though it was published in May of this year."
This is an issue for the librarians' thread, since it's going to have to be dealt with by a GR employee.


message 35: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Lisa wrote: "I was unable to add Democracy by Condoleezza Rice even though it was published in May of this year."

This happens when no year or date has been entered in the original publication date field. You should post about it in the librarian group.


message 36: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl It's been five weeks and no correction to the bug.

Why are they able to correct the bug on some lists and not others???

I wish someone would give a rat's ass.


message 37: by Donna (last edited Nov 03, 2017 06:47PM) (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "It's been five weeks and no correction to the bug.

Why are they able to correct the bug on some lists and not others???

I wish someone would give a rat's ass."


Now Lob, how can you say something so cynical? When I submitted my request, I was overwhelmed at the warmth and charm with which it was dealt. Oh, and the efficiency! Above all, the efficiency. Lawl.


message 38: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Still waiting for this to be fixed.


message 39: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Still waiting for this to be fixed."

*****moaaan*****


message 40: by Vicki (new)

Vicki The record for Enigma, by Catherine Coulter, says it was published in September of 2017, yet I am unable to add it as, when I try, it says "not published ...."


message 41: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Vicki wrote: "The record for Enigma, by Catherine Coulter, says it was published in September of 2017, yet I am unable to add it as, when I try, it says "not published ....""

Yup. Join the club. The official answer is to direct your concern to the librarians thread, but in reality, concerns about Listopia generally drop into a very dark hole somewhere and never come out. Wish I could say otherwise.


message 42: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Donna wrote: "Vicki wrote: "The record for Enigma, by Catherine Coulter, says it was published in September of 2017, yet I am unable to add it as, when I try, it says "not published ....""

Yup. Join the club. T..."


Thanks for the info.


message 43: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Vicki wrote: "The record for Enigma, by Catherine Coulter, says it was published in September of 2017, yet I am unable to add it as, when I try, it says "not published ....""

See if it works now. Usually this is a problem when the original publication date for the book has not been entered in the field.


message 44: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Shaun wrote: "Pamela wrote: "Donna wrote: "Pamela wrote: "I wanted to add a couple books, both were published in 2017 - and not prior - however, it wouldn't allow it, saying it wasn't published in 2017. One in p..."

Shaun, can you please correct the check duplicates bug on this list? What's the holdup?


message 45: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Two months after my last post, the check duplicates is still not working.


message 46: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Two months after my last post, the check duplicates is still not working."

**fuming**


message 47: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Has someone added this listopia to the duplicates check bug thread?


https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 48: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lobstergirl wrote: "Has someone added this listopia to the duplicates check bug thread?


https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/..."


I'm pretty sure I did at some point, but I tossed it in again just now.


message 49: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Donna wrote: "Lobstergirl wrote: "Has someone added this listopia to the duplicates check bug thread?


https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/..."

I'm pretty sure I did at some po..."


It's working again.


message 50: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Booklovinglady wrote: "Donna wrote: "Lobstergirl wrote: "Has someone added this listopia to the duplicates check bug thread?


https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/..."

I'm pretty sure I ..."


***victory dance***


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