The Best Fiction Books I read in 2017

Author: Anne

Date Published: Dec 30th 2017, 8:05pm

It’s been a good year for reading – mind you, every year is a good year for reading and 2017 has been no exception. I have had to put quite a lot of thought into finding only ten good books to put in this list. It could certainly have been a lot larger (and, in fact, it was for most of its formation. I have to say that with a different wind blowing I might have come up with a very different, but just as excellent, group of books.

This list differs from many others in that it consists of books which I read during the year. They were not necessarily first published in 2017. It also reflects the wide variety of my reading – I do like to range among the genres.

Anyway, after much thought here are the ten best fiction books I read in 2017 (non-fiction to follow) :

1. “The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. An excellent epic fantasy with lots of new ideas and which continually surprises. It stands on its own well but is actually the beginning of a series.

2. “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson. The third book in this trilogy and definitely the best. A clever novel about abuse of power with some great characters – read the first two before this one though so that you can fully understand it.

3. “Epitaph” by Mary Doria Russell. This is a Western set at the OK Corral gunfight. It tells the story of the Earp brothers and especially their women as the book moves towards the famous fight and its consequences. It is not quite as gripping as its predecessor “Doc” but it is still a really enjoyable read.

4. “A Conjuring of Light” by VE Schwab is also the third in a trilogy. It is an excellent fantasy about parallel worlds and this final book concludes the series in a delightful way.

5. “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by Fannie Flagg. This book is on its way to being a modern classic and it definitely deserves it. The book is life affirming and feel good all the way through.

6. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. This is one of very many dystopian novels I read this year and is definitely the most grim but probably the most realistic. It is a book of despair and beautifully written.

7. “The Dark Angel” by Elly Griffiths. I’m cheating a bit with this one because I received an advance reader copy of this crime novel which will be released next year. This is the latest in her Ruth Galloway series and I thought it was a great addition to them – you have time ti nip out and start with the first book before this one is published !

8. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline is also a dystopian novel but much of it is set inside a computer game where players battle to find hidden clues. I was hooked on this from the beginning and really immersed myself in the alternative reality

9. “The Last Dragonslayer” by Jasper Fforde. This is a Young Adult book but enormous fun. It is a quirky fantasy about magic.

10. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. This is an unusually written book about spirits and death set at the time of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son. I liked the style but can understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste