The best books I read in 2017

I read some fabulous books over the past year. I use Goodreads to keep a record along with quick reviews. I pushed myself to read nonfiction this year which challenged and enriched me. The titles are linked to my brief Goodreads reviews. 


The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich

The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen


Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Mental Illness

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Surprise endings

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Mandibles 2025-2047 by Lionel Shriver


Scythe by Neal Schusterman


We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis


American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbelestier

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway and its Aftermath by Asne Seirstad

Gender and Sexuality

George by Alex Gino

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Internet Age

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads by Tim Wu

Black Lives Matter

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Life in other places

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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