If you are wondering what books to read next, we have picked our choices of best fiction books of 2017. We will update this list as new books are published.
1. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman retells the Norse myths in this wonderful book. We have Odin, daring, wise, conniving and powerful. We have Thor, strong and honorable. And Loki, cunning and manipulative. There’s also the guided tour of Yggdrasil and the nine worlds that take root from her.
2. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
3. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband Gil about their marriage. Instead of giving the letters to him, she hides them in the books he has collected over the years, all around the house. After she wrote her final letter, she disappeared, leaving behind Gil and her two daughters Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil had an accident and Flora came home to take care of her father and to discover what really happen to her mother.
4. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This is a novel about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie. It was reported that Lincoln visits, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From here, the author spins the story of an exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil.
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but goes to a fancy suburban prep school. The story unfolds when she witness the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. His death became a national headline. The police have very little interest in investigating and protesters take to the street. What really happen that night? Starr is the only witness to what really happened.
6. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin left her old life and everything behind, thousands of miles away from the California coast to a college in New York. She hasn’t spoken to anyone since, not even her best friend Mabel. Months later, alone in an empty dorm during the winter break, Marin waits as Mabel is coming to visit. Marin will be forced to face everything that she has left back home and confront the loneliness she feels inside.
7. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Christina Olson born and live in her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. When she was ten-years-old, she got sick and it got progressively worse. Soon, she stopped attending school but stayed home to help with chores around the house. The famous painter Andrew Wyeth was in town to visit his friends and decided to paint the farmhouse. For the next twenty years, the farmhouse and Christina became his muse and inspiration and was the subject of one of the best-known American paintings of the twentieth century.
8. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This story follows Sunja and her family for four generations. Sunja is a teenaged girl living with her mother. She then got pregnant by a married man. Unexpectedly, a missionary helped her by marrying her, raising the child as his own and brought her to Japan where at that time, Koreans were harshly discriminated.
9. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Tom Barren lives in 2016, but it’s not quite the 2016 we all know. It’s more the future we remember watching on TV – a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars and moving sidewalks. Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?
10. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Jeremy Heldt works as a clerk in the video store where people still rent videos in a small town in Iowa. When a local school teacher comes in to return her copy, she complained that there’s something on the video. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape and says oddly too that the video has been altered, that there’s another movie on it. Jeremy brings the movies home to take a look and indeed, in the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment and the movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd and sometimes violent, dark, and deeply disquieting. But there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town.