Shari's 2017 Year in Reading

We're big fans of The Millions Year in Reading and, just like last year, we are here to share our favorites of 2017 with you.

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Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich, was the first book of 2017 that really hit me hard. It was quiet, devastating, beautiful. A book that definitely deserved more praise. I was reminded of Marilynne Robinson's writing when reading it.

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Homesick for Another World, by Otessa Moshfegh, made me laugh, cringe, and marvel at the world around me. Moshfegh writes about humans like no other writer working today.  And while her style may not be everyone's cup of tea, I am eagerly awaiting her new novel in July 2018.

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Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, was the perfect book to sink into in February. It felt like Saunders upended the novel. I liked/needed that at the beginning of 2017.

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I loved Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy and passed it on to as many people as I could. I laughed so much. It felt like a relief from the heaviness of the first half of the year.

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I thought Alice McDermott's The Ninth Hour was splendid. Why have I never read her work before? This book is quiet, thoughtful, and unassuming. No bells and whistles here. Just straight-up gorgeous storytelling.

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Josephine Rowe's book, A Loving Faithful Animal, was the book I didn't know I'd been looking for. It felt sparkling and new. Catapult is quickly becoming my favorite small publishing house.

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I can't stop thinking about New People by Danzy Senna. I read it so quickly and feel like I need to go back and revisit it. Must read more by Senna.

I rediscovered my love for poetry in 2017.  Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead, Kaveh Akbar's Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Nicole Sealey's Ordinary Beast! These books blew me away. Read them!

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My favorite book of the year, hands-down, was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Ward's writing is poetic and unflinching. This book is brilliant. Nothing else could compare.