Best Books of 2017

As we ring in the New Year, let’s look back on some of the Best Books of 2017! At the Aurora Public Library, you’ll find a display featuring these books and more for you to check out and enjoy in 2018.

Across the World Wide Web, you’ll find dozens of compilations of the Best Books of 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders made 22 of those lists. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward were on 19 separate lists, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng made 13 lists. Hunger by Roxane Gay and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado managed to make 12 separate lists. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates made 9 lists, and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie made 8 separate lists.

Notable Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 you’ll find on the display include:

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (which made 6 separate 2017 lists)

Our Revolution by Bernard Sanders

Al Franken Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

I Got This by Laurie Hernandez

Killing England by Bill O’Reilly

Fiction titles you’ll find on the display include:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (5 different lists)

Marlena by Julie Buntin (4 lists)

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (also made 4 lists)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdich (3 lists)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3 lists)

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (3 lists)

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta (also made 3 different lists)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And many, many more!

Some of these Best Books of 2017 are available through the Indiana Digital Download Center. These include:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (7 lists)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (7 lists)

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (7 lists)

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons (6 lists)

American War by Omar El Akkad (5 lists)

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (5 lists)

Ill Will by Dan Chaon (4 lists)

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (3 lists)

And many more!

So, what was the best book you read in 2017? Did it make any lists? Did you read any of these books? What did you think? Drop your answers in the comments below!

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Vietnam War Display

The Vietnam War might have been one of the most controversial chapters in United States history. For the first time, Americans at home had a front-row seat to brutal battles from their television set, newspapers, and magazines. Images from the war were everywhere, and tensions were mounting between those opposed to America’s involvement in the war and those who supported the fighting.

The conflict began when communist North Vietnam and non-communist South Vietnam fought for control of the whole country. Active American involvement in the war began in 1954 with President Dwight D. Eisenhower pledging his support to South Vietnam. The war spanned decades, finally ending with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973, with more than 3 million people killed, including 58,200 American men and women killed or missing in action. More than half of the deaths were Vietnamese civilians. For a timeline and a more in-depth look into the history of the war, click here.

In preparation for the upcoming premiere of the ten-part, eighteen-hour documentary series on PBS, you can view a Vietnam War display on the upper level at the Aurora Public Library and check out books related to that era. The documentary premieres on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS. To learn more, visit these websites:

Library of Congress

National Archives

Happy Learning!