The best books we read this year: Round 1

What were the five best books you read this year? We posed that question to our staff and the responses came flooding in. Here’s the first batch! 

Molly with one of the best books she read in 2017.

Molly –
Into: Emotionally resonant books concerned with the nature and expansion of reality

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well by James Allen Hall
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Gift by Barbara Browning/Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado*

*Molly says: “Sorry I TRULY COULD NOT DECIDE <3”


Gregory –
Into: Literary fiction, literature in translation

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker
Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
stranger in the woods

Cindy –
Into: Non-fiction mixed with fictional children’s stories

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Adam Rex

new york 2140

Christine –
Into: An eclectic mix of things

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

swift to chase
Brit –
Into: SciFi, horror, crime

Swift to Chase by Laird Barron
Blood Standard by Laird Barron
Sharps by K.J. Parker
Colder by Paul Tobin
World of Lore by Aaron Mahnke

the magic mountain

Chris –
Into: Books about sad sweet dreamers indwelling psychedelia

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Island by Aldous Huxley
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry


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