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Best Fiction Books Of 2017

Here’s 10 of the best fiction books of 2017 for you to get reading. Enjoy 😉

Little Fires Everywhere

Author – Celeste Ng

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. 

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

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BearTown

Author – Fredrik Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded town. And that rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior hockey team is about to compete in the national championships, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of the town now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

A victory would send star player Kevin onto a brilliant professional future in the NHL. It would mean everything to Amat, a scrawny fifteen-year-old treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice. And it would justify the choice that Peter, the team’s general manager, and his wife, Kira, made to return to his hometown and raise their children in this beautiful but isolated place.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Hers is a story no one wants to believe since the truth would mean the end of the dream. Accusations are made, and like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author – Gail Honeyman

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

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My Not So Perfect Life

Author – Sophie Kinsella 

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the image.

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The Keeper Of Lost Things

Author – Ruth Hogan 

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is a heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train,and The Silver Linings Playbook.

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Exit West

Author – Mohsin Hamid

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Author – Jesmyn Ward

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

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The Identicals

Author – Elin Hilderbrand

Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. When a family crisis forces them to band together — or at least appear to — the twins slowly come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the sibling rivalry that’s driven them apart for the better part of their lives. A touching depiction of all the pleasures and annoyances of the sibling relationship, Elin Hilderbrand’s next New York Times bestseller, THE IDENTICALS proves once and for all that just because twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike.

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Anything Is Possible

Author – Elizabeth Strout

Short story collection Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: one trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

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The Refugees

Author – Viet Thanh Nguyen

From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories

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38 Comments

  • SharonRPh

    Hi Jayde!

    I so enjoyed reading your books reviews that I even peeked around your website!  How exciting that you are close to publishing your own book…unless of course, you’ve already accomplished that goal!  I so thoroughly enjoyed reading your reviews and found myself wanting to badly to click on “BUY”.  You must be a avid/speed reader to have consumed so many titles in a short time – so out of curiosity,  how long did it take you to read and review this set?  

    Much success to you!

    SharonRPh

    • admin

      hi! Just the book reviews section ive actually read, and ive been reading since before I started this website, so all the book reviews ive done ive read the books before, and any new books I read I review after and add that to the list. 

  • Chris

    Excellent article, and each book you have covered here has a unique angle and a plot line that will interest many…

    Out of everything you’ve covered above, I have to say that I really like the sound of BearTown by Fredrik Backman the most. It sort of sounds like it has that crossover between character driven drama with an element of dread and thriller put in there – was it one of your favourites to read?

  • Victor

    I love to read, lately I’ve been diving into personal development but in my teens I loved fiction books. I like that you give a brief description of each book, I even wrote down 3 books to read because the description just made me want to read more. I can’t wait for your other posts to find more books to read.

    -Steph

  • Alice A.

    Great compilation of the best fiction books of 2017. I am not actually into fiction, however, one my friends who’s also my colleague, is  crazy about fiction books. In fact, she has collection of them and is always looking for new books. Well, her birthday is coming up and I am thinking of giving her a couple of the best, which is why I got ecstatic when I landed on your site.

    After reading through what each fiction book is all about, I’m kind’a torn between Little Fires Everywhere, My Not So Perfect Life, The Keeper of Lost Things, and The Identicals. My friend likes fiction very much but I don’t think she wants heavy drama. Which two fiction books do you think will she like? Thanks.

  • Michel

    Thanks for this article, I love reading, and am always looking for a good book at this time of the year to take on holiday with me.

    Little fires everywhere looks like just my cup of tea, with family drama and secrets, as well as nosey neighbors in tow.

    My second choice would be The Identicles, which looks like yet another great family drama with sisters who have become separated over time for some or other reason.

  • freddie

    Hi Jayde’I enjoy reading to me it is like watching a movie.The book I like is Exit West.Its about loyalty,love,and courage .I have to say 

    all of these books are great fiction books  that has great stories some. with secrets and some with adventure                      .what book do you like the best?

    thanks

  • James Underwood

    I’m about to have some time off with nothing going on (thankfully) and am in dire need of something to read. I came across you website, and am glad I did. You have a lot of great recommendations on all kinds of books!

    Typically I read biographies, but haven’t read a good fiction in a long while.

    The Refugees sounds iike a good read, look forward to getting in the mail. Thank you.

  • Marios Tofarides

    Hey Jayde,

    That is a very good book review post. I’m not into fiction books, I prefer non-fiction, but i will have these in mind when I’d like to read a fiction book. The fact that these are self-published books, is another incentive to rewards these authors for going the distance to self-publish.

    I’d go for “My Not So Perfect Life”. I really like reading stories of people who overcome difficulties, by keeping a positive attitude. It keeps me inspired.

    Thanks,

    Marios

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for this great review of Best fiction Books of 2017. I like reading because through reading books ,we get new skills, advice ,entertainment and even money .

    I have read Exit West and i was happy due to its content love,bravely,and so on.

    I like this website because you have selected great fiction books and I like fiction books.I have bookmarked this website for further posts.

  • Steve Crozza

    I really enjoyed reading the short summary of each book in the top 10 list, because there was enough information there for me to decide on whether I should buy the book or pass.

    This is, for me, a really good reason to delve further into each of these titles (the ones I like) and make the effort to actually buy one. I normally pass on these reviews but yours seems to provide that spark and ignite an interest.

    I will look into these two titles: The Identicals; and Exit West. You have sparked an interest!

  • Samson Oklobia

    Gospel fiction is my favourite genre but generally, i love anything fiction. From the outline you made, my first pick will be Anything can Happen by Elizabeth Strout. I find the story intriguing and would like to explore it further. I had access to The Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella through my younger sister but did not get read it. Seeing it here, in this write up means one thing; this i should have read it when i had the opportunity to. Thanks a lot, for this review, i would get it as soon as possible. Cheers

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and good info!

    You know I love thrillers, but when I was a child, fiction books were my thing. I remember one about blue dragons, was my favorite.

    Now I scrolled through the titles and there is one that caught my attention.

    BearTown, I’m going to order it because it looks a good one, specially made for me.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Jay

    I am a huge fan of fictional books because it is like the authors take imagination to a whole new level giving their readers an experience beyond reality. One thing I like about my favorite authors is that they are more focused on entertaining or teaching their readers than showing off their writing technique.

    Sometimes I just want to leave my own world and escape into the someone else’s. We just need such a break sometimes. You have listed some amazing books that I would definitely like to check out. Thanks for sharing 

  • Juliet

    Thanks Celeste,I love fiction books. out of the 10 you have mentioned here, the one that caught my attention is “My not so perfect life” by Sophie Kinseller. I just love the way she describes Katie’s life and everything Katie is going through in her head and in her life. I can’t wait to read about what happens when that boss is a guest at Katie’s farm house! 

  • mzakapon

    I really enjoyed reading the short outline of every book within the high ten list, as a result of there was enough data there on behalf of me to come to a decision whether or not I can buy the book or pass.

    After reading through what every fiction book is all regarding, I’m kinda torn between very little Fires all over, My Not therefore good Life, The Keeper of Lost Things, and also the Incidentals. My friend likes fiction considerably, however, I don’t suppose she needs significant drama.

    Sometimes I simply need to depart my very own world and escape into the somebody else’s. we tend to simply want such a possibility generally. you have got listed some superb books that I might undoubtedly prefer to verify. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fiona

    Thank you for your compilation of the best fiction books for 2017. Life always seems to be so busy that it’s hard to find the time to read. Which would explain why I haven’t read any of them. I will keep this list to refer to when I buy my next book. The Keeper of Lost Things sounds like a truly intriguing read and will probably be the one I choose.

    • admin

      you can buy the audio book versions from my amazon links if you wish to listen to them instead, I find thats a great way to get the book if you havent got much time to read 🙂

  • Brenda

    Very well written review. I really enjoyed these book reviews. The Keeper of Lost Things, Anything is Possible and My Not So Perfect Life are my three favorite. Just wondering which one to purchase first. Even though these are fictional stories, the main ideas can be applied to our lives. 

    Awesome review.

  • mzakapon

    I really enjoyed reading the short outline of every book within the high ten list, as a result of there was enough data there on behalf of me to choose on whether or not I can purchase the book or pass. This is, for me, a extremely sensible reason to take away additional into every of those titles I like and create the hassle to truly get one. 

    I am an enormous fan of fictional books as a result of it’s just like the authors take imagination to an entire new level giving their readers associate expertise on the far side reality. One factor I favor regarding my favorite authors is that they’re additional centered on teaching their readers than showing off their writing technique.

  • delroaustria

    This is a good list of fiction books to choose from.  

    I have to admit that I am a fan of fiction at heart.  Though fiction is apart from reality, what I love about fiction is the variation of every story and the twist in the end that is thought-provoking. 

    The book Anything is Possible sounds interesting to me.  

  • Nick

    Hi Jayde, 

    Another great list of exciting and diverse books to entice us all.

    You’ve obviously read a lot of books with so many great titles to recommend. 

    I really enjoyed exploring your website and reading the Top-10’s.

    I recently read “The Identicals” and found it to be a great read.  Being an identical twin myself, it was wonderful to read someone else perspective and experiences both positive and negative, on that “special bond”.

    I can highly recommend it!

  • Barry

    Hello there. Thank you for sharing the best fiction books of 2017. Fiction books are amazing imagination and creations that should be appreciated.

    I love the The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. I agree with the author’s final verdict that twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike. I have thought about that several times but I’d love to explore further.

  • Daniel

    I think that all those reviews are great Jayde! I must say that I enjoy reading and what is better to read than fiction books. Personally I like the most The Refugees, it sounds pretty interesting and I would like to read the end. I will order 2 now, one for me and one for my friend, it can be a great present for New Year.

  • David McCarthy

    Great selection of books on the blog top ten books for Christmas. Though it would probably be a bit too late to be ordering at this stage. It is always good to see book reviews. I like the way you reviewed the book Twilight it seems a very interesting story line, I might even possibly go to my bookstore and buy a copy.

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  • Padedayo

    Very Excellent article, where each book is uniquely summarise and covered with interesting plot. Welldone and thanks for sharing.

    Amongst the books covered, the BearTwon by Fredrick Backman appeals more to me by sounding interestingly captivating. it has that exchange effect between character, it is a driven drama with an elements of thriller and suspense put in there.

    Which one did you really enjoy? And why?

  • Diane

    Hi Jayde – thanks for sharing this inspiring article. To be honest, I try not to visit posts like this, simply because I have more than enough books to last me a lifetime! Would you believe I have over 4000 on my Kindle? Anyway, I couldn’t resist taking a peek when I saw your article, and sure enough, you have come up with some great suggestions, and there are definitely at least two books I am interested in. “The Keeper of Lost Things” sounds really intriguing and I will be adding that to my list. All the best, Diane  

  • Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

    Great list I have to admit, but I fall in love with the “Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand. I have read Elin Hilderbrand’s two novels  called The Perfect couple and The Silver Girl, believe me, she is one of the top writers of romance novels and I have no doubt The Identicals is amazing.

    I am very eager to know what at the first place really happened for twins to seperated and will they manage their life without each other. In our lives, identicals are usually inseperable and its very hard for their love to die. It must be a thrilling novel.    

  • Bibian

    Hi Jayde those are really nice books you have there. Your book review was great I rreally enjoyed readingthe previews I think I will pick some up but there is this book I have beenreally searching for a while now don’t know if you could give me a link. The title is The Lost Art of Closing by Anthony Iannarino. Thanks a lot

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