We are about halfway through the year, so it seems like as good a time as any to post my Top 10 Books of the Year (So Far). Some might think this is silly as I have so far *only* read 20 books that were published in 2017. Fiddlesticks. It’s still fun for me and hopefully helpful to you all. So, here are my picks:
1) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A young couple flees their unnamed war-torn nation through one of the magic doors that have been appearing all over the world.
2) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
A true story of the investigation of a series of murders against members of a tribe of Native Americans.
3) Chemistry by Weike Wang
A chemistry graduate student with a wonderful sense of humor and unique worldview burns out and assesses her life.
4) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Ghosts in a graveyard narrate and comment upon the unprecedented event of a living person, Abraham Lincoln, visiting his son’s grave and holding his son’s body.
5) Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages
A collection of short stories — from a variety of genres — that are charming and beautiful.
6) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hanna Tinti
A father with a shady past and his young daughter settle down in a small town in New England.
7) The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Three astronauts participate in a simulation (or is it?) for a mission to Mars.
8) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Classic Norse myths are updated and arranged in such a way to give the gods and the universe a story arc of birth, life, death, and renewal.
9) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
A fairy tale set in medieval Russia about a young girl who may be a witch.
10) The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The first book of a space-opera series about an empire on the verge of collapse due to shifting currents of the thing that permits faster-than-light travel.
What do you guys think? Is something on here that shouldn’t be? Did I miss a must-read 2017 release?