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Read the best of the best: The NYT has put out their 10 Best 2017 list. I’m happy to see it’s an inclusive list with stand-outs like Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. It’s also not just fiction — they evenly split it, with five fiction and five nonfiction titles. They also put out their 100 Notable Books list, in case 10 is not enough for you, also split between fiction/poetry and nonfiction.
HOWEVER. LitHub had some problems with the 100 Notable Books list, and has rounded up a bunch they think should not be missed.
What should be on your group’s radar for 2018? Here’s our recommendations on which upcoming releases to put on hold at your library ASAP.
Wanting to read classics in 2018, but branch out as well? We have a solution! Here are 100 classics in translation! Some will be very familiar, but there are lots you might have missed.
What is flash fiction and should you be reading and discussing it? Our working definition is “basically any story under 1,000 words,” and we think yes. Here’s a list of female writers of the genre to get you started, perfect for busy holiday schedules.
Need some adventures to take your minds off reality? Have some teens in space. I just finished Jade City (so good) by Fonda Lee and had no idea she’d written a YA space opera — to the library, Jeeves!
And that’s a wrap: Happy discussing! If you’re interested in more science fiction and fantasy talk, you can catch me and my co-host Sharifah on the SFF Yeah! podcast. For many many more book recommendations (including the occasional book club question!) you can find me on the Get Booked podcast with the inimitable Amanda.
Your fellow booknerd,