Are you exhausted by Best Books of the Year lists?
Hundreds of critics’ lists were published after Thanksgiving to promote Christmas shopping. One wonders what happens to the books published in December. Laura Lee Smith’s wonderful new novel, The Ice House, would have made a great gift had anyone known about it.
I have waited till the end of the year to avoid the commercial aspects of “Best of'”s. But never fear: I am knuckling under by limiting the list to 10. Last year I far exceeded that number.
MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2017. (Click on the titles to read my posts.)
FAVORITE NEW NOVEL. Jonathan Dee’s The Locals
FAVORITE SHORT STORY COLLECTION. Ellen Klages’s Wicked Wonders
FAVORITE NOVEL IN TRANSLATION. Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits
FAVORITE REDISCOVERED FEMINIST NOVEL. Alix Kates Shulman’s Burning Questions
FAVORITE REDISCOVERED CLASSIC. Amber Reeves’s A Lady and Her Husband
FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOK. Yopie Prins’s Ladies’ Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedies
FAVORITE COMEDY. Barbara Pym’s No Fond Return of Love
FAVORITE SATIRE. Mary McCarthy’s Birds of America
FAVORITE CLASSIC. Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders
FAVORITE NEGLECTED CLASSIC. Mary Webb’s Precious Bane
And I’m done! Do tell me what your favorites of the year is, or leave us a link to your list.