Reading List: 2017’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

View a more detailed description of the 2017 list.
View a list of all the critically acclaimed titles on our list from 1940 to 2018.


Fiction

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. A Kind of Freedom: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  4. Stay with Me: A novel by Ayobami Adebayo
  5. Version Control by Dexter Palmer
  6. High Cotton: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney
  7. The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel by Marita Golden
  8. Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra D. Brooks, Linda Addison, and Susana Morris (Editors)
  9. The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo
  10. Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross
  11. The Changeling: A Novel by Victor Lavalle

Nonfiction

  1. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
  2. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Children’s

  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  2. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  3. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia