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 0 to 2019.


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


  1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
  3. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
  4. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman


  1. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  2. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  3. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland
  4. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  5. Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine
  6. Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke