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It was very difficult to narrow down this list to just five, but here they are! My five favorite fiction reads of 2017:
(Note: These were not all released in 2017, that is just when I read them.)
I absolutely loved this book. I found out later that it was based on a fairy-tale called the Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story reimagines the twelve princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties. It’s a beautiful story filled with romance, sisterhood and lots of dancing and I could. not. put it down.
Pachinko is a family saga that follows a Korean family through several generations and deals with issues of family, honor, and identity as the family struggles to survive and build a better life after they are forced to move to Japan. This was an extremely engrossing novel with incredibly real and complex characters. There was also a lot of history I learned from the story that I was previously unaware of. Basically, I loved everything about this book.
I was a bit skeptical about this book because J.K. Rowling wrote it (under a pen name), and while I love Harry Potter, I could not get through her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. However, The Cuckoo’s Calling was fantastic. It was a great mystery novel and full of all of the things I love about J.K. Rowling’s writing from Harry Potter.
I was not sold on this book in the beginning, but by the end I completely loved it, and the ending itself was especially perfect. The story follows two families living in London and dealing with issues of cultural identity, faith, family, adolescence, and more. I didn’t love everything about this book, but its strengths definitely outshine its flaws and it ended up as one of my favorite books of the year.
I’m nowhere near the first person to discover this brilliant, perfect novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. He did just win the Nobel Prize, after all. But seriously, everyone please just go read this right now.