Best books of 2017

I read a lot of great books this year, but during the summer I seemed to strike gold with a whole bunch of 5-star books. I thought they deserved a shoutout, as I look to the year to come!

Note: they are listed in reverse chronological order; nothing preferential about their sorting here.

Mermaids in Paradise

Lydia Millet

This book was insanely fun and I can't wait to reread it. It has so many elements in it that it plain shouldn't work, but Millet pulls it off, with aplomb.

The New York Trilogy

Paul Auster

I went into this book skeptical and found myself a convert at the end. Never judge a book by how often you've seen it in a used bookstore - this is another one I can't wait to reread in a few years, and spot details I missed the first time around.

Cubop City Blues

Pablo Medina

On Goodreads, I see that this book has the fewest reviews of any book I read this year. I wish that wasn't true - this was a touching portrayal of a very thinly veiled New York that finally acknowledged some aspects of its usually glossed-over uniqueness.