Sewanee Readers Pick Favorite Titles Read in 2017

No, I didn’t quite fall off the planet, just the blogsphere.

But I’m back now to report the complete list of responses the question I posed to Sewanee readers: “What was the best book you read in 2017?”

Titles range from philosophic to comic, from classic to current.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here’s the list.

For the annotated version (some really great comments from readers!) you’ll have to look at my “Bookmarked!” column in the December 8 edition of the Sewanee Mountain Messenger.

Sewanee Readers’ Picks for Favorite Books Read in 2017


T. Greenwood Bodies of Water

E.M. Forster Howard’s End

Thomas Mullen Darktown

Frederick Backman A Man Called Ove and Beartown

Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Kelly Grey Carlisle We are All Shipwrecks

Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing

Mark Edens Death Be Not Pwned

George Eliot Middlemarch

Dean Koontz Watchers

Dina Sachs The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

Jamie Ford Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Viet Thanh Nguyen The Sympathizer

Joseph Roth The Radetzky March

Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

George Saunders Lincoln at the Bardo: A Novel

John Kennedy Toole Confederacy of Dunces

Muriel Barbery Elegance of the Hedgehog

Neil Gaimon Norse Mythology

Jeff Jones Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in Their Last Days

Jan Karon, To Be Where You Are

Wendelin Van Draanen The Running Dream (YA)

John Green Turtles All The Way Down

Cynthia Voigt, Young Fredle (Children)


Masnobu Fukuoka The One-Straw Revolution

Andrea Wulf Invention of Nature

Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me

Richard C. Francis Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World

Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Matthew Walker Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Jane Smiley 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel and Horse Heaven

Rob Dunn Every Living Thing: Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys\and The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

Peter Wohlleben The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World

William Bryant Logan Oak: The Frame of Civilization

Steven Vogel Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle

Jeffrey A. Lockwood Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect That Shaped the American Frontier

David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again






2 thoughts on “Sewanee Readers Pick Favorite Titles Read in 2017

  1. Ginny

    A great list. Not sure if I would call Horse Heaven non-fiction. 🙂 It is one of my favourite Jane Smiley books. A great read. You don’t even need to be a racing fan. The horses are complete and compelling characters.



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