Best Books of 2017




By: Kristin Evans

Director of Library Services


                The year is almost over so it’s time to look back and see which books were the most acclaimed by critics in 2017. You might be surprised to find out that almost every genre of book has an award committee that picks out the best of that type. For instance, if you like Westerns then you would be interested in books that have won the coveted SPUR Award. Mystery readers would likely prefer winners of the Edgar Award (and yes, they are named after Edgar Allen Poe). For romance readers there are the RITA awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy have the Hugo Award. Horror has the aptly named Bram Stoker Award and much more.

            It can be time consuming to go through award committee web-sites and look up which books have won this year. To save you time the Henry County Library in Clinton has put together a display if the 2017 award winning books. There are some national award winners on display as well as winners in the genre specific categories listed above. Some of the featured titles include:

Sing, Unburied, Sing

By: Jesmyn Ward

Winner of the National Book Award

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.- Amazon


The Underground Railroad

By: Colson Whitehead

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.- Amazon


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel-Basquiant

By: Javaka Steptoe

Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.-Amazon


The library has all three of these titles on display plus many more 2017 award winners. I know that a lot of people are planning to travel during the holidays. Why not spend that time on the plane or riding in the car reading a literary gem? Who knows, it might even be a good conversation piece for those awkward holiday family gatherings. Whatever your reason, don’t lose out on this opportunity to read the best that literature had to offer in 2017.