Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2017

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 4
The Idiot by Elif Batuman 2
The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills 1
Winter by Ali Smith 1
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster 1
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley 1
The Order Of The Day by Éric Vuillard 1
Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann 1
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 1
Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders 1
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 1
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor 1
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy 0
A Legacy Of Spies by John le Carré 0
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst 0
We'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes 0
Alma by J.M.G. Le Clézio 0
Lie With Me by Philippe Besson 0
Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal 0
They Will Drown In Their Mother's Tears by Johannes Anyuru 0
House Of Names by Colm Tóibín 0
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney 0
The Book Of Mirrors by Eugen Chirovici 0
An Unkidness Of Magicians by Kat Howard 0
Elmet by Fiona Mozley 0
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 0
History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund 0
Leila by Prayaag Akbar 0
Marriage Of A Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu 0
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie 0
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 0
Jade City by Fonda Lee 0
Less by Andrew Sean Greer 0
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson 0
Provenance by Ann Leckie 0
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin 0
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 0
Menorahs And Minarets by Kamal Ruhayyim 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 14:11 (six months ago) link

I have not read anything, but been meaning to get to the Vuilard.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 14:12 (six months ago) link

Not sure its a novel, but I have read the Vuillard, so I guess I'll vote for that. I have the Batuman and Rooney on my bookshelves somewhere, but haven't read them yet.

o. nate, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 14:15 (six months ago) link

I have two of these books on my bookshelf and I’ve read none of them. Hopefully 2018 is better

mardheamac (gyac), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 14:20 (six months ago) link

good year for books by ilxors ;)

(if we'll disallow my arrant write-in, universal harvester is genuinely really good)

imago, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 14:27 (six months ago) link

Lots of heavy hitters here but I voted for The Idiot because it's good when novels are funny.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 15:00 (six months ago) link

I've gamed these last few polls with my own suggestions but these weren't all from me:

Elmet by Fiona Mozley - short, dramatic, ephemeral
Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders - I wouldn't exactly say it felt like a short story padded out to novel length, but it didn't have the depth or impact of a good novel.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - a very good multi generational saga, and educational about korean history and korea-japan relations.
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle - recommended for those who like their mysteries to remain somewhat mysterious
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie - probably contained some trenchant opinions on modern america ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - I remember reading this but not a single thing in the fantastically elaborate plot summary rings a bell.
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley - didn't find this as magical as his best works.

two sleeps till brooklyn (ledge), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 15:27 (six months ago) link

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

first one reminded me of those films where they take the most interesting person and make her normal => happy. i dislike those.

history of wolves i don't remember much about, girl living in a cabin by a lake, something disappeared. i'd make a joke about a famous wolverhampton wanderers player here but i don't know any off the top of my head.

koogs, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 16:03 (six months ago) link

Universal Harvester the only one I've read, it is most enjoyable and I will vote for it happily. Listened to an audio adaptation of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine but I didn't like it and never finished it and I'm not sure that would count as having 'read' it anyway (difference between an audio drama version and an audiobook, I guess).

emil.y, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 17:52 (six months ago) link

Universal Harvester is probably my favourite novel of the last decade--a statement that probably makes me sound like a drooling fanboy, but I've lent it out to a couple people who know nothing about Darnielle or The Mountain Goats, and they loved it too.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 17:56 (six months ago) link

Voted for this, and agree w ledge: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle - recommended for those who like their mysteries to remain somewhat mysterious. But what he said about the Crowley also applies to UH: didn't find this as magical as his best works. Nevertheless, it has its own fascinations, the author's, transferred to me, for the duration of reading experience anyway---also, there's a lingering effect I associate more with music, very rarely---most recently in a Dec. 2020 Bandcamp post of a live Arthur Russell trio set, with his voice down among the microtones of his cello bow and effects: the sense of someone, incl. me, finding purchase (?) among the grains of a silo, slipping a litte up, little down, second to second---and this was before an actual damn silo showed up in the book. Really must re-read, but I know I enjoyed it, voted accordingly (and as w many of these year-by-year poll options, have only read the one).

dow, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 18:30 (six months ago) link

Have only read Universal Harvester which I liked even though I felt there were elements of it that I just wasn’t grasping. Gotta say this list has more titles that I find vaguely irritating than usual.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 19:05 (six months ago) link

Universal Harvester. Didn’t read anything else on the list.

(Not as good as WIWV but casts a dark, scary mood that still sticks with me.)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 22:07 (six months ago) link

The Idiot. Funny and warm and plotless.

Chris L, Wednesday, 5 January 2022 04:13 (five months ago) link

i'd make a joke about a famous wolverhampton wanderers player here but i don't know any off the top of my head.

― koogs, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 16:03 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

FPed

Khafre's clown (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 January 2022 08:22 (five months ago) link

I read Elmet and Little Fires for two separate book groups and thought they were shockingly dire, like badly written YA novels. Expressing this opinion made me realise why I can't take part in book groups.

Piedie Gimbel, Wednesday, 5 January 2022 09:32 (five months ago) link

Any novel that has the missing chunk of a Hepworth sculpture as a central character gets my vote.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 5 January 2022 12:45 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 6 January 2022 00:01 (five months ago) link

I've only read Elinor Oliphant from this year's list, and while it was okay I can't call it a favorite.

Jaq, Thursday, 6 January 2022 00:26 (five months ago) link

Need to read The Idiot…loved both Pachinko and The Sparsholt Affair

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:35 (five months ago) link

At the risk of being belatedly tiresome, I pounced on the first copy of Conversations with Friends because Kazuo Ishiguro praised it to the skies in the NYT Book Review. I…could not for the life of me understand the big whoop and am still sort of mad at Ishiguro about it. Like Austen praising some YA author or something.

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:38 (five months ago) link

*first copy of Conversations with Friends I could find

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:39 (five months ago) link

Really enjoyed The Stone Sky, too

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:40 (five months ago) link

WHAT THE HELL, KAZUO ISHIGURO

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:41 (five months ago) link

tbh that’s been my reaction to Ishiguro about 75% of the time.

JoeStork, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:43 (five months ago) link

But he has my eternal gratitude for The Remains of the Day

horseshoe, Thursday, 6 January 2022 01:45 (five months ago) link

I've read three and I'll be damned if I'm voting for Rooney. The Magnus Mills was one of the last books I read last year and my local pub has a vinyl night that I am desperate to attend as a result. Not his best, but full of his characteristically matter-of-fact uncanny, and a cuddly satire of stubborn music listeners.

tangent x (tangenttangent), Thursday, 6 January 2022 11:19 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 7 January 2022 00:01 (five months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2018

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 January 2022 10:53 (five months ago) link


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