The best books of the year were out on the shelves on Jan. 17, 2017.
Here’s what you need to know about them.
The Best Book in 2018: The Great Beauty by K.J. Parker (Harper Collins) 2.
The Book of the Year by James Patterson (William Morrow) 3.
The Year of the Dragon: The Definitive Saga by Michael A. Stackpole (Bantam) 4.
The World of Us: The Complete Saga of the World by Daniel Handler (W. W. Norton & Company) 5.
The Little Prince by R.K. Rowling (Harvard University Press) 6.
The Lord of the Rings: The Official Handbook of the Tolkien Company (Walt Disney Books) 7.
The Unwritten History of the U.S. by Henry David Thoreau (Harambe Books) 8.
The Bigger Picture: The Making of the Greatest Novel by Philip Roth (Simon & Schuster) 9.
The Golden Compass by Richard Wright (Harvill Secker) 10.
The Darkest Corner by Robert Cormier (Riverhead) 11.
The Secret History of Israel by Joseph Kony and John Titor (Palgrave Macmillan) 12.
The Complete Poetry of George Bernard Shaw (Harbor) 13.
The Invisible Hand: The Story of the American Jewish Experience by Richard Rothstein (Doubleday) 14.
The Art of Writing by Robert Graves (Simon and Schuster).
The Master of Ceremonies: The World’s Greatest Ceremonial Show (Viking) 16.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Faber & Faber) 17.
The Greatest Stories by Robert E. Howard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 18.
The Road to Damascus by Philip Pullman (Random House) 19.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by J.R.
R Tolkien (New York Times) 20.
The Three Musketeers: The Art and Letters of George R.
R, Jr. by Michael Aronofsky (Alfred A. Knopf) 21.
The Princess Bride: A Novel by Douglas Adams (Penguin) 22.
The War of the Worlds by George Orwell (Prestige Books) 23.
The Martian Chronicles by Neil Gaiman (Simon And Schuster Books) 24.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Jules Verne (Ages 4 to 11) 25.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Neil Jordan (Prentice Hall) 26.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (SimonAndSchuster) 27.
The Day the Earth Stood Still by Thomas Pynchon (Simon Pulse) 28.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &Parry by Suzanne Collins (Ace) 29.
The Man in the High Castle by Patrick Rothfuss (Farnham) 30.
The Time Machine by Thomas Harris (Hodder & Stoughton) 31.
The Way of Kings by JK Rowling (Bloomsbury) 32.
The Last King of Scotland by JRR Tolkien (Random) 33.
The Great American Novel by JH Williams III (Harbinger) 34.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Elliman (Simon) 35.
The Mothman Prophecies by Terry Pratchett (Douglass) 36.
The Talisman by John Green (Knopf ) 37.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Cressida-Montgomery (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) 38.
The Black Swan by Michael Moorcock (RandomHouse) 39.
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Mark Twain (Randomhouse) 40.
The End of the Tour by Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Simon&Schuster, ISBN 978-0-931-0107-7) 41.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Tom Stoppard (Aperture Publishing) 42.
The Long Goodbye by Michael Chabon (Random house) 43.
The House of Sand and Fog by Cormac McCarthy (Harvest) 44.
The Giver by Philip K. Dick (Douglas Holtzman) 45.
The Song of the South by James Michener (Doublespeak Books) 46.
The Odyssey by Homer (Harpers) 47.
The First Book of Capitalist Manifesto by Thomas Merton (Random book store) 48.
The Night Circus by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Co) 49.
The Short Story of Henry Miller (Birkhauser) 50.
The Adventures of the Green Turtle by John Steinbeck (Harlequin Books) 51.
The Power Broker by George Carlin (Simon, pgs.
The Catcher in the Rye by JG Ballard (Harare: Penguin) 53.
The Lion, the Witch and