All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun beginning-of-year Best of 2017 post would be to share books we’re excited to read in 2017!

All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly love. We hope, once we read these Most Anticipated Books, we’ll want to share them here with you throughout the year. We’d love to hear yours, too (in the comments below)!



Lindsey’s pick: 


HOURGLASS: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro


I can’t wait to read these reflections by one of my very favorite writers about topics that are near and dear to me, complicated and luminous, essential to who we are and how we live in the world.

Read more from Lindsey by clicking here.

Lindsey can also be found on Twitter @lemead.


Nina’s pick: 


HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay


When I really like an author’s work, I read everything he or she writes. Roxane Gay is in that category for me.

Read more from Nina by clicking here.

Nina can also be found on Twitter @ninabadzin.


Jess’s pick: 



LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders


Lincoln at the grave of his son, told over the course of one night…besides the intrigue, I’ll read anything about Lincoln.

Read more from Jess by clicking here.

Jess can also be found on Twitter @jessvealitzek.


Stacey’s pick: 



BLACK MAD WHEEL by Josh Malerman


I have no idea what this book is going to be about but I know I can’t stop thinking about Bird Box, a Malerman title I read last year. I got very excited when I read a tweet about Black Mad Wheel and then very sad when I realized it wouldn’t be out until May 2017!

Read more about Stacey by clicking here.

Stacey can also be found on Twitter @staceyloscalzo.


Pamela’s pick: 



UNTITLED Cormoran Strike #4 by Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling’s new Cormoran Strike mystery written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. I don’t usually read mysteries but I am as enchanted by these violent crime novels as I was with Harry Potter. Despite the dark nature of these books (crime in grimy winter London) they are as cozy as Hogwarts and as compelling.

Read more from Pamela by clicking here.

Cathy can also be found on Twitter @pamelahuntcloyd.



Katie’s pick: 



IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear


This is the latest in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, which I love.

Read more from Katie by clicking here.

Katie can also be found on Twitter @katiengibson.


Julia’s pick: 



LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders


An amazing short story writer, this is Saunders’s first novel and (although it’s been “largely shrouded in secrecy”) it sounds amazing.

Read more from Julia by clicking here.

Julia can also be found on Twitter @jmunroemartin[/author_info]


Jessica’s pick: 


UNTITLED by Jennifer Egan


Jennifer Egan’s new book, which should come out in the next year (please!). I read about it in an interview she did with George Saunders and have been waiting to learn more about it ever since.

Read more from Jessica by clicking here.

Jessica can also be found on Twitter @msflaxman.


Jennifer’s pick: 



A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline


I enjoyed Christina Baker Kline’s previous far-reaching novel Orphan Train. Her next is entitled A Piece of the World and is about art, one of my favorite subjects, and the iconic Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World.”

Read more from Jennifer by clicking here.

She can also be found on Twitter @JenniferLynKing.


At GNB, we’re delighted to say we’ve officially recommended 52 great books in 2016, which means we have over 200 books we think you’ll love to read here on our site. Please browse our archives and find a few books to add to your to-read stack. And subscribe (on the right sidebar) to our weekly email to receive each new weekly recommendation direct in your inbox.

More than anything, we enjoy getting to share and talk great books with you. We’re glad you’re here with us!

For You: We’d love to hear about the your most anticipated book of 2017 — please share your best book with us in the comments below. Thank you for joining us this year at GNB!