These are the 10 best books written by women in 2017

We’ve all been there: You want to read a book but you have no idea where to start. You’ve probably got a backlog on your electronic device or a stack of untouched novels on your nightstand, and then new, interesting books come out every year and only make it difficult. Allow us to make it more difficult: Push all of those to the side and instead read these books, because they’re the best novels, nonfiction titles, and more written by women published in the year 2017.

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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So this novel actually starts with a home engulfed in flames and then goes back to tell you, dear reader, how this came to happen. Many characters from two different families have a part to play in the intricate plot events that lead to the fire, but all are so real and so well-developed. You feel like you’re reading about very bad choices (or unfortunate situations) people you know have faced. But that’s actually kind of fun and extremely engrossing.

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2. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

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Koul is one of the funniest people on the Internet, both in the long form (The New Yorker, Jezebel) and the short (Twitter). In this collection of not-so-loosely connected essays, Koul details what it was like to grow up in Calgary, Alberta, as well as the daughter of parents who emigrated from India. It’s stunning how well Koul can alternate between self-deprecating, eye-opening, and heartbreaking, or do all three at the same time.

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3. Unqualified by Anna Faris

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The hilarious star of Mom, the Scary Movie movies, and The House Bunny wrote a very funny and emotionally honest memoir / analysis of her romantic and sexual past. She looks inward so as to share her wisdom about self-possession, being a confident woman over the age of 35 in an industry obsessed with looks and age, and how to “be selfish” in love.

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4. South and West: From a Notebook  by Joan Didion

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Didion is probably the best and most gut-wrenching essayist of all time. To make her latest book, she dug up her journals and notes from a road trip she took across the Southwest in the 1970s. The resulting book, written 40 years after the fact, is a timeless and viral reminder that, despite seemingly insurmountable political difference, we are actually one country, and its full of a lot of decent human beings.

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5. What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives by Chelsea Marshall and Mary Dauterman

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What if Richard Scarry’s mind-bogglingly interesting and well-populated Busytown books were written not for children, but for and about listless Brooklyn millennials? Such is the conceit of this title, “the most honest children’s book of all time,” but one aimed at young adults (be they a life coach, app developer, or “baby DJ teacher”) and the people who tolerate them.

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6. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

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Wicked smart cultural pundit Roxane Gay wrote this intimate, inspiring first-person account-turned-call-to-action about her extremely relatable (and culturally systemic) relationships with food and body images.

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7. Wine All the Time by Marisa A. Ross

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There’s a lot of stuff out there that passes for “wine humor” — generally cheeky coffee mugs that read “This is wine, not coffee!” and stuff like that which shows the world that you’re “naughty” for enjoying a glass of the stuff that the majority of adults around the world have been drinking for centuries. This is a book about wine that’s actually funny…and helpful. Ross humorously shows her appreciation and knowledge of vino with tips about things like proper pairing and  how to buy cheap wine that isn’t garbage.

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8. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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The answer to the question suggested by the title is, spoiler alert, a lot…if not everything. This quick-moving, ultra-emotionally-realistic novel of fragments follows a woman named Thandi trying to live new chapters of her life somehow while dealing with the death of her beloved mother. If you don’t cry — or at least just kind of sit there numb for a while after reading a couple of chapters — you might not have a soul.

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9. The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Naomi Alderman was mentored by Margaret Atwood, the legendary author of The Handmaid’s Tale and other thoughtful, politically-charged works of dystopian sci-fi. Alderman might just be the new Margaret Atwood, because The Power is just that inventive and insightful. It’s an epic thriller set in a world where young women have developed a telekinetic muscle right near the collarbone that allows them to harm and kill men.

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10. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor is an extremely fastidious, type A-personality person who needs to live her life scheduled down to the minute. She falls in love with a musician who is very different from herself, which brings out both new, unorganizable emotions as well as the repercussions of a terrible event of the past she’s not quite worked through yet. Eleanor Oliphant, as you might have guessed, is actually not completely fine…but she’s also not as alone as her isolated lifestyle would allow.

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