popular novels reviewed in 2016-17: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh NguyenI’m listing here the 97 popular novels reviewed in 2016-17 on this blog. You might also look at 101 mysteries and thrillers reviewed in 2016, 82 mysteries and thrillers reviewed in 2017, 56 nonfiction books reviewed here in 2016, and 36 nonfiction books reviewed here in 2017. I’m also including a list of the 42 commentaries and FAQs posted on this site during the same two-year period.

Touch the Devil (Liam Devlin #2) by Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson)

Slaughterhouse-Five, or: The Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Planetfall by Emma Newman

Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon

The Seersucker Whipsaw by Ross Thomas

The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley

Dictator (Ancient Rome Trilogy #3) by Robert Harris

The Best of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis

Echo House by Ward Just

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

High Dive by Jonathan Lee

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Yellow-Dog Contract by Ross Thomas

Crashed (Junior Bender #1) by Timothy Hallinan

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A Hero of France (Night Soldiers #16) by Alan Furst

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon

Dewey Defeats Truman by Thomas Mallon

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

The Death of Rex Nhongo by C. B. George

Little Elvises (Junior Bender #2) by Timothy Hallinan

Pines (Wayward Pines Trilogy #1) by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Black Water by Louise Doughty

The Last Town (Wayward Pines Trilogy #3) by Blake Crouch

Razor Girl by Carl Hiassen

Wayward (Wayward Pines Trilogy #2) by Blake Crouch

The Fame Thief (Junior Bender #3) by Timothy Hallinan

Conclave by Robert Harris

My Real Children: One Woman, Two Worlds, Two Lives by Jo Walton

Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Missionary Stew by Ross Thomas

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1 of 2) by Sylvain Neuvel

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

1984 by George Orwell

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Precious and Grace (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #17) by Alexander McCall Smith

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

The Parable of the Talents (Parable #2 of 2) by Octavia E. Butler

Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Parable of the Sower (Parable #1 of 2) by Octavia E. Butler

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Herbie’s Game (Junior Bender #4) by Timothy Hallinan

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold

This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

SS-GB by Len Deighton

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black

American War by Omar El Akkad

Bodyguard of Deception by Samuel Marquis

Absence of Mind by H.C.H. Ritz

King Maybe (Junior Bender #5) by Timothy Hallinan

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Bellwether by Connie Willis

The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

After Atlas (Planetfall, A) by Emma Newman

Family Genus Species by Kevin Allardice

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge #3) by Ken Follett

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (Dortmunder #9) by Donald E. Westlake

Tool of War (Drowned Cities #3) by Paolo Bacigalupi

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen

The Mouse That Roared by Leonard Wibberley

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #18) by Alexander McCall Smith

Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold

42 commentaries and FAQs posted here 2016-17

Wondering why nearly all my reviews are favorable?

35 excellent nonfiction books about politics

21 novels about politics

30 good books on science and medicine

17 good nonfiction books about espionage

35 great biographies I’ve reviewed

Nominees for the 2016 Northern California Book Awards

My 56 favorite authors of mysteries and thrillers

My 27 favorite science fiction novels

27 biographies worth reading

10 Awful Truths about Book Publishing

29 good books about business history

The 10 best books of 2016

What? Literary critics I agree with?

The 5 best books of 2016

65 good new books I’ve read in 2016

17 nonfiction books that illuminate the World War II era

8 great books on Big History: New perspectives on world history

48 excellent mystery and thriller series

15 great suspenseful detective novels (plus 23 others)

24 compelling dystopian novels in series

My 10 favorite espionage novels

Just how many books are there, really?

A brief look at 15 notable dystopian scenarios

Five “good” technologies that endanger us

13 good recent books about American foreign policy

My 1000th post: revisiting my 10 most-read book reviews

My new book: a fresh look at dystopian novels

Science history and science explained in 33 excellent popular books

75 readable and revealing historical novels

Yet more fun facts: who is the world’s bestselling author?

More fun facts: how many books are there, really?

Fun facts about books, authors, and readers

My 6 favorite dystopian novels

Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels

Recommended mysteries, science fiction, historical novels, nonfiction

Even more fun facts: which authors have written the most books?

The Quirke series of Dublin crime novels from Benjamin Black

13 eye-opening books about terrorism

Olen Steinhauer’s brilliant Yalta Boulevard cycle set in Eastern Europe

The magical Lisbeth Salander novels

The 15 best books of 2017 (plus 34 others)