Staff Picks: 70 Best Fiction and Poetry

By the staff at Powell’s Books, an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971

1. Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

2. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

4. At the Waterline by Brian K Friesen

5. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

6. Hearts Invisible Furies A Novel by John Boyne

7. Refuge A Novel by Dina Nayeri

8. Amatka by Karin Tidbeck

9. Strange Weather Four Short Novels by Joe Hill

10. White Road by Sarah Lotz

11. The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge

12. The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

13. Im Fine But You Appear to Be Sinking by Leyna Krow

14. Turf Stories by Elizabeth Crane

15. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

16. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

17. Dear Cyborgs A Novel by Eugene Lim

18. Sourdough by Robin Sloan

19. South and West: From Some Notebooks by Joan Didion

20. Dont Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine

21. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

22. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

23. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

24. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

25. Lost Boi by Lowrey, Sassafras

26. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

27. Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez

28. Eligible A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

29. Shadowed Sun Dreamblood 2 by N K Jemisin

30. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

31. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

32. Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean

33. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

34. Dark Dark Stories by Samantha Hunt

35. Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music by Michael Robbins

36. Late Show by Michael Connelly

37. Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison

38. Your Fathers Where Are They & the Prophets Do They Live Forever by Dave Eggers

39. Burntown by Jennifer McMahon

40. American War by Omar El Akkad

41. Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

42. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Clarke, Susanna

43. The Burning World: The Warm Bodies #3 by Isaac Marion

44. Attic by Katherine Dunn

45. Haiku Night by Betsy E Snyder

46. Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

47. Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

48. Shadow & Claw Omnibus by Gene Wolfe

49. Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

50. Annihilation (Southern Reach Volume 1) by Jeff Vandermeer

51. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

52. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

53. Prodigals by Greg Jackson

54. Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

55. Exes by Max Winter

56. Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

57. Isadora A Novel by Amelia Gray

58. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

59. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

60. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

61. Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

62. A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass

63. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks Dalton

64. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

65. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

66. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

67. My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston (Translator)

68. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

69. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

70. The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff


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