We love diving into a good book no matter what the time of year, but something about fall makes curling up with a new read and a cup of hot tea all the more appealing. Of course, the search for your new favorite novel can be a daunting one—bookstores are arguably more overwhelming than IKEA. With that in mind, Business Insider reached out to Amazon's book editors for a list of the best books released during this calendar year.
"Many of them have been featured in op-eds and other critical areas of pop culture," the publication specified. "Here you have novels and memoirs of vastly different topics and authors, yet they all (at least based on their growing popularity) will pay you back for any cautious investment of your time." Read up on the top three books of 2017 below, according to Amazon book editors:
1. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy ($13)
The award-winning author of the 1997 novel The God of Small Things just came out with this "intricate and graceful story of lives touched by magic, broken by tragedy, and mended with love," writes BI. Read The New York Times review for more.
2. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann ($15)
Grann's new book is a "smart, taut, and gripping" account of big oil and murder on the Osage Indian Reservation in the 1920s. BI calls it a "sobering" and "unbelievable" read that's "full of the arrogance and inhumanity that our society still has yet to overcome."
3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
This NYT best seller hones in on a small, hockey-obsessed town torn apart by a horrific crime that "no one wants to believe happened," explains BI. Kirkus Book Reviews called it "a thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit."
Head over to Business Insider for more, and share your favorite read of 2017 in the comments.