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Holiday Reads: Best Fiction Books 2017


I hesitate to call this roundup of (amazing) fiction titles the very BEST, but if they aren’t the best books of 2017, they’re damn near close. As you all know I love giving and receiving books at the holidays – the price point is perfect, they’re easy to pick up, and you’re basically booking a ticket for someone to activate their imagination (nerd alert). Here are a few of the top fiction reads out there this season!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Perfect For: Fans of Big Little Lies – in particular HBO’s suave, sophisticated adaptation.

Artist Mia and her brainy teenage daughter Pearl aren’t the typical type of person that move into the picture perfect planned community of Shaker Heights. As it is, their presence does upend this neighbourhood in unexpected ways, after Pearl ingratiates herself with the four Richardson siblings – popular Lexie, sporty Trip, lovelorn Moody, and rebellious Izzy) – putting her mother in the crosshairs of Elena Richardson, the family matriarch. When a debate sparks up in the neighbourhood about the parental rights of an adopted child, Mia and Elena find themselves on opposite sides of the skirmish, creating a domino effect as truths long buried are investigated and revealed. This little book packs a great punch – it’s super readable and manages to have pretty explosive moments despite being a relatively small, character-driven story. With a fascinating omniscient narrator, Celeste Ng weaves a wonderful spiderweb of a tale that all comes together in shocking blows (as the opening pages show, the fires in the book’s title aren’t just wordplay). While it’s got tones of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novels in terms of scandal rocking a group of related people, the writing here is definitely a little more literary and polished without ever coming across as inaccessible. This book has been getting all the hype this season – pick it up for an awesome wintery read.

Artemis by Andy Weir
Perfect For: Fans of Weir’s first blockbuster sci-fi hit, The Martian

Jazz Bashara is one of two thousand residents on the moon, known for her prowess as a low-level criminal smuggler and untapped potential. When Jazz is tapped for a dangerous mission of corporate sabotage, things go sideways, causing Jazz to uncover a shocking conspiracy that puts the lives of her and those she cares about (short list or not) at extreme risk. It’s up to Jazz to figure out who is going after her, why, and how she can potentially save the day when there’s literally no way off the ‘planet’ she calls home. Long story short about this one? If you dug Andy Weir’s zany blend of dry humour, insanely accurate speculative sci-fi world-building, and page-turning action, you’ll dig this book. It’s got all the same elements, albeit in a totally different setting; a colonized moon is a lot more hospitable than Mars (and a lot more interesting, as a result), and Jazz’s story is more of a sci-fi Ocean’s 11 than a sci-fi Castaway. Weir once again manages to create a book that’s equal part beach-worthy page-turner and serious NASA-approved science nerdy.

Beartown

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Perfect for: Fans of Fargo and Peyton Place

This is another one of those books that starts at the end, similar to Little Fires Everywhere. Only in Beartown, it quite literally opens with a bang, only to unfurl how we got from ‘here to there’. Told from the perspective of the town’s many diverse and colourful residents, this book packs a serious emotional wallop throughout as it wraps you into its tight-knit, dynamically realized world. You may have also heard that it’s about hockey, making it a particularly apt pick for us hockey-crazy Canucks. Tis the case – Beartown is (almost) more fervent about their junior hockey team than we are come Olympics and watching Team Canada compete for the gold. But let me put an emphasis on the word ‘junior’ to help you understand the strain these team members are under, with the hopes and dreams of an entire, economy-drained town on their shoulders, and how it leads to a pressure cooker atmosphere…and well, I’m going to leave it at that, cause spoilers, kind of. Just trust me – the hype is worth it here!

The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
Perfect For: 
Fans of dysfunctional family breakdowns, a la Where’d You Go Bernadette?The Middlesteins or The Wife’s Tale

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for…at least that’s the possible takeaway you’ll feel after reading this sharp novel about Marion Palm, a mousy mother of two that embezzles nearly $200K from her daughters’ prestigious private school, and is now on the run right before she feels the noose around her neck. However, escaping with a backpack full of cash isn’t quite as simple as one might think. Written in a clipped, neutral prose, this compelling read will keep you turning the pages as you debate whether Marion will get away with things (and whether she deserves to), as well as how she’ll possibly get herself out of the hole she continually digs as the book gets more involved. The book isn’t just about Marion either; it’s an interesting study about how the people around her (her bookish, clueless husband Nathan, her on-the-cusp of adulthood daughter Ginny, and her imaginative youngest daughter Jane) react to this disruption in their lives. While not quite as funny as a book like Where’d You Go Bernadette? (which this one is posited as analogous to), it’s certainly hysterical in its own right.

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Perfect for: Fans of Canadian fiction like Lullabies for Little Criminals

Winter is always a great time to go book shopping because a lot of award winners and finalists have been highlighted. Case in point? Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize. Centered on Jared, a sixteen-year-old living on a reservation, the book follows this young man as he teeters on the line between being a burnout (smoking pot and drinking are two of his favourite activities) and turning totally dark (considering his negligent family, Jared’s not doing half-bad). If you love books that are detailed character studies well beyond the main character, you’ll dig this one. Ditto if you enjoy Canadian fiction, or are looking for a fresh perspective focused on an Indigenous community.

7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Perfect For: Fans of old Hollywood glamour – and gossip!

I’ve actually been a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid for awhile, so it’s been great to see her get a higher level of recognition with her latest novel – a bit of a departure from her usual fare – that details the scandalous love life of an aging, reclusive, and renowned Hollywood star. While the book was originally inspired by one Reid read about Ava Gardner, Seven Husbands has more in common with the notorious love life of one Elizabeth Taylor. The book takes place as a conversation between the titular Evelyn Hugo and an unknown journalist, Monique Grant (whose personal and professional lives have otherwise stalled), with fun interjections about the public perception of Evelyn’s love life with the realities of her various husbands. Of course, there’s a bit of a guessing game underneath all of this – like why Evelyn is speaking to Monique, specifically, and at this particular time. A buzzy, beachy read that captures the glitz, glamour, and heartache of loving and living in Tinseltown.

Sing Unburied Sing

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Perfect For: Fans of award-winning prestige fiction!

The most striking thing about Jesmyn Ward’s latest novel – and recently crowned winner of the National Book Award! –  is the lyrical voice and prose that leaps out at you from the earliest pages. Told from several different, colloquial perspectives, this ‘southern gothic’ novel is a must-read for anyone interested in family-driven character studies. Tackling complex family dynamics, issues of race, and the always ripe-with-inspiration category of death, this surprisingly readable book pulls you into the story of Leonie, a drug addict haunted by her brother’s death, and her teenage son Jojo, who is trying to fill a man’s shoes in the life of his younger sister. As Jojo and Leonie embark on a road trip to pick up Jojo’s father as he’s released from prison, the family’s dark past unfurls for the reader in the form of ghosts – quite literally in some cases – that haunt their lives to this day. A striking novel that keeps on racking up loads of praise, and should be worthy of a few hours of your life.

Origin

Origin by Dan Brown
Perfect For: Fans of The Da Vinci Code and Brown’s other Robert Langdon mysteries

It’s been a long time since the wild mania surrounding Dan Brown’s second Robert Langdon mystery, The Da Vinci Code, was upon us. But if you dug the cryptology and symbology focus of that book, then it’s worth hopping onto the Langdon train for the others in the series. Believe it or not, this is actually the fifth caper that once again puts the symbologist in mortal peril as he tries to track down a cryptic password for an AI named Winston, for hopes of gaining some incredible insights about our very own origins as humans. I like to call the Robert Langdon books nerd-Bond tales, as Langdon is surprisingly debonair, ready to charm the latest brilliant woman that gets wrapped up in the same mystery (in this case, suave museum director Ambra Vidal). If you’re cool with suspending your disbelief and ready to jump on board for another wild ride, then you’ll probably dig this one – and no worries, there’s minimal continuity efforts between the books, so if you haven’t been devouring the other Langdon stories as they’ve been released, you’ll still be able to follow this one pretty easily.

Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Perfect For: Fans of The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing or The Girls (hilariously similarly titled books that are wildly different), or even Prep

Every year there are at least one or two books that seek to portray the voice of a generation (or as HBO’s Girls Hannah Horvath would put it: ‘A voice of A generation’). One of this year’s buzzier entries in this category would be Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends, which centers on cerebral, moody Frances and the small orbit of people that make up her life; her spirited BFF and former lover Bobbi, a journalist named Melissa, her husband Nick, and how the four of them become entangled in an awkward, engrossing dance. I preface this book by saying it’s in that vein of ‘somewhat unlikable characters doing quite unlikable things’ – which some people aren’t really into, but really, it makes for very realistic, shrewd observations, particularly considering how observant and self-conscious Frances can be. But if you like stories grounded in reality about good intentions turned bad, this is a worthy read, particular to dish over with your girlfriends.

My Absolute Darling

 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Perfect For: An updated, darker take on the coming-of-age novel a la To Kill a Mockingbird

If you want a book that will get under your skin, look no further than this exhilarating read that is anything but a ‘thriller’. Instead, think of it as a chilling, spellbinding coming-of-age novel set against a wild backdrop. Turtle is barely a teenager, living under the thumb of her monster of a father – someone she doesn’t recognize as such until she encounters Jacob, a fellow teen that she quickly establishes an eye-opening bond with. Turtle’s father believes the end of the world is nigh; Jacob helps her see that’s not the case. A daddy’s girl, Turtle doesn’t even fully understand the dysfunctional nature of her relationship with her dad, until she begins to see the differences between how she’s been raised as a (literal) survivor compared to those around her. But Turtle’s semi-complacency all comes crashing down when she makes a deal to protect her friends – and then turns around and breaks it. I really don’t want to say too much else beyond that for fear of spoilers, but let me just say this is an atmospheric, intense, and startling read – one you won’t be able to put down this season!

Our Little Secret

 

 

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
Perfect for
: Fans of the ‘Gone Girl-era’ thriller; twisty psychological reads with complex female leads.

Things don’t look good for Angela: She’s being interrogated about the disappearance of her ex’s wife Saskia (similar to the TV show The Affair, actually). Eventually, a twisted love triangle dating back ten years emerges between Angela, Saskia, and HP – but is it the truth? This is one of those delightfully mind-bending books where questions only lead to more questions, and truths and lies seem awfully blurry when told side-by-side. While I wouldn’t call Angela an unreliable narrator, I would encourage any amateur sleuths out there to put on their detective’s hat and try to discern the takeaways from Angela’s ‘testimony’ of sorts – you’ll seriously fly by this slim, engrossing read in no time.

The Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Perfect For: Fans of historical novels a la The Nightingale and The Orphan’s Tale

Confession: I didn’t overly love Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From The Goon Squad, so I was a tad bit dubious when this book started getting lots of hype this fall. But then…it kept on getting more hype and actually more favourable reviews than her award-winning novel, so it made me reconsider. Admittedly, how you feel about AVFTGS is a bit irrelevant – the books are polar opposites. This is a sweeping historical fiction novel with roots in the depression and WW2 era, with a similar tone and feeling to books like Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things. With shifting narratives and timelines, the meticulously researched story hones in on Anna, a girl who grows up in this time period and is definitively impacted by the mysterious disappearance of her father. Anna gains a job as a naval yard diver, and in a clever bit of metaphor, the deeper she dives for answers at work, the closer she comes to the truth about her father. Again, circling back to the Goon Squad reference above, the only thing one book has in favour of the other is Egan’s consistently solid writing and attention to detail. If you liked that one and expect to love this one, I can’t say that you will – but same goes for the reverse (I personally enjoyed Manhattan Beach quite a bit more). Either way, consider gifting it to any fans of historical fiction in your circle – they’ll be excited to jump aboard the hype train!

Fiction Win It

I featured 12 amazing titles in this post…and someone, somewhere, is going to get a chance to read ALL of them this winter – cause I’m giving them all away! Want to get reading? Here’s how to enter for your chance at winning $400 worth of top fiction titles for 2017!

1) READ THIS: You must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by December 1, 2017 telling me your top three (or more) reads from this list!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 2, 2017 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries: If you’re interested in staying in the loop on the publishers that worked with me on this post, all you have to do is sign up for their social media, and while you’re at it, earn bonus entries into this fun giveaway! Just be sure to leave separate comments with links back to earn your bonus entries.

Penguin Random House of Canada – Follow Penguin Random House on Instagram and like one of their posts. Then leave a separate comment below that tells me you’ve done so and includes your IG username. 

Simon & Schuster – Follow Simon & Schuster on Instagram and like one of their posts. Then leave a separate comment below that tells me you’ve done so and includes your IG username.

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270 Responses to “Holiday Reads: Best Fiction Books 2017”
  1. CLC says:

    It was difficult to choose only three. Here they are:
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  2. Steven Y says:

    Artemis, Beartown, and Origin would be my top three from the list.

  3. Audrey Skinner says:

    My 3 favorite reads would be Little Fires Everywhere, Origin and Manhattan Beach.

  4. DebP says:

    Top three, hmmm. That would be Artemis, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, and Manhattan Beach.

  5. aketch says:

    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Conversations with Friends and The M
    isfortune of Marion Palm.

  6. Heather Swanson says:

    Conversations with friends,Bear Town & Little Fires Everywhere.

  7. aketch says:

    Books make great gifts, especially for my bookish fiends! https://www.instagram.com/p/BbkauwMDFCb/?taken-by=penguinrandomca

  8. Donnas says:

    I’ve heard of a few of these books, and top on my list are Manhattan Beach; My Absolute Darling; Sing Unburied Sing; and also Conversations With Friends.

  9. cookie3 says:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm

  10. Margaret Palmer says:

    I would love to read Origin, Our Little Secret and Manhattan Beach. I have already read a few on your list and they are great picks. My Absolute Darling was an amazing read.

  11. Catherine Burke says:

    I love reading – Little FIres Everywhere – I have to confess – loved. I follow Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random always @corkrosy…Looking forwarding to reading The Misfortune of Marion Palm..

  12. Okay only my FAVOURITE GIVEAWAY EVER!! So excited for this one!! My top three are Little Fires Everywhere, Conversations With Friends and My Absolute Darling. Crossing everything!

  13. And I’m following Penguin Random House Canada on Instagram and have liked a photo — I like them all the time 🙂 — @trysmallthings

  14. Also following Simon & Schuster on IG and liked one of their posts. I’m @trysmallthings on Instagram

  15. doreen lamoureux says:

    Wow…. great book selections. I subscribe by email. dorcontest at gmail dot com
    My top three are Our Little Secret, Little Fires Everywhere and My Absolute Darling

  16. doreen lamoureux says:

    I like Penguin Random House of Canada on instagram @doreenlamoureux and I liked and commented on a post.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  17. doreen lamoureux says:

    I like Simon & Schuster on instagram @doreenlamoureux . I liked a post and commented too.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  18. Kathryn Galan says:

    I like book lists from others. Often find a great read. My picks here are Artemis, Little Fires Everywhere, and Manhattan Beach.

  19. Kathryn Galan says:

    Hi again. I follow Penguin Random House of Canada on instagram @lakes44

  20. Kathryn Galan says:

    And I’m following Simon & Schuster on Instagram @lakes44

  21. Alyssa says:

    Top three: bear town, our little secret, Manhattan beach!

  22. queendar says:

    My top three reads from the list would be Origin, Our Little Secret and Little Fires Everywhere

  23. Alyssa says:

    I follow penguin random house on Instagram @borntobewildroar

  24. SandyS says:

    It’s going to be a long winter and these three titles will help to get me through – Origin, Our Little Secret and Manhattan Beach.

  25. Ira says:

    My list:
    Origin
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Beartown

  26. Dominic Cloutier says:

    Tbh as long as a book is edited well I can get into it. I’m voracious

  27. Lindsey says:

    I already have Little Fires Everywhere on hold at the library. I’d also like to read Bear Town and Manhattan Beach as I enjoyed Goon Squad.

  28. d lander says:

    Would choose Manhattan Beach,Sing Unburied Sing and Little Fires Everywhere

  29. Lisa Solomon says:

    Oooh, I hope this will be my first win!! I love all books but to narrow it down to 3: My Absolute Darling, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, Our Little Secret

  30. sarah says:

    I would love to read Origin, Manhattan Beach, Little Fires Everywhere and Our Little Secret. They all sound good! Thanks

  31. sarah says:

    I follow penguin random house canada on instagram and liked one of their posts, oddlyoddindeed

  32. sarah says:

    I follow Simon & Schuster and liked one of their posts, oddlyoddindeed

  33. Milly says:

    sing unburied sing, the misfortune of Marion Palm , and Beartown are my top pics.

  34. Marlene V says:

    I would love to read Artemis by Andy Weir, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and Origin by Dan Brown

  35. Graham Lindfield says:

    I like the look of “Artemis”, “Bear Town”, and anything by Dan Brown should be fun 🙂

  36. Stacey M says:

    There are so many of these titles already on my ‘to read’ list – I absolutely can’t wait to read Little Fires Everywhere and Sing Unburied Sing – My Absolute Darling and The Misfortune of Marion Palm have also peaked my interest as well 🙂

  37. mangolynne says:

    A hard choice, but I’d have to go with (in no particular order!) 1. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, 2. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and 3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

  38. The three I’d pick first are The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Origin, and Son of a Trickster. Good selection, and I like that there’s a wide variety of genres.

  39. mangolynne says:

    Liked @penguinrandomca on Instagram (Username: Mangolynne)

  40. mangolynne says:

    Liked @simonschusterca on Instagram (Username: Mangolynne)

  41. bkick1 says:

    My top 3 choices to read would be: Son of a Trickster, Little Fires Everywhere and Manhattan Beach.

  42. AnnieP says:

    They all sound amazing. My top choices are Beartown, My Absolute Darling, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Our Little Secret

  43. Valerie Caldicott says:

    Beartown by Fredrik Backman
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    these books are on my top 3 list to read

  44. Courtney says:

    Bear Town, Origin, and Manhattan Beach all look like great reads! Plus my mom always likes some suggestions for her summers at the cottage.

  45. CIndy Walker says:

    Little Fires Everywhere, Origin and Manhattan Beach.

  46. Mark Bailey says:

    They all sound like great books to read but I would really like to read Artemis, Beartown and Origin.

  47. htliang says:

    What a great group of books! My favorites are Manhattan Beach, Beartown, and Our Little Secret.

  48. AJ Jones says:

    Loved …
    Manhattan Beach, Son of a Trickster, and Origin.

  49. Amy L Doyle says:

    Dan Brown’s Origin, Conversations with Friends, and Our Little Secret!!

  50. kathielu says:

    I would love to read Origin, Our Little Secret and Manhattan Beach.

  51. Deanna Carney says:

    Lvoe to read Our Little Secret, Origin and Little Fires Everywhere.

  52. Debbie F says:

    My top three to read first are Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  53. Calvin F. says:

    Bear town, Little Fires Everywhere , and atremis!

  54. Erin N says:

    My top 3 want-to-reads from this awesome list are: Bear Town, Armetis, and Manhattan Beach!

  55. Erin N says:

    Your Simon Teen link lead to Twitter, so I followed them on Twitter, and tweeted, linking to them, you & this contest : https://twitter.com/pennapennbenny/status/933047873687601152

  56. cheryl Z says:

    Top 3 pick:
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm

  57. Mary Danieli says:

    My top three are:
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
    Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
    This prize would keep me well-stocked for the winter.
    Happy Holidays, everyone.

  58. Susan T says:

    Artemis, Beartown, and Origin would be my top three from the list.

  59. crystal porter says:

    I want to read Origins, Artemis and Sing, Unburied Sing

  60. carrie l says:

    origin, my absolute darling, son of a trickster….. what a great prize pack!

  61. Wilson McArthur says:

    My reads from the list would be Origin, Our Little Secret and Little Fires Everywhere

  62. Sabrina D says:

    Definitely going to read Artemis–I loved The Martian. I also like the sounds of Conversations with friends and My Little Darling. Great list, thanks!

  63. angela eagle says:

    Origin
    Our Little Secret
    Manhattan Beach

  64. I think I am most interested in My Absolute Darling, Little Fires Everywhere and Bear Town

  65. Kristen P says:

    Little Fires Everywhere, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and Manhattan Beach have all been on my list for far too long- I’d love to win this and delve into them!!

  66. Kristen P says:

    S&S and Penguin make some fantastic books- I follow both and enjoy their posts! @Kikiports

  67. Hilary Schneider says:

    Artemis
    Bear town
    Little fires everywhere

  68. Andrea Hickey says:

    I would love to read Little Fires Everywhere, Origin and Manhattan Beach. 🙂

  69. Joan G. says:

    My top reads are Manhattan Beach, Conversations With Friends and Sing Unburied.

  70. George Meek says:

    My wife reads 24/7 and as an example while on a 6 week vacation she read 14 books so to win this prize would please her I’m sure.

  71. photomum says:

    I love to read and would lok foward to reading ,Origin, Little fires everywhere and Bear town. I subscribe via email

  72. My top 3:
    Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (I’ve been here, so the premise is so intriguing!)
    Our Little Secret by Roz Nay (who doesn’t love dark & twisty thirllers!)
    Origin by Dan Brown (he’s so formulaic, but paradoxically, the books are such page-turners?!?!)

  73. Aimee says:

    It Would be nice for some new books for the cold winter.
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  74. Sarahjferg says:

    Manhattan Beach, Origin, and Bea Town

  75. Sarahjferg says:

    I liked Simonchuster @sarahjferg

  76. Sarahjferg says:

    I liked posts on Penguin Random House as @sarahjferg

  77. Jacqueline says:

    Our Little Secret, Little Fires Everywhere, and Manhattan Beach

  78. Adrie Chen says:

    Artemis, Origin and Our little Secret

  79. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Manhattan Beach, Origin and Our Little Secret

  80. Colette says:

    Our Little Secret, Bear Town, Artemis

  81. kevin snyder says:

    The Dan Brown book would be great

  82. Florence Cochrane says:

    Our Little Secret, Little Fires Everywhere and Manhattan Beach.

  83. Tony T says:

    Here are my top 3 picks:
    Artemis, Beartown, and Origin.

  84. A House says:

    Hi;
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Bear Town
    My Absolute Darling

  85. Jessica Lord says:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    My absolute darling

  86. AnnieP says:

    I follow Penguin Random House on Instagram and like their post on Giller winner Bellevue Square (https://www.instagram.com/p/BbwzzQ6FbRn/?taken-by=penguinrandomca) Username: APetr333

  87. AnnieP says:

    I follow Simon and Schuster Canada on Instagram and liked their post on the newest book by A.J. Jacobs (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bbu6pMSHq0u/?taken-by=simonschusterca) Username: APetr333

  88. Linda Webster says:

    Our Little Secret by Roz Nay, Artemis by Andy Weir, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

  89. Cynthia Brett says:

    The Misfortune of Marion Palm
    Son of a Trickster
    Artemis

  90. Sande says:

    Little Fires Everywhere;

    Sing, Unburied, Sing;

    My Absolute Darling.

  91. Sande says:

    Penguin Random House followed on instagram

  92. Sande says:

    @sandebee3 has followed Simon & Schuster on Instagram

  93. Linda Cosby says:

    Our Little Secret, Manhattan Beach, Little Fires Everywhere

  94. elldubbs says:

    Origin
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Beartown

  95. Jess B says:

    Artemis, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, and Manhattan

  96. Jason Kinnin says:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  97. Carol Saponja says:

    Origin, Son of a Trickster and Sing Unburied Sing

  98. Elaine Beierbach says:

    MANHATTEN BEACH – i LOVE NYC

  99. Rosa Cross says:

    Manhattan Beach, Origin and Little Fires Everywhere are the ones I am anxious to read.

  100. Rosa Cross says:

    Followed Penguin Random House on Instagram and liked a post. My name is @tancookrosebud

  101. Rosa Cross says:

    Follow Simon & Schuster on Instagram and liked a post. My name is @tancookrosebud

  102. WOW! I am on the waiting list for about 4 of these books at my library. Long waiting lists. It would be incredible to just own these editions and read them at my leisure and MONTHS ahead of the library schedule 🙂 🙂 Great contest, thank you!

  103. Coleen McAleer says:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  104. Edith Rennes says:

    My top three would be: Bear Town, Son of a Trickster and Sing, Unburied, Sing….here’s hoping

  105. Great list! 😀 Might be my fave giveaway this year. My top: The Seven Husbands, Sing Unburied, Manhattan Beach. All of my TRL. 🤞 📚 💕

  106. I follow PRHC on Instagram and liked https://www.instagram.com/p/BbwzzQ6FbRn/?taken-by=penguinrandomca re the Giller Prize book. I’m lara.maynard on Instagram.

  107. Theresa Jones says:

    Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  108. ALICIA MILLETTE says:

    Origin
    Son of a trickster
    manhatten beach

  109. ALICIA MILLETTE says:

    liked Penguin Random House of Canada my IG is @Faythenaddy

  110. ALICIA MILLETTE says:

    Liked simon and schuster on insta – @Faythenaddy

  111. Margaret Huitema says:

    My picks would be: The Seven Husbands, Sing Unburied, Manhattan Beach.

  112. Lisa Morrison says:

    My three picks are: Our Little Secret, Origin, and Artemis.

  113. Israel Y says:

    My top 3: Origin
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Beartown

  114. Alanna Watt says:

    My top 3 from this list are Origin, Our Little Secret, and Manhattan Beach!

  115. Alanna W says:

    I follow penguin Random House on IG and liked a few posts from @miss.marley.anne.

  116. Julie P says:

    followed penguin on instagram Jubelicious1

  117. J says:

    I would choose
    Artemis
    Manhatton Beach
    Son of a Trickster

  118. Julie P says:

    would like to read all but have to pick top 3 so..
    Our Little Secret
    Manhattan Beach
    The 7 husbands of elena hugo

  119. KellyPC says:

    Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
    My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
    Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

  120. Nicole says:

    The three books that I would read first are:
    Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
    Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
    Artemis by Andy Weir

  121. Lori P says:

    So hard to choose, but here are my tentative top four:
    – Beartown
    – The Misfortune of Marion Palm
    – Manhattan Beach
    – My Absolute Darling

  122. Jason F says:

    My 3 are Origin by Dan Brown Beartown by Fredrik Backman Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

  123. Julia says:

    My top 3 picks are Manhattan Beach, Conversations With Friends and Little Fires Everywhere.

  124. Celia Triemstra says:

    All of these look fantastic, however I believe my top 3 would be
    – Artemis
    – Origin
    – Son of a Trickster

    Thanks!

  125. Celia Triemstra says:

    I’ve followed Penguin Random House of Canada on Instagram and liked their post from October 25th with the cute ghosts! My IG name is Miss_Mage_Celae

  126. Celia Triemstra says:

    I’ve followed Simon & Schuster on Instagram and liked their latest post where their book “It’s All Relative” is featured! My IG name is Miss_Mage_Celae

  127. abluesgirl9 says:

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Son of a Trickster and Sing Unburied Sing. Those are my top 3. Great giveaway! I love books!!!

  128. Dawn Brown says:

    Top 3 picks: Artemis, Beartown, and Origin.

  129. Charity says:

    Origin by Dan Brown, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

  130. Lori says:

    They all would be great to read! Top 3: Little Fires Everywhere, Origin & Manhattan Beach.

  131. Christine Lewis says:

    Exciting reads!

  132. Barry Kazimer says:

    My Top 3 are, Artemis, Origin and Son of a Trickster.

  133. Susan J. says:

    Little Fires Everywhere, Manhattan Beach and Origin

  134. Cindy Murray says:

    I would love to read: Manhattan Beach, Origin and Our Little Secret.

  135. Sheila Tanner says:

    The Seven Husbands, Sing Unburied, Our Little Secret

  136. darlene boyle says:

    Origin Our Little Secret Manhattan Beach

  137. Julia H says:

    I’m already a subscriber! 🙂 My top three are:

    `1. Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (who can resist southern gothic??)
    2. Origin, by Dan Brown
    3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Thanks for the chance!!

  138. christine says:

    Fires Everywhere, Origin and Son Of A Trickster

  139. Neil Palmer says:

    Origin, Little Fires Everywhere, The Misfortune of Marion Palm

  140. Michelle T says:

    Tough choice! Okay, number one, Little Fires Everywhere, number 2, Manhattan Beach and number three, Beartown.

  141. janicour says:

    My top choices are Origin, by Dan Brown, Manhattan Beach,Son of a Trickster, and Sing Unburied Sing

  142. Michelle T says:

    I follow Penguin Random House Canada on Twitter – @michelle_tupy and liked one of their posts.

  143. Michelle T says:

    I follow Simon & Schuster on Instagram and liked one of their posts. @michelle_tupy

  144. Rachel C. says:

    I’d love to read Origin, Manhattan Beach and Our Little Secret!

  145. Margaret Stokes says:

    love Dan brown novels can’t wait to read this

  146. Nathalie Lebeau says:

    Top 3:
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    Beartown by Fredrik Backman
    Our Little Secret By Roz Nay

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  147. Miriam Levin-Gold says:

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
    Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

    Thank you!!

  148. Sunshine G says:

    My top three are:

    Our Little Secret
    Origin
    Little Fires Everywhere

  149. Caroline says:

    My top 3:

    Little Fire Everywhere
    Origin
    Our Little Secret

  150. Shelley N says:

    Artemis, Bear Town and Origin would be my top 3 choices.

  151. Shelley N says:

    followed penguin/random on instagram and loved the Inconvenient Indian post -my instagram name is celtic734

  152. Shelley N says:

    following simon and schuester on instagram -liked The Empress post (instagram name celtic734)

  153. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I would really enjoy reading Little Fires, Misfortune of Marion Palm and My Absolute Darling.

  154. Erin W says:

    I can’t wait to read Sing Unburied Sing, Bear Town and Manhattan Beach!

  155. Jennifer Williamson says:

    I’m planning on reading absolute darling, bear town and little fires everywhere.

  156. Celina Gray says:

    My top 3 picks would be Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan, Conversations with Friends Sally Rooney & Son of a Trickster Eden Robinson

  157. booksnwine says:

    Following Penguin Random House of Canada @ catatemydogma

  158. booksnwine says:

    Following simonschusterca @ catatemydogma

  159. Laura F. says:

    Here are my top three:
    1) My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
    2) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    3) Artemis by Andy Weir

  160. Donna Bartsch says:

    My top 3 picks are: Origin, Little Fires Everywhere, and Our Little Secret

  161. My top 3 reads are: Bear Town, Our Little Secret and Manhattan Beach, Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  162. Garnet Leib says:

    That would be Artemis, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, and Manhattan Beach.

  163. Sarah S says:

    Origin, Artemis and Bear Town are my favs!

  164. Mary Warner says:

    Son of a Trickster

  165. gloria konelsky says:

    Son of a Trickster and Dan Browne. Artemis

  166. Jennifer R says:

    I love the holidays because I actually have time to read once Christmas day is over! Nothing better than a warm blanket and a good book (or three!). The three that interest me are Manhatten Beach, Bear Town and Son of a Trickster.

  167. Mary H says:

    Bear Town, Son of a Trickster, and Arternis

  168. Lindsay Penrose says:

    Conversations with friends, The misfortune of marion palm, and little fires everywhere

  169. Narinder Chana says:

    Beartown by Fredrik Backman;
    Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward; and
    Origin by Dan Brown

  170. My top three picks:
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Son of a Trickster

  171. Laura says:

    Little Fires Everywhere, Manhattan Beach, Bear Town

  172. Sandra Tuplin says:

    MY CHOICE – LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO AND CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS.

  173. Sandra Tuplin says:

    Lots of variety

  174. Kavita says:

    My top 3 reads from this list are: Little Fires Everywhere, My Absolute Darling, and Our Little Secret!

  175. Marthe Levac says:

    I must say my three most favorites are The Misfortune of Marion Palm, Our Little Secret, and Origin

  176. Kavita says:

    I followed Simon & Schuster Canada and liked this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbkGd6knNeS/?taken-by=simonschusterca. My IG is @kavitagurm (https://www.instagram.com/kavitagurm/)

  177. Carol McCann says:

    MY PICK IS Son of a Trickster,Our Little Secret and , Little Fires Everywhere

  178. mousecat says:

    My top want to reads from your list are: 1) Origin 2) Our Little Secret 3) Bear Town

  179. Cahley E Tod-Tims says:

    Son of a Trickster, Bear Town and Artemis

  180. Donna Doyle says:

    Origin by Dan Brown, Our Little Secret and Sing Unburied Sing

  181. Silvia D says:

    Bear Town…Our little Secret and Origin.

  182. katydidit21 says:

    My top 3 picks are Little Fires Everywhere, Bear Town & Sing, Unburied, Sing.

  183. katydidit21 says:

    Following Simon & Schuster Canada and liked one of their posts. IG username: m.kimberley

  184. katydidit21 says:

    Following Penguin Random House Canada on Instagram and liked one of their posts. IG username: m.kimberley

  185. Joyce Curtis-Bonardi says:

    My 3 picks would be Origin, Little Fires Everywhere and The Misfortune of Marion Palm.

  186. Kelly H says:

    MY top 3 picks would be Beartown, Son of a Trickster and Little fires everywhere!

  187. Sarah Locke says:

    This is an awesome list. My top three reads from it would be:
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton, Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

  188. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love to read Beartown, Origin, and Our Little Secret!

  189. Kenten Musselman says:

    I’m picking Bear Town, Arternis, and Origin

  190. Chris MacDonald says:

    Confirming that I follow Penguin Random house Canada and just posted a comment on Lynn Crawford’s book post for Farm to Chef @kcrmb

  191. Chris MacDonald says:

    Confirming that I am following Simon and Schuster and posted a comment on their Instagram post for the cookbook Unnatural Feasts @kcrmb

  192. Chris MacDonald says:

    Mt top three picks are Origin, Bear Town and Our Little Secret

  193. Carol B says:

    My top 3 are Bear Town, Origin and Manhattan Beach.

  194. Lauren says:

    My top three books are: Little Fires Everywhere, My Absolute Darling, and Bear town!

  195. Artemis, Our little secret, Beartown

  196. Oh wow, what a great prize! I love to read just about anything but I think my top three would be:
    -Sing, Unburied, Sing
    -Artemis
    -Little Fires Everywhere

  197. Gemma says:

    My top three would be: Bear Town, Son of a Trickste & Sing, Unburied, Sing

  198. spacey says:

    My top three reads of your list would be: Artemis, Son of a Trickster, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  199. spacey says:

    Followed Penguin and liked this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbwzzQ6FbRn/ (@honest_reviews)

  200. spacey says:

    Followed Simon & Schuster and liked this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbU6uMenq-J/ (@honest_reviews)

  201. Theresa says:

    They all sound amazing! My top picks : Beartown, Little Fires Everywhere and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

  202. Melissa says:

    My top three are Little Fires Everywhere, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and Origins

  203. PAT.N says:

    MY PICKS are The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Origin, Our little secret

  204. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My top three reads from this list are
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
    My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
    Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

  205. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry : Followed Penguin Random House on Instagram and liked one of their posts https://www.instagram.com/p/BbkauwMDFCb/?taken-by=penguinrandomca (soulseeker00).

  206. Alison K says:

    Bonus @simonschusterca Entry : Followed Simon & Schuster on Instagram and liked one of their posts https://www.instagram.com/p/BaZ0tWUHTVm/?taken-by=simonschusterca (soulseeker00).

  207. The 3 I’d love to read from this list are Little Fires Everywhere, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo and Bear Town. So many great picks!

  208. megan h says:

    oh, if I had to pick my top three, they’d be: Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  209. jared says:

    origin, little fires everywhere, and our little secret

  210. Patricia Yarascavitch says:

    Top three would be, My Absolute Darling, Our Little Secret and Sing, Unburied, Sing

  211. Gracie Mc says:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Son of a Trickster

    Those are my top three, but would love to read them all!

  212. LisaM says:

    I’d read Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson first!

  213. Israel Y says:

    my top 3: Origin, Our Little Secret and Little Fires Everywhere

  214. leanne says:

    Origin
    Our Little Secret
    The Misfortune of Marion Palm

  215. Michelle Stevens says:

    My top 3 are

    1. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
    2. Artemis by Andy Weir and
    3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

    I am a subscriber and thanks for the opportunity to win these amazing books!

  216. Diane says:

    My top three are:

    Little Fires Everywhere
    Our Little Secret
    Origin

  217. Debra says:

    I think my 3 picks would be Origin, Son of a Trickster and Beartown.

  218. Maryanne says:

    Manhattan Beach, Our Little Secret and Son of a Trickster!!

  219. Pam says:

    I am a loyal subscriber.
    My top three are:
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Son of a Trickster
    Our Little Secret

  220. Grace says:

    Manhattan Beach, Our Little Secret, and Son of a Trickster are all on my list!

  221. Roger Smith says:

    My top three are:
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Son of a Trickster
    Our Little Secret

  222. Holly says:

    I would like to read Origins, Conversations with Friends, and Little Fires Everywhere.

  223. Nicole Aben says:

    My top 3 would be: Manhattan Beach, Our little Secret, and Origin. These look really good!

  224. Nicole Aben says:

    Followed Penguin Random House on IG (username @navanthey) and liked this post:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb2ivArFE8X/?taken-by=penguinrandomca

  225. Nicole Aben says:

    Followed Simon and Schuster on IG (username @navanthey) and liked this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbU6uMenq-J/?taken-by=simonschusterca

  226. DeeDee says:

    1. Origin 2. Manhattan Beach 3. Our Little Secret

  227. Heather says:

    Origin – I LOVE Dan Brown books, especially if they feature Robert Langdon. Artemis and Manhattan Beach sound interesting as well

  228. Noodlemom says:

    My top three would be: Little Fires Everywhere, Conversations With Friends, and My Absolute Darling.

  229. Rose Holloway says:

    Followed Penguin Random House on IG (username is roseh001)

  230. Bonny Dixon MacIsaac says:

    The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Our Little Secret, and My Absolute Darling

  231. Danielle Baumann says:

    Little Fires Everywhere, Conversations With Friends, and Our Little Secret sounds like they’d all be right up my alley! I could use some new reads for the upcoming holiday season 🙂

  232. gayle bellemare says:

    Manhattan Beach, Origin & Bear Town are my top 3 short list but I look forward to reading them all. Thank you.

  233. Christine says:

    Following Penguin and Simon and Schuster – @ccmcluckie

  234. Christine says:

    Top 3:
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Artemis by Andy Weir
    Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

  235. Rae D. says:

    1. Origin 2. Little Fires Everywhere 3. Our Little Secret

  236. Donna Durie says:

    Our little secret. Conversations with friends. Manhattan Beach.

  237. Ariel Chiu says:

    dan brown origin
    manhattan beach
    our little secret

  238. Katherine Dubreuil says:

    Faves are Son of a Trickster, Beartown and Origin

  239. Barb Batten says:

    I like origin, our little secret and Bear Town? Smile

  240. Barb Batten says:

    Follow Penguin Random House on Instagram and like one of their posts. Did it Smile

  241. Barb Batten says:

    Simon & Schuster – Follow Simon & Schuster on Instagram and like one of their posts. Done it barbara.townsend

  242. Judy Williams says:

    Origin, Bear Town, Little Fires Everywhere would be the first three I’d read

  243. Wanda B says:

    My favourites are Little Fires Everywhere, Bear Town and Sing Unburied Sing.

  244. Wanda B says:

    I follow Penguin Random House on Instagram and liked a post. https://www.instagram.com/wandabergman/

  245. Wanda B says:

    I follow Simon & Schuster on Instagram and liked a post. https://www.instagram.com/wandabergman/

  246. AshC says:

    I’d be interested in Bear Town, Origin, and Manhattan Beach

  247. Camelot5 says:

    I would love to read Manhattan Beach, Bear Town and the Origin.

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