2017 Wrap-Up & Top Ten Books

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Happy new year, folks! I hope you all had a great one. I can’t believe it’s my third year of doing a yearly wrap-up on this log – seriously, where does the time go?! I’ve got pretty busy this year and unfortunately my blog and my reading have been neglected – I set myself a challenge of 55 books this year and only got through 40, my lowest yet. But I did read some good ones, and I enjoy looking back at them, so here goes my top ten for 2017… (covers link to Goodreads or my review)

 

This epic novel was probably my book of the year. It’s beautiful ad brutal – not necessarily an easy read, but one which will stay with me for a long time.

 

This tale of the life of a 439-year-old man was truly inspired – blending sci-fi, thriller, drama and romance into a unique story with a huge heart. It was my first read by Matt Haig, but it definitely won’t be my last!

 

As a late converted Stephen King fan I hadn’t read this classic yet, but I knew I had to when the new film was released. It’s classic King at his best – weird, wonderful and generally brilliant.

 

Incredile world-building, a high-stakes heist and a plucky protagonist – this second novel from Andy Weir was so much fun.

 

This was my last read of 2017 (a full review will be coming soon) but it was a great one to end the year on. It blends a little bit of magic with a little history to tell the story of a 1900s toy shop in London. I went into this expecting a light, heart-warming Christmas read and got a lot more than that. This one is out in February and I really hope it does well!

 

Another tale with more than a touch of magic, this story of two sisters emarking on a journey to take part in the magical game of Caraval was so much fun. I’m keeping an eye out for the next instalment!

 

This brilliant debut was a stand-out psychological thriller for 2017. Set in an Australian farm town during a drought, it’s atmospheric, tense and unlike any other thriller I’ve read.

 

I love Emma Donoghue, and she did  not disappoint with this new historical offering about a religious young girl seemingly surviving without food for months. It was gripping and eye-opening.

 

I’ve had this one on my to read list for a long time – I’m so pleased I got around to it this year as it totally lived up to the hype!

 

A slow-burning, atmospheric roller-coaster ride of emotions, this new thriller from Erin Kelly had me completely hooked, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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11 responses to “2017 Wrap-Up & Top Ten Books

  1. I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it’s one of my favorite trilogies 😊😊

  2. Some great recommends here, thanks!

  3. It was fun reading your reviews! I read 75 books this year, but only one of your top 10 was in the books I read. I must be the only one less than impressed with Artemis. Ah well.

  4. Yvo

    Great list! I can’t wait to read Artemis and Caraval now.

  5. I am still reluctant to pick up A Little Life, it’s had so many mixed reviews and I’m afraid that I’ll spend too much time and effort to read a huge book that I might probably not like!! :”)

    • I felt the same, I probably wouldn’t have tackled it if it hadn’t been personally recommended to me so much. It is a lot of work, and very bleak at times, but I’m definitely happy I read it.

  6. Ooh awesome list! Haha I’ve been meaning to pick up IT after watching the movie but it’s sooo long. So glad you enjoyed Artemis – I’m excited for that one!

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