Annual Roundup: My books of 2017

Whatever else has been happening in the world this year, there have been excellent new books to read. I have posted reviews for close to 180 titles so far in 2017. Between now and the New Year I will be reviewing a few of the new releases readers can look forward to in 2018. Thank you to all the publishers who have sent me their books.

Last Sunday I played Reading Bingo, filling my card with recommended reads from my 2017 pile. Today I highlight five particular favourites, including my book of the year. I also include links to the longlist I put together from which these were chosen. If you click on the titles below you may check out my reviews.

For all round literary wondrousness, my book of the year is:

We that are young by Preti Taneja

And making up my top 5:

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack


The longlist I pulled together as I considered my choices included the following titles along with those on my Reading Bingo card from last week’s post.

Good stories, well told

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Larchfield by Polly Clark

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

UnAmerican Activities by James Miller

Martin John by Anakana Schofield

The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased) by Marie Gameson

The Photographer by Meike Ziervogel

The Cut by Anthony Cartwright

The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (illustrated by Susanna Kajermo Törner)

Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty

Short stories, long remembered

Selected Stories by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

The Late Season by Stephen Hines

Ornithology by Nicholas Royle

An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass


Terms and Conditions by Tania Hershman

Non fiction

Limestone Country by Fiona Sampson

Signal Failure by Tom Jeffreys

Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby

And for a snapshot of our times, or why we need these good reads

Enemies of the People by Sam Jordison

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One comment on “Annual Roundup: My books of 2017

  1. 180? Good for you! That’s great! For We that are young to float to the top of that list is a noteworthy feat. I’ll have to take a look at the review and see if it’s for me!

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