Another year, another year in review. Due to currently suffering from Glandular Fever (Mono)* 2017’s review comes a little later than usual. The back of my mouth is red raw, my body covered in a rash, my brain is foggy at best, and my organs are swollen and hurt, it’s a miracle I even have the energy to do this. But, as this won’t be going away for a while (thanks, Mono) and I enjoy a self-indulgent moan, here we are. I’ve never felt more appealing.**
2018, other than sucking, is apparently my 7th year of blogging. Which is baffling. Mainly because in 2017 blogging wasn’t really much of what I did. In fact, reading wasn’t much of what I did. I didn’t even hit 80 books in 2017! But, as my last post of 2017 explained a lot of life happened, and at least I didn’t fall down a well of despair.***
- 75 books read, 5 less than in 2016.
- 26 5* books. 8 fewer than 2016.
- 2 1* books. It was a year of lower-than-usual ratings, tough crowd.
I began the year with Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis and ended it with The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox (her best books since The Somnambulist, in my opinion).
My top 26 books
- Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life – Samantha Ellis
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Emily Climbs – L.M. Montgomery
- Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
- Democracy – ?braham Kawa
- A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley
- The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
- A New Treasury Of Poetry – Neil Philip, Neil
- The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
- First Love – Gwendoline Riley
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
- Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
- Kafka – David Zane Mairowitz
- The Lessons – Naomi Alderman
- The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception – Emmanuel Carrère
- My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
- The Haunted Hotel – Wilkie Collins
- Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb
- Elmet – Fiona Mozley
- The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
- Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy – Steven Nadler
- The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
- Women and Power: A Manifesto – Mary Beard
- The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness
- The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell
A favourite? Hard to choose. First Love and The Trouble With Goats and Sheep both gave me happy feelings when I remembered them. But, Elmet and Do Not Say We Had Nothing were such intense, gratifying novels.
I won’t summarise the year as I usually do, as I’ve already written about change, but once my body stops defying me, I think 2018 will continue to improve on the good things that 2017 brought. I only have two resolutions, read everything and no diet coke. Unsurprisingly (the one thing I can thank you for, mono) I’m only managing the latter.
What were your highlights of 2017?
Have you achieved or done anything special?
What was or will be your first book of 2018?
* Nothing will ever be as bad as having this #firstworldproblems
** I really hope the comedic element I have tried to lace into this post shows, otherwise, this is just an unappealing, self-involved rant.
*** There’s still time.