2017; A Reading Year In Review

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

  1. Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life – Samantha Ellis
  2. Dune – Frank Herbert
  3. Emily Climbs – L.M. Montgomery
  4. Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  5. Democracy – ?braham Kawa
  6. A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley
  7. The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson
  8. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
  9. A New Treasury Of Poetry – Neil Philip, Neil
  10. The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
  11. First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  12. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  13. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
  14. Kafka – David Zane Mairowitz
  15. The Lessons – Naomi Alderman
  16. The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception – Emmanuel Carrère
  17. My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
  18. The Haunted Hotel – Wilkie Collins
  19. Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb
  20. Elmet – Fiona Mozley
  21. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  22. Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy – Steven Nadler
  23. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  24. Women and Power: A Manifesto – Mary Beard
  25. The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness
  26. 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.

7 thoughts on “2017; A Reading Year In Review

  1. I really hope you feel better soon! I have a chesty cough and catarrh, and feel miserable enough about it – I can’t even imagine how you feel. Hopefully your reading will bring you some comfort too.


  2. Oh no! 😦 I hope that you will be feeling a lot better soon!

    Wow! Has it been seven years already! That is completely bananas! The time has just gone so fast!

    You still read a lot of books this year, and it’s great that you have 26 that made the top list! 😀

    My 2017 highlights were changing universities and starting to be more accepting of myself. I am currently reading All the Birds in the Sky, and have kind of hit a slump with it. I should hopefully finish it this year haha.


    1. Well, I checked another stat and it’s been 6 years, this is actually my 7th year of blogging so I was sort of wrong in my post haha. Time has gone so so so fast! When I think of who I was when I started and who I am now it blows my mind. I was 24 when I started, it’s insane.

      I love that those where your highlights, that’s awesome. I think you should be so proud of yourself, you do so much and you’re so creative.

      I reckon if you’ve hit a slump, put it down and find something that grips you. No point wasting time on a book you aren’t enjoying.


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