Monday, May 14, 2018

Top Ten Reads of 2017

In 2017 I read 40 books, and while it's on the leaner side (compared to the years I was aiming for 200+!), it felt like the first year I was really back into reading in a way I hadn't been since I was pregnant in 2014.

I got much closer to my goal of being a free-range reader in 2017, but I still struggled with balancing reading with other activities, and more importantly with regards to this blog, writing about my reads. (Here I am, almost halfway through 2018, and I'm seriously behind on reviews. Ugh!)

In 2017, thirty-four of all the authors I read were women. Seven were authors of color. Four of my reads were audiobooks, which is a first for me! I managed two non-fiction reads: one a memoir, the other a food/how-to guide. Twenty-four of my reads were 2017 releases.

As always, my top ten reads for the year were books that delighted me upon reading and have lingered with me after. All are books I've recommended multiple times and/or won't shut up about. Only one is missing a review, and all I can say is this: it was a sexy fun romance that completely won me over, and I read it three times (!!) in 2017, I loved it that much.

Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer

Christina Henry, Lost Boy

Crystal King, Feast of Sorrow

Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock

Sarah Lotz, The White Road

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent

Kate Quinn, The Alice Network

Marissa A. Ross, Wine. All the Time

Nell Stevens, Bleaker House

Sally Thorne, The Hating Game


  1. Excellent list! I gotta read The Essex Serpent sometime this year. I bought it at a thrift shop in London almost a year ago, and it's been sitting very temptingly on my TBR shelf ever since. It looks so fun!

    1. It's such a good book; I'm dying to reread it and might do so this summer! It's dramatic but not melodrama; think-y but not pretentious; touching but not cloying. I couldn't put it down.