My Top Ten Book Recommendations for 2017 (so far)
So happy 8 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day blogging anniversary to me!
I tried to put these ten books in order from favourite to most best and wonderful favourite, but it was too hard. All ten of these books are very different and loved for different reasons. They also appealed to my different reading moods over the year in varying ways.
The list is chronological instead. The first book is the most recently read favourite stretching back through the months until January.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
What a delightful, slightly gothic romp through Victorian England!
A book about love, in all it’s guises.
If you’re in need of an easy to read, heart warming story to get lost in (like I did) then this could be perfect for you too.
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
Sometimes a book comes along that surprises you by how much it sucks you in and how much you love it. When that book is a soon to be released, for the first time in English, children’s book from Sweden, you wish you could be a kid all over again discovering the wonder of this story for the first time with the innocence of youth.
Needless to say, Sally Jones will live in my heart and soul for a very long time.
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
Insomniac City by Bill Hayes
I had a bit of an art, New York and love-fest in May which included this glorious memoir about Oliver Sacks….and New York, art and love.
It was also a beautiful produced book that was a pleasure to hold.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
I enjoyed this slim, but multi-layered book so much, that I was very tempted to reread it straight away.
Instead I ordered a copy of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
I really loved reading this book.
I learnt a LOT about modern art and Marina Abramovic in particular.
But I confess, I don’t remember much else.
It wasn’t a book that evoked strong or lasting feelings, but it was a fascinating experience at the time.
The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton
Such a wonderful insight into one of Australia’s favourite and most well-known authors.
This collection of essays revealed so much about Winton’s childhood, his beliefs and his approach to writing, that I slowly savoured each story over several months.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
This slight, slim book punched well above it’s weight.
Strout knows how to tease out those painful, nuanced interactions that make up our daily lives and most intimate relationships.
I cant wait to get into her latest book of short stories, Anything is Possible.
The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
The very first book in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series was a gem of a read.
Having read three of the other books (out of order) I was delighted to finally see how it all started.
I also read this during #Zoladdiction month with Fanda – I love a good readalong!
Speaking of readalongs….
My final pick is a bit of a cheat since it actually includes four books in one.
But I have never been able to read one without the others in quick succession.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
The main point of difference with this (re)readalong has been the quick part.
I’ve been enjoying a leisurely and considered reread over the past 7 months, with the last part of The Return of the King still waiting for me to meander my way through.
I’m delighted that it still has the ability to delight me so much.
The Hobbit and LOTR are without a doubt one of my all time favourite reads that have stood the test of time.
What has been your favourite read of 2017 so far?