My Top Ten Favourite Reads for 2017
- The book must have been read entirely in 2017 (which automatically cut two books from my possibilities – Tim Winton’s book of essays, The Boy Behind the Curtain and Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar).
- The book must not be a re-read – that’s too easy (obviously if I’m re-reading, it must be a book I enjoyed enough to want to go round again) – which counts out The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Northanger Abbey.
- No picture books or coffee table books allowed (bye bye Rockhopping by Trace Balla).
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
A fabulous taste of speculative fiction by a debut writer, enjoyed by myself and Mr Books.
The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
After reading Germinal & Nana, I enjoyed going back to the start of the series to see where it all began.
Sisters by Ada Cambridge
A new-to-me Australian author from the 1800’s who deserves to be more widely read.
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Winner of the Stella Prize and shortlisted for many more.
This book started a run of art and love in New York stories for me.
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
More art and love in New York.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Fascinating stuff about love, doors, wars and belonging.
Insomniac City by Bill Hayes
Love and art in New York part three!
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
If you know the story of Antigone, you know how this will end, but Shamsie still keeps you second-guessing all the way through.
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
It’s not often that I include a junior fiction book in my top ten, but I loved this book so much, I want every one to read it.
I haven’t stopped thinking about it or Sally Jones, the ape in question, since July.
This is a story for all readers aged 10-110 years.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Yes, I really do think this book deserves all the hype and the awards and the accolades being heaped on it.
I’m already looking forward to the re-read.
What was your favourite read for 2017?
Go on – tempt me!