A Year in Books

Happy New Year!

I have massively enjoyed my reading this year and honestly feel that at times it has completely stopped my from falling into a black hole of depression. I’m sure a lot of people love a good book to enjoy the escapism. For me, it is more the sense of achievement I have on finishing a book. Since having children my feelings of achievement come from my children attempting to eat a vegetable or them wiping their own bums. Reading is honestly probably the only thing I do on my own now….yes I do wee with my kids present and at least 6 nights a week I have a little person sharing my bed who is not my husband.  Reading however is my quiet time.  Conversely,  I do love the sociable aspect of having a good chat about a book. I have started 2 book clubs in 2017 and I am really chuffed to have made new friends who also enjoy reading. 2017 was also the year of the book multi tasked. I now generally have 3 books on the go. I have to pick these books carefully….if I’m reading a book of poetry, I like interspersing it with fiction. This does depend on how complicated the fiction is however. Some books require complete fidelity and if I sleep (read) around  whilst reading a complicated book, I always seem to be at odds with the plot, characters etc.

So, without further ado, here are my reads of 2017.


  1. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  4. All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  5. Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
  6. The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
  7. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
  8. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  9. The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club by Helen McGinn


  1. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
  2. My Life in France by Julia Child
  3. Two Brothers by Ben Elton
  4. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
  5. The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
  6. The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
  7. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  9. Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi
  10. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
  11. Release by Patrick Ness
  12. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
  13. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
  14. Four Stories by Alan Bennett
  15. Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym
  16. Conclave by Robert Harris
  17. Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
  18. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
  19. A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
  20. Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
  21. Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski
  22. The Map and the Clock edited by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke
  23. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  24. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
  25. Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
  26. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga


  1. What We Didn’t Say by Rory Dunlop
  2. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  3. Capital by John Lanchester
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  7. Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  8. Cousins by Salley Vickers
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  10. Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin by Alan Bennett
  11. Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph
  12. The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner
  13. The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
  14. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  15. An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
  16. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd
  17. The Rotter’s Club by Jonathan Coe
  18. Confessions of a Learner Parent by Sam Avery


  1. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  2. Friends Like These by Danny Wallace
  3. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  4. We the Animals by Justin Torres
  5. 30-Second Mythology by Robert A Segal


  1. The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks


  1. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  2. Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  3. A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney
  4. Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley

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