In spite of moving countries, travelling and a precipitous drop off in blog posts, 2017 has been a fantastic year of reading. I did a poor job of keeping track of all my books and had to try and reconstruct it all over the last few days. I added them all to Goodreads because that was the easiest way to go about it. If you want to see the list, I believe clicking on the infographic on the left will get you there. And as a consequence of all this, I do actually have some stats.
I read 13 books in 2017 but I’d like to count them as 10 as Wayward’s various volumes still include one running story. The shortest book I read was only 34 pages, 101 Coolest Things to Do in Scotland. The longest book I read was The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón in at 487 pages. The average number of pages was 258.
I read so many excellent books that it’s hard to narrow them down to a short list of favourites – when I look at the list of 13 and try to pick out 5, I must admit that most of them were adapted into films which just complimented my reading experience. So here goes:
5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Well-written, precisely plotted psychological thriller, and deftly sketches one unreliable narrator after another.
4. Room by Emma Donoghue – I literally read this entire novel in one sitting and I can’t find enough words to convince you to go get your hands on it. RIGHT NOW.
3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – The more Gaiman I read, the more I understand why people are so caught up in the magic he wields. Because that is basically what he does. He’s not an author, he’s a magician, painting magic pictures of rich, exciting worlds that come to life so quickly.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – A beautiful and gripping story. I feel like this is one of those books that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.
and lastly, my favourite, and one that didn’t have a film adaptation but I wish it did:
1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – A long love letter to book lovers everywhere. It is about how reading a book can affect you. How a book that you loved as a child might mean something different to you as an adult and something that you didn’t get at one time in your life will totally change your life later. How you can tell so much about someone by the kinds of books they love to read.
“Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.”
I know you all have been making your own favourites list and reading lots of others, so what book did you read that was great last year?