I have to admit that 2017 was not a stand out year of books for me. There were some good books and not so good books and I have been let down by a few books too. However 2017 was the year I finally discovered Margaret Atwood and OMG what have I been doing with my reading life! The cream does rise to the top though and my Top 5 books of the year would give all other years a good run for their money. I even re-read my number one choice just to make sure my gut feel was right and I was sucked straight back into it. I knew I’d made the right pick!
So without further adieu, My Top 5 Reads of 2017…
This amazing book took me completely by surprise. What makes this novel so profound is Omar El Akkad’s ability to tell a deeply personal story about a huge, cataclysmic event that works on so many different levels and has so many different layers that as a reader you get completely lost in the time and history the novel creates. This novel is a warning and a requiem and my book of the year. Read more…
Celeste Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, was incredible. The moment I saw she had a new book coming out I had to read it. I didn’t care what it was about I just had to read it and her follow up second novel doesn’t disappoint. This is one of the most addictive and engrossing books you will read this year. I miss all the characters in the book and feel like a family I just got to know has up and left leaving a void. If you are yet to discover Celeste Ng add her to your reading list immediately! Read more…
3. The Power by Naomi Alderman
If like us you were captivated by The Handmaid’s Tale this year this is the next book for you. What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands? Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.
4. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
This is undoubtedly the thriller of this year. Rachel hasn’t left her apartment in two years. Her career as a journalist has hit rock bottom. Then she meets her husband who sweeps her off her feet and helps her to reconnect with the outside world. But as she ventures out from her apartment more and more she begins to doubt her husband. Is he leading a double life or has Rachel finally snapped? A page-turner that will take your breathe away by a master.
5. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
I defy you not to read this book in one sitting! This is one of the most compelling memoirs I have ever read. Novelist Maggie O’Farrell recount seventeen brushes with death she has had throughout her life. From childhood illness to complications in childbirth to an encounter with a killer this is a memoir like no other by an amazing writer.
Honourable mentions go to Artemis by Andy Weir, Police At The Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty, City of Crows by Chris Womersley, The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey and Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.