As a follow up to yesterday’s 2017 reflection post (you can catch up with this here) today’s post goes into a little more detail about my reading and books I read in 2017. I love this Goodreads infographic >>
Although my average rating was 3.6 (am I a harsh marker?) I’ve rounded up my 5* reads of 2017, of which there were 7, in one handy bite size post. So here they are:
Holding by Graham Norton
I listened to this as an audio book and it’s quite darkly humourous, especially with Graham’s narration; the characters swear quite a lot and it just made me laugh in the context it was used. I think it would make an excellent drama and was surprised that I enjoyed it so much given its celebrity author.
Full review: Holding
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Everything worked in this book: the style, the pace, the writing, the characters, I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like or could fault and it doesn’t come as any surprise that the author’s background is as a police officer as the police investigation came across as incredibly authentic.
Full review: I Let You Go
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly
I thought this book was brilliantly written although somewhat slow in places that I wanted it all to move on a little quicker but I couldn’t fault the drama, the tension and all the twisty bits down to the last sentence.
Full review: He Said She Said
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
So very late to the party with this book and in all honesty I probably wouldn’t have picked it for my book club choice had it not been made into a TV drama. Thought-provoking, shocking and truly disturbing, a definite must read.
Full review: The Handmaid’s Tale
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Clare Mackintosh makes a second appearance in my list with a 5* rating for her second novel. The social media culture allows us to put our whole lives online if we so wish so when you get scenarios in books like these it’s easy to feel how realistic they are.
Full review: I See You
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
If I could award 6* this book would certainly be worthy! There are parts of this book that are truly awful because of the subject matter but this is just an outstanding novel.
Full review: The Underground Railroad
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Oh Flora I miss you and your antics! I think Flora is my favourite character from books read last year, I loved her style and her attitude and empathised with her situation. Hopeful and heart-breaking – what more could you want!
Full review: The One Memory of Flora Banks
So there we have it, my top rated reads of 2017.
Have you read any of these? Any top picks you would have added?