My Favourite Books of 2017

This year I have kept track of my reading to see how many books I could read and also the different genres. By doing this, I decided to read more travel writing and realised how much I really love crime.

I thought I would come up with a few categories and pick my favourite book for each. If you want to see the full list of books I have read this year with a rating out of five, then scroll to the bottom!


Crime novel: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker

Travel writing: Names for the Sea, Sarah Moss

Classic novel: My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier

Historical: Belgravia, Julian Fellowes

Literary fiction: Swimming Home, Deborah Levy

Short story collection: All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison McLeod

Debut novel: Umami, Laia Jufrasa

Womens fiction: Elenaor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

Random pick: Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

Most memorable: Black Water Lilies

Most likely to make you weep: The Summer of the Bear, Belle Pollen



All the books I read this year:

This Is How It Ends, Kathleen MacMahon 3/5

The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton 3/5

The Sunshine, Victoria Hislop 4/5

Belgravia, Julian Fellowes 5/5

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker 5/5

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Mitch Albam 3/5

The Muse, Jessie Burton 5/5

The Gypsy Madonna, Santa Montefior 4/5

Behind Closed doors, Elizabeth Hayes 4/5

Lost for Words, Stephanie Butland 3/5

Beginning French, Marty Neumeir 2/5

Fool Me Once, Harlan Coben 3/5

Black Water Lilies, Michel Bussi 5/5

Cuttin It 3/5

Different Class, Joanne Harris 4/5

Exposure, Helen Dunmore 5/5

Cartes Postales, Victoria Hislop 4/5

The Other Mrs Walker, Mary Paulson-Ellis 5/5

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi 5/5

Strungballs, Mike Russell 2/5

Travels with my Aunt, Graham Greene 3/5

The Light of Paris, Eleanor Brown 3/5

On The Other Side, Carrie Hope Fletcher 4/5

The Song Collector, Natasha Solomons 4/5

After the Crash, Michel Bussi 4/5

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert 4/5

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro 4/5

The Case of the Missing Servant, Tarquiri Hall 3/5

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett 5/5

Hot Milk, Deborah Levy 4/5

Swimming Home, Deborah Levy 3/5

Black Vodka, Deborah Levy 3/5

Where My Heart Used to Beat, Sebastian Faulks 3/5

The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler, 4/5

Before the Fall, Noah Hawley 4/5

Tender is the Nigh, F Scott Fitzgerald 5/5

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett 4/5

The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave 2/5

Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty 3/5

Names for the Sea, Sarah Moss 5/5

Wild, Cheryl Strayed 5/5

Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling 5/5

The Light Between Oceans, 4/5

The Year of Living Danishly 3/5

Sharp Edges, Gilian Flynn 4/5

My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier 5/5

Theodore Boon, John Grisham 4/5

Umami, Laia Jufrasa 5/5

Don’t Let Me Go, Michel Bussi 5/5

The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling 5/5

The Other Sister, Diane Chamberlain 4/5

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert 5/5

Closed Casket, Sophie Hannah 4/5

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, 3/5

The Caribbean Mystery, Agatha Christie, 4/5

After the Fire, Henning Mantell, 3/5

This Must Be the Place, Maggie O’Farrell, 4/5

City of Friends, Joanna Trollope, 5/5

The Crow Girl, 3/5

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 5/5

The Sport of Kings 2/5

Eligible 2/5

Major Petigrews Last Stand, 4/5

Love of Country, Madeleine Bunting 4/5

Trespass, Rose Remain 4/5

Paris for One, Jojo Moyes 4/5

The Ugly Sister, Jane Fallon, 3/5

The Couple Next Door, Shati Lapena 5/5

All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison McLeod 5/5

Miracle on Regent Street, Ali Harris 4/5

The Mistletoe Murder, PD James 5/5

A Gift to Remembe, Melissa Hill 4/5

Farangi Girl, Ashley Dartnell 5/5

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