The time has come! While we wonder about where 2017 has gone, what we did, what we didn’t, time flies, and all those terrifying thoughts on how quickly time goes by, it is time to choose the best 10 books that I have read in 2017. As I usually combine new releases with backlists, some of this books were actually published in 2017, but some others were not.
This post is also the perfect time to remind myself that reading is something that I mainly do for pleasure – though I am lucky enough for it to be a big part of my job too – so there should be no pressure there. I have never challenged myself to read a certain number of books, because just the thought of having to meet that goal/deadline takes away from the joy of reading. I read for pleasure and I read whenever I can and want. Some days I find no time for reading, others I can spend 4 hours in bed devouring a book, and both are fine. This is life. Having said this, I do make reading a priority in my life and I am never ‘between reads’. This is how things work for me, and it may work very differently for each of you, but as I read about best books and reading goals for the new year I find it necessary to remember that reading is a source of joy 🙂
So, here they are in no particular order: The best books of 2017!
Why? A book on love, feminism and postmodernity.
Why? A diverse collection of essays by an indie press about what it means to be a woman in the Trump+Brexit era
Why? An accurate portrayal of the expectations that come from being a woman and the anger that we are not taught to overtly express.
Why? A very English crime novel with a feminist take on legacy and knowledge.
Why? Probably the best novel in the series. Hilary never fails to deliver an exciting and page-turner procedural.
Why? A very much-needed discussion on how the left still has a lot of work to do regarding women’s issues, feminism and specifically, domestic violence.
Why? The perfect domestic noir novel. There is something very special about Moriarty’s writing that makes it complex yet easy to read.
Why? Another perfect English procedural with an interesting premise: What if a man you thought dead actually shows up dead 12 years afterwards?
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Why? A coming of age story about food, sex and love set in New York. Need I say more?
Why? A fictional dissertation on loss. My first Ali Smith and definitely not the last. The first book I borrowed from Bristol Public Libraries.