Wow, when I look back now, 2017 was a monster year for reading. I honestly don’t know how I ended up reading eighty books over the course of the year of the year!!!

This is even more remarkable when you do not allow for poetry, short stories and other daily reading routines that fall outside of the realms of the ‘traditional novel.’

At the start of the year I had aimed to read sixty five books. This was about fifteen more than last year. With two months to spare I had to change this target!

Looking down through the list, I read some fantastic books this year. I am proud of the mix but am open to suggestions if anyone feels that my selections aren’t diverse enough.

NOTE: Many of these books are reviewed either on my blog, Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to link all of the reviews but there are just too many. For my reading & blogging highlights of the year, click here.


Trying out audiobooks a couple of years ago has definitely turned out to be a masterstroke. I listened to practically all of these while driving in my car. I also used the Audible app for the first time this year and this was a great success. The app allowed me to experiment with different reading speeds which helped finish books that little bit quicker.

  • H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
  • Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  • The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
  • Born to Run, Bruce SpringsteenImage result for listening to audiobooks while driving
  • The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Lost City Of Z, David Grann
  • Barbarian Days, William Finnegan
  • Autumn, Karl Ove Knausgard
  • Himself, Jess Kidd
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • A History Of Wolves, Emily Fridlund
  • Finding Ultra, Rich Roll
  • Autumn, Ali Smith
  • I Found My Tribe, Ruth Fitzmaurice
  • Ablutions, Patrick DeWitt
  • The Noise Of Time, Julian Barnes
  • A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson

Library books

I love my local library so much and looking through the list I still can’t believe that I was lucky enough to pick up so many topical books this year for free. My library service also allows me to order books from other libraries free of charge. I regard this as Amazon without the expense!

  • Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  • Summer With Monika, Roger McGough
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
  • Brand New Ancients, Kate Tempest
  • The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes
  • Lincoln In The Bardo, George Saunders
  • Deirdre Of The Sorrows, Kenneth Steven
  • Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric
  • The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler
  • Such Small Hands, Andrés Barba
  • Elmet, Fiona Mozley
  • Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith
  • Station Island, Seamus Heaney
  • The If Machine, Peter Worley
  • See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt
  • Nothing On Earth, Conor O’Callaghan
  • The Consolations Of Philosophy, Alain de Botton
  • Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan
  • Work Smarter with Speed Reading, Tina Konstant
  • Stillness: Through My Prayer, Sister Stan
  • Ithaca, Alan McMonagle
  • The North Water, Ian McGuire
  • The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
  • Ego Is The Enemy, Ryan Holiday
  • Black Dog, Neil Gaiman
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I am really proud of my public library and would be lost without it!


The Netgalley books continue to flow in and I really enjoy reading and reviewing them and becoming part of their publication journey. I have a massive backlog to get through at the moment so expect quite a few more of these reads next year. If you have not done so yet, check out my 18 Books Currently On Christmas Kindle Sale blogpost.

  • Me, Myself and Them, Dan Mooney
  • Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz
  • Release, Patrick Ness
  • Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor
  • A Pebble For Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Explorer, Katherine Rundell
  • The Eight Mountains, Paolo Cognetti
  • The Kobe Code, Pat Mixon
  • Smile, Roddy Doyle
  • Silence, Erling Kagge
  • The End We Start From, Megan Hunter
  • The Waves, Virginia Woolf
  • House Of Names, Colm Tóibín
  • The Blood Miracles, Lisa McInerney
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne
  • The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
  • Human Acts, Han Kang
  • The Rule of the Land, Garrett Carr
  • Nina is not OK, Shappi Khorsandi
  • Fast Fuel: Food for Running Success, Renee McGregor
  • The Shape Of Bones, Daniel Galera

Begged, bought, borrowed or stolen!

Next year, I have promised myself to not buy any more books until I read what I have. I have so many high quality reads patiently waiting on my shelves that it’s time I give them the attention that they deserve!

  • The Counsellor, Cormac McCarthy
  • Ways To Disappear, Idra Novey
  • A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul Of Success, Phil Jackson
  • Mind Gym, Gary Mack
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
  • Black Queen, Michael Morpurgo
  • The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
  • The Loney, Andrew Michael Hurley
  • Off: Your Digital Detox Tanya Goodwin
  • The Concise 48 Laws Of Power, Robert Greene
  • The Worm and the Bird, Coralie Bickford-Smith
  • Eat & Run, Scott Durek
  • Sporting Excellence, Ted Garratt

How did you get on with your reading goals in 2017? What are your hopes and dreams for 2018? Please let me know!

Want to see which books stood out for me most? For my reading & blogging highlights of the year, click here.