What I Read in 2017 | General Fiction, Poetry & Thriller

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Further to my first What I Read in 2017 blog post, I am now bringing you the second.   In case you have somehow stumbled on to this blog by accident (welcome!), I read 114 books in 2017, and I couldn’t fit my thoughts about them into one blog post.  It seemed to be the most logical solution to split them by genre, so I can actually discuss what the books I liked and those I didn’t.

Without further ado, for the second What I Read in 2017 series, let’s talk about the general fiction, poetry and thriller books I read in 2017.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Rating: 4* [re-read]

The Handmaid’s Tale was EVERYWHERE in 2017, thanks to the TV adaptation on Hulu, which was shown in the UK on Channel 4.   In the dystopian world of Gilead, Offred’s sole purpose is to breed.  Should she fail to bear a child to the Commander, she will be sentenced to death.  When I originally read The Handmaid’s Tale, I didn’t take the time to take it in.  After watching the TV series in a matter of days, I gave the book another go, and I felt like I appreciated and understood the novel more the second time around.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Rating: 3*

Another book you could not escape was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Like the title says, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.  Her life consists of a routine; wearing the same clothes to work every day, eating the same meal deal every day, as well as drinking two bottles of vodka on a weekend.  When Eleanor stops to help an old man who has fallen over, this small act causes big changes in her life.  I am scared to say this… *whispers* I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to do.  I will re-read this in 2018 to see if the second time is the charm.

Together by Julie Cohen | Rating: 3*

Featured in Heat magazine and 99p on Kindle, I couldn’t resist buying Together by Julie Cohen; a love story told in reverse to unveil the secret at the heart of the relationship I had high expectations for this, as I enjoy love stories, but it was disappointing.  Even though it was beautifully written, I didn’t enjoy the story at all.


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Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy | Rating: 5*

Told in free verse poetry, Yellow Star is incredibly moving.  It is the true story of a young girl who lived in the Nazi-occupied Lodz ghetto during World War 2.  I loved it.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan | Rating: 4*

I am a big fan of Sarah Crossan and her books;  One had me in tears on public transport.  Moonrise is the story of Joe.  He hasn’t seen his brother in years as he is on death row.   His brother’s execution date is set, and its a race against time to prove his innocence.  Told in free verse, Moonrise is yet another Crossan heartbreaker.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | Rating: 3* and The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | Rating: 4*

I recently spoke about these two books in my Library Love blog post, so I will quickly recap for you.  Milk and Honey is the first collection of poems from insta-poet Rupi Kaur.   The book is divided into four sections – the idea is that each section can “deal with a different pain, heal a different heartache”The Sun and her Flowers, her second collection of poems, is again divided into sections, focusing on “the journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming”.  The Sun and Her Flowers is my favourite book of the two, and one I would recommend.

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed | Rating: 4*

Another collection of poems I read in 2017, Salt by Nayyirah Waheed was moving and emotional.   If you like Rupi Kaur’s poems, I would recommend picking up this too.


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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough | Rating: 5* [review]

My favourite thriller of the year!  I loved Behind Her Eyes and I even got some of my friends to read it too.  It had me on the edge of my seat and truly made me say #WTFthatendingI reviewed this in detail over on Famous in Japan, and it would make my day if you visited and had a read.

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land | Rating: 4*

In Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.  Annie has been placed with a new foster family, while her mother stands trial for the murder of several children.  With a new name, a new family and a new school, Annie hopes for a new life.  However, blood is thicker than water and no matter how hard she tries, Annie can’t seem to forget about her mother.   I am hoping to re-read and review this book in 2018.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney | Rating: 4*

Amber is in a coma.  The police said it was because of a car accident, but Amber doesn’t remember getting in the car.   She knows that her husband doesn’t love her anymore, but surely he didn’t hurt her?  Sometimes I Lie will have you trusting NO ONE.  If you like a good twist, pick this one up for your next holiday read.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | Rating: 4*

The last thriller I read this year was Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.  It’s about a young girl who goes missing.  Her mum is devastated, and the effects of Ellie’s disappearance reverberate through the entire family.   A few years later, after the divorce, Ellie’s mum meets a new partner.  She’s shocked to find that his daughter the spitting image of Ellie.  Who exactly is he, and does he know what happened to Ellie?  I devoured this book in a matter of hours.

Stay tuned for the next instalments in the What I Read in 2017 series!

Daniella x

4th January 2018
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