2017 – A Year In Books

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2017 was a great year in terms of books. I broadened my reading list, picking authors from different ethnic backgrounds and countries, while maintaining a good ratio of male and female authors. 

A lot of the books I read this year were drama novels – which is my favourite genre – but I may have dipped in a bit too much this year! I did, however, explore other genres, like the action-packed western Blood Meridian (1985), the multi-genred sci-fi Station Eleven (2014), the geopolitical detective My Year of Meats (1998), the historical post-wartime novel The Iron Age (2017), and the steampunk-influenced fantasy The Wonderling (2017).

I decidedly read a lot of books about gender, sexuality and race, which helped to grow my knowledge about these areas and broaden my perspective on various political discussions. I enjoy reading about these subjects, and was quite impressed with the works I came across. Such literary works include The Sellout (2015), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Another Country (1962), Dear Martin (2017), Confessions of a Mask (1949), and Call Me By Your Name (2007).

Two wonderful academic books on these areas I used while writing my dissertation were Disidentifications: Queers of Colour and the Performance of Politics (1999), and Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003).

The full list of the books I read in 2017 are below, and full reviews of some can be found by clicking the titles. 


1. Blood Meridian (1985) – Cormac McCarthy – 9/10.

2. Solar Bones (2016) – Mike McCormack – 10/10.

3. Asking For It (2015) – Louise O’Neill – 8/10.

4. The Things They Carried (1990) – Tim O’Brien – 7/10.

5. The Ice Storm (1994) – Rick Moody – 6/10.

6. Winter’s Bone (2006) – Daniel Woodrell – 9/10.

7. The Virgin Suicides (1993) – Jeffrey Eugenides – 10/10.

8. A  Complicated Kindness (2004) – Miriam Toews – 7/10.

9. The Submission (2011) – Amy Waldman – 9/10.

10. Station Eleven (2014) – Emily St. John Mandel – 9/10.

11. The Sellout (2015) – Paul Beatty – 10/10.

12. My Year of Meats (1998) – Ruth Ozeki – 10/10.

13. Skintown (2017) – Ciaran McMenamin – 8/10.

14. The Iron Age (2017) – Arja Kajermo & Susanna Kajermo Törner – 9/10.

15. Release (2017) – Patrick Ness – 8/10.

16. Fahrenheit 451 (1953) – Ray Bradbury – 6/10.

17. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) – Agatha Christie – 7/10.

18. Mrs Dalloway (1923) – Virginia Woolf – 3/10.

19. Many Lives (1954) – Kukrit Pramoj – 7/10.

20. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) – Margaret Atwood – 10/10.

21. Wailing Ghosts (2015) – Pu Songling – 5/10.

22. Oroonoko (1688) – Aphra Behn – 7/10.

23. Confessions of Mask (1949) – Yukio Mishima – 8/10.

24. In Perfect Light (2005) – Benjamin Alire Sáenz – 9/10.

25. Another Country (1962) – James Baldwin – 10/10.

26. The Wonderling (2017) – Mira Bartók – 7/10.

27. Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) – Ted Chiang – 8/10.

28. Little Fires Everywhere (2017) – Celeste Ng – 2/10.

29. Dear Martin (2017) – Nic Stone – 8/10.

30. Disidentifications: Queers of Colour and the Performance of Politics (1999) – José Esteban Muñoz – 10/10.

31. Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003) – E. Patrick Johnson – 10/10.

32. Call Me By Your Name (2007) – André Aciman – 9/10. 


Authors by country:

  • USA: 17.
  • UK: 5 (England: 4, Northern Ireland: 1).
  • Canada: 4.
  • Ireland: 2.
  • China: 1.
  • Finland: 1.
  • Japan: 1.
  • Thailand: 1.
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One comment on “2017 – A Year In Books

  1. […] again! These are the 4th annual Wolf Awards where I recognise the best books I read in 2017 seen here. I have removed the “Best Play” and “Best Colonial/ Postcolonial Novel” […]

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