While un-Lic-ed was an unreliable blogger, I can assure my readers that I read my quota this year — 200 books. I had to read several books very quickly around the last days of the year, but I stumbled onto Deanna Raybourn novels which are delicious little treats and gobbled up as many as I could. Now I just have to wait for Veronica Speedwell 3, released 8 January. About a Victorian Lepidopterist who forms a detection partnership with another natural historian. Intrigue, romance, adventure. Perfect! 

My reading this year has ranged as usual. I have read more classics than usual due to the Booktopian Classics Reading Challenge, but fell woefully short of the 26 on the list. I not convinced the list compiler attempted to read all the books he recommended. Some of them were prohibitively long (and I read fast). 

My favourite classics were:

  • Of Human Bondage by W. somerset Maugham
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  • Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  • North and South by Mrs Gaskell
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • Maurice Guest by H.H. Richardson
  • My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin. 

It had a lot of classics I hadn’t heard of and many Australian authors, so I am glad I attempted it. Tom Jones and The Tin Drum were both DNF (who could?!?).  I will find another list to attempt this year – I love ticking things off a list and it’s good to read different things. 

Fantasy wise, the biggest and best book of 2017 was the inimitable Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate. Ah Fitz! Oh Fool! What a story, spanning several trilogies and many adventures. It ended very well, and I will reread the whole series at some stage. After the end of the Wheel of Time, I never wanted to revisit the world. But I will revisit the Farseers, again and again. I love a melancholic, self-pitying overly dramatic hero! And Nighteyes is the best animal in literature. I also reread Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles and discovered more layers, depths and theories. But no new author really grabbed me by the throat and kept me reading. Next year perhaps! 

Other books I read and loved include:

  •  A Little Life by Yanagihara
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Stephenson and Galland
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • How I Live Now by M Rosoff
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird. 

I also read a bit of crime fiction (Meg Gardiner, Elizabeth George, Val Mcdermid, Tana French), some romance, a few non-fictions and I reread some of my absolute favorites (Emma, Kushiel’s Legacy, The Pellinor novels, Jane Eyre, some Neil Gaiman etc). 

Anyway, I will endeavor to blog more (but never at the expense of reading!). 

What were your favourite reads? Un-Lic-ed would like to know! 


One thought on “Books of 2017

  1. I’m on the verge of finishing Assassins Fate. Hooray for Fitz, the Fool, Nighteyes and Bee!

    Cheryl Strayed has a book which is a collection of her Agony Aunt columns. I thought it was even better than Wild. She has a lot of wisdom to share.


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