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Books I read in 2017

I starting reading "properly" at the end of 2016 and carried on into 2017. At this stage, I was just (mostly) rating my books, but by the end of 2017, I started writing short reviews (mostly for myself).

The boost in reading is almost entirely down to using a Kindle, larger fonts and large line heights.


A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

★★★★☆

Read: 1-Jan 2017
Pages: 272

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

★★★★★

Read: 9-Jan 2017
Pages: 264

Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem by Arthur Miller

★★★★☆

Read: 10-Jan 2017

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

★★★★★

Read: 15-Jan 2017

The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold

★★★★☆

Beautiful story (and printed paper was so nice).

Read: 1-Fed 2017
Pages: 216

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

★★★★☆

Read: 4-Fed 2017
Pages: 333

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

★★★★★

Read: 9-Fed 2017
Pages: 386

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

★★★★★

I loved this story. It helps that I'm a dad with a son who has some similarities to the characters, but I found this story so warm and loving. I also found myself dragging the ending out just so that I could continue to have these characters in my life a little longer.

Read: 1-Mar 2017

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

★★★☆☆

Read: 3-Apr 2017
Pages: 196

The Humans by Matt Haig

★★★★☆

Read: 28-Apr 2017
Pages: 285

Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga, #7) by Brian K. Vaughan

★★★★★

Read: 30-Apr 2017
Pages: 152

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

★★★★★

Read: 3-Jun 2017
Pages: 311

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

★★★★☆

Read: 6-Jul 2017
Pages: 112

Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged! by Brian Michael Bendis

★★★★★

Read: 19-Jul 2017
Pages: 136

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

★★★★★

Read: 11-Aug 2017
Pages: 325

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

★★★☆☆

Read: 20-Aug 2017

Alan Partridge: Nomad by Alan Partridge

★★★★★

Read: 23-Aug 2017
Pages: 320

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

★★★★★

I loved this book. I'm not a fan of the apocalyptic stories, but this is so well told both from the storyline, but also the _way_ the story was written and each chapter is given from the perspective of the character (whilst still being 3rd person)—that I couldn't put the book down. Love it.

Read: 26-Aug 2017
Pages: 417

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

★★★★☆

Read: 13-Sep 2017
Pages: 405

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

★★★★☆

Read: 22-Sep 2017
Pages: 181

Paper Girls, Vol. 3 (Paper Girls, #3) by Brian K. Vaughan

★★★☆☆

Read: 23-Sep 2017
Pages: 128

The '86 Fix by Keith A. Pearson

★★★★★

Read: 29-Sep 2017

Beyond Broadhall (The '86 Fix #2) by Keith A. Pearson

★★★★★

Spoiler

Loved it. I happened to read this directly after the '86 Fix, and although it didn't have the same "retro" feel of the first book, it was superb all the same.

Some parts of the storyline were actually quite bleak, with the hard reflective thoughts that go with "what if" - I really enjoyed this.

It ties up a bit overly perfectly at the end, but after following Craig across the two books, and all the hardships he goes through, I was actually quite see Craig have a happy ending!

Read: 8-Oct 2017

How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb

★★★★☆

Read: 23-Nov 2017

Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

★★★★★

Read: 26-Nov 2017
Pages: 96

Home (Binti, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

★★★★☆

Read: 7-Dec 2017
Pages: 176

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

★★★★☆

Read: 26-Dec 2017
Pages: 90

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

★★★★☆

A beautiful tale, and the detail of the characters, their surroundings and the history throughout the book made me often wonder if it was actually a biography!

The entire story is a eloquently walk through a character's life whose choses to made the best of what they have, and left me wanting to see things the same in my.own daily life.

Read: 29-Dec 2017
Pages: 464