What I find amusing about book lists are those 100 Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime kind … you know, the list of books (a) you’ve never heard of, and (b) will never read even if you lived a million years, or (c) only read at school because you were forced too. Leaving you wondering how so many of them ended up on a Best Of list to begin with.
I mean, no one has ever asked me for my nominations. And just because ten people say that they like a book, doesn’t mean there are not 25,000 others who hated it but were never asked their opinion.
Personally, while I’ve read well over several hundred books, I would still be hard pressed to find 100 to list as being the ‘best-of’ or ‘must-reads’. Our reading experiences are so subjective, I bet many of us would be in the same position. Ask yourself, out of all the books you’ve read, how many did you really, truly, deep down, like, and how many did you think were so-so, dislike, hate, or were apathetic towards. And, of course, how many ended up DNF?
If we’re truthful with ourselves, there are a lot more books that fall into the that was okay range. And despite what you read on Amazon and Goodreads, there really are not that many 5-star reads out there. And you, dear reader, what do you think, and what were your favourite reads of 2017?
• The Dry — Jane Harper
• A Great Reckoning — Louise Penny
• The Stockholm Octavo — Karen Engelmann
• The Ashes of London — Andrew Taylor
• The Thicket — Joe R. Lansdale
• Critical Mass — Sara Paretsky
• Deep Down Dead — Steph Broadribb
• The Dime — Kathleen Kent
• The Silenced — Anders de la Motte
• Evil Games — Angela Marsons