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An Avid Reader’s 2017 Reading List (so far)

At the start of 2016, I set out to kick my Netflix habit and pick up a book. A novel concept for someone in my line of work (pun intended). 2016 was a success (read about it here) and I vowed to continue my good habits in 2017. By sharing the books I read with my friends, colleagues and internet strangers (hi!) I feel a responsibility to keep reading – no matter how good The OA is – so here it is, my 2017 reading list (so far). While I didn’t stick to reading all women authors like last year, I stayed true to my love of new fiction. Maybe 2018 will be the year I branch out to new genres (but probably not).

What are you reading?

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
An Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
A brilliant novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The story of three musicians in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
A trio of remarkable young women navigate the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
An exploration of the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Set in NYC in 1976, an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll.

The Trespasser by Tana French
Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
A local schoolteacher is arrested for a heinous crime, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

Up next….

American War by Omar El Akkad

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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