Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2017
Diary
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 01:40:01 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Breakdown:
Non-fiction 25
SF 23
Non-SF fiction 12
Comics 2



The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.

Non-fiction

  1. And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis
  2. So you've been publicly shamed by Jon Ronson
  3. All Out War by Tim Shipman
  4. Men Explain Things To me by Rebecca Solnit
  5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  6. The KLF by John Higgs
  7. The Manual by Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty
  8. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
  9. Year of the Fat Knight by Antony Sher
  10. The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré
  11. Spymaster by Tennent H. Bagley
  12. Cabin Fever by Mandy Smith
  13. The Raj at War by Yasmin Khan
  14. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
  15. The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth
  16. Raising Expectations and Raising Hell by Jane McAlevey
  17. Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by A.J. Pollard
  18. Becoming Shakespeare by Jack Lynch
  19. The Day Democracy Died by Anselm Audley
  20. The Little Book of Prison by Frankie Owens
  21. The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
  22. The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey
  23. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  24. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
  25. Dunkirk: A Miracle of Deliverance by David Boyle
SF
  1. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
  2. New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey
  3. The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  4. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  5. Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny
  6. All the Birds of the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  7. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  8. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  9. Bloodline by Claudia Gray
  10. The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
  11. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
  12. The Book of Etta by Meg Elison
  13. The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross
  14. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  15. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  16. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
  17. Ha’penny by Jo Walton
  18. Half a Crown by Jo Walton
  19. Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
  20. The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
  21. Empire of Time by Daniel Godfrey
  22. The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts
  23. Sweet Dreams by Tricia Sullivan
Non-SF fiction
  1. Night Waking by Sarah Moss
  2. Night School by Lee Child
  3. The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt
  4. The North Water by Ian McGuire
  5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Death of King Arthur by Simon Armitage
  8. The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  9. Matchbox Theatre by Michael Frayn
  10. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
  11. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  12. The Christmas List by Chrissie Manby
Comics
  1. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  2. Ms Marvel vol 1: No Normal by G. Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Graphs
Books by genre

Books per year

Overall picture
Another light year though I sped up at the end by giving up the smartphone in the evenings. I have another 5 books which I've read but not written up, will roll them over to next year.

Highlights
Non-fiction: Lots of good ones. "Becoming Shakespeare" was one of my favourites, about how Shakespeare became an icon after his death. "All Out War" was topical and revealing about the Brexit campaigns and associated politics.

SF: The Power by Naomi Alderman was a striking novel of reversal of gender roles, classic SF in exploring how a concept changes things. But the final two volumes of Jo Walton's "Small Change" trilogy were my favourites, great and plausible alternate history with good characters.

Non-SF fiction: A bit of a cheat as it's basically SF but not marketed that way: "The Underground Railroad" was a great and surreal reimagining of slavery in the US.

See you next year!

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