2017 Reads

I read a lot. Books are both my pleasure and my occupation. I enjoyed many,  many, many books this year. I shy away from “best of” lists. However, there are books that linger beyond others. Here are those titles (fiction, unless stated otherwise) that stood out, in reverse order of when they were read in 2017:


A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (essays / non-fiction) by Alexis Okeowo

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Missing (poetry) by Beverly Rycroft

New Times by Rehana Rossouw

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Koolaids by Rabih Alameddine

Kwezi (biography / true crime) by Redi Tlhabi

A Jihad for Love (poetry / memoir) by Mohamed El Bachiri

Reflecting Rogue (essays) by Pumla Dineo Gqola

Becoming Nicole (biography) by Amy Ellis Nutt

A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall

The Fifth Mrs Brink  (memoir) by Karina Magdalena Szczurek

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Prunings (poetry) by Helen Moffett

The Fact of a Body (memoir / true crime) Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Marlena by Julie Buntin

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

American War by Omar El Akkad

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Autobiography of a Face (memoir) by Lucy Grealy

Headscarves and Hymens (non-fiction) by Mona Eltahaway

Truth and Beauty (memoir) by Ann Patchett

Lab Girl (memoir) by Hope Jahren


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