My Best Books of 2017

My best books of 2017

It’s that time of year again, when I look back at the books I have read in the last 12 months and choose my top 5 reads. Unfortunately this year I had to choose 6! Here they are:

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

I feel a little late to the party, but Sarah Waters is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. She creates a mesmerising sense of place and time, and this novel has some brilliant twists as well as almost unbearable tension. It’s scope and list of characters is almost Dickensian.

Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley

Daniel Priestley is an excellent business author, and this book really helped me when I started my author mentoring business earlier this year. If I were to rate a book on how much of it I’ve underlined, then this would get 10 out of 10.

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault

Book Island is a Bristol-based children’s publisher with some really interesting books in translation from European authors. I love this book – not only is it beautifully illustrated, but it cleverly deals with issues of mental health, sibling love and how art can make us all feel better.

Do Fly by Gavin Strange

I love Do Books. They are short, practical and inspiring, and they cover a huge variety of topics, from beekeeping to design. This one was another really helpful book for me when I started up my business. It taught me to believe in myself, do the things that I love, and always keep a side project on the go.

Lust by Roald Dahl

I never realised that Dahl had written so much adult fiction until I came across this book. These short stories, all with the theme of sexual desire, are funny and at times unexpected. The colonial setting is right up my street, and I devoured these in a couple of sittings.

A Dangerous Place by Simon Farquhar

Not for the faint-hearted, A Dangerous Place is the true story of the railway murders of the 1980s, told by the son of the investigating detective, Charlie Farquhar. It is a shocking and well-researched book and has stayed with me long after reading. True crime at its best.

What have been your top reads of 2017?