My Reading Life: Top Reads for 2017 — International Titles

A week ago I released my top reads for 2017 list, but this was entirely made up of Australian titles. Today’s list is an international one and was decided using the same rules as my other list — minus the requirement that the novel be Australian:

1. Has to have been published in 2017
2. Has to pop into my head without looking at Goodreads

The second rule relates directly to authenticity. If I can remember loving a book without any external reminder, then that’s one of the truest signs of a great book: that it sticks in your mind long after it’s been read.

So here’s my list of top international books for 2017 (in no particular order) — the title of each is linked to my review:


36561955Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Fiction inspired by the most incredible fact, simply unforgettable.



33590076How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Utterly brilliant and entirely unique with so many profound moments of insight.



34200289Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Frank introspection and deadpan honesty make for many laugh out loud moments as well as a good share of heartbreaking ones.



in-the-midst-of-winter-9781471166877_hrIn the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Quietly powerful, with a very clear and well timed agenda.



image002The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

An evolving story; from coming of age into mystery and then into a crime/thriller, brilliantly flexing, unravelling and then knitting itself back together in a new way.


31348237The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

A gorgeous cosy read, well thought out and entertaining with plenty of tugging on your heartstrings moments.



35150520The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

A love story about a mysterious old rambling house in the English countryside filled to the brim with secrets, sisters, and a way of life long past.


34095181The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

A novel about life, love, motherhood, being a woman, and being a man in an era so different from the one we live in now.



32712141Dear Life by Meghan Quinn

Entirely unique, it’s funny, sad, gut wrenchingly beautiful, and so entirely relatable.



34668973Court of Lions by Jane Johnson

Filled with beautifully moving passages of insightful observations, intimate introspection, and romantic longing. 



9780571324774Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson

A stellar plot, excellent characterisation, thought provoking content, and an authentic atmosphere.



9781925266207Codename Suzette by Anne Nelson

An incredible account of resistance and salvation.



9781760294984The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The characterisation is superb, the drama intense, and the plot twists just keep on coming.



35217296Let Us Be True by Alex Christofi

A deeply philosophical narrative of identity delivered with elegance and poignancy.



9781760630577All the Galaxies by Philip Miller

An incredibly complicated novel that is incredibly easy to read. It will pull you in, set your mind on fire, and then leave you wanting more.




5 thoughts on “My Reading Life: Top Reads for 2017 — International Titles

  1. I love your bravery in relying on memory only – though I totally get your reason. I have a little rating system in my personal db (as against my GoodReads where most of my ratings are the same) and use that. But, when I go back at the end of the year I adjust some up or down depending on how I feel about them now given time has past. Mostly I don’t change them, but, there’s aways a few that change on reflection!

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    • That’s a good idea! My Goodreads ratings tend to be fairly static. I don’t like star rating very much and tend to go with 5 for anything at all good and 2 for something structurally unsound (ie. downright awful). But I thought I needed to pose a challenge for myself, so I went with relying on my memory. It worked out pretty well in the end.


      • I tend to go 4 for almost everything, the occasional 3 if I feel a bit flawed and a few 5s. I try to avoid reading something I’d give less than 3 to. I’d not continue reading it, but that doesn’t happen much. In my private db most ratings are between 7 and 9.5. Most of my 3s on GR would be 3.5 if I were allowed, so mostly I bump them up to 4 figuring I’d rather be kind than unkind in public! The 3s are rare. The only issue I have with memory is that the things read in September, say, might be forgotten 10 months after reading them like some books read in January and February, have been. So, I fear if I used that system my top reads would be skewed to the second half of the year.

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