31 December 2017

Best of 2017

This is my favourite time of year in the blogsphere.  I love discovering the hits and misses with other readers and how they've measured up against their bookish goals.

Over the years I've discovered that I'm completely useless when it comes to any sort of restrictions on book buying.  A previous pledge to join a guilt-ridden group of people promising to read from their own shelves for one year lasted a mere four days.  My envy of readers who manage to complete a novel every three days...well, it's defeatist, isn't it.  And I've learned to quell my excitement for group read-alongs as they often begin just as I'm thoroughly engrossed in something else.  But at the heart of it all is our shared love of books and the joy of reading, regardless of output or goals. 

So without further ado, the following are my top five reads of 2017 (in no particular order).  Can I cheat and count the whole Cazalet series by Elizabeth Jane Howard as outstanding?  Also, a special mention goes to Pure Juliet by Stella Gibbons.



Happy New Year to everyone visiting here!  It was - 24C in my part of Ontario this morning so there will be no celebrating in a little black dress but a bit of port should do quite nicely.

Edit - The Persephone title isn't legible, my apologies....it's Long Live Great Bardfield: the autobiography of Tirzah Garwood.

8 comments:

  1. So cold! I hope you have plenty of books and a nice fire to enjoy alongside that glass of port.

    I'm also loving everyone's lists and yours is no exception. I'm afraid I've tried the Cazalet books numerous times and never got on with them but since all the readers I view as kindred souls (esp. you and Rachel) love them I am determined to keep trying every few years. One day they are sure to appeal!

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    1. Happy New Year, Claire! It's an interesting dynamic, but I do understand. I have yet to read Angela Thirkell or Anthony Trollope (just realized they have the same initials) but you're a fan. My eyes glaze over whenever my fellow bloggers celebrate with group reading sessions and I count the days until it's over. Every once in awhile we read along our own paths - that's just the way it is. Hopefully these books will 'spark' for you at some point...and I just might try Thirkell.

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  2. Happy New Year to you. I hope you find exciting books this year.

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    1. A stack is forming on a bookcase already, Toffeeapple! Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  3. I haven't picked up VW's diaries in way too long, but I spent many happy hours in their pages when I was a girl. I loved your words about not buying books and reading a book in three days. I have accepted in myself that books are what I need in my life. Not clothes, not fancy house stuff, not trips.

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    1. If only I had picked up her diaries years ago...she's much more chatty and accessible than I would ever have imagined. Once you get to 'know' Woolf through her inner thoughts, her writing doesn't seem so insurmountable. As for books being central in your life, we're kindred spirits, Nan.

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  4. I loved Hangover Square too, and I wouldn't have read it had I not have read your review :)

    Happy New Year :)

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    1. That's wonderful news, o! I am thrilled! All the best for a wonderful year ahead.

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