2017 has been a turbulent year. I left my role as a bookseller in tears, and tried to rebuild my life and my career. Now that I’ve been able to distance myself from the drama and I’m not being forced to sell certain books anymore I can finally focus on my style. I can explore new genres and go back to books that I’ve missed over the last 7 years. In 2017 I’ve read almost nothing and yet have still managed to discover a few gems. So far I’ve read 21 books:
I started off the year on a high with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, a stunning sci-fi time-twisting mind-bending novel that I was shouting about to every one. I absolutely adored it and didn’t expect to have such an existential crisis this early on in the year. Next I went back to The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which was an absolute journey of a book. I’d owned it for a long time and it was definitely different to Dark Matter. I had a few issues with it but I just couldn’t stop reading. If you’re interested in slave narratives or books that examine how horrendous we are as humans, you need to pick this up. It’s been out since 2010 so I’m a little bit behind the times but then historical novels never age.
I love fiction that embodies American history and I’d been searching for something that presented historical New Orleans and I found The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin. It wasn’t perfect but boy did it make me want to jazz it straight to Louisiana. It’s fun and atmospheric and great if you like your serial killers bought to life. With the next book I kept to an historical bent but transported over to London in Beloved Poison by E. S Thompson. If there was a tick-list of things that I love to see in a novel, Victorian and Dark Secret would be right up there. It wasn’t the best written book in the world but I really enjoyed it.