Books Read in 2017

Books Read in 2017




  • Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
  • The Golden Key by George MacDonald (short story)
  • The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne (unfinished)
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (translated from Swedish by Henning Koch)
  • Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell, MBIP 2017 short list)
  • War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans (translated from Dutch by David Mckay, MBIP 2017 long list)
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, MBIP 2017 short list)
  • Fish Have No Feet by Jon Kalman Stefansson (translated from Icelandic by Philip Roughton, MBIP 2017 long list)
  • Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (translated from Polish by Eliza Marciniak, MBIP 2017 long list)


  • Mirror, Shoulders, Signal by Dorthe Nors (translated from Danish by Misha Hoekstra, MBIP 2017 short list)
  • Judas by Amos Oz (translated from Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange, MBIP 2017 short list)
  • Letters and Papers From Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (translated from German by Christian Kaiser Verlag)
  • Compass by Mathias Enard ( translated from French by Charlotte Mandell, MBIP 2017 short list)
  • Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer (translated from German by Katy Derbyshire, MBIP 2017 long list)
  • Earthly Remains by Donna Leon



  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare (translated from Albanian by David Bellos)
  • The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro (for the JLC11)
  • The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue



  • Penance by Kanae Minato (translated from Japanese by Phillip Gabriel for JLC11 and Women In Translation Month)
  • Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Man Booker Prize long list 2017)
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Man Booker Prize long list 2017)
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Man Booker Prize long list 2017)
  • Autumn by Ali Smith (Man Booker Prize long list 2017)
  • Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders (Man Booker Prize long list 2017)


  • The Red-Haired Girl by Orhan Pamuk (translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap)
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
  • Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl
  • If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxes




12 thoughts on “Books Read in 2017”

    1. The goals that I have stay consistent: MBIP (Man Booker International Prize) long list reading in March, with Stu’s Italian Literature Month added in this year; Spanish Lit Month and Paris in July; Women in Translation in August; German Lit Month in October…these have been the events in which I’ve participated for years, and as I’m not expanding much in my blog reading, they are the ones with which I’ll continue as long as the hosts continue. Literature in translation continues to be my favorite “genre”, but it seems that thrillers have won out in January this year! 😉


  1. Thank you for sharing. I have not read many of the variety of authors you have read. I tried Ali Smith’s “How to be Both”, but could not get over the beginning, although friends told me it was good. Yet to read something by Kazuo Ishiguro, although saw the movie “The Remains of the Day” and liked it. Roald Dahl is always great. Sebastian Barry is one favourite of mine, although I have not read this one. Fredrik Backman’s Ove is great.
    You really read a number of diverse writers, which must have been rewarding. Hope you will find interesting writers for the year to come.


    1. I seem to read “all over the place”, enjoying quite a few genres in my quite eclectic taste. Classics, thrillers, and especially literature in translation call my name. It is rewarding, but hard to pin down for the sake of this blog. 🙂 Thanks for being one of my readers and friends!


    1. Which are on your TBR list? I might be able to help you decide which to pick up first…

      I checked the audio of The Dry from our library tonight; looking forward to “reading” it on the way to school, thanks to your recommendation.


        1. Those are all good! I especially liked Autumn, and even have bought Winter, but it’s on my TBR list. 😉

          I’m sure you know Lincoln in the Bardo won the Man Booker, but I liked Solar Bones much better.

          The Wife Between Us is probably my least favorite of the bunch; Need to Know and The Woman in The Window were much better thrillers in my opinion. Of course, you may feel differently, and I realize I’m sounding like a bossy teacher right now, so I’ll stop. xo


          1. You don’t need to stop! I appreciate your opinions on all of these books. I’m going to go back and re-read your posts for each one. I’m really anxious to read The Woman in the Window and Need to Know. I love thrillers!


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