My Year in Reading – 2017

Well, here we are, the last day of the year, which means it’s time to tinker with my super-cool and in no way nerdy Excel spreadsheet and reveal my Year In Reading.


This year I managed to read 141 books, which is one fewer than last year, but I don’t think it’s a bad effort, all things considered. As you can see, March was a real let down, but that was a bummer of a month in my non-bookish personal life, and as much as I tried, I couldn’t quite make up the numbers in December.

Books Read By Month

This year I wanted to read more books by women, and I certainly did that, more than doubling last year’s tally, but even so, there’s a disappointing disparity in my ratio of books by men and women. Still, I’ll keep aiming to improve. It really should’t be that hard, and frankly, I’m doing myself a disservice, because based on my Top 5 Books of 2017, women are by are producing novels that resonate far more strongly with me. Next year I truly hope there’s more of a 50/50 split.

Books Read By Month (1)

Once again, this year my reading was dominated by American authors, although I am pleased I read more by Australian authors than previously. I would like to see this skewed a little more evenly — I need to read more translated fiction — but at least I can say I’ve made progress over the past 12 months.

Books Read By Month (2)

Regular visitors to my blog won’t be surprised to learn I read more crime fiction than any other genre in 2017. For the record, I use the category ‘fiction’ to encapsulate literary fiction and contemporary fiction; basically anything that isn’t genre specific. I read fewer comics and graphic novels this year, but more non-fiction and children’s books and YA. I feel like I’m gradually becoming a more rounded reader; certainly one with a penchant for thrillers, but I’m reading more widely nonetheless. Long may that continue.

Books Read By Month (3)

I listened to fewer audio books than last year, which is a tad surprising, but I think I just listened to longer books over the last 12 months, because I always have my earphones plugged in and someone telling me a story.

Books Read By Month (4)

As for the books I read this year, well:

Title Author
A Drop of the Hard Stuff Lawrence Block
A Legacy of Spies John Le Carre
A Promise to Kill Erik Storey
All New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters Tom Taylor
All New Wolverine Vol. 2: Civil War II Tom Taylor
All New Wolverine Vol. 3: Enemy of the State II Tom Taylor
All the Dirty Parts Daniel Handler
Almost Love Louise O’Neill
And Fire Came Down Emma Viskic
Anything is Possible Elizabeth Strout
Artemis Andy Weir
Australia Day Melanie Cheng
Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham Tom King
Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide Tom King
Batman, Volume 3: I Am Bane Tom King
Batman, Volume 4: War of Jokes and Riddles Tom King
Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition Tom King
Batman: The Dark Night: Master Race Frank Miller
Bluebird Bluebird Atticka Lock
Broadcast Liam Brown
Call For The Dead John Le Carre
Camino Island John Grisham
Conversations With Friends Sally Rooney
Depends What You Mean By Extremist John Safran
Diary of a Bookseller Shaun Bythell
Don’t Let Go Harlan Coben
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Enemy of the State Vince Flynn
Euphoria Heinz Helle
Exit West Moshin Hamid
Fierce Kingdom Gin Phillips
Fifty Fifty Candice Fox
Force of Nature Jane Harper
Golden Prey John Sandford
Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong
Graffiti Moon Cath Crowley
Green Valley Max Landis
Gwendy’s Button Box Stephen King
Hangman Jack Heath
Hard Boiled Frank Miller
Heather the Totality Matthew Weiner
Here and Gone Haylen Beck
House of Spies Daniel Silva
Hunger Roxane Gay
I Am, I Am, I Am Maggie O’Farrell
In the Midst of Death Lawrence Block
J.D. Salinger: The Last Interview & Other Conversations David Streitfeld
James Bond: Black Box Benjamin Pery
James Bond: Eidolon Warren Ellis
James Bond: Hammerhead Andy Diggle
Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged Brian Michael Bendis
JLA: Vol. 1 Grant Morrison
JLA: Vol. 2 Grant Morrison
Kingdom Come Mark Waid
Letters to a Young Writer Colum McCann
Live By Night Dennis Lehane
London Rules Mick Herron
Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan
Men Without Women Haruki Murakami
Moonlight Mile Dennis Lehane
Moonrise Sarah Crossan
Munich Robert Harris
Need to Know Karen Cleveland
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend
New Boy Tracy Chevalier
Origin Dan Brown
Our Chemial Hearts Krystal Sutherland
Peach Emma Glass
Persuader Lee Child
Play It As It Lays Joan Didion
Postcards From the Edge Carrie Fisher
Prussian Blue Philip Kerr
Redemption Point Candice Fox
Release Patrick Ness
Robbie Williams: Reveal Chris Heath
Roughneck Jeff Lemire
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
Since We Fell Dennis Lehane
Sisters Lily Tuck
Sleeping in the Ground Peter Robinson
Smile Roddy Doyle
Snowbound Blake Crouch
Spook Street Mick Herron
Star Wars Omnibus – Vol 1 Jason Aaron
Strange Weather Joe Hill
Superman, Vol. 1: Son of Superman Peter J Tomasi
The Animators Kayla Rae Whitaker
The Black Book James Patterson
The Black Ice Michael Connelly
The Black Ice Score Richard Stark
The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon Jonathan Hickman
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Philip Pullman
The Bookshop Penelope Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Chalk Man C.J. Tudor
The Choke Sofie Laguna
The Crossing Michael Connelly
The Defectors Joseph Kanon
The Explorers Katherine Rundell
The Fall Tristan Bancks
The Falls Ian Rankin
The Gray Man Mark Greaney
The Hunter Richard Stark
The Last Policeman Ben H Winters
The Late Show Michael Connelly
The List Michael Brissenden
The Lost Order Steve Berry
The Man With the Golden Gun Ian Fleming
The Marsh King’s Daughter Karen Dionne
The Midnight Line Lee Child
The Narrows Michael Connelly
The Nothing Hanif Kureishi
The Nowhere Man Gregg Hurwitz
The Prometheus Man Scott Reardon
The Raqqa Diaries Samer
The Secrets She Keeps Michael Robotham
The Sins of the Father Lawrence Block
The Thirst Jo Nesbo
The Upside of Unrequited Becky Albertalli
The Wanderers Meg Howrey
The Washington Club Peter Corris
The White City Karolina Ramqvist
The Witch Boy Molly Knox Ostertag
The Word is Murder Anthony Horowitz
This Is What Happened Mick Herron
Three Martini Lunch Suzanne Rindell
Time to Murder and Create Lawrence Block
Tin Man Sarah Winman
To Kill the President Sam Bourne
Tom Clancy Point of Contact Mike Maden
Twins Dirk Kurbjuweit
Two Kings of Truth Michael Connelly
Under the Cold Bright Lights Garry Disher
UNSUB Meg Gardiner
Vicious Circle C.J. Box
Wake in Fright Kenneth Cook
What Happened Hillary Clinton
Wilder Country Mark Smith
Wimmera Mark Brandi
Win, Lose or Draw Peter Corris
Winter Ali Smith

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