Read in 2017

Here is a list of all the books I’ve read in 2017 in chronological order. I have given each book a rating, with five stars being the highest (based purely on how much I enjoyed the book). I try to review every book I read, though not necessarily in the order that I finish reading them!

January

1. The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas (1865) *****
2. The Merry Mistress by Philip Lindsay (1952) **
3. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (2015) *****
4. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne (1922) *****
5. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick (2016) *****
6. The Flowering Thorn by Margery Sharp (1933) ****
7. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (2017) ****
8. Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor (2016) ****
9. Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1933) *****
10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952) *****
11. The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (2016) ***
12. First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson (2016) ****

February

13. The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn (2017) ****
14. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (1941) ****
15. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) ****
16. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016) *****
17. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (2017) ****
18. The Muse by Jessie Burton (2016) ***
19. The Good People by Hannah Kent (2016) *****
20. Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt (2017, English translation) ****
21. Fatal Rivalry by Mercedes Rochelle (2017) *****
22. Three Singles to Adventure by Gerald Durrell (1954) ****
23. Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell (1977) ***
24. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – re-read (1847) *****
25. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (2016) *****
26. Under the Hog by Patrick Carleton (1937) *****

March

27. The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown (2017) ***
28. At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier (2016) ****
29. Wintercombe by Pamela Belle (1988) *****
30. The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes (2017) *****
31. The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George (2017) ***
32. Circle of Pearls by Rosalind Laker (1990) ****
33. London Roses by Dora Greenwell McChesney (1903) **
34. The Hurlyburly’s Husband by Jean Teulé (2008) ***
35. The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans (2017) ***
36. Herald of Joy by Pamela Belle (1989) *****
37. The King’s Favourite by Marjorie Bowen (1937) ***
38. The Sea Road West by Sally Rena (1975) ***

April

39. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952) ***
40. Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer (1951) ***
41. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866) ****
42. To Sleep No More by Deryn Lake (1987) ****
43. The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull (2017) *****
44. They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie (1951) *****
45. Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian (1977) *****
46. The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova (2017) ****
47. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (2016) *****
48. The Empress of Hearts by E. Barrington (1926) ***
49. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (2015) ****
50. Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge (1937) *****
51. Fortune’s Wheel by Rhoda Edwards (1978) ****
52. The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco (2015) ***
53. The Valentine House by Emma Henderson (2017) ****
54. The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien (2017) ****
55. Mr Misfortunate by Marjorie Bowen (1919) ***

May

56. The Vatican Princess by CW Gortner (2016) ****
57. Vittoria Cottage by DE Stevenson (1949) ****
58. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1998) ****
59. The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy (2015) ****
60. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies (2015) *****
61. Mata Hari by Michelle Moran (2016) **
62. House of Names by Colm Tóibín (2017) ***
63. The Winter Isles by Antonia Senior (2015) ****
64. I, Claudius by Robert Graves (1934) ****
65. Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull (2015) *****
66. Conclave by Robert Harris (2016) ****

June

67. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (1998) *****
68. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (2016) *****
69. Prague Nights by Benjamin Black (2017) ***
70. Archangel by Robert Harris (1998) ***
71. Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (2017) ****
72. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies (2016) ***
73. Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy (1951) ***
74. Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (2017) ****
75. The Last Son’s Secret by Rafel Nadal Farreras (2017) ***
76. House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (2015) ***
77. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (2016) *****

July

78. Soot by Andrew Martin (2017) *****
79. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa (1958) ****
80. For the Winner by Emily Hauser (2017) *****
81. Beneath a Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft (2017) ***
82. Mediterranean Summer by Jane MacKenzie (2017) *****
83. Hemmed In edited by MR Nelson (2017) ****
84. Eugenie by Marjorie Bowen (1917) ***
85. Widdershins by Helen Steadman (2017) ***
86. Long Summer Day by RF Delderfield (1966) *****
87. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938) *****
88. A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore (2014) ****
89. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton (2017) *****

August

90. Some Touch of Pity by Rhoda Edwards (1976) *****
91. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (2016) ****
92. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (1922) ****
93. Shadow of the Moon by M.M. Kaye (1957) *****
94. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley (2015) ***

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DNF (Did Not Finish)

Brazenhead the Great by Maurice Hewlett (1911) DNF at 45%
The Improbability of Love by Hannath Rothschild (2015) DNF at 18%
Queen of Lions by Christopher Nicole (1994) DNF at 40%