My 2017 bookish awards, plus a look back over the year

My 2017 bookish awards (1)

Can you believe it’s the end of 2017 already? The time has just flown by! I’ve nearly been blogging on here for a whole year now! It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

I’m here today with a looong ol’ post to round-up my bookish year! Enjoy!


Let’s start off with some awards…

Best debut book I read this year

There have been so many great debuts this year it’s been hard to pick one out of the bunch I’ve read!

The nominees are…

  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
  • Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  • The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
  • The Visitors by Catherine Burns
  • Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

And the winner is…

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown!

I absolutely adored this historical fiction novel! I still think about this book and I’m seriously considering re-reading it, something I never, ever do! For a debut, this is seriously well written and structured!

If you like intense, slow historical thrillers then this one is definitely the best book you could pick up!

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Most worthy of all the hype

There have been so many books that have been totally hyped up this year, many of which I haven’t read, but there have been a few I did read…

The nominees are…

  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
  • Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

And the winner is…

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

OK, so I technically didn’t even read this book this year, I read it right at the very end of last year, but WOW, I loved this book! I still recommend this to everyone who asks for a good thriller.

This isn’t a particularly clever story but it’s so, so well done that it just blew me (and many other readers) away!

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Most disappointing book I read this year

Moving on to some not so nice awards to receive… I have read a lot of books that have really let me down this year!

The nominees are…

  • Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
  • The Trees by Ali Shaw
  • The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney
  • The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
  • The House by Simon Lelic

And the winner is…

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

What a major let down!! I loved Behind Closed Doors by the same author but this one was just awful! It was so slow, predictable and silly. It’s like a completely new author wrote this book. Bleurgh.

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Worst book I read this year

This award seems mean, but let’s be real here… we all read books we don’t like and I’m only being honest. I completely understand that some of these novels might be books you love, but they didn’t do anything for me!

The nominees are…

  • Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah
  • The Dying Game by Asa Avdic
  • The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
  • The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
  • The House by Simon Lelic
  • Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

And the winner (loser?) is…

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The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Oh my Godddd. What an absolute ball-ache. This book was so slow and boring, not to mention, nothing happened for the entire thing. It was marketed as a mystery thriller kind of novel, but it wasn’t that at all. It was a deep domestic character study. Yuck. I really hated this book.

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Best book I read this year

Now onto a super happy, fantastic and most important award! I’ve read a number of great books this year but one tops them all…

The nominees are…

  • The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
  • Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  • The White Road by Sarah Lotz
  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

And the winner is…

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Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Was this even a surprise to anyone? I’ve been harping on about this novel all bloody year! This is the perfect horror novel for people who don’t like horror novels, but it’s also the perfect horror novel for people who do love horror novels! It’s so creepy in a slow and steady way, I absolutely adore this and it might just be might favourite horror of all time.


5 stars books of 2017

This year I only slapped ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ onto 9 books! It’s either been a bad reading year or I’m getting more critical!  Read which about my favourite books of 2017 here!

Other review stats

Let’s have a quick look at how I rated the rest of my books this year…

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 34

⭐⭐⭐ – 28

⭐⭐ – 7

⭐ – 0 (but I don’t rate books one star… books this bad become DNF’s!)

DNF stats

I DNF’d 12 books this year! To find out which ones they are and why I didn’t like them, read my blog all about them here!


A look back at my most anticipated books of 2017

At the end of 2016 I wrote a post all about the books I was most looking forward to reading in 2017… so let’s have a look at what I actually thought about them all!

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

What an utter disappointment! I was so excited about this (great marketing noted) but it was a huge let down. Average, overly sexual plot and awful ending.

The Book of Mirrors by E. O. Chirovici

I really enjoyed this book after I finally got around to reading it (only 10 months after I first said I would)

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

I really tried to get into this book, but the language in it went from beautiful to pompous. Some of the descriptions were so airy-fairy I couldnt get my head around them at all. Not only that, it was a little too slow for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I had originally thought it would be. DNF’d.

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

This was nothing like Behind Closed Doors. I thought it was predictable and cliche. The characters weren’t well developed and the plot was pretty unbelievable.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

I picked this one up and then never finished it. I haven’t marked it as a DNF though, not sure why… I still want to read it I guess.

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

I never got around to reading this one as I never bought it! Oops.

Hekla’s Children by James Brogden

So… I bought this one ages ago in preparation to read it to make sure I could include it in this post… and then I never read it! Next year… next year…

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

I really didn’t do well with my anticipated reads because I didn’t like this one either! It wasn’t all I was expecting it to be and really got me into a reading slump because I was so bored by it.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

This was the first book on this list that I read that I liked! Actually, I loved this book! Thank God! Hallelujah!

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey 

Another book on this list that I bought to read but never did! *shakes fist at the sky*

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So, as you can see, I didn’t do so well with my anticipated books! I ended up disliking most of them and even DNFing one! Hopefully the books I’m most anticipating for 2018 will serve me better… Check out the books I’m looking forward to the most in 2018 here.


I just want to quickly add a BIG THANK YOU for everyone who has joined me in my first year of blogging!

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It’s been amazing the support I’ve received over the last 12 months and I can’t quite believe over 800 of you have found my corner of the internet and clicked that little button to follow me on my bookish journey. I’ve made loads of great reading buddies and I can’t wait to make even more in 2018!

There’s a thank you / New Years giveaway coming in a couple of days, so keep an eye out for that! ❤️


Whew!! We’ve finished this mammoth post and we’ve finished with 2017 (well… we have tomorrow)! Have a lovely rest of 2017, I’ll see you again in the New Year!

11 thoughts on “My 2017 bookish awards, plus a look back over the year

  1. Aaah, sigh….The Witchfinders Sister, what a fabulous book. It deserves all the stars and a big round of applause! 👏👏👏👏 I nearly spat out my Wotsit (the cheesy snack, not a euphemism for something else I’d like to point out!) when I read that those folks at Number 9 were a ball-ache😂😂😂😂 You’re so funny! Anyway, enough of my rambling on, fab post, I just love your blog and the way you write, here’s to a successful 2018 blog, and I’m excited to hear more about your sub box 😀

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    1. It most definitely does! Such a fantastic historical debut.
      Hahaha – you make me laugh too 😂
      Thanks for all the support this year Lisa! It’s so great to have you as part of the WP blogging world now 😋

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