17 books in 2017

I used to love reading, and I still do but mostly just on holiday now! I’d like to make more of an effort to read more, and watch less horrendously trashy, IQ depleting television…


So 17 books in 2017 seems like a good challenge to set myself!

I’ve made a good start already- 7 weeks into 2017 and I’ve already made my way through two new books;

First up was Baby Doll by Holly Overton.  I saw this advertised on the underground and was intrigued, so I ordered it on Amazon for my kindle.  I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s a quite gripping psychological thriller about a woman who was kidnapped.  The twist is that the story starts with her escape. There are certainly enough twists and turns (some more predictable than others) to keep the pace moving quickly and I did enjoy the somewhat bittersweet ending.

My second book of the year is certainly a more acquired taste- Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley.  This is one I’ve been meaning to read for a long time but hadn’t quite got around to, as I love Gone with the Wind.  In this novel the story picks up where Gone with the Wind ended- but written by a different author decades later.  Alexandra Ripley’s style of writing is not unlike that of the original by Margaret Mitchell.  It’s certainly quite a long book, at 848 pages, but I did persevere.  It doesn’t really feel to me like closure to the story of Scarlett O’Hara… I think it is best viewed as a standalone novel on it’s own rather than a sequel.

Any recommendations for my next read of 2017?