What I’ve read this year – 2017

I read for fun. I love the escapism reading brings but I also love how you can learn from all types of books, not just non-fiction. I don’t think that reading challenges are serious, they just allow me to track books I’ve read and perhaps think a little more about what I am going to read.

I’m also interested in reading a variety of books so I want to make sure that I’m not just concentrating on one genre.

In addition I thought it may be fun to try to read my way around the world and try to read a book for each letter of the alphabet. With this in mind I’ve decided to keep a list of the countries the books I read are based in. I’ll up date this as and when I have a new country or book to add.

I’m aiming to read 70 books this year, though I may struggle so I’ve decided to include some of the children’s books I have to read over the year (sadly I can only count them once,  not the many, many times I have to read them – and that’s just on one particular night)

So far I’ve read 52/70 books.

Those books have covered the following parts of the globe.


The Language of Dying

Persuasion – three times


Six Stories

The Dark Circle

Lost for Words

Quieter Than Killing

The Madwoman Upstairs

A Secret Garden

Let the Dead Speak

Tin Man

An Act of Silence

Death in the Tunnel

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont


Death of a Nobody

Agnes Grey

The House

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop


You, Me, Everything





The Language of Coats


Hell’s Gate

Earthly Remains

Only in Naples

The Netherlands

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen,  83 1/4 Years Old




The Last Summer


The Wages of Sin

A Summer at Sea

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After


Block 46


Deep Down Dead

Echoes in Death

The Marsh King’s Daughter

The Roanoke Girls

Heartbreak Hotel

Killer Look

See What I Have Done

American Housewife

Before Everything

Around the world cruise:

A Deadly Crossing