24 comments on “Top Reads of 2017

  1. Rebecca is one of those classics that I’ve been meaning to read for years, but I’ll definitely be bumping it up the list now after that rave! Sounds fascinating! The Lonely Hearts Hotel looks really good as well.

  2. Oh man!!! my BF gave me “And Then There Were None” and I am dying to read it!! It will be my very first book of this author and you are totally not helping with my anxiety XD! hahaha

    • Ah, it was the first of Christie’s books that I read as well, and it definitely got me hooked! I don’t want to hype it up for you too much, because I know how disappointing it can be when something feels like a let down, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 😊

  3. Two of these are going to be on my list as well and I think the rest are on my TBR! I’m especially excited to read them now, particularly Shelter and The Dig. I also really need to read some Shirley Jackson other than The Lottery. Anyway, wonderful list, I enjoyed reading this!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post! I’m excited to see your list.

      Jackson is definitely an author I need to pick up more from as well. I have another two of her novels on my shelves already, so hopefully soon…

  4. That’s so great that Rebecca is number 1! It almost made my list, but it’s still a book I really loved! I haven’t read any of the others on your list. I think I’ll have to check out The Doll if it’s your next favourite du Maurier read. Great list 😊

  5. Great list, Callum. You are a man after my own heart, you know, with your new-found, but ardent, love of Daphne du Maurier. I read Rebecca when I was 12 (more than sixty years ago!!) and it remains my favorite book to this day, and du Maurier, my favorite author of all time. Even though I’m reading epic fantasy almost exclusively this year, I still count Rebecca as #1. And I love your line “it feels as though I’ve loved it forever.” Perfect. The story, the characters, and even Manderley become so real, they take up permanent residence somewhere deep within.

    While Rebecca is the best of the best, I can’t wait to see what you think of House on the Strand, and her short story collection, Don’t Look Now. You still have lots of du Maurier treats awaiting you! Happy reading in 2018, my friend! 🙂 And Happy New Year in general, as well!

    • The House on the Strand and Don’t Look Now are amongst the selection of du Maurier books sitting on my shelves, and funnily enough, they are the very two I was planning to choose between as my next of her works to pick up. I guess great minds really do think alike! 😉

      Happy New Year to you too, Marcia. Let’s hope 2018 is full of all manner of bookish delights.

      • Indeed! I could use a break from the months and months of hurricane repairs we’ve been going through. 2018 is going to be a BANNER year, I predict! Hopefully for Mark and I and all of my friends and family! Onward! I’ll be watching for your thoughts on House on the Strand, and Don’t Look Now. Hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  6. I’m not usually into books where scary is the intent… but I am so intrigued by all your reviews of ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’, that I might have to check it out anyways. ^-^

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  8. Great list! Honestly I tried out Rebecca while at University and never really got into it… but maybe I should try again. I can be a bit quick to put a book down, sometimes. It was a movie too, right?

    I’m really interested in trying out The Dig and Stranded, now, after reading your entries about them. 🙂

    • It was indeed – a Hitchcock movie starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, no less! Obviously, I loved the book, or else it wouldn’t be top of this list, so in that respect I’d say it’s well worth giving another go if you’re at all tempted. I’d recommend reaching for it if you’re ever in the mood for something brooding and atmospheric, as that’s definitely where it excels.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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