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Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.


Best Books of 2017

29th Dec 2017 in Books

This year I read 220 books. As you may be able to tell, I really, really (really) fucking like books.

Here is a highly personal, not-very-scientifically-chosen list of my 50 favourites of 2017.

Books out in 2017:


  • Best Book That Actually Made Me Have to Put it Down For a Moment and Close My Eyes Because it Was So Perfect: I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Best Book I Loved So Much I Wanted to Eat It: A Pocketful of Crows, Joanne M. Harris
  • Best Believe-All-the-Hype-Because-It’s-Seriously-Bloody-Good Book: The Power, Naomi Alderman
  • Best Pregnancy Sci-Fi: The Growing Season, Helen Sedgwick
  • Best Horror Novel That Creeped Me Out So Much I Actually Said OH MY GOD Out Loud: The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell
  • Best Disturbing Book About a Call Centre: Oh Honey, Emily R. Austin


  • Best Short Stories I Adored But Also Made Me Need to Have a Shower Because I Felt a Bit Grimy: The Doll’s Alphabet, Camilla Grudova
  • Best Fairytale-Inspired Short Stories: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, Jen Campbell
  • Best LGBT Heroine: Dark Asylum, E.S. Thomson
  • Best Thriller About a Writer: Based on a True Story, Delphine de Vigan
  • Best Sparse, Finely-Wrought Novella With a Complex Heroine: Flesh of the Peach, Helen McClory
  • Best Much-Anticipated Book: The Book of Dust #1: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman


  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Novella: Final Girls, Mira Grant
  • Best Novella That I Still Sometimes Think About As I’m Falling Asleep: The Ghost Line, Andrew Neil Gray & J.S. Herbison
  • Best Novella About a Haunted House: You Should Have Left, Daniel Kehlmann
  • Best Start to a Series: WTF (Geek Actually Season 1 Episode 1), Cathy Yardley
  • Best Book About the Realities of Being a Writer: Scratch, Manjula Martin (ed.)
  • Best Anthology of Angry-Making Yet Inspiring Feminist Essays: Nasty Women, Various Authors


  • Best Poetry by a Woman of Colour: peluda, Melissa Lozada-Oliva
  • Best Debut Book of Poetry By a Poet Whose Work I Have Adored For Years: The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate, Rachel McCrum
  • Best Poem About a Selkie: All the Prayers in the House, Miriam Nash
  • Best Poetry That Made Me Look at Myself and My Thoughts and My Actions So Closely I Felt Uncomfortable: In These Days of Prohibition, Caroline Bird
  • Best Book About Death: Past Mortems, Carla Valentine
  • Best Book About Ghosts That Wasn’t a Book of Ghost Stories: The Ghost: A Cultural History, Susan Owens


  • Best Courtney Love Analysis: All the Lives I Want, Alana Massey
  • Best Advice Column by a Fairytale Witch: Ask Baba Yaga, Taisia Kitaiskaia
  • Best No-Bullshit Self-Help Book: This Is How, Augusten Burroughs
  • Best Book About Disastrous Medical History: Quackery, Lydia Kang
  • Best Creepy Graphic Novel About Oddly Specific Yet Terrifying Hypothetical Situations: The Creeps, Fran Krause
  • Best Graphic Novel About Giving Birth to the Devil: Babyteeth #1, Donny Cates


  • Best Graphic Novel About Witches: Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Witches, Various Authors
  • Best LGBT Romance in a Graphic Novel: Taproot, Keezy Young
  • Best Graphic Novel About Norse Mythology and Queer Love: Heathen #1, Natasha Alterici


Books Out Before 2017:


  • Best Love Poems: The Fire Eater’s Lover, Sophia Blackwell
  • Best Grief Poems: Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, Karen Finneyfrock
  • Best Short Stories That Got Under My Skin and Stayed There: Gutshot, Amelia Gray
  • Best Short Stories I Wish I’d Written: The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, Halli Villegas
  • Best Short Stories I Got For Free on Kindle and Couldn’t Believe They Were Free Because They Were Great: If I Were You, Graeme Keeton
  • Best Book I Really Enjoyed But Had to Hide the Cover of While Reading on the Bus: Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11, Aaron Michael Kerner


  • Best Japanese Mystery: The Master Key, Masako Togawa
  • Best Queer Cuban Sci-Fi: Super Extra Grande, Yoss
  • Best Indonesian Feminist Spec-Fic: Spinner of Darkness and Other Tales, Intan Paramaditha
  • Best Scandinavian-Inspired Short Stories: Jagannath, Karin Tidbeck
  • Best Uplifting Book About Incorrect Paperwork: The Invoice, Jonas Karlsson
  • Best Book About the Sea: Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh




  • Best True Crime About a Crime I Didn’t Think I’d Ever Want to Read About: As If, Blake Morrison
  • Best Surreal, Disturbing Fables About WWII Japan: The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine, Akiyuki Nosaka
  • Best Disturbing Combination of 1970s Nostalgia and Graphic Design: Discovering Scarfolk, Richard Littler
  • Best Point Horror: Dream Date, Sinclair Smith
  • Best-Worst Point Horror: The Perfume, Caroline B. Cooney


How about you? What were your best reads of 2017?

One response to “Best Books of 2017”

  1. Elaine says:

    Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit; a discussion of the history of walking, in all of its forms from pilgrimage to flaneury, and the politics of walking

    Normal by Warren Ellis; people who stare too long at the future eventually end up at an asylum in the Pacific northwest.

    The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate by Rachel McCrum; sheer brilliance

    Metronome by Oliver Langmead; a beautifully written dream quest on a clockwork flying ship

    The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard; in a destroyed Paris after a magical world war, houses led by fallen angels vie for power

    Passing Strange by Ellen Klages; a sweet queer romance with a fantastical twist, set in 1920s San Francisco

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