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Best Things I Watched and Read in 2017

“The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.” ― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

I know I have been inundating you with "Best of 2017" lists in my weekly Link Love posts for weeks now, and I hope you spotted some of your favorites on a few of them. For me this year was a bit of a roller-coaster of highs and lows in terms of my reading. A few incredible books that will stay with me for some time to come, some truly awful ones, and A LOT in between. I find that, as I read more and more, I have become harder to please. Mysteries and thrillers often don't achieve the desired result and frequently have me guessing the ending half-way through, women's fiction can feel to fluffy and predictable and literary fiction, at times, too pretentious. That being said, I was lucky to have read a few truly remarkable stories this year and I hope you were, too. I've decided to include a few of my favorite TV series and films in this year's round-up, and am always eager to hear recommendations, so if there was something you loved reading or watching this year, drop a line in the comments:-) Without further ado, here is my list of favorites from 2017.


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Munich by Robert Harris

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Force by Don Winslow

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

The Dry by Jane Harper

TV Series

Big Little Lies

The Crown

The Great British Bake Off

Game of Thrones

Doctor Foster


Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

The Bachelorette


The Durrell's in Corfu


Loving Vincent


Murder on the Orient Express

Lady Bird

The Big Sick