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Book of the Year 2017



The year is coming to a close, and I wanted to reflect back on some of the best books I read in 2017. Plus, I figured I’d start an annual “Book of The Year” award. I mean, this is a blog after all, and blogs gotta have awards and lists.

Keep in mind, this lofty accolade is MY 2017 book, meaning it didn’t have to be published this year. I just had to have read it in the past 365 days.

Some highlights from this year included Birdbox by Josh Malerman, War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies by HG Wells and Eric S. Brown, and Good as Gone by Amy Gentry.

One book eclipsed all of these however, and managed to land the prestigious award.

The winner is…

⭐ The Fisherman by John Langan ⭐


It’s been a long time since I read a horror novel that truly affected me. The Fisherman did just that.

Part folktale, part eldritch horror, and part buddy-adventure story. At its core this book is about grief, and the lengths human beings will go to in order to get through it.

The Fisherman earned this award for a fantastic story, a spot-on narrative voice, and tight writing. More importantly though, for universal appeal. Langan is one hell of a story teller. I’m confident I could recommend this book to someone who isn’t a horror fan and they’d still get something out of it.

It was the wide appeal (which so much of the horror genre lacks) that really cemented this as my book of the year.

Now it’s your turn!

What was the best book you read in 2017? Go ahead and share it in the comments. I want to know what I should be adding to my “TBR” pile for 2018.

5 thoughts on “Book of the Year 2017”

  1. That blurb on the cover: “A River Runs Through it…straight to hell.”

    I’m sold. If only I could craft blurbs like that for my own stuff….

    My fave was “In the Kingdom of Ice” by Hampton Sides. Grueling exploration tale back when men were men and there were still unknown areas on the map.

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