From our audience: 2017 Favourites

At the beginning of January, we asked you to submit your favourite books of 2017 as part of our Prime Minister Literary Award give-away. Here are some of our favourite entries (with everyone getting a small prize in the mail this week!)

From Suzanne:  My favourite book of 2017 was All We Have Now by Lisa Shroeder (Scholastic). It was a thought provoking book about what you would do if you only had 24 hours left on Earth. Would you be selfish, or would you put others before yourself? Beautiful characters, a well-crafted story – it would appeal to young adults and older. 

From Flora: My favourite book of 2017 was Claire G. Coleman’s Terra Nullius (Hachette). It really blew me away.

From Nelle: favourite book of 2017 was Jane Harper’s Force of Nature (Pan Macmillan Australia). I went looking for this after enjoying The Dry.

From John-Michael: My favourite read in 2017 was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Penguin Random House).

From Alison: The best book of 2017 was For a Girl by Brisbane writer Mary-Rose MacColl (Allen & Unwin).

From Bronwyn: My favourite book from 2017 was Shaun Prescott’s The Town (The Lifted Brow) for its surreal, quirky, whimsical, satirical portrayal of regional Australia. I love some of the genre-defying unusual and experimental fiction coming from Australian authors at the moment.

From Ailish: My favourite book of 2017 was Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivann (Penguin Books Australia). 

My favourite book for last year definitely filled me with fear.

The novel had me on the edge of my seat, all I wanted to do was read – despite the heat.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore was a debut for the writer, and he did not disappoint with this exciter! 

By the end of the novel, the mystery was solved, the murder and the suicide were both resolved.  

It was a resolution I did not predict, but when all was revealed, it finally clicked!  

I'd like to thank the author for such a riveting read. I want another book from the writer, simply out of greed!




Did any of these make your ‘Best of 2017’ list? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us on Twitter.




Image: Claire G Coleman and Rhianna Patrick at BWF17. Image by Camille Dan Walsh. 

Posted 29th January 2018