Sunday, 14 January 2018

2017 Book of the Year 

I read many interesting novels in 2017 however, Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter was outstanding in so many ways. A page turner, an easy read, a sad read and a hopeful story told through the eyes of a child. This book was published in 1997 and won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book in Africa 1998. This is a novel, I wholeheartedly recommend. 

Pamela Jooste is a South African  novelist. Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter is her first novel.

What was your most outstanding book read in the year 2017?


  1. I read some really good books in 2017. My absolute favorite was "Everyday is for the Thief" by Teju Cole. It was quite a page turner for me and I devoured it in 1 evening. Was half asleep at work the next day but it was worth it. The prose was clean but poetic. I really enjoyed this book and it taught me a little something about Nigeria in the process.

    Honorable mentions have to go to "Harvest of Thorns" by Shimmer Chinodya and "The Mothers" by Brit Bennett. Really enjoyed those too.

    Here is to a wonderful 2018, filled with page turners.

    1. Everyday is for the Thief is one of my all time favourite, I love that book. I have not read Havervest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya, however, I have read dew in the Morning by same author, quite interesting but did not really enjoy. I have not read anything yet by Brit Bennett.

      Yes, here is to a wonderful 2018, filled with page turners. :-)

  2. Hello,

    With sincere apologies, I will choose 2 instead of one book as you requested simply because I am unable to decide which i preferred.

    1. The Carnivorous City by Toni Kan

    2. What Will People Say? by Rehana Rossouw

    I thoroughly enjoyed them and of all that I read last year these were my favourites.

    Best wishes for the new year.

  3. This is my first time hearing about Rehana Rossouw. Who is She? I have got her book in my TBR list for a while now, she some how caught my attention. Well, I am adding the two books you mentioned to my list.


  4. She is an editor at South Africa's Business Day. She has been a journalist for over 30 years.
    She even has a second one that came out weeks back. I have a copy waiting for me in Joburg. I should pick it up in a few weeks and if I happen to read it this year (my shelf is full of books yet unread. I am ashamed of myself as the waiting list could last 2 years), I will revert with feedback. Thanks and have a good week.



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