Seven literary highlights from 2017

Frohes Neues Jahr!
So 2017 started out strong for me, and then kind of petered out in the last third of the year. I started my Masters degree, and was so immersed in academic reading that I ran out of energy for any other kind of “word stuff”. Which also led to a lack of motivation for blogging.

But new year, new start and all that. I’m planning to start afresh – indeed, this blog needs a bit of a refresher, methinks. After all, it is 5 years old now!

But 2017 wasn’t a total loss. There were some fantastic literary moments as well.

1. Getting the chance to interview the one and only Joanne Harris, she of Chocolat fame. I was so incredibly nervous, especially since I’m such a fan, and she can also be quite cutting on Twitter at times, but I needn’t have worried. Joanne was delightful to talk to – patient, witty and understanding.

2. Attending the book launch of a short story anthology, edited by one of my best friends. Such a proud moment at an event that was brimming with good vibes.

3. Visiting Shakespeare & Company, the bookstore of my dreams! I could have spent all day there – alas, we had other sights to see. (Oh, the sites of Paris, what a drag! MY LIFE IS SO HARD.)

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4. Encountering the gorgeous interior of the Stockholm city library – three stories of spiral literary goodness!

5. Accidentally gatecrashing a reading at the Stockholm Literary Festival. (It was hosted at the modern art museum, which I was visiting on a weekend excursion.) I ended up listening to a reading by Petina Gappah.

6. Interviewed Seanan McGuire (via email, but still!) for a blog tour. One of my all-time favourite authors. I still have a virtual contact-high.

7. And of course, all the great books from 2017. I may not have read as much as I wanted to, and didn’t get around to putting together a best-of list due to me being very AWOL, but standouts for me included THUG, The Child Finder, Hunger, Waking Gods and Goodbye Days.