2017 in books –

 personal favourites:

According to Goodreads I read 76 books in 2017, it sounds a lot, but several of these were poetry collections and art books – books with more images than text.

.(I have written a bit about some of the books I read on Goodreads, but none of my reading is covered by proper reviews – being a professional critic I restrict this line of writing for payed & published art-reviews).


.Sometimes I worry my ability to concentrated is reduced as a consequence of online reading and – I have to admit – net surfing.  My goal for the next year is therefore to spend more time reading in physical books, reading text on paper. 

A few books already on my 2018 list:

  • Jon McGregor: Reservoir 13
  • George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Durga Chew-Bose: Too Much and Not the Mood
  • Camille Bordas: How to Behave in a Crowd

Image:  Tom Hunter – Woman Reading a Possession Order (1998)

Photograph: V&A Images/Tom Hunter
In 1998, the London-based artist Tom Hunter was awarded the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize for Woman Reading a Possession Order, an image of a young woman standing at a window reading an eviction notice with a baby at her side. This work, part his Persons Unknown series, directly references Vermeer’s A Girl Reading at the Open Window, using both its composition, color and play of light to produce an image that, as with Vermeer’s representations of the Dutch working class, ennobles his subjects.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rio says:

    This last year I started asking people, new people, people I was meeting for the first time if they had a favourite book. I also started picking a section of the library and trying to be as random as possible (keeping my eyes closed) and borrowing whatever book I landed on. Only two books resulted in a read through from this new approach: Moll Flanders and Their Eyes Were Watching God, which oddly had a lot in common. Both of them I would recommend!

    I have been given three books by friends and family for Xmas, I don’t read quickly so they will take me some time but I have written down your personal favourites and hope to get to them sometime this year! I will continue to ask people for their favourites, adding to the list and carrying it on to the next years journal. Thanks! New books like new people are an opportunity for new understanding and you don’t need anything but and open mind. 🙂

  2. Rio says:

    The photograph is beautiful

    1. Sigrun says:

      Agree 😊

      Sendt fra min iPhone

      > 28. des. 2017 kl. 14:34 skrev sub rosa : > > >

  3. sean says:

    I’m looking forward to reading those Ali Smith novels in 2018.

  4. Sigrun says:

    – and I am looking forward to the two remaing 🙂 There is a very rare combination of sharp cultural critisism and wonderful poetic language to be found in these books.

  5. I like seeing what others are reading and gathering more books to add to my already-very-large stockpile. I just purchased Riverine and Autumn.
    The photograph is powerful. I will take a closer look at the photographer’s work. Thanks!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Hope you will enjoy the books like I did!
      Wish you a very happy new year!

      1. Happy New Year to you! I look forward to reading more of your writing in 2018!

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