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Topaz Winters' 2017 Wrapped: Literature Edition

If you've loved what Spotify did with your playlists of the year, you'd love this literature wrap up. We asked writers and poets to look back on what they have read the past year. Of course, all credits for the idea goes to the team at the music streaming platform


Topaz Winters
author of Poems For The Sound of the Sky Before Thunder

How many books have you read this year?
TW: 40

Which authors have made an impact on you?
TW: Elizabeth Wein (author of Code Name Verity), Patrick Ness (author of The Knife of Never Letting Go), Danez Smith (author of [insert] boy), Jeannette Walls (author of Glass Castle), Ocean Vuong (author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds).

These authors have affected me either because they showed me a life I could never have dreamed of on my own, or reflected back a life so sharply familiar it stole the air from my lungs.

What are your top books of the year?
TW: That's a difficult one, but I think I'd have to choose —

• Acknowledgements – Clare Vernon
• Room – Emma Donoghue
• Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
• War of the Foxes – Richard Siken
• Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

What genres have you enjoyed most this year?
TW: Poetry (of course, I would be nowhere without poetry and I can't imagine this year without its guiding light) as well as thrillers (I've recently been enjoying losing myself in dark chocolate and a good mystery before bed — so I am always searching for the next thriller to fuel my love).

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