My 2017 book summary is here! I decided on 60 books as my 2017 goal, which I am happy to say I passed. My 2016 summary can be found by clicking here.
The picture below is of the 17 books I own that I read in 2017. The rest were borrowed from my library in either physical or Kindle form.
In no particular order, my 5 favorite books/series of 2017 were:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - This is a lovely and beautifully written World World II historical fiction novel. I cried a lot reading this. It's now one of six Pulitzer Prize winners that I've read. (I'm planning on reading way more of those in 2018.)
- The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson - I loved The Hero of Ages the most. Mistborn has made me a forever Sanderson fan. There’s nothing better than an author who creates his worlds seriously and with attention to every detail.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - Rhysand. Rhysand. Rhysand. I'm not exactly proud of how much this book makes me squeal like a teenage girl, but it is what it is.
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (Illustrated by Fiona Staples) - The artwork and feisty characters work together to make one stunning comic series, and there are more to come! Don't read if you're easily offended.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - I had tears in my eyes pretty much the whole time I read this. The strength of the female characters humbled me.
- Honorable mention goes to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Americanah, We Should All be Feminists, and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. I'm looking forward to reading more of Adichie's work in 2018; everything she says is relevant. Insert fire emoji.
A full list of what I read this year can be found here on Goodreads (click here for my profile and be my friend)! I don't know what I'd do without Goodreads for tracking books I read. I used to keep a Word document on my desktop, lol at myself. Goodreads is so much better because it helps me get stats like these!
- 63 books in 2017
- 55 were new to me (I reread the 7 Harry Potter books and A Wrinkle in Time)
- 20,280 pages read
- 3 short stories, 3 novella length books, 8 graphic novels, and the rest were normal novel length (Goodreads just counts any items marked "Read" as a book so I had to go through and pick these out)
- 12 non-fiction books (5 were on dog behavior and training)
- 51 fiction books
I’m happy with the amount I read this year - pretty much doubled from 2016! - but for 2018 I'm lowering my number goal to 45. Looking at the number 60 was stressful at times. I like having a goal; it keeps me motivated to read and not just stare at Netflix all night, but I definitely don’t need to pressure myself with a higher number. The goal of 45 gives me a little bit of breathing room. Plus, I'm planning on some longer books this year like Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series and the rest of Wheel of Time so I don't care if the number isn't quite as high.
And for fun, here's my 2017 best nine from Instagram. Figured I'd share just because they're all bookish! Happy 2018 reading!