2017 Book Summary

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.

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In no particular order, my 5 favorite books/series of 2017 were:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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
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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!

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