Hooly crap it’s 2018, and I’m already behind on my posts loll. Well, we’re going to fix that today with a wrap up of 2018! I’m basing my statistics on the Goodreads year in review. Fun fact: it updates as you finish books, even after it comes out. I got a nice jump in pages (and rounded off my books read to an even number) on New Year’s Eve, so make sure to keep updating it to get the latest statistics. And now, my 2017 year in review!
By the Numbers
Books Read: 75. My goal was 60, and I was hoping to beat that. I never expected to blow it out of the water like that!
Pages Read: 24,453. I wish I could have squeezed in another 547 to make it 25,000, but oh well. Maybe next year.
Shortest Book: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed (112 pages)
Longest Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin (705. Also my last finished book of the year)
I set up a spreadsheet for the books I read in 2018 so I can give a few more stats, like the breakdown between audio, print, and ebook, ARCs vs library, diversity, etc.
Top 10 Books of 2017
Scythe by Neal Shusterman- Probably my favorite of the year, and one of the first I read. It had the most unique world of any book I read this year. The sequel comes out in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to get it!
Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo- I knew nothing about this book when I randomly grabbed it off the library shelf, but I really enjoyed it, and think about it often.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- This book is probably on everyone’s top whatever of 2017 list, and for very good reason. Everyone needs to read this book, preferably before the movie comes out.
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas- Yes, I’m cheating here, but I couldn’t pick just one without hurting the others’ feelings. I tore through all three books and will be purchasing my own copies (or wishlisting them, at least) in the very near future. I loved everything about this series and need more in my life.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I reread this book and the second one this year as audiobooks, and they are just as good as I remember. As soon as I’m caught up on podcasts and Booktube, I will be listening to the third book as well.
Ms. Marvel series by G Willow Wilson- Cheating again, but this is my list and you can’t tell me how to live my life. This comic series is the diverse, hilarious, nerdy coming-of-age story of a young superhero after she acquires her powers. Read this even if you normally don’t do the whole graphic novel thing.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnson- I read this one on audiobook as well, and I made excuses to sit in my car to keep listening (even though all I had to do was unplug my iPad and carry it into the house). It covers a tough topic, and I thought it was very well done.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- This was the perfect summer read: a bit of a mystery, drama in a small town, and a plot twist I didn’t see coming. I’d love to see the series and compare it to the book, and I’ll definitely be reading more by this author in the coming year.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour- This was another book I couldn’t put down. This book was beautifully written. I have no other words to describe it, other than read it now.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy- I loved this book! It was super cute, body positive, and diverse. They are making it into a movie, and a companion is coming out later this year. Plus, Julie has more books out that I will definitely be reading soon!
5 Least Favorite Books of 2017
I refuse to say hate. They just weren’t for me for one reason or another.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I just couldn’t get into this book, and I’m not sure why. I didn’t want to continue the series, which is highly unusual for me. I might give it another go someday, in case I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time.
The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard- This book was nothing like what I was expecting, in a bad way. There were a few scenes that I felt were completely unnecessary. This seems like a love it or hate it kind of book, and it definitely wasn’t for me.
Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives- I was not a fan of her sense of humor or writing style. It was incredibly dry. I ended up DNFing it at around 50% after restarting it, just to make sure I didn’t miss something.
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore- I loved the concept, and it wasn’t a terrible book. There were just a few things throughout the story that weren’t my cup of tea, and it was purely personal preference.
The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee- I kind of liked the first book, but didn’t finish the second. Especially with the second book, I didn’t like any of the characters enough to continue, and I found the whole Avery/Atlas thing to be really icky. No thanks.
How did 2017 go for you?
What were your favorites? Least favorites? Did you beat any reading challenges or accomplish any goals? Let me know in the comments!