My 2017 in Books

Background of many open books, with the title 'My 2017 in Books' written on a banner.

Hey everyone! I enjoyed doing my 2016 in books post so much last year that I am VERY excited to be doing my yearly bookish wrap-up here today. 😀 I feel like I’ve read so many great books this year, as well as getting more into comics which I’ve been wanting to do for AGES.

overall summary

According to Goodreads, this year I read 134 books at the time of writing, which is the highest number since I started using Goodreads. However, I think this might be due to the aforementioned fact that I read way more comics this year which are faster than books! (Especially if it’s a single issue.) I completed my reading challenge of 100 and then later 125 books which I’m really happy about.

Diagram showing all the books read in 2017, arranged by star rating, with a pie chart of shelf names at the side.

I didn’t rate a bunch of books this year because I’ve sort of been feeling a bit ‘meh’ about rating… I dunno. I went through a phase of that, anyway. I can’t quite decide where I stand now — I feel like it would be best for me to write a short review for every book but that’s probably never going to happen so, who knows.

In terms of genres, Young Adult is still my most popular shelf — no surprises there for me. Within that contemporary actually rates ahead of fantasy, with comics right after, which I was a little surprised by. Although I’ve read some excellent contemporary and comics so maybe I shouldn’t be.

favourite books

I am a little nervous about saying this since I am indeed planning to read more books before the end of the year, but, alas, this has to be posted at some point. I can always add them to next year’s. 😛 These are the ten books I read this year which I feel I enjoyed the most, and gained the most from. I haven’t put comics in here, but you can check out all my posts about comics here.

 

 

I love Everything Leads to You so much! It’s such a cute soft queer girl read and it REALLY  needs to be a movie okay. I love the Shades of Magic series so A Conjuring of Light is probably no surprise here; it was such a thrilling conclusion. I don’t read much non-fiction but The Good Immigrant, an anthology of essays by BAME writers, has really stayed with me. Strange the Dreamer took a little while to get into — I was intimidated to begin with — but then suddenly I was utterly absorbed. The Hate U Give truly deserves all the success it has had; it was one of the most beautifully written and powerful books I have read, like, EVER.

 

 

 

Oops, two VE Schwab books in here? What can I say. Our Dark Duet dazzled and destroyed me. Release is one of my favourite Patrick Ness books; he’s one of the only (mainstream published) authors I’ve read who can ROCK third person present tense. Wild Beauty’s beautiful magical realism & sisters was SO SO GOOD; Anna Marie-McLemore is one of my favourite authors writing today. I read all three of Adam Silvera’s books this year (he’s excellent) but History is All You Left me struck me most in the heart. Finally, The Loneliest Girl was a pacy, gripping read with lots of science and space and a twist I totally didn’t see coming.

hidden gems

These books are lesser-known ones which I’d love to see people discussing more, or in a genre/style which was new and exciting to me.

 

 

Openly Straight is an awesome book set in boarding school which is super cute and also looks at the pressures of being openly gay as a young person. I really think that I should read more m/m books by actual queer men, and this is a great one!

Margot & Me surprised me as I sped through it way faster than I thought I would; it’s a wonderful story about the power of women and family. Also some history! See, I read historical fiction too, promise…

Wild is a Deaf/hearing romance which features lots of running. (Yikes. As in, I could never do that much running. But a great book.) Hannah Moskowitz continues to be excellent and in my opinion very underrated.

Truth or Dare was such a cool concept and beautiful physical design, but that’s not all — I adore Non Pratt and she’s written another gripping story here.

The Diviners is a mash-up of fantasy, mystery and the occult in 20s New York — and I can’t wait to read the next book! It’s super cool and I love everyone in it.

Y’ALL, I JUST READ SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR. I can’t wait for all exciting books out next year! (Maybe that’s a post idea. *winks*)

were your top books of 2017? have you read any of these? what books are you excited for in 2018?

 

Advertisements

20 thoughts on “My 2017 in Books

  1. I still haven’t read any V.E. Shwab (a 2018 goal of mine). It’s always hard posting favorite books when you know you will still finish some before the new year. I just finished Far From the Tree, and I have to say it was definitely in my top 3 favorites of the year. I’m currently reading the The Hate U Give, and it is very interesting!

    1. I absolutely ADORE VE Schwab’s books, I would very highly recommend them! I actually finished a great book just after I read this post haha which was annoying. Ooh, I don’t think I’ve read that one so I’ll add it to my TBR!

  2. Oooh, I haven’t read any on the last two groupings save Our Dark Duet, so I’ll have to add those!! And WOW that sure is a lot of books! School ate most of my time so I think I read like………30, ugh.

    1. Aah I’d recommend them so highly!! I feel like you would really enjoy Wild Beauty and The Loneliest Girl (because science and space and fanfiction)?? But I DUNNO. Aw man school sucks — I really need to be keeping books on the go most of the time to stay positive but it’s different for everyone.

  3. Looks like some awesome reads here that I’ll have to try. Nice to hear that you liked The Diviners. I really enjoyed it, but it generally doesn’t seem to get much love. 🙂

  4. That’s an impressive number of books, Eve! I read a few graphic novels this year which definitely helped my challenge along, but I only read 62 books. I was in a bit of an emotional and reading slump in the last half of the year but I’m back into the reading mood again. Hopefully I can get more in next year!

    ACOL and THUG were incredible! I also really want to read Everything Leads to You, Strange the Dreamer, Wild Beauty, and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because they sound amazing. Although they haven’t been on my TBR nearly as long as The Diviners which I don’t know why I haven’t read yet because I’m sure I’ll adore it. Release probably stole the show for me this year, and I’m happy you loved it just as much!

    Happy reading for 2018!

    1. Thanks! Everyone reads differently though. I’m sorry to hear that but I hope things are better for you soon. ❤

      I know right?! Argh, I love all of them so much! The Diviners was wonderful and I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Release was just so good honestly. Aah, all the wonderful books!

      And to you too 🙂

  5. This is awesome; congrats on reading so many amazing books!!
    The Hate U Give and Strange the Dreamer are most certainly on my favorites for the year! THUG was just so important and well done, and Strange the Dreamer was absolutely gorgeous and I need the sequel NOW not TOMORROW OR MONTHS FROM NOW ACK. I definitely enjoyed A Conjuring of Light as well, although I think A Gathering of Shadows was my favorite in the series. I only recently picked up This Savage Song (which is the only other book by her that I’ve read), and absolutely adored it! I requested Our Dark Duet from the library, so I’m very eager for it to come in. I totally agree about Hannah Moskowitz too! I just read Teeth about a week ago and OMG IT WAS SO FABULOUS. It broke my heart. Have you read that one??? I think she’s one of my new favorite authors… And I’ve literally only read one of her books. Oops? Everything Leads to You has been on my TBR for ages; it really does sound fantastic, but I just haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet! I hadn’t heard of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, but it sounds awesome, so thanks so much for the rec! I just added it to my TBR. Fingers crossed I enjoy it as much as you did! XD

    1. Thanks so much!
      Absolutely, they’re both FABULOUS. Hmm, I don’t know which was my favourite book in the Shades of Magic series, but much as I enjoyed ACOL it was quite stressful haha. Oh that’s wonderful, I do hope you enjoy our Dark Duet!
      YES I love Teeth so much; it was actually the first Hannah Moskowitz book I read. 🙂 I’d really recommend her other books too.
      I hope you enjoy those if you do read them, fingers crossed! 😀

      1. Haha this is true! XD I just really enjoyed the whole competition factor. It was so fabulous. Thanks, me too! I’m still waiting haha!
        Ahhhhh yes! It was SOOOO incredible. Glad to hear it! I’m super excited to pick them up!
        Haha thanks, me too! XD

A penny for your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s