2017: Reading in Review

I did not read as much this year as I had hoped and I blogged even less than that.

2017 has brought some real highs for me: The Seafarer's Kiss, my first real heart-book, was published. I went to more conferences than ever before. I went to New Zealand! But it's also brought some serious lows. I spent a lot of the first part of the year depressed over the election. I had hoped to move back to the US this year or next, but the reality is that I would not feel safe moving back with my partner given the climate, and my pre-existing health conditions mean that I need to stay somewhere that doesn't treat people with chronic conditions like dirt. My health this year degenerated to the point that I needed to temporarily leave full-time work in order to address it. That has been the hardest.

This year, I read only 61 books. Last year, I read 117. I did meet my goal to read more books by POC. I read 19/61 books by authors of color, or approximately 30%. 

Each year, I fill in the survey started by The Broke and the Bookish about my favourite reads. So here goes!

 

Reading Statistics

Number of Books Read: 61

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read the Most: YA Fantasy 

 

Favorites: 

 

(1) Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

(2) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

(3) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

 

(1) Best Book you read in 2017?

 

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

 

(2) Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

The Jungle by Pooja Puri

 

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book you read?  

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

 

4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And They Did)?

Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

 

5. Best series you started in 2017?

‚ÄčEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

 

6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

 

7. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

 

8. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

 

9. Most memorable character of 2017?

A tie between Mina in Girls Made of Snow and Glass and Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer

10. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

11. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

13. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):

Bells and Emma

Not Your Villain by CB Lee

 

14. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 from an Author You’ve Read Previously:

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

 

15. Best Book You Read in 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Updraft by Fran Wilde

 

16. Best 2017 debut you read?

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

 

17. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

 

18. Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most FUN to Read?

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by FT Lukens

 

19. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2017?

These Things I've Done by Rebecca Philips

 

21. Hidden Gem of the Year?

Snowsisters by Tom Wilinksy and Jen Sternick

22. Most Unique Book You Read in 2017?

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

 

Looking Ahead to 2018

1. One Book (two books) You Didn’t Get to in 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

3. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone: