2017 was an incredible reading year for me. I read the most books I’ve ever read in a year at 58 books read. There were a lot of re-reads, but I also discovered some new favorites!
Favorite New To Me Authors
2017 truly was a year of new-to-me authors that quickly became favorites.
Kasie West was one of the first new to me authors I tried and loved last year. If you’re into contemporary YA and you haven’t read Kasie West’s books, what are you waiting for? She’s a master at writing the cutest love stories that give me all the feels. I kid you not when I say I checked out every single one of her books from the library and read them back to back, all within ten days. No shame, no regrets.
I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s books. I started with One True Loves and loved, loved, loved TJR’s writing, so I immediately put the only other book by her the library owns, Maybe In Another Life, on hold. LOVED IT. Then, when her new book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo came out, I read it almost right away and guess what? Loved it even more (so much it made it into my top books for the entire year). Now I cannot wait to read her other books! I’m hoping the library will get some more titles from her, but if it doesn’t happen soon, I’ll be buying them because I want to read them that much!
Last but not least, Leigh Bardugo! I have a hard time naming an author a “Favorite” if I’ve only read one series from them but Leigh Bardugo’s books, while in the same universe, are different enough that could be considered two separate series with almost all different characters. Long story short, I loved the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows duology, and I can’t wait to read her new book from the same universe, The Language of Thorns, and Wonder Woman!
And speaking of new-to-me authors, 4/6 of my favorite books for 2017 were by new-to-me authors!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
It’s more like 4.5 mostly because it did take me a day or two to really get into the book but about 1/4 of the way through there was no stopping. Loved the story and the complexity of the characters.
One of the secrets of the universe was that our instincts were sometimes stronger than our minds.
The writing was incredible in this book. A tough read at times due to the topics covered (suicide, abortion, dysfunctional relationships, etc.) but the characters were great, and Bennet provided an interesting perspective. Also, don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t a book about mothers – The Mothers refers to the church mothers/ladies, who provide insights into the characters lives in Greek-choir kind of way, which was fascinating.
…years later, she wondered if that was the point, if sometimes the glory was in rebuilding the broken thing, not the result but the process of trying.
Empire of Storms
After loving Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR series (more here), I decided to give her Throne of Glass series a try. The first book was a hit and miss for me, but I kept with it and boy, was I regarded at the end. Empire of Storms was easily my favorite in the series and one of my favorite books not only for the year and possibly ever. I cannot wait for the last book to come out next year. And let’s face it, I’ll probably re-read all of the series so that I can re-read Empire of Storms haha. If you like fantasies with a little romance thrown in there, absolutely check out this series.
“The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid was a new-to-me author this year, and within a few months I read three of her books, and I already decided I will be buying all of her books and reading them. She is an incredible author, and her books are impossible to put down. Read my full review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo here.
People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is “You’re safe with me”—that’s intimacy.
Turtles All The Way Down
I’ll be honest and say I was nervous to read this. I loved The Fault In Our Stars so much, and I’ve had so many expectations since I read TFIOS that it seriously scared me.
John Green delivered beautifully.
More than anything though I want to hug John Green and thank him a thousand times for so flawlessly putting into words what it can be like to live with mental health issues.
My thought spirals aren’t quite like Aza’s (while Aza’s stem from OCD, mine stem from anxiety and recurring depression) but just even referring to them as spirals was a “YES. HE GETS ME” moment. I continuously wanted to stop and make those around me read this or that quote to try and explain to them what it can be like inside my head when it’s a bad day. So for that, for making me feel less crazy, less alone, thank you a thousand times, John Green.
The words used to describe it—despair, fear, anxiety, obsession—do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.
Salt To The Sea
This book was incredible. If you’re thinking “man, another WWII book?” Stop. Read it. Sepety tells a story that has somehow been lost to most, including myself, the story of the largest maritime accident. It shames to say I didn’t know anything about this until I read this book.
Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?
Quick Reading Stats
Total Books Read: 58
Total Pages Read: 23688
Break Down By Genre
- Non-Fiction: 1
- Young Adult: 36
- New Adult: 9
- Fantasy: 27
- Adult Fiction: 12
- WWII: 2
Reading Goals for 2018
My main goal for 2018 is to continue enjoying reading. I will be as rutheless with marking books as DNF as I was this year. Life is too short to read books you aren’t enjoying. I hope to read 50 books, that averages out to about a book a week and hopefully, I can keep up with that! One genre I do hope to read more of is non-fiction. I’m determined to find non-fiction books I like!