My 2017 Reading Year in Review

Letโ€™s be real, 2017 was kind of a garbage fire year for our world, but at least we had some good books! I had a pretty good reading year! Iโ€™m very happy with the 130 books that I read, and I feel like with each year I get better and better at picking out books, and requesting ARCs, that I am confident I will at least enjoy, therefore, my average rating tends to get higher and higher.

โžฝ And thanks to the amazing Brock at Let’s Read, here are some other statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet:

And if youโ€™re interested, here is his spreadsheet for 2018! (File>make a copy for your use)

โžฝThese are the five books that were published this year that were a tier above the rest. These five blew my mind, and expectations, out of the water. I truly believe these five are perfect books in every single way. And I personally recommend them with my entire heart, body, and soul.

#5.) The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

โ€œBefore the end, you will pluck snowdrops at midwinter, die by your own choosing, and weep for a nightingale.โ€

This book taught me that girls can be anything they wish to be, no matter the expectations society, family, and everything else in this world puts on them. And to always surround yourself with people that accept you and believe in you.

#4.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

โ€œThat’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?โ€

This book taught the world that we want black stories, from black authors, with black casts, with black people on the coversโ€ฆ no matter how many old, racist, white dudes continue to get published. But this book taught me how much more work needs to be done, and how I need to do more to boost marginalized voices, and how the world needs to change and it can begin with me and our generation.

#3.) Tyrant’s Throne (Greatcoats #4) by Sebastien de Castell

โ€œFrom nothing we become men and women who write poems and wage wars and conceive of futures both wondrous and terrifying.โ€

This book taught me that found families with unconditional love is the most powerful force in any world. And that friendship can heal wounds you never thought would stop bleeding. And that your past will never define you, or hinder you, from being good and kind and ultimately becoming the person you want to be.

#2.) The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin

โ€œBut for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress.โ€

This book taught me to never stop moving forward, to always speak up, and help marginalized voices that need to be heard. And that we donโ€™t get to choose how people love us. And how one voice can change the world. And that blood is only blood, and that we should spend our days with people who love us! And that we are always deserving of love. Always. No matter what.

#1.) Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

โ€œSarai was seventeen years old, a goddess and a girl. Half her blood was human, but it counted for nothing. She was blue. She was godspawn. She was anathema. She was young. She was lovely. She was afraid.โ€

This book reminded me why I love reading, and that books are magical, healing vessels. This book taught me that everyone has the right to change their future, and that we will never be our parentโ€™s mistakes. And that we can rise up, and become so much more, and that all of our stories deserve to be told. And ultimately, you get to choose who is in your story.

These books mean a lot to me, and I feel so very thankful, privileged, and blessed that I was able to read them all this year. These books have all changed who I am as a person, and I will carry, pass them down, and sing their praises for my entire life. Books like this render me speechless to be honest, but I hope I did a decent job letting you guys know how much they mean, and will continue to mean, to me.

โžฝ And the rest of my favorite books published in 2017:

โœจThe Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

โœจDown Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) by Seanan McGuire

โœจRed Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence

โœจKings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames

โœจWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

โœจSkullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 0.5) by Brian Staveley

โœจGodsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) by Jay Kristoff

โœจOathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson

โžฝ But my favorite book that I read in 2017 happened to be a 2018 title:

โš”The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!

โžฝ My Top Five Least Favorite Books Published in 2017:

๐Ÿ™ƒ Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost

๐Ÿ™ƒ Raven’s Mark: (The Raven Queen’s Harem #1) by Angel Lawson

๐Ÿ™ƒ Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves

๐Ÿ™ƒ The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

๐Ÿ™ƒ Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose

โžฝ My Top 18 Most Anticipated Releases of 2018:

๐ŸŒŸThe Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – January 2nd, 2018 โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸBeneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire – January 9th, 2018 โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸIron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown – January 16th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸThe Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole – February 20th, 2018 โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸHeart of Iron by Ashley Poston – February 27th, 2018 (I have an ARC!)

๐ŸŒŸChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orรฏsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi – March 6th, 2018 (I have an ARC!)

๐ŸŒŸHigh Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning – March 6th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸThe Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco – March 20th, 2018 (I have an ARC!)

๐ŸŒŸDread Nation by Justina Ireland – April 3rd, 2018 โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸCirce by Madeline Miller – April 10th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸThe Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward – April 10th, 2017

๐ŸŒŸGrey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence April 19th, 2018 (I have an ARC!)

๐ŸŒŸBloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames – April 26th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸMagic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews – May 8th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸThe Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden – August 14th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸToil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edit by Tess Sharpe – August 28th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸBlanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – October 9th, 2018

๐ŸŒŸThe Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor – No Date (If this gets pushed back until 2019 Iโ€™m actually going to be WEEPING for the rest of the new year!)

โžฝ And the highlight of my year on Goodreads and my blog was just connecting with so many amazing people who love to celebrate their love for reading. I love you all, but these people truly changed my life this year, and I just wanted to give them a special shout out and you should all follow them (if youโ€™re not) to start your 2018 off right!

๐Ÿ’— Paloma became like my best friend this year, and our Snapchat streak is getting pretty intense. Sheโ€™s beautiful, funny, my book twin, and gives me the best romance recommendations in the world.

๐Ÿ’— Destiny became not only a huge part of my reading life, because we buddy read like 50 ARCs together, but she became a staple in my real life, too, and I love her more than words. Sheโ€™s also brought me into her bookish community on FB and helped introduce me to so many wonderful people. I have no words to describe how much she has changed my life, but I truly think we will be friends for life.

๐Ÿ’— Elise was totally along for the ride with me and Destinyโ€™s buddy reads, too! Sheโ€™s my spider queen, my sapphic book recommender, my theater star, and I love her so much!

๐Ÿ’— Em is like becoming the biggest reviewer on Goodreads, so I hope she remembers me and my love for her when sheโ€™s famous. Also, sheโ€™s the number one person I go to when I gush over any book and we leave each other 100 messages back to back when we love a book, and she makes every book I read that she has already read 100 times better.

๐Ÿ’— Petrik completely buried himself inside my heart and my only wish is for him to move to the US immediately. Not only does he write the best reviews, read the best books, and shows me so much kindness, he also is one of the most talented people Iโ€™ve ever met.

๐Ÿ’— Mary completely just blatantly stole my heart and I hope she relocates to Vegas soon so we can be wed. Mary has helped me with so many reviews this year, while also doing some amazing buddy reads with me. Sheโ€™s also the most beautiful person on Goodreads, but sheโ€™s also passionate, and intelligent, and honestly goals in every single way.

๐Ÿ’— Jules was honestly my buddy reading queen in 2017. I read so many books with her, and she made each and every one so much better. Also, we bonded over Nevernight and Godsgrave and now she can never leave me and she must read just as much with me in 2018! I donโ€™t make the rules.

๐Ÿ’— Alexis is my newest book friend of 2017, but Iโ€™m completely obsessed with her opinions and content and her BookTube channel. I feel like Iโ€™ve known her way longer than I have, but I canโ€™t wait to get to know her even more in 2018. Also, sheโ€™s adorable, funny, has amazing taste in everything, and is such a good kitty mom.

๐Ÿ’— Lilly is also a newer friend of mine this year, but I honestly canโ€™t picture blogging without her now. Also, me and her have like every book in common and if my 2018 isnโ€™t filled with buddy reads with her Iโ€™m just going to cry the entire year away.

๐Ÿ’— Chelsea is a confirmed angel that I was able to meet this year in person and it was honestly one if the highlights of 2017 for me. Not only is she gorgeous; sheโ€™s smart, funny, so kind, and is 100% my go-to for anything and everything Thriller!

๐Ÿ’— Sue completely makes Goodreads for me. She puts in more work than anyone else I know on this site, and is always so kind and giving. I couldnโ€™t possibly make a list without giving her a shout out, because she does so much, and I canโ€™t picture Goodreads without her.

And thank you all for making my 2017 so great! I hope 2018 is filled with unconditional love and good health and happiness for you all! Oh, and a good book always! Iโ€™m so very grateful for each and every one of you who gush over books with me and show me so much kindness and friendship. From every molecule of my body, thank you. ๐Ÿ’–

โžฝ My 2016 Reading Challenge
โžฝ My 2015 Reading Challenge

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26 thoughts on “My 2017 Reading Year in Review

  1. This is so amazing. I just love all the charts! I’ve never used a spreadsheet to keep track of my books, but I may start now. Loved all your pics and glad you had such a great year. Happy reading in 2018! โค

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    1. I can’t wait to see your charts in 2018!! I always do a mid year one, and then an end of the year one! That are too… addicting! Haha! Thank you so much, Mischenko! Happy new year, love! โ„โ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™xx

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    1. Awh, you are welcome, love! I’m forever thankful that 2017 let me hang out with you! Haha! I hope you’re having the happiest of new years, and I hope 2018 brings us a buddy read or two! โ„โ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™xx

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  2. Congratulations on a great year of reading! I’ve seen so many bloggers post 2017 wrap-ups with charts and data like this and I was wondering how to do the same. I guess I’ll be trying the spreadsheet this year!

    Happy new year and happy reading!

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    1. You should totally do the spreadsheet I linked in this post! It is honestly how I gathered all the information and it automatically makes the charts for you!

      Thank you so much, and happy new year! โ„โ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™

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  3. Fantastic post!! I think the Hate U Give was the book that will stay with me the most. Oathbringer is the book that has been the hardest not to touch, but it will take 55 hours to listen to, I need a really good time for me not to feel like it’s being ripped into tiny segments.

    I love your photos!!!

    And I’m sorry that Bad Habit and Ghostwriter turned out to be BUSTs. Ghostwriter didn’t work for me either, I actually DNFed it. And Bad Habit was only a tiny disappointment. It wasn’t as wowing as MISBEHAVED was, it was missing the certain special ingredient, but at least I was able to finish it and write a positive review. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much for this heartfelt comment! Also, this gave me so much hope to pick up Misbehaved still! So thank you so much for that! Also, you’re the only other person I’ve heard of not enjoying Ghostwrite, too, so I officially love you. Happy new year and happy reading, love! ๐Ÿ’—

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  4. “This book taught the world that we want black stories, from black authors, with black casts, with black people on the coversโ€ฆ no matter how many old, racist, white dudes continue to get published. ”

    Yes, yes YES!

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