2017 is officially drawing to a close, and that means it’s that time again where we all take a look through what we’ve been reading over the past twelve months. This year has been an interesting year in terms of new developments in what/how I’ve been reading. In some ways, I’ve been limited in the fact that I went through a period of a few months in which I was solidly re-reading the same books for my A-Level English exams, so I didn’t get a chance to read from the genres that I usually head straight for. Starting university also meant that I had a lot of assigned classics to read that left little room for other books that I really wanted to read.
That being said, I would say that overall 2017 was still a very successful and fulfilling reading year for me. I read 27 books (beating my goal of 26), and many of these I rated highly on Goodreads. I also wrote *cue stats* a grand total of 23,669 words of blog posts this year; almost 4000 more than last year! I’m pretty proud of that.
Without further ado, let’s get into some details!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This was a very tough decision for me – it was between ACOMAF and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, but eventually what it came down to was not necessarily the plot but the description within the book. I love the vastness of the world in the Throne of Glass series, and all of the characters, but the description in ACOMAF genuinely took my breath away. The Night Court was one of the most beautiful and rich locations that I’ve ever read and I honestly still cannot get it out of my head. I absolutely adored it, and so it just had to be my choice. I’m yet to read A Court of Wings and Ruin (wish me luck) but I’m sure that’s going to end up ranking very highly in my 2018 review. Queen Sarah J. Maas, thank you for reminding me every time I pick up one of your books why I fell in love with reading in the first place!
Least Favourite Book
Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers
I picked up this book because I saw that it had a large emphasis on writing, and I love books about characters who write. What I didn’t expect was a slow-paced, problematic read that I very nearly did not finish. I’m already noticing myself straying away from contemporary YA because I’ve read so few that I’ve really enjoyed in the last year or so, and this one was just another that I could not get on board with whatsoever.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
I loved I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, so I was highly anticipating reading another of her novels. TSIE, unfortunately, just did not grip me at all. It seemed far too cliché and often I found myself actually cringing at how unrealistic parts of it were. I don’t think this experience will stop me from reading any more of Nelson’s novels in the future; it just wasn’t what I wanted from my second reading of her works.
More of Me by Kathryn Evans
I picked up this book on a total whim at the library in order to fulfil the BookTubeAThon challenge of reading a book with a person’s face on the cover. The blurb was just so bizarre and different from anything I’ve ever read before so I thought that this was as good a reason as any to give it a go, and I was definitely not disappointed. The story follows teenager Teva, who physically splits in two on every birthday, leaving a house full of all of her former selves. It was so odd, but I was absolutely hooked from start to finish, and I would definitely recommend it as a quick read unlike anything you might have read before.
Newly Found Author
I don’t think there’s a single blog that I’ve been on this year that hasn’t mentioned The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas at least once. THUG won the Goodreads choice award for best YA fiction novel this year (rightly so), and I genuinely have read few books that have been as relevant and important to the current world as this one. I’m confident in saying that I will probably read anything else that Angie Thomas releases in the future.
Reflecting on Goals
- Read 26 books
- Read more diverse novels, in terms of both authors and characters
- Read a novel in the magical realism genre (does More of Me count?)
- Upload a minimum of two blog posts per month
- Follow and interact with more bookish blogs
I’d say that in terms of reaching goals, 2017 was relatively successful. While I didn’t upload two blog posts every month, several months I uploaded far more than that, and I’m particularly proud of the fact that I managed to keep up with my daily BookTubeAThon diaries! That’s definitely something I plan to bring back for 2018. For the year ahead, my goals will largely be the same in terms of ensuring that I read widely and diversely, and that I continue to interact with other lovely bookish bloggers!
Reading Challenge Goal for 2018: 40 books
First books for 2018: Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney (for uni) and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (for myself).
And that’s it for my 2017 reflection! I feel like this year has been a pretty good one for reading, and I am so excited to kick of 2018 with two books that I’m very excited about. Thank you to everyone who read and interacted with my posts this year, I feel like I’ve gotten to know some wonderful bloggers this year and I can’t wait to see what amazing posts people are going to come out with in the next twelve months.
Happy New Year!