2017 has come to a close, and it’s time to enter a new (and hopefully better) year. 2017 wasn’t great for me personally or on the global scale, but I will say that this was by far the best reading year of my life – both when measured by quantity and quality. Since this post is going to be longer than a typical wrap-up, I’m not going to talk about every book I read in December, but I’ll have the ratings. After I go through those books, I’ll review all of my reading and blogging goals, so stay tuned!
December Reading Wrap-Up
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: ★★★★
Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin: ★★★ So much of this felt unnecessary, and I’m honestly not sure I’m going to continue with the series.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: ★★★★
the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace: ★★★★★
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: ★★★★★ I loved this way more than I thought I would, and I want more.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: ★★★★ I aspire to this level of grumpiness.
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen: ★★★★
Rumors by Anna Godbersen: ★★★
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin: ★★★★ I did a review for this one! You can read it here.
Envy by Anna Godbersen: ★★★
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard: ★★★★ You can read my full review of this here.
Splendor by Anna Godbersen: ★★★
1984 by George Orwell: ★★★ I probably would have enjoyed this more had it not felt like non-fiction.
American Panda by Gloria Chao: ★★★★ I will have a review of this up soon so keep an eye out!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao: I’m not going to put a rating on this one, because I haven’t actually finished it yet, but I will definitely finish it today if it kills me.
2017 Reading and Blogging Wrap-Up
2017 Goodreads Reading Goal: 159/100-125 books (if I finish Forest) I’m super proud of myself for having to RAISE my goal (from 100 to 125) and then still massively exceeding it
12 Classics to read in 2017: 12/12
Buddy Reads (monthly) with Clara: HA nope. We basically didn’t even try with this one but our schedules are so different anyway that this would have been almost impossible. We will probably buddy read a few books next year, but I’m definitely not going to make it a concrete goal.
Two Posts per Week: I definitely didn’t complete this goal entirely, but I’m really proud of how much more consistent I’ve gotten over the past year. I also think I’ve finally found a system I want to try next year to help me plan out my posts in advance.
Music Posts: I thought at the beginning of this year I wanted to try and incorporate my love of music into this blog by talking about the music I was listening to, but I think I found an even better way –
If You Like That… Try This!: I really love making these posts, because they incorporate my love of music with my love of books. I would love to do more of these in the future, so let me know if you like them, too!
Reviews: I did get super behind on my ARCs around the middle of this year, but I did eventually catch up and I’m pretty proud of some of the reviews I wrote this year.
Discussion Posts: I didn’t set a particular number of posts that I wanted to do this year, but I didn’t do as many as I wanted to. I’d definitely like to do more discussions in the future.
Overall, 2017 was an amazing reading year for me. What books did you read? Did you meet all of your reading and blogging goals? Tell me in the comments!
Happy New Year!!!!