Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

It is the end of 2017 and I am exhausted (just like my fat cat was after Christmas Day). I'm not sure why though because I apparently spent the whole year just escaping into books! Here are some of my stats --

Total Books Read/Listened To: 115, representing 36,000+ pages
Non-Fiction: 12
Review Copies: 26
Books in Translation: 5
Number of Rereads: 36
Library Usage: 31 (some of these overlap with rereads)
Books From My TBR: 36

I'm quite proud of that non-fiction number. That's better than I've ever done in a year. And having my rereads number back up so high makes me very happy.

Here are a few of the best reads (and rereads) from my year:
The Shepherd's Crown and Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett
Conrad's Fate and The Pinhoe Egg - Diana Wynne Jones
The Invisible Library and The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo - Isobel Charman
The Hotel Under the Sand - Kage Baker
The Book that Changed America - Randall Fuller
The Boneshaker and Greenglass House and Ghosts of Greenglass House - Kate Milford
Meddling Kids - Edgar Cantero
The Wonderling - Mira Bartók 
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup
Race to the Bottom of the Sea - Lindsay Eager
The Gates - John Connolly
The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

I seem to have really enjoyed middle grade books and sciencey non-fiction this year. Fantasy as my genre of choice was a no-brainer. I needed the escape for sure.

Now for 2018!

These are the books that I got for Christmas and I plan to enjoy most of them this year. I'll also be doing my reading for the Back to the Classics Challenge, running DWJ March/March Magics (this year 's theme will be short stories!), and keeping this trend toward rereads going. I hope to at least get twelve non-fiction reads again and raise that books-in-translation number. Otherwise, I just hope to have as enjoyable a reading year as I did in 2017. It saved my sanity (mostly).

How was your reading year? What goals do you have for next year?

Closing the book on 2017,


  1. I was so happy to see The Screaming Staircase in your tops! :) Happy end-of-this-year to you! :)

    1. I can't wait to continue with the series this year. It was so TOTALLY my thing. I can't believe I didn't try it until now.

  2. I got the same Charles Finch book for Mary for Christmas. She's been enjoying that series.

    I need to read more Pratchett in the spring. I really do love his humor. I also have his essay collection that I need to read.

    Have a great last day of the year, and a wonderful new year!

    1. I really like the Charles Finch series. I have been waiting for this one so I'm glad it was gifted because I think there's a new one in February!
      And more Pratchett is always a good thing. I think I might add each author's non-fic to my event this year too. Even those essays are highly entertaining!

  3. You're going to be hosting Witch Week? That's great! I'd be happy to help in any way I can. Happy 2018, may it be better!

  4. Looks like you had a great reading year. Happy reading in 2018!