2017 Wrap-Up

It’s the beginning of 2018, so it’s time to look back at my reading/blogging life for 2017. For this wrap-up I’m using a template from this blog. I adapted it a wee bit for my own needs. In 2017  I made a deep dive into romance novels for many reasons that still aren’t clear to me, if that makes any sense. I think because of the political climate I needed to read something comforting which also gave me happy endings in year where happy endings in real life were few. And that’s what romances are: fairy tales in which a woman gets exactly what she wants at the end. And, yes, in romances that means she gets the love of a rich duke (dukes seem to be a favorite in the historical romances right now). In the coming year I plan on reading fewer romances and get back to my teetering TBR pile, and writing more QBR reviews for my blog.

2017 Reading Stats:

Number of Books I Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 13!
Genre You Read the Most from: Historical Romance

Best in Books:

Best Book You Read In 2017?

Best overall book is Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Best romance novel: The Shadow Duke by Meredith Duran

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Most surprising (in a way good way or bad) book you read?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Best series you started in 2017? series I started in 2017: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman & Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor

Best Sequel of 2017? I started reading the Neapolitan Series last year and The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante is just wonderful.

Best Series Ender of 2017? Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? It’s a toss-up between Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran (Yes. They are both romance authors. And they are awesome!)

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lips Touch: Three Times by Lani Taylor [YA books]

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Most memorable character of 2017?

Irene from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.”
― Brit Bennett, The Mothers

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? The shortest, at 45 pages, is Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas. The longest, at 870 pages, is Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year. After reading so many romances of the year this is hard. Nadia and Aubrey of The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From an Author You’ve Read Previously

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Best World building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most FUN to Read?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman AND Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Most Unique Book I Read In 2017?

S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Book that made you The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (If I hadn’t been reading a Kindle, I would’ve chucked this book at the wall when I finished it.)

My Blogging/Bookish Life:

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

The Girl of 1000 Wonders

Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

It was such a weird Manson themed year. The Girls by Emma Cline.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog

My First Library

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I love Read-a-thons. April 2017 & October 2017.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

And by popular I mean most viewed/visited:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

This one.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

This was not a great year for completing challenges and goals I set for myself. I failed almost all of them!

Goodreads: 144/75

Book Riot Read Harder 2017: I didn’t complete this challenge. I only read 7 books that would meet the task requirements for this challenge.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: I only read 15 of my own damn books.

#DiverseAuthors: I only read 7 books that fit this challenge.

 

Looking Ahead:

One Book You Didn’t Get to In 2017 but Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I want to post more book reviews and bookish posts in the coming year. Wish me luck! Here are my Reading Challenge Plans:

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: Read as many of books on my teetering TBR pile as possible

GoodReads: read 75 books

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018

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December 2017 Wrap-Up

December Stats:

Total Books Read: 21

Number of Pages: 6,339

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 21

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 21

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 21

Library Books: 14

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 2

DNF:

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:   144/75 (I’ve met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

Favorite Book:

The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran    (This is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read.)

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!: 6

I went crazy buying Kindle books this month.

My Bookish Posts: 0

My Quickie Book Reviews: 0

Across the Blogosphere:

Across the Web:

A link to Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

A link to Pop Sugar’s Reading Challenge 2018.

My year in reading according to GoodReads.

My year in reading in 2016 according to GoodReads.    

How was your reading and blogging in December? Did you read and blog more or less this month?  Be sure to let me know in the comments below. Happy Reading!

November 2017 Wrap-Up

November Stats:

Total Books Read: 15

Number of Pages: 5,407

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 15

Library Books: 12

Audio books: 0

Rereads:

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:  123/75 (I’ve met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 0

Favorite Book: Duchess in Love by Eloisa James

Books Purchased/#BookHaul:

 

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Quarterly Literary Book Box: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda,

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen,

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

 

 

My Quickie Book Reviews:

 

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

 

 

Across the Blogosphere:

I do love a sexy poem read to me by a sexy man. Sigh.

That’s my reading month. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below.

October 2017 Wrap-Up

October Stats:

Total Books Read: 16

Number of pages: 5,157

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 15

Diverse Authors: 1 (Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas)

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 16

Paperback: 2

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 14

Library books: 14

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 2

DNF:

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D

I’m still waiting for these two books to become re-available at the library.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 108/75 (I met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:

 

Room by Emma Donoghue

Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

The Curl Revolution by Michelle Breyer

 

 

 

My Bookish Posts:

Morning Pages

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2017

Dewy’s Readathon Updates

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Across the Web:

I think this essay is an interesting read: The Hidden Horror Inside Jane Austen’s Novels of Love by Mikaella Clements

So that was my reading life in October. How was your October? Let me know in the commments below. Happy reading in November, y’all!

 

Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

Closing Survey! (add your link or comment below)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? As always the 20 hour is the most daunting,
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! How the Marquess was Won; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Lips Touch, Three Times; Between the Devil and Ian Eversea.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All of ’em!
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Yes to both.

The books I read:

Pages read: 953 (goal was 1,500)

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Least Favorite: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

As always I had a wonderful day focusing on reading. I didn’t spend as much time visiting other folks or participating in mini-challenges  on social. But I read a lot and had a very good day, and I’m looking forward to the next readathon in April.

Did you participate in this readathon? Let me know if you did and how it went for you in the comments below!

Next readathon is scheduled for April 28, 2018.

Here is link to the April 2017 readathon wrap-up. If you are interested ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

 

September 2017 Wrap-Up

September Stats:

Total Books Read: 13

Number of pages: 4,673

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 13

Library books: 10

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: 0

My Favorite Book this month:

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. I love this book and am so looking forward to the next book in the series!

Challenges to date:

GoodReads:  90/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 0

Across the Web:

In the fall I love to read, watch, and listen to creepy stories. One of my favorite creepy stories is about Robert the Doll in Key West, Florida. You can hear a version of this story at the web page for the podcast Lore.

The end of August marks the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death. And there are “think pieces” about her legacy. Hilary Mantel has written two interesting pieces about being royal here and here.

August 2017 Wrap-Up

August Stats:

Total Books Read: 12

The Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash The Mothers by Brit Bennett A Beginner's Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1) Falling in Love Again The Countess (Madison Sisters, #1) The Heiress The Husband Hunt Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4) The Wild Marquis (The Burgundy Club, #1)

Number of pages: 3,627

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 12

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 12

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 11

Library books: 11

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: I didn’t finish, but I plan to do so in September.

See What I Have Done Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1) Funny Girl

Challenges to date:

GoodReads: 78/75 (I met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, & Favorite Book: 1

Books Purchased:

Shadowshaper  Between Shades of Gray The Sociopath Next Door The Devil in the White City

My Bookish Posts:

Quarterly Lit Box Unboxing

Across the Blogosphere:

An interesting blog post about other themes explored by Jane Austen in her novels. Click here to read.

A post that really has made me stop and think about my blog and time management. Click here to read.

Across the Web:

I’ve included this podcast previously in my March 2017 Wrap-Up. I’m listening to it as I work on this post. Here is the link to the most recent episodes. Right now the podcast is exploring the parallels between Jean Seberg and Jane Fonda.

This is a lovely essay about all the stuff we all accumulate, and why. Cleaning the House, Tending the Weeds.  

Overall this was a good reading month for me. I’ve read so many romance novels this summer. I’ve not read so many romances since I was a teenager. I must say romance novels have changed so much since then.

How was your August? Did you read many books? Any favorites? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to leave a link to your wrap-up, too. Happy Reading.