Happy New Year!
I love this thing Goodreads do at the end of each year. If you’re not on Goodreads, it’s basically social media for book-lovers, and although it leaves a lot to be desired, it’s a great tool for blogging because you can easily log each book as you finish it. You can also use it to collate the books you want to read (although that doesn’t really work for me) and they do this awesome ‘Year in Books’ tool each year to show what your reading habits have been like for the past 365 days.
I didn’t do a reading challenge this year – I felt it affected my enjoyment of books in 2016. I read 100 books in 2016 but only 37 this year – however I felt a lot less stressed about it! I think this is a fairly accurate representation of my reading habits in general, as I seem to remember it being around that number in 2015 as well.
The shortest book I read in 2017 was Hunger by Susan Hill, a creepy story that wasn’t quite up to scratch for me, not when I’ve come to expect so much from Hill. The longest was Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which was nothing special either.
(Does anyone else ever worry that they’ve already read all the books they’re going to love? I read so many books that just turn out to be mediocre and I’m always looking for the next amazing read but rarely find it. I just have to keep faith that something will pop up again soon!)
The most popular book I read in 2017 was Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which I’d been intending to read for years but the Hulu show inspired me to finally do it. Again, this was just an OK book for me, and I found the ending disappointing. The least popular book I read was The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism by Ellie Levenson. I remember this being a really well-written book but one particular argument surrounding rape soured my view of it. I think that’s probably why it’s not very popular, as I remember reading a lot of reviews on Goodreads that slated it for the same reason. Click here if you’d like to read my review (it was also my first review of the year!).
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was the highest-rated book on Goodreads that I read in 2017. I was lucky enough to get a free ebook from Netgalley and if you’d like to read my review, it’s here. This definitely deserves a high rating from the Goodreads community: it’s one of the best YAs I’ve read for a while and has an important message behind it.
And if you’re interested, here’s a list of the books I read in 2017 and three words to sum up each one:
- The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism by Ellie Levenson – Controversial / Accessible / Unimportant
- Hunger by Susan Hill – Creepy / Disappointing / Short
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell – Humorous / Light / Gift idea
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – Charming / Classic / Lovely
- Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman – Everyday / Surprising / Wonderful
- The Secrets We Keep by Jonathan Harvey – Forgettable / Inclusive / Fine
- Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates – Fantastic / Harrowing / Memorable
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – Hilarious / Original / Clever (Let’s just stick with this as an overall opinion for the rest of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books as there’s a lot of them!)
- The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
- The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
- The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
- The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
- The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
- The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
- The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
- The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
- The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
- The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
- The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – Disappointing / Dull / Downhill
- I Call Myself a Feminist by various authors – Inspiring / Clever / OK
- The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – OK / Interesting / Familiar
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Accessible / Memorable / Powerful
- The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins – Artistic / Talented / Clever
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Downhill / Overrated / OK
- One Of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Clever / Original / Too much romance
- Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella – Funny / Favourite / Easy
- My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – Light / Fun / Different
- Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella – Disappointing / Cute / Funny
- The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
- The End by Lemony Snicket
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman – Different / Feminist / Important
- The Dark Half by Stephen King – Disappointing / Gory / Trial
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King – Long / Disappointing / Trial
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – Overrated / Creepy / Forgettable
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Charming / Classic / A little racist and sexist…
- Origin by Dan Brown – Familiar / Exciting / Page-turner
- The Radleys by Matt Haig – Forgettable / Different / Clever
This is weird – it said I’d read a total of 38 books in 2017, but all of those come to 38! Is it just missing a random book or has it miscalculated?!
It’s fun looking over the books you read in a year – I’d forgotten about a lot of these, but that’s also because a lot of them were quite forgettable. There was very little that I had strong opinions about. Hopefully 2018 will bring a new favourite. Saying that, I loved discovering the A Series of Unfortunate Events books!