Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My 2017 Reads

This year I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, possibly because I read more unpublished manuscripts for writer friends than in previous years. Unfortunately they don't count towards my books read total. According to Goodreads, I read 2,616 more pages this past year so I must have read longer books. If you want a quick summary, here's my year in books from Goodreads.

I listened to several audiobooks at the beginning of the year but found I ended up burning out because I was constantly listening and not giving my mind much downtime. I've taken an audiobook break but have been considering picking them back up.

In total, I read 30 books this year. Eleven were audiobooks I listened to between January and June. My physical book reading was way down this year, unfortunately. I also only made it through three e-books. I usually have a physical book and an e-book going at the same time. E-books I read while I'm eating because I can prop up my tablet. I think my e-book reading was down because I read more hard covers that I can prop open while I eat. If given the choice, I will read a physical book over an e-book.

It could have been my mental state or maybe my choices in books, but I didn't read anything I loved. There were lots I really liked, but nothing that I couldn't put down. I started the year with two authors I enjoy, but ended up disappointed in their books. One was Nest by Terry Goodkind and the other was Anne Rice's Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, which was actually better than I'd thought but still wasn't as good as I'd hoped given my love of Anne's work.

One of my favourites this year was by Em Shotwell. She did a novella called Froget Me Not. I actually critiqued it for her, but even rereading my physical copy, I had the same emotional reactions. It made laugh, broke my heart, and made me cheer...I may have even become teary on my second reading, just like the first. For a little more on this novella, check out this interview I did with Em earlier this year.

This year I read more young adult than previous years. It wasn't on purpose, just happened that way. I enjoyed The Hate You Give and have been loaning my copy out to friends. Karen McManus's, One of us is Lying was really good and once I hit the half way mark, I did have a harder time putting it down because I needed to know what happened! Her twist was really good.

It was also my year for V.E. Schwab. I read Vicious on the recommendations of two friends, and really enjoyed it. I also read the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy (and convinced my boss at the library to order them for our collection), which captivated me. The third book had me crying in the first fifty pages. I adored her characters and the story was fun. This Savage Song was a really good read and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when it's my turn on Overdrive.

The closest I got to a book I couldn't put down were the audiobooks for Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I did tons of housework so I'd have an excuse to listen to it. If I'd read it, that series would have destroyed me. I wasn't pleased with the third book, but it summed everything up. I'd like to go back and read the physical books to get the full experience, I don't find listening to audiobooks as fulfilling as reading.

For 2018, I'm looking forward to the latest Iron Druid book, Scourged. I want to read more Laini Taylor. I've been itching to read Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom series, maybe 2018 will be the year I start. Then again, I'd really like to read the books I have in my to be read pile, some have been waiting a few years.

What were some of your favourite reads in 2017? What are you looking forward to in 2018?