And so comes the time when we booknerds take it upon ourselves to look back on this smoldering ruin of a year and try to smash all the highlights into one, usually long-winded post. Admittedly, this was the worst reading year I’ve had to date. However, I’m not disappointed. I started university this year, and I knew it would be a huge damper on my reading. That being said, with the first semester behind me, I am eager to leap into next year and ready for all those 2018 reads.
I didn’t make it to my goal this year, which I had lowered several times. But, like I said, considering all that happened this year, I’m happy with my 54 books.
Literally six of those rereads are the same trilogy….The Foxhole Court, amirite?
I had a surprisingly even year this time around, I expected fantasy to be a clear majority.
Best Book of the Year
Did you really expect me to pick just one?
Book You Were Excited About And Thought You Would Love More But Didn’t?
You can see my review for more on my issues with this.
Most Surprising Book
This one was surprising because I ended up hating the Pretty Little Liars books and picked this one up not expecting much if anything. However, I ended up really loving it and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.
Book You Kept Throwing at People So They Would Read It?
All I have to say is that I got one of my friends to read this and she loved it so much she recommended them to her English professor.
Best Series Started
I’m going to be completely honest and say that I don’t remember anything that happened in this book but since I did read it in the middle of January I’m not surprised or disappointed. I hope to reread both of the Illuminae files books before Obsidio comes out in March.
All of these series is so incredible I will be talking about it literally until I die. I’ll probably reread these next year too.
Favorite New Author
I read my first Dessen book this year, Saint Anything, and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected. As someone who typically avoids contemporary novels, I thought her writing would fall short with me but Saint Anything was great!
Best Book From An Unfamiliar Genre
No surprise that this one comes from the Queen of contemporary, Morgan Matson.
Most Enthralling Read
I’m never going to stop talking about the Shades of London series you guys. It’s just so good and under-appreciated. If you love ghosts, boarding school, Britain, and secret government task forces, you’ll love these.
Book You Are Most Likely To Re-Read
I’ve re-read this book every year since it came out in 2015 and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Favorite Cover of the Year
The book itself fell a bit short, but this cover is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen.
Most Memorable Character
I tried to pick someone unrelated to AFTG but to be completely honest he’s one of the only characters I can really remember reading about this year.
Most Beautifully Written Book
First take away: I desperately need to reread this. I literally can’t remember anything that happened, which I think is more a product of the atmosphere in which I read it rather than the book itself. I do remember it being hauntingly beautiful and atmospheric though.
Most Thought-Provoking Book
This book actually made me even more excited about my studies and my future in the medical field. Highly recommend for anyone looking to go into emergency services medicine!
Book You Definitely Should’ve Read Sooner
After loving the Curse Workers series so much I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to pick this one up.
“Luckily for us, I’ve never met a bad idea I did not immediately embrace like the dearest of friends.”
- All In, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“It’s about second chances, Neil. Second, third, forth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than anyone else wanted to give you.”
- The Foxhole Court, Nora Sakavic
Okay, so this isn’t actually a book but Goodreads is telling me it’s the shortest thing I read and I’m too lazy to go figure out what the actual shortest one was. This is actually a pretty fu
This book literally took me like a month and a half to read so I believe it.
All in all, could’ve been a better year, but there’s always next time. Stay tuned for a 2018 goals post coming later this week!
How did y’alls reading go this year? What were your favorite books? Any duds?