Hi there! Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when everyone analyzes what we did last year and what we wanna do this year. And it’s also that time of year when we booknerds analyze all the books we read last year and plan out all the books we wanna read next year. So, I’ve compiled this post full of graphs and lists to take a look at what I’ve read these past twelve months. A lot of the questions are from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, and I was also very inspired by Cait @ Paper Fury, especially with the pie charts! Thank you, Jamie and Cait! I won’t be following the guidelines exactly…but oh well, rules are made for breaking.
Number of Books & Pages Read:
I’m so happy I completed my goal of reading 72 books! In fact, I surpassed it! If you also completed your reading goal for the year, congrats! If you didn’t, that’s totally okay too of course.
I read a lot of 4-star books, which is good!
Number of Pages:
Long books are scary!
Unsurprisingly, my most read genre is contemporary, followed by fantasy. I like a bunch of different genres, but I do think contemporary fiction is my favorite, so this makes sense.
While most of the books I read were young adult (understandably, as I am a teenager), I did read some adult this year—some for school and some for pleasure.
Series vs. Standalone:
I find it interesting that I read more first books in series than sequels. I should really finish series before starting new ones!
This is probably the first year I’ve read this many ebooks. I much prefer print books, but I started reviewing advance copies from Netgalley this year, so that’s why ebooks are at 8%.
Where My Books Came From:
This one isn’t surprising either. During the second part of the year, I didn’t go to the library as much, but in the beginning of 2017 I went to the library all the time because I was going to school right across the street from a library.
I’m really glad I read so many diverse books. Reading diversely is something that is really important to me!
Types of Diversity Represented:
I read a ton of books this year with poc characters, which is awesome! I also hope to read more books next year with characters who are part of other minorities, especially ones with disabilities—only 3% of the diverse books I read in 2017 had a disabled character.
Unsurprisingly, I read more books with girl mcs than boy mcs. Probably because a) I’m a girl, and therefore am more likely to relate to girl characters, and b) I think there might be more books about girls than boys? Especially with kids books. I read one book this year with a nonbinary character (Every Day by David Levithan), and the rest of the books from the 2/Nonbinary category had multiple protagonists .
Omg I have so many new favorites! But these are my top four:
Books That Didn’t Meet My Expectations:
Unfortunately, these books weren’t as good as I thought they were going to be.
Book That Surprised Me:
Jenny Han’s books always seemed to me like they would be way too cheesy and romantic for my taste. And To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was cheesy, but I actually really liked it! It’s about so much more than just romance, and I really liked the protagonist, Lara Jean.
<< See my review for The Hidden Oracle here. >>
Favorite New Series:
I was so happy when I found out that Marissa Meyer is writing a spin-off graphic novel series about Iko from The Lunar Chronicles! I’m not sure if that technically counts as a new series, but I loved it so much.
Also, Awkward is such a great graphic novel! If you’re looking for a cute, quick middle grade series, definitely check this one out.
<< See my review for The Sword of Summer here. >>
I continued so many great series! you don’t even know how sad I am that Ruby Redfort is over. It’s such an amazing, underrated series, and I love it to death!
Favorite Books By New (to Me) Authors:
Angie Thomas’s debut, The Hate U Give, was phenomenal (one of my all-time favorites), and I’m so glad I found Noelle Stevenson’s Lumberjanes comics. I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above is so good and needed. Like most people, I had never read a book about an intersex person—until I read None of the Above. More people should read it!
Favorite Books From Authors I’ve Read Previously:
I loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl way more than Eleanor & Park. Jason Reynolds is amazing, and so was his book Ghost!
Favorite Book That Was Out of My Comfort Zone:
I don’t usually read poetry, but Milk & Honey really struck a chord with me. It was so beautiful, and it really made me feel things. Mom, if you’re reading this, thank you for giving this book to me!
Ugh I read so many books with gorgeous covers!
Most Memorable Character:
Cath (Fangirl) — Cath was so relatable.
Charlie and Taylor (Queens of Geek) — I loved reading about these two amazing, diverse girls! Queens of Geek is so adorable omg.
Iko (Wires and Nerve) — Iko is definitely one of my favorite robots ever!
Shortest Book Read:
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (52 pages): though short, this book is great!
Longest Book Read:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (777 pages): I enjoyed this one, but it’s not the kind of book you read in one sitting.
Keefe and Sophie from the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. I LOVE KEEFE OMG. I even made an aesthetic for the two of them:
(Fyi I am extremely proud of this aesthetic.)
- Magnus, Hearthstone, Blitzen, and Sam from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
- Ruby & Clancy from the Ruby Redfort series. I love how close they are and how they’re so comfortable with each other and always tell each other everything.
Book I Related to the Most:
Okay, so fellow introverts, READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. I explain everything in my review (here) but in short: it’ so incredibly relatable and I love it to pieces. And it’s a graphic novel with a really cute art style, so bonus points!
Book That Made Me Cry:
Favorite Review I Wrote in 2017:
I really liked this beautiful graphic novel rendition of one of my all-time favorites, Anne of Green Gables. It was different because of the format, but I loved how it stayed true to the original story, and the timing was perfect—I had just finished watching Netflix’s Anne With an E when I came across this book. Read my review here.
Favorite Non-Review Bookish Post:
15 Bookstagram Accounts You Should Follow ASAP where I talk about some amazing bookstagrammers! Read it here.
Most Popular Bookish Post:
How to Track Reading in Your Bullet Journal. This one’s kind of a crossover books and bullet journal post, but whatever.
Best Bookish Discovery:
Book Outlet!! I found this website last spring and omg it’s SO CHEAP! Almost all of the books I’ve bought this year came from book outlet—like, you can get brand new, newly released hardbacks for only a few dollars! (This is not sponsored, I just really really love this company.)
Book I Didn’t Get to But Will be a Priority in 2018:
I can’t believe I haven’t read these yet! The first three have been sitting on my shelf even though I’m so excited for them and I don’t get it??? And I have to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because the movie is coming out in March. 😉
Highly Anticipated 2018 Releases:
Ahhhh so many books are coming out this year how will I read them all???!!!
Reading Goals for 2018:
- Write more reviews
- Make reading a priority
- Read before bed
- Read 80 books
Wow, this was a monstrous post! If you made it this far, kudos to you! Seriously, you’re the best. Now that you’re done, let me know in the comments: what were your favorite books you read in 2017? Any books you’re particularly looking forward to reading in 2018?
P.S. If you want to see all of the books I read in 2017, check out my goodreads shelf!