2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up and 2018 Aims

As with 2013, 20142015 and 2016, the end of 2017 means it’s time for my end of year Reading Wrap-Up. This year has had its fair share of ups and downs, both generally and in terms of my reading. I’ve read a few great books (mostly YA) and I’ve read a few that I was thoroughly disappointed by; regardless, here is my year in books.

Aims for 2017
Read 52 books
I read 52 exactly (100%)
Complete the 2017 Reading Challenge
Unsurprisingly I didn’t complete this one. I completed 38/52 challenges (73%), which is an improvement on last year.
Read five novels on the BBC Big Read list
This challenge completely fell by the wayside this year, so much so that I genuinely forgot that I had set this as one of my 2017 reading goals. However, by complete chance I did read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and the first novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, so I completed 1.33 of my intended five books.
Read five 2017 releases
I read thirteen (260%)
Read fifteen new-to-you authors
I read 38 (253%)
Listen to five audiobooks
I listened to 14 (280%)
Keep track of reading habits in journal
More or less. This started off wonderfully, but tailed off towards the end of the year. I’m still counting it though.

Facts and Figures 2017
Highest scoring novel – TIE: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera & This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (9/10)
Lowest scoring novel – TIE: It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliott, Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller & Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (3/10)
Most books read in a calendar month – 10 in December
Most books read by one author – 3 by Sarah Crossan
Total pages read – 17,283
Total books read – 52

Best In Books
1. Best book you read in 2017?
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – a wonderful, heartbreaking YA novel that will stay with me for a long time

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling – I love the movie, but reading the script was a disappointing experience

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – I picked up this ARC at YALC and absolutely didn’t expect to find a book to rival The Hunger Games

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2017?
I didn’t push any books this year, as I don’t actually like people reading my favourite books in fear that they won’t like them. Saying that, my Granny read several of the books I read and reviewed this year.

5. Best series you started in 2017?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I have high expectations from these amazing characters

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017?
Adam Silvera – although I only read one book by him, I’m super excited to read his previous two books after the massive reading success of They Both Die At The End

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Don Juan by Lord Byron – I don’t read poetry often, and this was a definite chore

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – I read this incredible debut (out 2018) amazingly quickly; it was a stunning, thought-provoking read

9. Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – I rarely re-read books within a few years, but this collection of poetry was beautiful and is something that I could just dip into

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – it’s stunning

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Lyra Belacqua (Northern Lights by Philip Pullman) – she’s smart and brave, and fights for what she believes in

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – I love Sarah Crossan’s writing style, and this novel written in free verse was beautiful

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig – this memoir is full of life-affirming advice

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to finally read?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I did try reading it a few times as a child, but it’s taken me until now to actually finish it

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017?
“I came to believe that if something can be imagined it must be possible.” (Nod by Adrian Barnes)

16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2017?
All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (108 pages) / The Visitor by Lee Child (510 pages)

17. Book that shocked you the most?
Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan – this novel written in free verse made my jaw drop on more than one occasion; it’s certainly got trigger warnings for abuse

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)?
Rufus Emeterio & Mateo Torres (They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera) – beautiful individuals, wonderful relationship

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Bob and William Trundle (The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher) – this father/son relationship was wonderful to read about

20. Favourite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously?
The Visitor by Lee Child – I always have a great time reading Jack Reacher’s adventures

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
Our Song by Dani Atkins – thank you to my good friend Heather for this wonderful recommendation, I loved it and cried buckets

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Aiden Green (Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt) – he’s a nice guy, plus he’s a geeky author

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – I absolutely wasn’t expecting to love this book, but it was an incredible, detailed YA read

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Martian by Andy Weir – somehow being stranded on Mars was immensely vivid 

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt – as a regular comic-con/book con attendee, this book encapsulated my love of all things geeky

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan – somehow Sarah’s beautiful writing always messes with my emotions

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Our Song by Dani Atkins – I wasn’t expecting to love it anywhere near as much as I did; a real surprise

28. Book that crushed your soul?
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – I. Was. A. Mess.

29. Most unique book you read in 2017?
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – a love story told in dictionary definitions? I wouldn’t have believed it to be possible, but here’s all the proof you need

30. Book that made you the most mad?
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – I hated this book. It was weird, and the plot-twist was horrific

Looking Ahead
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your number 1 priority in 2018?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – I thought about this question for ages, but I recently decided not to push myself in terms of numbers in 2018; instead I want to read some books I’ve been putting off for far too long, and re-read some old favourites (this comes into the latter category)

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp – I loved This Is Where It Ends, so I have high hopes for her next book

3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?
Everless by Sara Holland – I heard about this book at YALC (though sadly didn’t snag a review copy)

4. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018?
Enjoy it! After all, that is the most important thing.

2018 Aims
– Read 12 books
– Read 5 authors I’ve never read before
– Re-read at least one book
– Listen to 3 audiobooks

Bring on 2018!

3 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up and 2018 Aims

  1. The Hobbit is one of my favorite required reading books from high school! I really need to re-read it… what did you think? I know you said you couldn’t believe you waited this long to read it, but did you enjoy it?

    I’ve read The Raven Cycle, and really enjoyed it. My favorite was the third book 🙂 I was slightly disappointed with the final book, but I think I’m in the minority. Maggie’s writing is so atmospheric… and she is super entertaining in person.

    The Golden Compass, The Martian, and Bossypants are all on my TBR! Hope to get to soon.

    Good luck with your 2018 goals!

    1. Unfortunately I was more than a little disappointed by The Hobbit. I think it’s been hyped to such an extent that I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

      I’m looking forward to continuing with The Raven Cycle in 2018; they lie ready and waiting on my TBR shelf 🙂 I totally agree with you about Maggie’s writing and how entertaining she is in person; she’s so funny she could definitely be a stand-up comedian!

      I hope you get to read Northern Lights, The Martian and Bossypants in 2018 – they are all stellar reads!

      Thank you very much, and good luck with your own reading goals 😀

      1. Well if you were disappointed in The Hobbit, I wouldn’t try reading The Lord of the Rings series… I read the first one and was highly disappointed with it. The Hobbit was the best book in my opinion.

        Thank you! You too 🙂

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