Books I Read in 2017

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This year, I set a goal to read 75 books. I was worried that I wouldn’t meet my goal, even though I read about 65 books last years. I completely surprised myself by reading 105 books in 2017! I was also so happy to find some new favorites and explore new genres. Here are all the books I read in 2017 (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

 

What books are at the top of your TBR for 2018?

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Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors in 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is new to me authors in 2017. In 2017, I tried to branch out from my usual young adult contemporary reads. As a result, I discovered quite a few new-to-me authors that I really enjoyed:

  • Sarah J. Maas

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I tried reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass earlier this year and couldn’t get into them. For some reason, I wanted to try to finish A Court of Thorns and Roses since I made it 50% of the way through. I’m so glad I did because A Court of Thorns and Roses became one of my favorite series of the year! Now, I have to read Throne of Glass since it’s currently being developed to be a Hulu series.

Books read: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • Marie Lu

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I never picked up Marie Lu’s Legends series because it came out the same time as many other futuristic/dystopian books and I had already read a quite a few of them. When I started blogging, I kept hearing people talk about how much they loved her books. When Warcross buzz started, I knew I wanted to pick it up because it sounded like a book I would enjoy and I heard so many positive reviews about Marie Lu’s writing style. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed Warcross.

Books read: Warcross

  • Kasie West

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I can’t believe I never read a Kasie West book since contemporaries are my favorite! I heard a lot about Kasie West’s books from blogging and in 2017, I finally picked one up… and didn’t stop until I read all of her contemporary books! Now, Kasie West is quickly becoming one my favorite contemporary authors and earned a spot on my auto-buy list.

Books read: The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, By Your Side, The Fill-In Boyfriend

  • Brigid Kemmerer

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I heard a little bit about Letters to the Lost, but I wasn’t sure it would be a book that I would enjoy since I tend to stray away from tougher topics. After hearing one of my favorite booktubers rave about it and seeing it as a Kindle daily deal, I decided to read it… and I’m so glad that I did! Letters to the Lost became one of my favorite contemporary books of the year and I can’t wait to read More Than We Can Tell, which follows one of the minor characters from Letters to the Lost, in 2018.

Books read: Letters to the Lost

  • Leigh Bardugo

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I heard so much about Six of Crows from blogging and was intrigued by the book’s description. Even though I hadn’t read the Grisha trilogy, I decided to jump right into the Grishaverse with the Six of Crows duology. The Six of Crows duology is one that I find myself recommending left and right. I can’t wait to pick up more books by Leigh Bardugo in 2018!

Books read: Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom

  • Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas, in my opinion, wrote the biggest and most influential book in YA during 2017. This book definitely made its mark in 2017 and I’m so glad that I read this book. I am so excited to see what she writes next!

Books read: The Hate U Give

  • Reneé Ahdieh

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I loved reading Reneé Ahdieh’s books because she does a great job with incorporating culture and painting a world inside your head. I especially loved The Flame in the Mist for its world building!

Books read: The Wrath and the Dawn, The Flame in the Mist

  • Kiera Cass

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Kiera Cass gave me the perfect fun books to read during the summer! I put off The Selection series for awhile because I heard mixed reviews for the series. However, watching The Bachelorette this summer made me want to pick them up. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed reading The Selection series!

Book reads: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown, The Siren

  • Jenna Evans Welch

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Love & Gelato was the perfect book to read over the summer. It let me travel to another part of the world without leaving my house and provided a cute story with some deep moments. I can’t wait to read her next book, Love & Luck next year!

Books read: Love & Gelato

  • Ryan Graudin

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I was blown away by Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf and can’t wait to finish the duology next year! Ryan Graudin develops unique concepts in fast-paced and interesting novels which makes me love her books!

Books read: Wolf by Wolf

 

What authors were new to you in 2017?

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

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Happy New Year! To ring in the New Year, I decided to complete the Ringing in the New Year Tag created by Bookmark Chronicles. Here are my answers (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

  • Best Book/Series You Read in 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Even though I ended a lot of series this year (The Lunar Chronicles, The Winner’s Trilogy) and read a few entire series this year (The Selection, Six of Crows duology), I would have to say one of my favorites would have to be A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve mentioned this in a few posts, but I actually put aside the first book at about 50% towards the beginning of 2017. I decided to pick it up again towards the end of 2017 and I’m glad I did because it was so much fun to read!

  • Author that You Recently Found and Would Like to Read More of in the New Year

Letters to the Lost

I picked up Letters to the Lost towards the end of 2017 and absolutely loved it! I’m really excited to read Brigid Kemmerer’s next book, More Than We Can Tell in 2018, especially since it follows one of the best characters from Letters to the Lost.

  • Most Anticipated Book Turned Movie

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

I haven’t read this book (yet), but enjoyed watching the trailer. I usually don’t gravitate towards movies that cause my heart to race, but this one looks really interesting!

  • Name a Character that You Wouldn’t Mind Sharing a Kiss with at Midnight

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Rhysand and Cassian were two of my favorite love interests of 2017. Either would be the perfect midnight kiss.

  • What’s on your TBR for 2017?

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I loved The Unexpected Everything and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This book has been pushed back a few times, so I can’t wait to finally read it when its released during the summer!

  • How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

Even though I ended up reading a little over 100 books last year, I know I won’t have as much time to read this year. As a result, I’m setting my goal a little lower than last year’s goal (75 books) at 50 books for this year.

  • Will you participate in the Goodreads Challenge or any others?

I always participate in the Goodreads challenge because I like to remember what books I read, how many stars I rated them, and the infographic they give at the end of each year.

  • Any New Year’s resolutions (bookish or otherwise)?

Like last year, I want to branch out and read different genres and formats for books (maybe this year I’ll even try an audiobook!). I also want to read more books in the adult genre or find more books with characters my age in general.

 

Happy New Year! Also, do you have any book recommendations that feature characters in their early twenties/out of college?

The Brittany Awards: Overall Favorites

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With the year coming to a close, my yearly favorite are coming to a close as well. I’ve had so much fun reflecting on my favorite books of the year that I can’t wait to see what new favorites the next year will bring! Here are my top six favorite books of the year (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

The Winner’s Curse trilogy was one of my favorite series to start in 2016 and end in 2017. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to this amazing series during 2017. However, I can’t wait to see what Marie Rutkoski comes out with next!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Like with The Winner’s Curse trilogy, The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite YA series. I was so sad to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters! Luckily, I can read more about the Lunar Chronicles crew in the spin-off graphic novel series, Wires and Nerve!

  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

I loved everything about this duology: the characters, the structure, and the plot. I literally couldn’t put these books down!

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I absolutely loved A Court of Mist and Fury! Going from a series that I originally DNF’d to making on my overall favorites list must mean I thought a book was amazing and this book definitely was. With great characters, an interesting plot, A Court and Mist and Fury completely contradicts the second book slump.

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You is the perfect, fluffy contemporary. This is one of the Kasie West books  that made me understand all of the hype surrounding her books. P.S. I Like You reminded me of a cute high school movie. Despite all of my work during my last semester of college, I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it!

  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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This book definitely took my by surprise. Usually, I really enjoy one half of a Sohpie Kinsella book, but only have lukewarm feelings towards the other half. I’ve Got Your Number, however, had me hooked through the entire book! This story was so much fun to read!

What were your favorite books of the year?

December Reading Wrap-Up

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With school winding down for the year and the craziness of the holidays, I didn’t do much reading. However, I’m still marking it down as a great reading month! During December, I had the chance to revisit some of my favorite winter reads from high school. Here’s what I read (book reviews are linked to book titles):

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  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

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  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

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Re-reads:

It's a Mall World After All

Bittersweet

 

What was the best book that you read in December?

Favorite Blog Posts of 2017

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Earlier this week, I discussed my top five favorite book reviews that I featured on my blog in 2017. In this post, I’ll discuss some of my other favorite bookish posts featured on my blog. This year, I wanted to focus on posting more frequently on my blog. After I graduated college, I was able to start a more frequent and consistent posting schedule on my blog. As a result, I had a lot of posts to choose from! Here are five of my favorite posts from this year:

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I loved reflecting on my reading using the summary created by Goodreads. I loved looking at the interesting graphics that detailed my ratings, the length of my books, and their popularity. I can’t wait to see what my 2017 book graphics look like!

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This year, I create a tag… and other people actually did it! After taking dozens of personality quizzes online, I decided to relate it to my love of books. I loved reading about other people’s personalities and how they could connect their lives to their favorite books. (If you’re reading this, I tag you to complete the Book Personality Challenge!)

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I was inspired by Heather from Bookables on Youtube to use different sorting features on Goodreads to learn a little bit more about my reading (see her original video here). It was interesting to see what authors I keep grabbing for… some of them were definitely a surprise!

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The Unpopular Book Opinion Tag is one of my favorite book tags. This year, I decided to only focus on books that I read in 2017. Since I read so many books this year, I definitely had more choices to go off of then when I first completed this tag on my blog.

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Since I wrapped up The Brittany Awards last year, I couldn’t wait to write them again this year! I had so much fun creating new categories this year (re-reads, graphic novels, and separate categories for contemporary and fantasy). I really tried to branch out and try new books this year, so it was exciting to reflect on everything I read in these awards.

 

What were some of your favorite blog posts that you wrote this year (please link them below, I would love to read them!)?

Bookish Christmas Gifts

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Looking back to my bookish Christmas post last year, I was worried I wouldn’t get into the holiday spirit since my college finals ended so late. I also worried about a lot of big changes that would happen in my life the next year–graduating college, finding my first “grown-up” job, and starting life outside of school.

Since I survived graduating college, found my first job, and starting enjoying my life outside of school, it was easy to get in the Christmas spirit! This Christmas I had so much fun getting back into the holiday traditions in my town and watching my students at school get excited for winter break. I’m so excited to see what next year holds!

Even though Christmas isn’t about presents, I thought I’d share some of the books and other fun items I will use to decorate m bookshelf. Here are some of the bookish/fun presents I received:

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone has been on my TBR for awhile! I thought they had this book in my library, but was sad when I realized that I saw it in the store and not my library. That made it the perfect book to put on my Christmas list! I’m interested in reading more books in the young adult world concerning mental health this year. Every Last Word follows a popular girl who struggles with OCD, so it’s definitely one of my to-read list.

I read Wolf by Wolf last year through my library’s e-books and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Blood for Blood isn’t in my library’s circulation, so like Every Last Word, I thought it would be a great book to add to my Christmas list. I’m so excited to finish this duology in 2017 since Wolf by Wolf was one of my favorite fantasy books of 2017.

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite young adult series, so I was so excited to hear about her new book! This book features superheroes and even though I haven’t really seen many superhero movies or read many superhero books, I’m hoping to love this book as much as I did Marissa Meyer’s other books.

Now onto some fun presents I’ll use to decorate my book shelf! My family learned how much I love Funko Pop figures, so they decided to go all out and pick out some that I thought I would enjoy. Since all of the figures are Disney princesses, I was definitely excited to receive them!

For my Ariel and Pocahontas pocket pops, I will probably rotate them between my key fob and my book shelf. 

This Aurora figure is so cute! It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but Aurora has sparkles on her skirt which makes this figure even more fun. I can definitely see Aurora standing with some of my fun colored contemporary books.

I LOVE this Pocahontas figure. This is actually one I hadn’t seen in stores around me, so I was surprised (but happy) to find it under my tree.

Tiana is my favorite Disney princess (I was literally made sure to be the first person in line to meet her in Disney World), so it makes me so happy to add her to my bookshelf. I think her blue dress would look really nice next to Renegades!

I absolutely love this Snow White figurine. Everything besides her face and eyes are covered in glitter. She will really shine on my bookshelf!

Even though I didn’t receive this for Christmas, I did manage to snag these two Elf figures at my Target’s after Christmas sale for half-off. I also found a few Christmas tsum tsums. These will be great to decorate my shelves with during Christmas next year!

 

What was your favorite bookish Christmas gift?

Favorite Reviews of 2017

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This year, I read a little over 100 books… so I wrote a ton of book reviews! Here are five of my favorite book reviews that I wrote in 2017:

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I loved writing a review of Bittersweet because it was one of my favorite books to read in high school. It was so much fun to revisit it during the winter and talk about how wonderful it is as a winter read.

My Not So Perfect Life

On my blog, I primarily review middle grade and adult books. However, this year I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and read books marketed towards different age ranges and in different genres than I usually read. Even though my feelings were mixed towards this book, I’m proud that I ventured out of my comfort zone and was able to share my feelings about it on my blog.

March: Book One (March, #1)

Like with the book above, I wanted to venture outside of my comfort zone while reading this year and that included graphic novels. My reviews of March and Nimona were my first graphic novel reviews on my blog and they motivated me to pick up several other graphic novels this year.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

I loved reviewing Always and Forever, Lara Jean because it brought me back to a series that I hadn’t thought about for awhile. Even though I liked this first two books, I definitely enjoyed this book the most in the series so I loved sharing that on my blog. This book also holds a special place in my heart because it mentions a store in Williamsburg, Virginia that I visisted whenever I went on vacation with my family this past year!

The Summer After You and Me

I really enjoyed writing my reviews of How My Summer Went Up In Flames and The Summer After You and Me because I pushed myself to write a review in a different format than I usually write. This post was particularly fun because I reread a book from my high school years and compared it to the newest book by this author.

 

What were your favorite book reviews that you wrote during 2017 (leave a link below, I would love to read them!)?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is books I’m looking forward to in 2018. Here are my top ten choices:

  • Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

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Kasie West quickly became one of my favorite contemporary authors in 2017. I know she has a lot of books up her sleeve, so I can’t wait to read this release next year!

  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

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More Lunar Chronicles! More Iko! How could I not be excited?

  • Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

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Gunslinger Girl sounds like a book that’s right up my alley. A girl goes to a lawless city in the west after a second Civil War in the United States. This book has an interesting premise, so I’ll be interested to see how it plays out in the book.

  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

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Letters to the Lost was one of my favorite contemporary books of the year, so I definitely have high expectations for Brigid Kemmerer’s next book, More Than We Can Tell. I’m particularly excited for this book because it follows Rev, one of the minor but most interesting characters in Letters to the Lost.

  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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With a con man and city of sins, the description of this book brings me the same feelings of Six of Crows. Since I loved Six of Crows, I have high hopes that I will love this book too!

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses and was sad to say goodbye to the characters. With a few open-ended parts of the story, I’m excited to see what direction Sarah J. Maas will move this series towards.

  • Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt

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This sounds like the perfect cute contemporary book! I think all readers have imagined what it would be able to date their favorite literary characters, so I can’t wait to see this author’s take on the idea.

  • Royal by Rachel Hawkins

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I enjoyed the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins, so I’m excited to see what she does with this story!

  • American Panda by Gloria Chao

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I’m really interested in reading this book because it features not only a diverse main character, but a character in college. It seems like it could be cute, but deep at the same time, which is my favorite kind of contemporary!

  • Turn it Up! by Jen Calonita

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I’ve read some of Jen Calonita’s young adult series and loved her easy and fun writing style. This sounds like Pitch Perfect for a younger audience.

What books are you looking forward to in 2018?

The Christmas Joy Book Tag

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Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you’re having a great day with friends and family. To celebrate Christmas, I decided to complete The Joy of Christmas Book Tag. Here are my answers:

  • Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue

Since I pretty much mention my love for The Lunar Chronicles on almost every blog post, it’s not surprise that I can’t wait to read the second volume of Wires and Nerve. Even though the first volume didn’t meet my expectations, I’m still excited to see where the story goes.

  • Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but want to sing about?

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen was one of my favorite young adult authors and still is to this day. Her books have such great themes for people of all ages to read. Even if you are nothing like one of her main characters, you can always connect to an aspect of the story.

  • Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

I love reading about the different courts within this series. They each have their own look and culture and I think Sarah J. Maas did a great job of tying that in. Additionally, she provides a lot of background to the faeries and how they operate in this book, which was helpful to me since I don’t really read high fantasy books.

  • A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

Emma

I read most of Emma, but eventually returned it to the library without finishing it. I recently watched the movie and really enjoy the story because it is a little easier to follow than some classics.

  • Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer. This book is definitely at the top of my bookish Christmas wish list.

  • Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Lucky in Love

I love reading Kasie West books because even though they aren’t the most original, I always finish her books with a smile on my face.

  • Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

I love all of the covers on books by Kiera Cass. Both The Selection series and The Siren feature stunning dresses on the cover. I read quite a few of her books on my Kindle and couldn’t believe how pretty they were in person when I checked out The Heir and The Crown from the library.

  • Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

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Every Christmas Eve, my parents give me a Christmas CD and Christmas pajamas. It’s always fun opening a gift before Christmas Day, especially when it’s something we can enjoy as a family. We always listen to the CD as we travel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

 

Thanks for joining me for Blogmas!