reading: a year in review

My original reading goal for 2017 was 52 books. I surpassed this by consuming 130. Below are a few stats from this year, along with a complete reading list including ratings.


I tend to read romance especially when I am experiencing a large amount of stress or anxiety. So this is a pretty good indicator of how my year went in that regard. Romance is soothing, and tends to be formulaic which translates to wonderfully predictable. (Happily ever after is always nice when things are rough.) It also tends to score lower ratings overall. A good romance score from me is a three. Above that, and you can assume that it’s something special.


I just barely beat my initial Goodreads goal by reading physical books alone. The reason I generally refer to books consumed v books read, is because I do listen to a lot of audio books. I’ve come to find that there are some stories that are just better read aloud. That said, there are also some that I know would get a higher score from me if I read the physical book.


A few final stats to wrap up my reading habits for 2017:

  • 6 comics, 3 graphic novels, 3 middle grade, and 19 young adult
  • 144 fiction, 14 non-fiction, 2 other
  • Books range in publication from 1992-2017
  • 42,059 total pages
  • Longest book: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (818 pgs)
  • Shortest book: Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest

2017 Book List

Title Author Rating
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott 5
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Audre Lorde 5
Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4) Gail Carriger 5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) J.K. Rowling 5
March: Book One (March, #1) John Lewis 5
Hold Your Own Kate Tempest 5
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1) Mackenzi Lee 5
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus Margaret Atwood 5
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church Rachel Held Evans 5
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell 5
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow 5
Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) Ryan Graudin 5
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) Sarah J. Maas 5
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Trevor Noah 5
Turbulence (Turbulence, #1) Whitney G. 5
Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era Abby Howard 4
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Amie Kaufman 4
Bel Canto Ann Patchett 4
Geekerella Ashley Poston 4
All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders 4
Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon, #1) Dakota Krout 4
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Eddie Izzard 4
To Love Jason Thorn Ella Maise 4
Royally Matched (Royally, #2) Emma Chase 4
The Royal We Heather Cocks 4
A Brief History of Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice Jack Holland 4
Call the Midwife (The Midwife Trilogy, #1) Jennifer Worth 4
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) Jenny Han 4
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) Jenny Han 4
Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) Jessica Park 4
March: Book Two (March, #2) John Lewis 4
The Secret (Highlands’ Lairds #1) Julie Garwood 4
The Jane Austen Project Kathleen A. Flynn 4
The Heir (The Selection, #4) Kiera Cass 4
Safe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #5) Kristen Proby 4
Flowers from the Storm Laura Kinsale 4
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) Maggie Stiefvater 4
Poison Study (Study, #1) Maria V. Snyder 4
A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) Marie Brennan 4
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Marissa Meyer 4
Vampire Knight, Vol. 2 (Vampire Knight, #2) Matsuri Hino 4
Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop Matt Fraction 4
Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1) Maya Banks 4
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1) Nancy Campbell Allen 4
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 7 Natsuki Takaya 4
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Noelle Stevenson 4
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir Padma Lakshmi 4
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars Paul  Collins 4
Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence, #1) Robert Thier 4
Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur 4
The Hating Game Sally   Thorne 4
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) Sarah J. Maas 4
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Seanan McGuire 4
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World Shannon Hale 4
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary Simon Winchester 4
I’ve Got Your Number Sophie Kinsella 4
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Stephanie Perkins 4
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt 4
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) Tessa Dare 4
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Timothy Egan 4
Swink (Landry Family, #5) Adriana Locke 3
The Scoundrel’s Honor (Sinful Brides, #2) Christi Caldwell 3
The Rogue’s Wager (Sinful Brides, #1) Christi Caldwell 3
Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1) Colleen Hoover 3
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, #1) Drew  Hayes 3
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World Edward Dolnick 3
The Wedding Shroud (Tales of Ancient Rome, #1) Elisabeth Storrs 3
Once an Innocent Elizabeth Boyce 3
Once an Heiress Elizabeth Boyce 3
Once a Duchess Elizabeth Boyce 3
To Hate Adam Connor Ella Maise 3
Royally Screwed (Royally, #1) Emma Chase 3
Pucked Off (Pucked, #5) Helena Hunting 3
Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers, #1) Jamie McGuire 3
Unspoken (Woodlands, #2) Jen Frederick 3
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) Jenny Han 3
Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love, #1.5) Jessica Park 3
By Your Side Kasie West 3
The Room Mate (Roommates, #1) Kendall Ryan 3
Beautiful Broken Rules (Broken #1) Kimberly Lauren 3
Just One of the Guys Kristan Higgins 3
Easy Charm (Boudreaux, #2) Kristen Proby 3
Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Kristen Proby 3
Forever with Me (With Me in Seattle, #8) Kristen Proby 3
Breathe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #7) Kristen Proby 3
Tied with Me (With Me in Seattle, #6) Kristen Proby 3
Rock with Me (With Me in Seattle, #4) Kristen Proby 3
Play with Me (With Me in Seattle, #3) Kristen Proby 3
Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1) Kristen Proby 3
The Knocked up Plan Lauren Blakely 3
The Birthday Scandal Leigh Michaels 3
Countess So Shameless (Scandal in London, #1) Liana LeFey 3
Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels, #1) Lisa Kleypas 3
Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, #2) Lisa Kleypas 3
To Seduce an Earl (Seduction, #1) Lori Brighton 3
Angel Catbird, Volume 1 Margaret Atwood 3
Tapping the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #1) Max Monroe 3
A Spy’s Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) Melanie Dickerson 3
A Viscount’s Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2) Melanie Dickerson 3
In the Eye of the Storm (Storm and Silence, #2) Robert Thier 3
Bad Feminist Roxane Gay 3
It’s In His Heart (Red River Valley, #1) Shelly Alexander 3
Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella 3
Beautiful Mistake Vi Keeland 3
Never Kiss a Rake (Scandal at the House of Russell, #1) Anne Stuart 2
I Only Have Eyes for You (San Francisco Sullivans, #4; The Sullivans, #4) Bella Andre 2
Pushing the Limits Brooke Cumberland 2
Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1) Elle Casey 2
Royally Endowed (Royally, #3) Emma Chase 2
Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) Erin Watt 2
Dirty English (English, #1) Ilsa Madden-Mills 2
The Charlotte Chronicles (Jackson Boys, #1) Jen Frederick 2
The Wright Brother K.A. Linde 2
Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) Karen Marie Moning 2
The Crown (The Selection, #5) Kiera Cass 2
Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1) Kristen Proby 2
Under Locke Mariana Zapata 2
The Billionaire’s Secret Wife (The Pryce Family, #3) Nadia Lee 2
Punk 57 Penelope Douglas 2
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 2
Can You Keep a Secret? Sophie Kinsella 2
The MacKinnon’s Bride (The Highland Brides, # 1) Tanya Anne Crosby 2
Highland Fire (Guardians Of The Stone, #1) Tanya Anne Crosby 2
Shame on You (Fool Me Once, #1) Tara Sivec 2
Small Gods (Discworld, #13) Terry Pratchett 2
The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, #1) J. Sterling 1
Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1) L.J. Shen 1
Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) Laurelin Paige 1
Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas, #1) Magan Vernon 1
Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross, #1) Sherrilyn Kenyon 1



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