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2017 Reading Wrap-Up

I love looking at everyone else’s year in reading, so I’m sharing mine. You lucky dogs! I am pleased with what I was able to squeeze in this year and just wish I could say I had a higher average star rating. As it is, I feel mostly happy with my reading picks this year.

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CLICK HERE to see which were my favorites for this year out of the 62 I read.

Along that same line, I’m going to be doing parts of the end-of-year survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner.

  1. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t.
    Hunted by Meagan Spooner. I love Beauty and the Beast and heard so many amazing things about this book that my expectations were incredibly high. The book fell short. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t meet what I had envisioned based on the many glowing reviews I had heard and read.
  2. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read.
    These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner. The book is highly rated, but I had my doubts. Big ones. I was definitely taken by surprise at how much I was sucked in by this book and how much I loved it by the end. My heart was both gooey and shattered. It sounds impossible, but I’m living proof it is not.
  3. Book you pushed the most people to read:
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This is one I actually read in 2016, but I’m still loving it and still recommending it. There are far too many people that still have not read this book. It’s so good guys. Don’t even try to argue. I will not hear you.
  4. Best series you started in 2017? Best sequel? Best series ender?
    The first one that comes to mind is The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. I fell hard for that family this year and blew through each book available. The last one comes out in a few months, and I am stoked! If you like Little Women and middle grade books, then you must read The Penderwicks.
    The best sequel might be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I liked the first one okay, but I really enjoyed this sequel.
    For series ender I’m going with my reread of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. There’s about a third of the book that I wish the editor had said, “See ya!” to, but otherwise I love that book and feel it’s a great conclusion to a great story.
  5. Book read in 2017 you are most likely to reread next year?
    Definitely the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. I thought they were adorable and want to read the physical copies.
  6. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I’m going to achieve my dreams, guys.
  7. OTP* of the year (you will go down with this ship!) *One True Pairing:
    I think my favorite OTP for 2017 might be from the trilogy I’m working on finishing right now: Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to give any spoilers of any size, but my heart beats happy beats when things are good and my heart drips tears when they’re not.
  8. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?
    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Oh. My. Gosh. I didn’t sob, but there was definitely a tear or two that escaped, and my heart was sobbing inside my chest. Considering my heart is made of stone and trapped in a steel cage, I find this quite telling.

And with that my attention span has reached its end.

How did you do on your reading goals? Were you happy with your reading year? Did you find any new favorites? Tell all!

*Featured image from mjmoore.wordpress.com.
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6 thoughts on “2017 Reading Wrap-Up”

    1. Oh, goodness. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be listening to that while out and about. Yes. Tissues, blankets, and a safe place to ugly cry are necessary when at *that* part of the book. I’ve never actually had a chance to talk to anybody about this book, so I’m extra glad you commented about it! I’m not alone!

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  1. I really love this format for a year-end wrap-up. I was pretty happy with my reading this year. I managed 26 books, and overall, I really enjoyed what I read. I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom for the first time and wow. I’ve decided it’s one of the best books of all time. I also really, really, really loved the last book (which was released in November) of a series I’ve been reading since junior high. I never wanted these books to end, but even I was like, “This is it. And it’s perfect.” Just discovered your blog and really enjoying it.

    Sharing my own year-end reading wrap-up:
    http://oldoriginalthoughts.blogspot.com/2017/12/lets-bust-recap-2017.html

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    1. I’m so glad you found me! I’m still trying to figure this whole book blogging thing out, so have patience. Lol. What was the series you just wrapped up? I’m really curious now. I loved The Hiding Place. She was such an amazing woman.

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      1. I’m glad I found you, too! Your blog is great, and I like catching a blog just as it’s beginning. I actually found you through your Instagram account.

        The series that just ended is the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. She wrote the first Christy book (Summer Promise) in 1988 and that book is set during the summer Christy turns 15. There are 12 books in that series, then she wrote the Sierra Jensen series (also teen books and also 12 in that collection: Sierra is introduced in the final Christy Miller book), then she went back to writing about Christy in The College Years (3 books), then about Katie Weldon (Christy’s best friend) for another 4 books, then the main focus going back to Christy in The Married Years (3 books), and finally in 2017, the final two books in The Baby Years (3 total) came out. Haha! On top of all that, she has a couple of other series and some stand alone novels that she’s written and I’m a die-hard fan of all of it.

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      2. That sounds awesome! I loves series that grow with the characters. I think it’s one reason the Anne series is so great. When I was little and read the first one I just couldn’t get into the rest. Then as I was younger teen I suddenly appreciated Anne of Avonlea, and then I fell in love with Anne of the Island, etc. I was literally able to grow with the series, and it’s so nice to look back on. Now that I have multiple kids I’m looking forward to giving the later Anne books another try.

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