I debated whether to wait for the actual end of the year before doing this but I figured I won’t be able to finish that many books between now and the 31st. I’m currently almost done with Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. I see myself squeezing in a few more manga volumes to round up my final number to, hopefully, 130 but I will only be continuing series I’m already reading. On the audiobook side, I borrowed All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka but haven’t even started it. I actually got an hour into A Long Way to A Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers but it failed to keep my attention for longer than 5 seconds. I guess that’s one of those books that you have to actually read.
I think I did well with my Better World Books Reading Challenge. Basically, it was fitting in books I already read vs reading those titles that I chose at the beginning of the year. So it’s a fail in that aspect but still, I’ll give myself that. I may do something like this again just for a guide or inspiration to broaden my interests.
My consumption of manga and audio books were definitely more than last year. I mean, I read (as of this posting) 126 books (including Deathless). Twenty-six of those are audio books and fifty-nine are manga or graphic novels. That leaves 41 novels/books. Not bad considering I did read some big books this year. I’ve grown to love my library apps, Hoopla Digital and Overdrive a lot. They are an awesome source of audio content. In my 20some years, this is the most I’ve gotten use out of a library. XD
Overall, 2017 was a crazy reading year. See you on the other side!
Once again, thanks to Perpetual Page Turner Jamie for this tag.
2017 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 126 (as of 12/29)
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (I did read Jane Eyre this year but in manga form.)
Genre You Read The Most From: manga (format) and fantasy.
BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2017? The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson owned 2017. All of the books are amazing. Despite their lengths, I look forward to reading them.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Let’s see… I was excited to finally see what the fuss is all about over The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it from the first few pages of the first book. I did finish the trilogy only by the combined forces of Nikolai, Genya, and David. Mal and Alina actually made me dislike the trilogy even more.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? In a good way, New Adult! If ever I said in the past that I dislike NA, I take it back. I’m so fascinated by it. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy changed my opinion on the genre. Then I read Priest by Sierra Simone. Oh lawd! Now, I have a sizable collection of NA romance on my many e-readers just waiting to be enjoyed.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Japanese fiction in general. I’ve amassed quite a collection and read a good amount and I tend to love most of them. It has a different vibe from Western writing even though it is translated into English. I recommended the Ring series by Koji Suzuki to those who loved the movies but never knew they were originally books. Same with Keigo Higashino translated works.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? I finished quite a few series this year and wow, it’s an awesome feeling to cross those out finally. The best that I started is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer with Cinder. Best sequel is a toss up between Spiral by Koji Suzuki, from the Ring series; and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, from Him. And the best ender has got to be The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? I want to say Brandon Sanderson but I started reading The Final Empire late December of last year. I say… Laini Taylor. The word to describe her writing is magical. Yes, it’s a bit purple prosey but it works with the theme of her books. At least with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? From the YA Contemporary genre, When It’s Real by Erin Watt. I listened to this on a whim and oh boy, I was hooked so much that there were times when I would stop typing (at work) so I can savor the story better.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It’s The Hunger Games on steroids. And as an honorable mention, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Totes serious.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I should just come out and say that I’m not one for re-reads. Yeah, those days are behind me.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? The UK editions of the Mistborn trilogy. Continue reading