At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 36 book in 2017. That’s 12 more books then I read in 2016! I’m pleased to announce I reached my goal! Actually I CRUSHED IT! I hit book 36 in late September and went on to finish a whopping 44 books in 2017!!! It feels good to hit this goal since I didn’t get to accomplish some of my other goals for the year. But I feel like if you reach some of your goals that’s better than none.
Full disclosure my reading includes physical books and audio books. It was a 31-14 split. 31 physical books and 14 audio books. I do a lot of driving so I enjoy listening to books while I do.
Last year I wrote a little something about every book I read. This year “aint nobody got time for that!”. I’m just going to talk about my favorites, in no certain order. I’ll also include a complete list at the bottom of everything I read. If you want to know about one in particularly let me know!
LET’S DO THIS! (May contain mild spoilers.)
Backwards By Rob Grant (Red Dwarf #3)
Oh, my, what do you say about a series full of unlovable screwups, who can’t do anything right and are basically total a-holes? … I know what I say, I say this is one of my favorite series of all time! The wild space comedy that follows Lister, a lazy underachieving slob, Rimmer, a living hologram of a long dead neurotic loser, The Cat, the narcissistic last surviving descendant of a cat people civilization obsessed with his snappy suit collection, and Kryten, a service mechanoid they found caring for the literal skeleton crew of a ship that crashed thousands of years before. Basically it’s the most wonderful thing I’ve read. Because I love comedy and space. Backwards takes place on a planet that is just that, backwards. I typed a few things trying to explain all the implications of what that means but I can’t do it any justice. But I will say I think Rob Grant is kinda a genius. I feel this book was just as fantastic as the two before and I highly recommend picking up the series if you like amazing ridiculous things!
The Name of the Wind / The Wise Man’s Fear By Patrick Rothfuss
I read both books this year so I’m just talking about the series in general. I’m really going to try and do this without giving anything away. Instead of the books I want to talk about the author. I feel like Patrick Rothfuss breaks so many rules. So many things I would usually hate in stories and writing he somehow makes me love. The world he builds is rich, steeped and heavy in it’s own lor and myths. Things are well explained but still mysterious and intriguing. I don’t want to say too much more, but I will say I can't wait for the next book, and I hope it comes out in a timely manner. Since the second book “The Wise Man’s Fear” was published back in 2011 and the third book doesn't even have a projected release date. None of us should be holding our breath.
All Our Wrong Todays By Elan Mastai
Talk about a rollercoaster of a story! This book was a heck of a ride, that made me very excited to see more from Elan Mastai. The best way it describe this book without giving too much away would be to say it’s a time travel / alternate universe book. But it is so much more than that. It’s a wonderful original concepts that the author doesn't waste on obvious plot lines or predictably situations. I highly recommended it for anyone that likes time travel stories.
Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo
Before I ever got to these book they had received a tremendous amount of hype in the book community. I’d never read anything for Leigh Bardugo before. Honestly, I read the first few chapters and set it down. I had too much going on with life to couldn't pay attention to a book at the time. When things slowed down I picked Six of Crows backup and started over from the beginning. By the time I finish, I understood why they call Leigh Bardugo the Queen. I enjoyed the story so much and it didn’t feel like any other “YA” books I’d read. Both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom follow the same cast of characters that are intricate and likeable, while still being flawed. Since then I’ve read Leigh Bardugo’s whole Grisha series and Wonder Woman: Warbringer. It’s safe to say I’m a fan.
All Systems Red By Martha Wells
This is a novella, the first in the Murderbot Diaries Series. The series I’m most looking forward to in 2018. Out of all 44 books I read this year I most related and connected to the main character in this book. Which is ironic because the main character is a working class robot that kinda just wants to be left alone. Oh and it had on occasion killed a mess of people. It was a quick read and highly enjoyable for the Sci Fi lover in me.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) By Mindy Kaling
I read this after I started binge watch The Mindy Project and decided Mindy Kaling was my spirit animal. This book only reinforced that idea. I love comedy and Mindy Kaling is hilarious! Her wit and cleverness makes me wish I could have become a comedy writer. That way maybe we could have been friends and hung out. Never mind the fact I can’t write a joke so save my life. The book is filled with funny insight into her life and how she got started. Not to mention the part where she basically predict her future as a joke. *cough* Ocean’s 8 *cough* Even though it wasn’t fiction this book ended up being one of my most enjoyable reads of the year.
So that’s them. My favorites from 2017! More important then how many books I read is the fact that I really learned a lot about writing through reading this years. Styles I like, styles I don't, what works and what really doesn't work for me as a reader. All things I can keep in mind when I'm writing my own books.
All the books I talked about in this post I would read again someday. I’m looking forward to a new year with lots and lots of reading. Bring it on 2018.
All the books I read in 2017!!! (In the order I read them)
X-Men Messiah Complex
Champion (Legend #3)
X-Men Messiah War
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
All Our Wrong Todays
Three Dark Crowns
X-Men Second Coming
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
Backwards (Red Dwarf #3)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Reread)
A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Magnolia Story
Six of Crows
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
How to talk to Anyone
The Sirens of Titan
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1)
The Punch Escrow
Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse #2)
Why Not Me?
Ready Player One (Reread)
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse #3)
Last Human (Red Dwarf #4)
Wonder Woman Warbringer
Every Heart a Doorway
The Name of the Wind
One Dark Throne
All Systems Red
The Wise Man’s Fear