2017 My Year in Books


This is going to be a look back at what I did in both reading and blogging.  I will also include my favorite books for the year

This is the first year I’ve used Goodreads consistently to keep track of my books and reading.  I think there might still be a few books missing off of this list, but I can’t figure out which ones.  There are lots of things I like about Goodreads, but there are some things I would like to see changed as well.  I especially would like to be able to manipulate the data a bit more, instead of them doing it for me.  I like data and I would like to be able to move around the books based on other things than the dates I’ve read them.  


GoodRead Stats:

Total Books and Pages

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I think this is probably the most books I have ever read in a year.  I’m impressed with myself, I usually only read around 100-125.  Of course some of these have been graphic novels and novellas, but still. 

Shortest and Longest Books

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I was somewhat surprised by Lord of Shadows, I could have sworn there were other books that were longer, but that could have been because they were slower reads.

Most and Least Popular Books (According to Goodreads)

I was kind of surprised that Six of Crows was my most popular read,  I would have thought one of Victoria Schwab’s books or Lord of Shadows would have won that but still I’m pleased with that.  More people need to read Worthy of Song and Story, it was such a good book.


WordPress Stats

Let’s turn now to blogging stats.  This will be my 236th and my last post of the year.  I do try to post at least three times a week, so that is a pretty good number.  I have had 1,533 visitors and of those 135 of you have decided to follow me.  Thank you to all of my followers.  Although most of my viewers are from the US and Canada, I always like to look at the countries that visit.  I always find it interesting to see that people from other countries have stopped by and visited at least for a minute or two.  My Top 5 Wednesday posts seem to see the most views, but there are lots of others that get good views as well. 

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My Favorite Books of 2017

Now the hard part, choosing my favorites.  I always hate it when my students ask me what my favorite book is, I usually answer with what ever I am currently reading, but occasionally if I have read something super good recently than I will push that.  I always ask them what their favorites are as well to see what they are currently interested in.  It is sometimes an eye-opener as to what they will pick.

Because it is so hard for me to choose, I decided that I would just sit with a piece of paper and write down all of the titles that came to me, with out looking at any lists or my bookshelves (which is hard because one of them is next to my computer.)  I figured if I remembered the title than I probably really enjoyed the book.  

Here are the YA books I enjoyed this year just off the top of my head:

Here are the Middle Grade books I enjoyed off the top of my head:

Honorable Mentions:

Then because I was sure I had probably missed a few I went and looked at my Goodreads list and I found 14 more.  I decided that these would be honorable mentions because they didn’t immediately come to mind, but were really good books too.  A few of these I read back in the beginning of the year, so the titles were not as fresh in my mind. 

YA Titles:

Middle Grade Honorable Mentions:


It has been an awesome year of reading for me.  I hope you have had a good year as far as reading goes as well.  I am looking forward to the new year and a new crop of books to read and review. 

Happy New Year!



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