2017 in Books
I read 79 books. This includes audio and physical books. I originally set a goal for 60 books at the beginning of the year, but by September, I was about to meet that goal, so I pushed it to 75. I thought I was going to get to 80, but the flurry of holiday movies and plans the past few weeks kept me from reading as feverishly as past months.
The longest was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at a whopping 734 pages.
The shortest was 161 pages- The Crossroads of Should and Must.
The best audio book was Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett, a memoir of her friendship with poet Lucy Greeley. I also enjoyed Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner and Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos. Interesting to note these were all read by the authors– narrators make a huge difference in audio books.
I “re-read” (though as an audio book) Anne of Green Gables. I haven’t done a lot of re-reading because there are so many books on my to- read list ( currently at 467- time to cull it again).
This year I stretched myself outside of my normal reading genres to include more fantasy, romance, and YA.
My 5 star books (in random order):
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston ( sort of like a graphic novel, except it’s like reading a diary/scrapbook- visually pleasing and interesting story).
Overseas by Beatriz Williams: As a longtime Williams fan, I wanted to read her entire backlist. Even though many reviews of this book weren’t amazing, I devoured this book in a few days. It’s a romance with time travel, both of which are not things I normally enjoy, but this captivated me when I read it back in February.
Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos