Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017: A Year in Review

2017 was an interesting year for me. I moved to Chicago for an internship, traveled to England, read a lot, went to a children's literature conference, and finally made a definitive decision in what career path I want to choose. It was a year of a lot of ups and downs, but I'm finally sure of the path I have chosen for myself.

By the end of this year, I definitely slacked on writing reviews for the books I finished, something I hope to get better at in the coming year. I'm trying bullet journaling, which I hope will help to keep me motivated to keep up the posts on here a little bit more regularly. Despite the fact that I didn't quite get to reviewing all the books, I'll make a list of everything I read last year, much like I did for 2016. I read a total of 100 books this year, so narrowing down favorites is going to be difficult, but I'll try my best!

Books Read

1. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab (YA, thriller)
2. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (YA)
3. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (YA)
4. Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (YA)
5. At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (YA)
6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA)
7. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (YA)
8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
9. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA)
10. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (YA)
11. The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes (YA)
12. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (YA)
13. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Science-fiction)
14. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (YA)
15. 100 Days by Nicole McInnes
16. True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (YA)
17. We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun
18. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik (YA)
19. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Dystopia)
20. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Nonfiction essays)
21. Loved by P.C. Cast (YA, fantasy)
22. Expelled by James Patterson (YA)
23. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Science-fiction)
24. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (YA, dystopia)
25. Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski (YA dystopia)
26. Kaleidoscope Song by Sarah Benwell (YA)
27. Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider (YA, romance)
28. Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango (YA, romance)
29. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (YA, thriller)
30. More Than This by Patrick Ness (YA, dystopia)
31. Now Is Everything by Amy Giles (YA)
32. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
33. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Fiction)
34. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
35. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
36. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
37. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
38. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
39. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (YA, fantasy)
40. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
41. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
42. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
43. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
44. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
45. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
46. The End by Lemony Snicket (Children's)
47. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab (YA, thriller)
48. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (YA, dystopia)
49. Never Alone #1 by J. Manoa (YA, fantasy)
50. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (YA)
51. Everless by Sara Holland (YA, fantasy)
52. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (YA)
53. Losing Brave by Bailee Madison (YA)
54. Release by Patrick Ness (YA)
55. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (YA, dystopia)
56. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (YA, dystopia)
57. Wildman by J.C. Geiger (YA)
58. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (YA)
59. Warcross by Marie Lu (YA, dystopia)
60. Poison's Cage by Breeana Shields (YA, fantasy)
61. Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse (YA, dystopia)
62. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (YA, fantasy)
63. Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork (YA)
64. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour (YA)
65. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (YA, thriller)
66. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (YA, fantasy)
67. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA)
68. Harry Potter and the Curse Child (Play)
69. La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman (YA, fantasy)
70. Zarox by Louis Smith (Middle-grade, fantasy)
71. Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion (YA)
72. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (YA, thriller)
73. The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey (YA)
74. Y: The Last Man vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
75. Y: The Last Man vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
76. Y: The Last Man vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
77. Y: The Last Man vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
78. Runaways by Christopher Golden (YA)
79. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA)
80. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (YA, thriller)
81. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller (YA)
82. A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (YA)
83. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
84. The Knowing by Sharon Cameron (YA, fantasy)
85. Y: The Last Man vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
86. Y: The Last Man vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
87. Y: The Last Man vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
88. Y: The Last Man vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
89. Y: The Last Man vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
90. Y: The Last Man vol. 10 by Brian K. Vaughn (Comic)
91. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (YA, fantasy)
92. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Short Stories)
93. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors (Nonfiction)
94. Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt (YA, romance)
95. Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen (YA)
96. Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (YA)
97. My Favorite Thing is Monsters, vol 1 by Emil Ferris (Graphic novel)
98. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (YA, fantasy)
99. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (YA, fantasy)
100. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (YA, dystopia)

Last year I just did a top five of the year, but this year I think I'm going to do ten, because I've read almost double the amount of books. These aren't in any particular order, because it was hard enough to select a favorite.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Now is Everything by Amy Giles
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

One of my main reading goals this year is to read more outside of my comfort zone, so that means things outside of YA (which is basically all of this list). I'd really like to read more nonfiction, so I'm going to do my best!

My goal for next year is 75 books, aiming a little higher even though I'll be starting school (hopefully) in the fall. I can't wait to see what reading adventures await for the coming year. I have a good feeling about it.

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