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2017 was a wonderful year for my family and I. We welcomed our second son on August 11 and had many fun adventures over the past 365 days. I was surprisingly able to finish the GoodReads challenge I set for myself back in January of 2017 to read 60 books. In fact, I read 75. Now before I get too proud of my accomplishments, I must admit that I have been on maternity leave since July. That fact alone helped me to hit my goal. 2017 was my first full year as a blogger. I was able to write a ton more reviews than usual and was given most of the books I read this year for free! One of my goals when starting a blog was to save more money by trying to review books that I was given versus ones I had purchased. It is so unbelievably exciting when you get an email saying you’re approved for an eARC or receving a shipping notice from USPS from a publisher like Penguin or Random House knowing a book is on its way! Half the time I don’t even know what’s coming and that makes it all the more exciting for me. #NERD. I hope that your reading life has been good to you and I wish you lots of love and happiness for 2018.

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Here are my stats!

♥ I read 22,753 pages over 75 Books this year ♥

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The Long and Short Of It

Shortest Book:  Shining Rock by Blake Crouch. Technically a short story, but hey it comes in book form (20 pages). Too Much Scary For Me This Week. Book Reviews for *69, Famous and Shining Rock by Blake Crouch

Shining Rock (A Short Story) by [Crouch, Blake]

Longest Book: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King came in at a whopping 702 pages! Book Review: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Fun Fact: The average book length for my list this year was 304 pages.


Popularity Contest

Most Popular Book: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. The funny thing about GoodReads is that they count your Did Not Finish Books as completed ones. I took this into account when I totaled my list for the year, but they kept it on my list. I thought for sure I would love this book. Heck, EVERYONE in the world seemed to be watching the show on Hulu, plus I love Dystopian books. But not me. I should have known when I realized it was written by an author I am not a fan of (which I know people may kill me for saying). I started this on audio, and just couldn’t get into it. I guess I was alone in that regard because this book was read by 1,281,735 people!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Least Popular: After The Blue Hour by John Rechy. This was an eARC I was given by Netgalley. I rated this dud 1 Star and only 68 other people read it according to GoodReads.

After the Blue Hour by John Rechy


My Average Rating For 2017

3.6


Highest Rated On GoodReads: The review I wrote for The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle  is coming this January when the book is released. It deserves all of the good ratings its received so far. For being non-fiction, this book was interesting and never boring.

4.41 Rating on Goodreads

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle


My First Review of 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Book Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai


My Top 2017 Books 

Best ones to read and which ones to skip

Top Faves (Each book cover has a link to my review or the Amazon synopsis):

*Apologies for my whacky formatting. I am not super techy…

The Dry by Jane HarperThe Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah KnightFirefly Lane by Kristin HannahThe Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi WaxmanThe Breakdown by B.A. Paris     The Course of Love: A Novel by [de Botton, Alain]Seven Days of Us by Francesca HornakThe Education of a Coroner by John BatesonThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman Artemis by Andy WeirThe Bright Hour by Nina RiggsSleeping Beauties: A Novel by [King, Stephen, King, Owen]The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan


Skip These:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Didn’t live up to the hype)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George SaundersLincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders (Apparently I’m the only person who didn’t like this)

The Possessions by Sara Flannery MurphyThe Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy (I really expected to like this more)


The Rest Of My 2017 Reads

Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesRebecca by Daphne du MaurierThe Final Day by William R. ForstchenThe Night Ocean by Paul La FargeAfter the Blue Hour by John RechyI Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen BakerWaking Gods by Sylvain NeuvelThe Wedding Dress by Rachel HauckThe Undying by Ethan ReidMoney Management Skills by Michael FinkeThe Assistants by Camille PerriThe Year We Turned Forty by Liz FentonThe Wanderers by Meg HowreyThe Likeness by Tana FrenchMischling by Affinity KonarHold Back The Stars by Katie KhanThe Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra PatrickSmoke by Catherine McKenzieLeave Me by Gayle FormanPieces of Happiness by Anne OstbyThe Space Between the Stars by Anne CorlettThe Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHaleYear of No Sugar by Eve O. SchaubTwelve Days by Steven BarnesHillbilly Elegy by J.D. VanceThe End We Start From by Megan HunterTen Dead Comedians by Fred Van LenteThe Ship by Antonia HoneywellEmma in the Night by Wendy WalkerSomething Beautiful Happened by Yvette Manessis CorporonThe Lighthouse by Alison MooreThe Tourist by Robert DickinsonAfterlife by Marcus SakeySix Stories by Matt WesolowskiFast Falls the Night by Julia KellerForce of Nature by Jane Harper

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom PerrottaThe Punch Escrow by Tal M. KleinBest Day Ever by Kaira RoudaOliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Wave by Sonali DeraniyagalaThe Flight Attendant by Chris BohjalianThe Last Policeman by Ben H. WintersCountdown City by Ben H. WintersWorld of Trouble by Ben H. WintersShining Rock by Blake Crouch*69 by Blake CrouchFamous by Blake Crouch

Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature by Pamela BedoreThe Culture Code by Daniel CoyleI Am Legend by Richard MathesonMothers of Sparta Sampler by Dawn Davies

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly BarnhillBroadcast by Liam Brown


My Last Review of 2017: Broadcast by Liam BrownBook Review: Broadcast by Liam Brown

Broadcast by Liam Brown
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