This is the year I finally got lazy and stopped keeping my written list of the books I read. I might try to go back to it this year. You never know when Goodreads might disappear. All of the stats are from Goodreads. My top book are the ones I gave five stars and then the four star books I felt were the best of the rest. I started the year with a 1000 page book and ended the year with a 700 page book.This year will be an easier start for me. So, here it is – my year in reading for 2017:
Top ten books read in no particular order
- Strange Weather by Joe Hill
- Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
- Revolver by Duane Swierczynski
- Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick(I might have a crush and it was audio so she read it to me)
- The Nix by Nathan Hill
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
- The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor
- IQ by Joe Ide
- Spoiler Alert by Michael Ausiello
- Unbelievable by Katy Tur
Book I would most recommend
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. It was close between this, Impossible Fortress and The Hate U Give
Worst Books I Finished
- Who Is Rich by Matthew Klam
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera(though a teenager implied I was too old to get it)
Book I Dustbunnied
None this year. I finished History is All You Left me because it was for work. I’m not sure why I kept reading Who is Rich. I need to be better about abandoning bad books.
Number of books read: 104
Number of pages read according to Goodreads: 30869. I did the math and that averages to 84.5 pages a day. I think I can do better.
6 thoughts on “My Year in Reading 2017”
I used to feel guilty about abandoning books I wasn’t enjoying – felt it was a sign of some character flaw. Then one day I was in a fairly small library, looked around, and realized that even if I spent 16 hours a day reading for the rest of my life I wouldn’t have time to read all the books in that one little building. I haven’t felt bad about dropping a bad book since then. It’s like they say about wine: life is too short for bad books.
I don’t feel guilty about abandoning books. Some I have to finish for work or book club. Sometimes I’ve read so far by the time I realize I don’t like it that I feel I’ve committed so much time I should just keep going. I need to stop doing that.
I really liked IQ. I expect we’ll see more adventures from that crew in the future.
And it’s great too see Zentner getting some love the last couple of years. Dude’s got it goin’ on.
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There is a sequel to IQ out. I read it recently. It was also good. Serpent King was the first Zentner I’ve read. I will have to read more.
104 books. Awesome!
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