My Year in Reading 2017

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

Honorable Mention

  • 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

  1. Jim Finley January 1, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    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.


    • theycallmetater January 1, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      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.


  2. Robert "Goat" Beveridge January 2, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    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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    • theycallmetater January 2, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      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.


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