With December and 2017 coming to a close, we thought it would be smart to have a general wrap-up for both at the same time. And, we have to say, what a year it has been. In January, we started reading a book per month together because Chantel asked about it. Then, in March, we started the blog because of Chantel since she wanted to see if it would work.
So, really, we are so thankful to all of you who like, comment, and follow us. Without you all, who knows how long we would have lasted as we bumble around and try new things. Perhaps we don’t comment or like other posts or be involved in the book blogging community as much as we’d like, but we still appreciate and love all of you.
Now that all that is to the side, let’s just get to the wrap-up!
This month, we read On Writing by Stephen King together. We were going to read The Power but ran out of time to fit it all in together.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
I’m going to start with my general December wrap-up. There were quite a few books that I read, so I’ll try to be smart and be like Chantel with putting them into star categories.
- Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
- One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported by E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
- The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
- Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
- You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump by Alec Baldwin
- The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman
- On Writing by Stephen King
- The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation by Philip Shenon
- Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
- Henry III: The Greatest King England Never Knew it Had by Darren Baker
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
This year, I read almost 180 books this year. It’s certainly a large number, but I mainly get by with audiobooks. That’s way more than I expected since my goal was to read 100 books. So, I read 61,000 pages according to My Year in Books. My average rating for books was 3.4, so a flat average for me. I did have some good ones, some bad ones.
Scrolling through the list just reminds me how many good ones I had, some of which I reviewed on here. Most of which since we started in March and only missed those first few months of the year.
Even though 2017 was a shitshow, the reads were good!
I read three books this month. Which I’m honestly not upset about. The early part of December was a stressful time for me and I had little to no motivation to read despite reading three books. What I succeeded in doing by the end of the month was finishing all of the books I was reading so that I could start 2018 fresh and I can’t wait to read lots of new books in the year.
2017 marked the first year that I’ve read on a regular basis in a long time. I wanted to read more this year and thus we started a book club. We also started a blog which has only increased the amount I read this year. I participated in my first readathon this year in which I read 5 graphic novels in two days. All in all, I read 42 books this year. I know Goodreads says I read 44 but I’m not counting the two books I DNFed. 24 of those books featured a queer main character, which is over half so I’m proud of that. I do plan on reading more LGBTQIA+ books in 2018 and I even created my own Bingo card. For more info about my reading check out My Year in Books on Goodreads.
Lastly, I’d like to give a quick Top 5 of my favorite books I read in 2017 (in descending order):
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
3. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
5. The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
The two I DNF-ed?
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke