Monday, 15 January 2018

What I Read in 2017

On Monday, 30 January 2017 I posted my first proper 'book-related' post - What I Read in 2016 - and it was comprised of a total of four books. Yep. Four. I've talked about this so much over 2017 that I'm not going to say much more but in summary, I had been going through a reading drought, fell in love with a book at a hotel during Dad and I's charity walk purely because it had a bird on the spine and got my reading mojo back.
2017 saw me continue my reading journey and rack up a bit of a bigger total come December, than the previous year. Here is what I read in 2017...

I read 9,502 pages across 43 books

However, I am only classing it as 40 books seeing as though three books were under 100 pages and I don't (personally) consider it a proper book towards my goal if they are that short.

Talking of length, those 3 short ones were -
Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum at 12 pages  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power by Brain Rathbone at 15 pages  ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum at 83 pages  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

And my longest were -
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle at 1,865 pages  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick at 525 pages  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell at 452  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

& the average length being 221 pages!

As you'll probably see from above, I go a little crazy dishing out the fact, I rated around 39% of my total reads, 5 stars! 
5 Star books - 17
4 Star books - 14
3 Star books - 8
2 Star books - 2
1 Star books - 2

If I listed all my top rated, we'd be here until next January but I'll spill the beans on the bottom 4!
Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe  ⭐️⭐️
British Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  ⭐️⭐️
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince by Serena Valentino  ⭐️
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens  ⭐️

I know you aren't meant to judge a book by its cover but don't tell me that you have never done it! I will be the first to admit I do it often, oops! 

Here are some of my favourite pretty covers -
Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 0.5) by Ransom Riggs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alice Through the Looking Glass (Disney book of the film) by Kari Sutherland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota's by Amicus Arcane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth by Meredith Rusu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

They weren't just pretty, they were awesome reads too as the ratings suggest!

To wrap this up, I'd quickly like to talk about a couple honourable mentions. 

First up, and the highlight of my reading year (perhaps reading life) was the 7 Chronicles of Narnia books. Of course, as a child, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and as I grew up became aware of Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader through the 2008 & 2010 movies. However, for a world I apparently loved so much I still hadn't known the whole story.
On our trip to DLP in December 2016 my brilliant friend Kerri gifted me her stunning box set of the books, so I started 2017 on a magical journey.
I adore these books. I want to read them over and over, just like I have done with the Harry Potter series...but I must refrain with so many books sitting in my 'to be read' pile just now. Despite the fact that a lot of the moral content etc is Christian focused, I can't help but think that these are books everyone should be reading. At 27 I feel I learnt stuff from them so open child minds would be perfect to take it all in. For anyone interested, I read them in chronological order, not publication order and my favourites are The Magicians Nephew and The Horse and his Boy.

Finally, the Bastable Children series by Edith Nesbit. I didn't read these as a child, and alhtough I was aware of her as an author I only picked up her books this year. Written in the late 1800s and early 1900s E Nesbits books are full of racial no-nos and just jaw dropping (seriously, more than once did my jaw actually drop while reading 3 of the 4 Bastable books) language that you would never use these days. However, if you can look past that and realize it was purely down to the century and not in anyway meant in a bad way, they are some lovely stories. They did make me think that we humans as a species must have dumbed down a bit though because if these were meant as childs books I wouldn't want to see a child try to read some of the more advanced languaged included. I'm not ashamed to say I had to Google a couple things haha.

Anyway with the Narnia series opening my year and the Bastable series closing it, I feel I had an extremly positive reading experince right over 2017. Having set my Goodreads goal at 10 I times that by 4 and I multiplied my 2016 total by 10. A very successful year and now I am even more motivated to crack on blazing through all the books I have accumilated and still are to be read!

Thanks so much for reading, especially if you didn't just skim - to be fair if it was me I probably would have - as I know it's a lot of waffle. I really want to hear about your 2017 in books so please send links to me on Twitter or leave them in comments below! Oh and feel free to add me on Goodreads if you want :)

Check out my previous posts in this series -
What I Read This Quarter [October - December]
What I Read This Quarter [July - September]
What I Read This Quarter [April - June]
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016 


  1. Oh my god, you did such a good job in 2017! I shamefully read like 2 books which is so disappointing. I think for me I need to find a really good fiction book or fiction series that I love, to get me back into the swing of reading again.

    PS- I loved reading the Narnia series as well! :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty proud! :) That's exactly what happened to me. 0 books the end of 2015/start of 2016 and found a book in like June or something. Then I read 4 in 2016 and just got back into it :) I wish you well finding something you love!

      Aren't they beautiful?! :D


  2. Amazing job with reading this year - it definitely isn't about number though; 4 or 43!

    I read The Chronicles of Narnia for the very first time in 2016, and fell in love with the books also. I didn't read them as a child, and kind of put off reading them when older because of the religious elements that I had been told were heavy at points throughout, however I came away thinking they were a series of books everyone should read, at least once. Beautiful collection you own.

    Happy reading in 2018!

    1. Thank you!! Oh no definitely not. I was over the moon with 4 last year and I don't have a set goal or want to beat 2017s this year.

      Right?!?! Exactly how I feel. I kind of didn't even clock many of the religious aspects while reading but because I'm so obsessed with it all right now I have books and DVDs about Lewis and about the symbolize etc. It's all so interesting to me.

      Back at you!

  3. You read so much in 2017! Especially compared with 2016. I'm so glad you got your reading mojo back. And that you loved the Narnia series. I remember reading the whole series as a child, and I just adored it. Another series I enjoyed as a child, and plan to re-read again soon, was The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. It might be for kids, but I highly recommend. x x

    1. It was quite a lot compared to what I'm used to, but not compared to some people!
      Oh yes! I remember that series :D I don't care if books are meant for kids or not, I'll read whatever I like the sound of. :P


  4. You did great, 43 books, that is impressive. For me, any book is a book, regardless of how long. :)

    I'm not sure if you saw my newest blog (3rd!! I must be mad), all dedicated to books. I made there a roundup of what I've read in 2017 (60 in total). I will write a post on my lifestyle blog, but I have other things I want to write about first. Here is a link to my roundup:

    1. Thank you :)

      A 3rd?! Wow, you are mad lol :P 60 is insane..more than one a week?! Well done you!!


  5. I have that same set of Narnia books, gorgeous aren't they?!
    the Horse and his Boy is one of my favourites too, such an underrated gem!

    1. Oooh do you?!?! Kerri ever so kindly gave me her set and I'm obsessed with them. I wish they'd make a movie of that one. Well, I'd like a movie of them all to be fair but that one is a stunning story.