I’m late to the party, as usual! I had actually planned to do a broader post on things I enjoyed in 2017 (including podcasts, books, tv series, apps, theatre) but it’s taking me far too long to write. It’ll show up here, at some point, but for now let’s focus on books!
In 2016 I vouched to read as many books by and about women, LGBTQIA+ and POC. In 2017 I happily continued this trend. No regrets (and in fact, I’m still doing this in 2018!).
Like every year my goal was to read 52 books, and I made it to 53. There were surprisingly very few 5-star reads, and out of all the books I rated 5 stars, two were rereads and four were graphic novels. Yes, I started reading more graphic novels. I also bought fewer books, particularly in the second half of 2017 (except graphic novels, because yeah), part of my newly acquired media consumption habit (I may write about that sometime soon). I mostly borrowed books, or stuck to books I already had on my shelf.
This is what Goodreads looks like for 2017:
You can see all the books I read in 2016 here, or you can take a look at my Goodreads Year in Books.
And here are my reading stats for 2017:
2017 Reading Stats
Total # of books read: 53
I won’t go into each and every genre I read, but as for my go-to genres… (there is some overlap between the genres!)
Classics: 5 (was 14 in 2016)
Fantasy: 9 (was 14 in 2016)
Japanese literature: 6 (was 16 in 2016)
LGBT+: 15 (was 23 in 2016)
Science fiction (including dystopia): 13 (was 10 in 2016)
Young adult (& children’s): 8 (was 19 in 2016)
I think the most obvious conclusion is that I read fewer books in 2017 😛
5 stars: 10
4 stars: 19
3 stars: 17
2 stars: 6
1 stars: 1
Lots of ‘average’ books. This year my average rating was 3.6 stars, compared to 3.8 stars in 2016 (and 4 stars in 2015!).
# of women: 29 **
# of different books by women: 31
# of men: 18 **
# of different books by men: 22
*) Obviously, separating into men and women is severely limiting.
**) I read three anthologies, one that had stories by mostly men, and two that had stories exclusively by women. I have counted these as ‘1 person’ each, for convenience’s sake.
Most read authors…
This year we have a shared first place! J.K. Rowling is nowhere to be seen, and instead the prize goes to Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, both with three titles! The second place is reserved for Osamu Tezuka, with two books.
I really only finished one series this year:
– MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (trilogy)
I also read a graphic novel duology (Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka) so that’s technically a second series I finished, and I started a few new series.
I didn’t really participate in any challenges this year.
My Ten favourite books of 2017
And now, what you’re all here for (maybe)…
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
- The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
- Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
- Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood
- Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Honorable mentions: The Secret History by Donna Tartt and China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh. Both technically very high up in my top 10 (of all time favourite books) but both are rereads, so I’m skipping them in the top 10 for 2017.