One of my goals for 2017 was to read 100 books. I read 56, so just over halfway to the goal.
This list only includes books I finished. There are dozens that I started but didn’t finish (often not even the first chapter) either because they were poorly edited or didn’t hold my interest. I also didn’t include textbooks or journals that I read for school.
Here’s a breakdown of what I read:
- 21 (38%) were either kids or young adult; the rest were adult. 10 of those were Percy Jackson books that I read with my son, and a handful more were YA books I read before taking them into work (I currently work with teens/tweens who love to read).
- 2 (4%) were nonfiction and the rest were fiction.
- 4 (7%) were single short stories, and 3 (5%) were short story anthologies.
- I know the authors of 20 (36%) of the books.
- 14 (25%) were in a series where I read at least 1 other book in the same series. 4 more were the first books in the series and the next book hasn’t been released yet, while 5 more were the first books in the series and I wasn’t impressed enough to track the next books down (or even to see if they’re out yet).
- 4 (7%) were from Amazon’s first read program, where they offer a free ebook to Prime members.
- 5 (8%) were translated from another language or from a non-Western country. 3 of those 5 were from the Amazon Crossings imprint, and 2 were ones I picked up in India.
- 3 (5%) were ones I’d read previously.
Best books I read in 2017:
- The Dirt and Stars series, books 1 and 2, by Kevin Killiany. They’re YA, about the US space program, and set in an alternative near future. I was expecting fluffy sci-fi, but instead they’re a great look at how racism permeates society and how individuals can fight back. I’m really looking forward to book 3.
- The Boy Who Speaks in Numbers by Mike Masilamani was a beautiful tale of life inside a Sri Lankan refugee camp, told from the POV of a boy too young to realize just how horrible most of humanity can be.
- Blood and Circuses by Aliya Smyth is a wonderfully researched vampire tale set in ancient Rome.
- Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabás tells of one family’s experiences with colonization in 1950’s Equatorial Guinea.
If you challenged yourself to read a set number of books in 2017, how did you end up doing? What were your favorites? Anything you particularly disliked?