My 2017 Reading Year

I know it’s slightly late posting my 2017 Reading Year in February, but better late than never! I have created charts to help visualise my 2017 reading experience and right at the bottom of the post I have inserted a complete list of all the books I read and their ratings. I hope you enjoy!

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What was my reading goal?

My goal was to read 70 books.

In 2017, I read a total of 70 books, which is the most I have ever read in a year and means I met my goodreads goal.

70 books


When did I read?

I have a made a chart, splitting the books into the months that I read them in, so I was able to see when I read the least/most throughout the year. These were my results:

2017 months

For me, I was not very surprised at my monthly reading patterns. I knew August would be when I read the most as I always tend to read so much more when it is warmer outside. I thought that in June/July I would have read a little more than I did, but I know I was busy at the time so I have an excuse! November and December are always good reading months, usually because I am panicking about not reaching my goodreads goal! As much as I love reading outside in the summer, I also love reading under a blanket by the fire at Christmas time, it brings me so much joy, so this is why my reading tends to rocket towards the end of the year.

I am hoping this year (2018), I manage to read a similar amount each month. I know each month will vary slighlty depending on work and what is happening in my personal life, but I end up looking forward to certain months because I know I will be reading a lot then, and I want to feel that way throughout the whole year.


What ratings did I give the books?

Similarly, to track my star ratings I created a bar chart to show visually what was my most common/least common ratings.

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I am not completely sure how I feel overall about these ratings. My feelings from this chart are that:

  • I am very happy that I only gave one book 1 star. I don’t like to use 1 star ratings often at all as to me they represent a book that I thought was awful.
  • I am not surprised that 3 stars was my most common rating. For me, 3 stars means a book was average, there were good points yet still flaws present. I do use 3 stars as a positive rating so it is overall a good sign, although I would have liked to have given more 4 stars and less 3 stars.
  • I am so disappointed in the number of books I read in 2017 which I rated 2 stars. These books to me have more negatives than positives and they are very unlikely to remain on my shelves or ever be read again. I am quite disheartened that I rated the same number of books 2 stars as I did 5 stars. This is something I am hoping to change in 2018 in my resolutions post.
  • Rating sixteen books 5 stars was fantastic. I love it when I can give a book 5 stars, meaning it has the potential to be an all time favourite of mine and one I will recommend to everyone.

What were my favourite NEW books I read in 2017?

My fifth favourite book I read was Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor. It was the first young adult book I have ever read where a main character was obese, and it was a very interesting read with the portrayal of the obesity done very sensitively and realisticly. I love it when a protagonist has a passion for a specific sport, and the main character in Wishbones, Feather, is an avid swimmer. I really enjoyed my reading experience with this story and read it so quickly and would highly recommend it to everyone.

In fourth is Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. The story was beautiful, uplifting, emotional, realistic, gripping and just wonderful. I loved the relationships, the plot and the family dynamic. I have spoken about this book so much, but it definitely deserves all the hype it gets.

My third favourite book I read in 2017 was The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. This was the first Emery Lord book I read and I fell in love. I ADORE books set at a summer camp and this one was just perfect. I really liked the friendships that formed and how faith was a prominent theme throughout, I think this is lacking in young adult literature.

In second is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. One of my all time favourite books. I love books set at university, I love books about twins, I love books where the main character reads and writes and I love books where I can relate to the protagonist.  And this book had it all. Rainbow Rowell, I applaud you. This 5 star read was incredible and I could not fault it in any way.

And my favourite new book I read in 2017 was A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. I went into this book with high expectations because it was on a pedestal in the book community, and my word did it live up to the expectations. It follows the journey of Steffi who is a selective mute, and Rhys who is deaf as they fall in love. I cried, I laughed, I felt broken and I smiled throughout this book. I was 100% invested and the mental health representation was faultless! What a perfect book.


Complete list of 2017 reads:

1 Star:

  1. Coraline – Neil Gaiman

2 Stars:

  1. Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan
  2. Malkin Child – Livi Michael
  3. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  5. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  6. The Reader on the 6.27 – Jean Paul Didierlaurent
  7. The Twits – Roald Dahl
  8. Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
  9. Cliffhanger – Jacqueline Wilson
  10. Lizzie Zipmouth – Jacqueline Wilson
  11. Heartbeat – Sharon Creech
  12. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  13. Unboxed – Non Pratt
  14. Wrong Number – Chloe Rayban
  15. Sleepovers – Jacqueline Wilson
  16. The Lottie Project – Jacqueline Wilson

3 Stars:

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  2. Life on the Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuipers
  3. Geek Girl – Holly Smale
  4. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes – Joan Ryan
  5. Othergirl – Nicole Burnstein
  6. Keeping Life Simple: 300 Tips ad Ideas – Karen Levine
  7. Dandelion Clocks – Rebecca Westcott
  8. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  9. Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell
  10. Hello Me, It’s You – Hannah Todd
  11. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
  12. The Worry Website – Jacqueline Wilson
  13. The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson
  14. Dustbin Baby – Jacqueline Wilson
  15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Jacqueline Wilson
  16. The Illustrated mum – Jacqueline Wilson
  17. The Snow Spider – Jenny Nimmo
  18. Sod-It: The Depression Virus and How to Deal with It – Martin Davies
  19. The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens – Jennifer Shannon
  20. Survivors – David Long
  21. Katy – Jacqueline Wilson
  22. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Various
  23. Double Act – Jacqueline Wilson

4 Stars:

  1. One – Sarah Crossan
  2. How to Be Happy – Anna Barnes
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
  4. Shrinking Violet – Jean Ure
  5. If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo
  6. Kiss – Jacqueline Wilson
  7. The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  8. Hetty Feather – Jacqueline Wilson
  9. A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen
  10. Vicky Angel – Jaqueline Wilson
  11. Frozen: Book Of the Film – Sarah Nathan
  12. George – Alex Gino
  13. Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell
  14. The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

5 Stars:

  1. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  2. Candyfloss – Jacqueline Wilson
  3. Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heathfield
  4. Cookie – Jacqueline Wilson
  5. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  6. Lying About Last Summer – Sue Wallman
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  8. Ink – Alice Broadway
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  11. A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard
  12. Wing Jones – Katherine Webber
  13. Wishbones – Virginia Macgregor
  14. The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord
  15. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  16. Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

Thank you so much for reading this post, sorry it was extremely long! I have definitely learnt a lot about my reading and hopefully this will prove useful when it comes to making changes in what/when I read in the future. See you soon!

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