2017 in Review, Looking Forward to 2018

Welcome to 2018! The end of last year was a bit hectic, so I didn’t get to do many end of the year posts. I did a very similar post last year where I quickly mentioned my favorite and least favorite books and listed a few books I really wanted to read in the new year. Keeping with my new tradition, I will do the same this year!

In 2017 I read 78 books, and only rated 5 books five stars. In 2016 I read 130 books, and I rated 13 books five stars. The top three books I wanted to read in 2017 were The Paper Menageriee by Ken Liu, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani. I read all three of them, and gave them all four or more stars. Not bad! Anyway, below are some of my favorite and least favorite books. If you click on the pictures you can see my reviews for each of them. If you click on the pictures of the books I am excited to read, you will just be taken to their Goodreads page since I have not yet reviewed them!

Here’s to 2018 and all the great books yet to be read. Best wishes to you all, and thanks for reading!

-Jessica

My Favorite Books of 2017:
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My Least Favorite/Most Disappointing Book of 2017:
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Books I am the Most Excited to Read in 2018:
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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – Ken Liu, what are you doing? You’re on my most excited list again? Obviously, I loved his short story collection. It made me happy. It made me cry. He is a very good writer. Lately, I have been really craving a good high fantasy (GoT withdrawal). I want to get completely lost in a fantasy world. Will Ken Liu satisfy that craving? Will he also appear on my favorites of 2018 list? Next year will I be excited for another one of his books? Tune in next next year to find out!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I wouldn’t say I am excited for this book as much as I just need to read it already. It has been on my TBR for maybe two years. I have not been reading YA much because I feel like I have burned so many times by the hype. I disliked Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. The magic system and world had potential, but the love triangle and teen angst ruined it for me. Everyone says the Six of Crows Duology is much better. I truly hope it is, but I feel like the YA genre in general is in a rut.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – The hype train has been stationed for a bit for this book too. Honestly, I prefer reading books after the initial excitement has worn down. For a while I was really into multi-generational novels. I read a few in a short amount of time and got tired of them though. Homegoing was a victim of that (as was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee). However, I still want to read it, and I am pretty excited to read more diverse, family-centered novels in 2018. This time I won’t let myself get burnt out on them though…

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