What I Read In 2017

Books in 2017

This post is kind of like the one I posted on December 31st 2016 “The Last Books Of 2016“, except I’m posting it too late so I can’t name it “The Last Books Of 2017”. Dang. I ruined an opportunity for me to make it a thing ;P
On the other hand this post will contain a list of all the books I read and the other one didn’t. So yay go me! Still keeping things fresh n’ stuff πŸ˜‰

First let me start out by being very honest with you. My one resolution for 2017 was to read one book a week, or just 52 during the span of the year. It was an attempt to get more books and reading back into my life since I hadn’t prioritized it at all. And well I failed. Horribly. Oops.
On the bright side that means this list you’re gonna be reading in a sec will be shorter, so let’s just say that I failed because I was being considerate of you guys. You’re welcome ;P

Anyways intro of 169 words over, let’s get on with it shall we Anika?

So here’s a list of all the books I read last year (along with a comment ‘cuz I couldn’t just make a plain ol’ list couldn’t I?):

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – by Mark Haddon
This book definitely didn’t tell the most typical story in the usual way but I found that I liked the quirkiness and the way it was written. A very light and sweet book, easy to get through.

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – by you know who (and not as in Voldemort but as in “if you don’t know who wrote HP what are you even doing here, reading this post?”)
To be completely honest with you this was my first time reading Harry Potter. I mean I’d listened to them as an audio book when I was younger, I knew pretty much all about HP, I just hadn’t actually read them from start to finish. And lemme tell you, the first one here will definitely always be near to my heart. This is where it all started.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I love that you can really feel Harry, Ron and Hermione’s friendship blossom in this one.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Yay! Finally a living family member of Harrys that isn’t fat or a complete moron. Sirius is awesome.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I cried when Cedric died. I just couldn’t help it.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I really thought Harry was a dick throughout a lot of this one. I felt bad for him too a lot of times, but especially in the beginning when he’s just so mad at Ron and Hermione it pissed me off.

7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
I only have one thing to say here: Why did Dumbledore have to die, just why?

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
My heart broke so many times reading this one. Mostly when I was done I think, because it meant that the story was over and there would be no more adventures, Hogwarts or wizards to come.

9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The script thing kinda threw me off, but I wasn’t not into it. I feel like I could’ve been without the story but at the same time I loved the fact that they were back. Conflicted feelings about this for sure.

10. I’ll give you the Sun – by Jandy Nelson
Perfect as always, this will forever get a 5/5 stars from me. It’s amazing, interesting, heartbreaking and written in such a beautiful way that I’ll never get over it.

11. Carry On – by Rainbow Rowell
Gaaaah this is so cute! If there’s any Drarry shippers out there then you should definitely read this. This definitely feels like it could be a Drarry fanfic with small changes to the plot except it’s a real book. So you won’t even feel guilty reading it at 3am.

12. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare – by Melissa Jensen
Pretty much just fluff. An easy read with a predictable plot, but it was quite enjoyable to read nonetheless. I especially liked the French aspect of it.

13. The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green
Will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ll probably never get tired of reading it.

14. Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon
Honestly this book was a major let down. It wasn’t exactly bad, it was just quite “meh”.

15. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – by Jesse Andrews
This was way funnier than expected. It was quite quirky and even though it wasn’t the most eventful book I would still read it again.

16. The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
The message behind this is so powerful and it definitely got me thinking.

17. The Martian – by Any Weir
Most of the science/spacey stuff went right over my head but the story was still understandable. I really liked it, especially Mark Watney’s humor. It was a page-turner!

18. Call Me By Your Name – by Andre Aciman
I was sadly a bit disappointed by this book. It was good and such but not the gripping love story I’d hoped for. Or it was, but I felt it got lost in a bunch of long and complex sentences I had trouble understanding. The movie is really amazing though!

19. Holding Up the Universe – by Jennifer Niven
I liked this more than anticipated. It didn’t take me long to finish so I would definitely recommend it πŸ˜€

20. Cut Both Ways – by Carrie Mesrobian
I loved this. Read it in a couple of days. It’s perfect for those of you who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, questioning your sexuality or just anyone looking for a good read really.

21. City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
I’ve read the entire series before, but I recently purchased all the books so I had to reread them. I just love them. I think I like The Infernal Devices even more though. So I look forward to when I get to them πŸ™‚

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Unfortunately that’s all the books I read (21/52 – not bad but not perfect either). Which, as I mentioned above as well, is probably not the worst considering this post is already above a 1000 words. Heh oops πŸ˜›
If any of you by chance or sheer perseverance made it to the end of this novel please do let me know if you’ve read any of these books and if you liked my small comments or would’ve just prefered a normal list πŸ™‚

My goal for 2018 is pretty much the same. This year we’ll see how far I get ;P

I hope everyone had a blast on New Years Eve!

As always thanks for reading, cheers guys xxx

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Because you all deserve one

13 thoughts on “What I Read In 2017

  1. I loved reading this, Anika! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts through your journey with Harry Potter. I feel the same about Order of the Phoenix, but that’s probably how Harry would react realistically with those circumstances. Still pretty annoying, though. And I have yet to meet someone whose heart wasn’t broken reading The Deathly Hallows lol that finale to the series is AMAZING.

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  2. Well, I think you still did great and read some amazing books, I am proud of you! You have got some great books on this list – I’ll Give You The Sun is one of my favorite books of all times, as well as The Fault In Our Stars, I’m so glad to hear you loved them ❀
    I hope you will get to read this year, not necessarily more, but at least GREAT books, that's what matters πŸ˜€ Happy reading! πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚ Wow, you read so many books! I love reading, but I don’t have a lot of time so when I am very busy I prefer reading blog posts on topics I’m interested in. However, this month I’ve read “Zero Waste” by Kasia WΔ…growicz (It’s in Polish but there are similar books in English, too) as well as two parts of “If I stay” by Gayle Forman. Right now, I’m focused on my passion which is sewing and zero waste, but I’ll definitely read more this year πŸ™‚

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  4. Good job! 21/52 isn’t that bad, I barely even finish one book. I know, it’s my bad. πŸ˜… But you did good, you should give yourself a pat on your shoulder. Plus, you can do better this year. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

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    1. Aha sometimes reading just doesn’t fit in, and/or if it doesn’t interest you there’s no point trying to force it in! Reading should be enjoyable (except when it’s for school of course :P)
      Thanks, I will! I’m already ahead of my tally at this point last year, so I’m pretty pleased so far xx

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