Book blogs are a great resource for recommendations while setting new goals for the upcoming year and/or expand in genres you may feel are lacking. For example, one of my goals this year was to read more non-fiction and poetry. Looking through my list, I don’t think I accomplished that, but there’s always next year.
Here’s a quick review of everything I’ve read in 2017. I will be updating with mini-reviews and comments, so please check back now and then. Happy Reading, Enjoy!
- The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
- A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder
- The Prisoner by Alex Berenson
- No Easy Target by Iris Johansen
- Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Sagal
- Right Behind you by Lisa Gardner
- The Princeling of Nanjing by Ian Hamilton
- The F Word by Liza Palmer
- Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
- The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz
- Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson
- I Am Death by Chris Carter
- The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
- Enemy of the Good by Matthew Palmer
- The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen
- Monstrous by Thomas Sniegoski
- Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
- The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson
- The Second Sister by Claire Kendal
- A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
- The Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet
- The Last Hack by Christopher Brookmyre
- The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
- The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters
- The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Holding by Graham Norton
I spent most of September doing what I have always wanted to do which was completing series. I would start a series and then get sidetracked and/or read a book in a series out of order wishing I had started from the beginning. I’m proud to say I got through two and a half of the four series I’ve wanted to finish for some time.
- Repairman Jack Series by F. Paul Wilson
- Charlie Parker Series by John Connolly
- Song of Ice & Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
- Sandman Slim Series by Richard Kadrey
I didn’t finish The Song of Ice & Fire series (yet) because they follow so closely to television show, I kind of got bored. Knowing how something happens can be a blessing and a curse. I will pick it back up, maybe next Summer. Right now, my goal is to finish the Sandman Slim series.
Sadly, it was announced recently that author, Sue Grafton, has passed away. According to the message left by her daughter, Jamie, there will be no ghost writer to finish the series, which means, Y is for Yesterday, will be Sue’s final book.
- Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae
- Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
- It’s Messy: On Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women by Amanda de Cadenet
- Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
- Sleeping Beauties by Owen King & Stephen King
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
- The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
I enjoyed every single one of these books, all for various reasons. I’m proud of myself for getting at least one non-fiction book in by years end. It’s hard to find something that will keep your interest, especially if it’s non-fiction and Scott Kelly’s was a great read.
- Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
- Artemis by Andy Weir
- Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
- Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
- Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay
- Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates
- Deck the Hallways by Kate Carlisle
- Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
- Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson
I really loved Terminal Alliance and Meddling Kids, I couldn’t put them down. And you can never go wrong with a cozy mystery.
Looking through my year in review I count 54 titles, not including the books in the series I finished over the summer. Not bad if I do say so myself. I keep thinking there were more and just didn’t think to include them here. Oh well, there’s always next year!
There are a few titles I am looking forward to reading in 2018, and in no particular order they include… Melanie Benjamin – The Girls in the Picture, Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Labyrinth of Spirits, John Connolly – The Woman in the Woods, Christopher Moore – Noir, Rose McGowan – Brave, and Robert McCammon – The Listener.
This is my first year in review, so I’m still learning and evolving when it comes to reviews, lists, and layouts. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, what you’ve read and what you’re looking forward to reading in 2018.