2017 was the first year that I’ve consistently tracked and recorded every book that I read over the twelve months through Goodreads, and so it’s also the first year that I’ve been able to look at how my reading habits break down in any great detail
I’ve been a bit lax in posting my monthly round ups lately, so today I’m doing a look back at 2017. (And yes, I know that 2018 started almost two weeks ago and I’m pretty late with this round up – posting on schedule is one of my goals for this year!)
So, what did I read?
Grand total: 83 books
I’m pretty happy with this stat. On average, I read just under 7 books a month. While I obviously need to speed up if I’m to have any hope of finishing all the books on my ever expanding TBR, I also don’t think it’s all about the numbers. I read some really great books this year that took me a while to finish as they were absolute tomes (4 3 2 1 at 878 pages, and The Wise Man’s Fear which came in at a whopping 1008 pages), but I’m so glad I invested the time in them.
- Longest read – The Wise Man’s Fear, 1008 pages
- Shortest read – The Sense of an Ending, 160 pages
I clearly gravitate towards reading fantasy, especially if you add in speculative fiction and sci-fi, which currently have their own category, but I also had a good spread of other genres across the year. I really want to up the number of non-fiction books that I read in 2018 though – and I’m disappointed that I didn’t manage to read any classics last year, as this has been a regular yearly goal of mine since starting this blog.
I’m actually shocked that this chart isn’t skewed even more towards ebooks, as these days I mostly read on my Kindle app on my commute. Plus ebooks tend to be cheaper (or maybe just have more regular sales), more easily available and they’re the most common format for any ARCs I receive. My audiobook stats were higher than I expected – again due to the long walks to work with my headphones in.
Looking at author gender, this is relatively balanced. It’s interesting though as I never pay any conscious attention to author gender, but clearly I gravitate towards female authors over male authors as a whole.
I personally don’t find star ratings on things like Goodreads that helpful, as they’re so subjective to individuals and their own feelings and reading experience. I also read such a wide variety of books that it’s hard to compare them. I tend to just rate books I enjoyed as 4 star reads, unless they stand out either way. It’s no surprise that this was my biggest category. I also read quite a few 5 star reads and only a few 1 star reads, which is good to see – clearly I’m choosing well!
- My favourites – A God in Ruins, Red Sister and City of Circles
Kate Atkinson, Mark Lawrence and Jess Richards are all on my auto-buy authors list. If you haven’t read them yet, go and check them out as these books were great.
- My least favourites – The Sense of an Ending, Caraval and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
The Sense of an Ending had literally the most frustrating ending of any book I’ve ever read, Caraval was disappointing and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was one that I thought I should like but in actual fact struggled to feel any enthusiasm for.
- Top newly discovered authors – Jen Williams, Anthony Horowitz and David Mark
I’d never read anything by these authors before 2017, but I loved them all and will be hoping to check out some of their other titles in 2018.
And that’s my 2017 reading year in a nutshell. Overall I was pretty happy with it! Here’s hoping that 2018 will be just as good, if not better.
How was your 2017? Were you happy with it? What was your favourite overall read? Have you read any of mine? Do you have any goals for 2018?
Also if you did a review of your 2017 reading year comment below so I can go check it out!
5 thoughts on “2017 in review”
Loved this wrap up! Especially the charts, those are always fascinating to look at. I really want to read A God in Ruins and The Sense of an Ending is one of the most polarizing books I’ve ever heard about, people are either really disappointed or really in love with it.
Thanks! I love looking at charts too – it’s so interesting to see trends! I’d definitely recommend A God in Ruins, it was such a fantastic read. And I agree about The Sense of an Ending – I’ve read some great reviews but it just really wasn’t for me!
I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who was rather disappointed by Caraval. I think the hype was a big part of what killed it for me — my expectations were just too high, and inevitably it didn’t live up to them. But everyone else seemed to love it…
You had a higher proportion of five star reads than I did, though. Not sure if you’re just better at choosing books or if I’m too stingy with my 5* ratings, haha.
Love this roundup with all the graphs and stuff! It feels kind of silly to do one now since 2018 is so much underway (especially as it wouldn’t be done for at least another week), but I’m kind of tempted to try it for myself anyway, because this is cool.
Good to know that I have at least one other person that agrees with me on Caraval! I hate when a book is too hyped.. it puts so much pressure on it to be exceptional. And I think I might give 5* ratings out far too easily! You should definitely do some charts – I think they’re really interesting to look at and it’ll be really interesting to look back on next year as well!
Yeah, I should. I use Goodreads stats and charts but I’ve never tried making my own, even though mine might be more relevant/meaningful. Hmm…