Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Chapter

Happy New Year!

Ok, so technically Monday was the kickoff to 2018, but this post is my traditional way to start the new year here on the blog.

As I do every year, I'm laying out everything I read and some stats from the past year. Coming on Friday, I have a post looking forward where I wax loquacious about goals and such. For today, though, I'm still focused on 2017 accomplishments.

Let's start with some highlights:

  • I read 126 books. This is down from 136 last year, but I read a lot of heavy stuff this year. 
  • Readership was all over the place this year. I think Google is messing with SEO algorithms. Some months were huge and some were not so much. Overall, though, I'm not worried about this. I basically don't do anything to actively seek readership. I do this for personal pleasure and am especially thankful for those of you who show up here consistently. 
  • I finished the 100 Best Novels challenge! This was such a huge undertaking and I'm so proud to have finished it.
  • The Read.Write.Repeat. Facebook presence has stayed stable, but I've gotten increasingly active on Twitter. Like or follow if you haven't already! 
  • I continued the monthly "chapter" posts and some off and on Movie Mondays as well as a few Let's Talk About... posts. I haven't done one of the LTA posts since the spring, but I'm hoping to bring them back in the new year. In fact, I have one brewing right now. I have some thoughts to share about the latest installment in a certain blockbuster science fiction franchise.
  • I started offering personalized book recommendations last year and they are consistently the way people most engage with the blog (besides reading). I've done nearly 100 of them since starting the service. They are fun and I've made a better system to manage them better.
For those of you who are more number driven, here are some stats for you. If you are interested in comparing these to previous years, 2016201520142013, or 2012.

Books Read: 126
Total Pages Read: 40,470
Average Page Count (per book): 364.5
Most Read Author: Anthony Powell (4 books in the A Dance to the Music of Time series)
Average Pages Read Per Day: 110.8767
Busiest Month: May (16 books)
Slowest Month: September (6 books)

And, finally, here is the full list of books I read in 2016, with links to each review. If you missed it, earlier this week, I named my Best Books of 2016. That's a list worth looking over if you just want the highlights.

The Definitive 2017 Book List

  1. The Hopefuls - Jennifer Close
  2. A House for Mr. Biswas - V. S. Naipaul
  3. The Defining Decade - Meg Jay 
  4. Golden Son - Pierce Brown
  5. Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie
  6. Gilded Cage - Vic James
  7. The Passenger - Lisa Lutz
  8. Under the Net - Iris Murdoch
  9. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
  10. The Death of the Heart - Elizabeth Bowen
  11. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu - Joshua Hammer
  12. White Trash - Nancy Isenberg
  13. Game of Crowns - Christopher Andersen
  14. Sophie's Choice - William Styron
  15. Talking As Fast As I Can - Lauren Graham
  16. Midnight's Children - Salmon Rushdie
  17. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
  18. The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durrell
  19. Gold Fame Citrus - Claire Vaye Watkins
  20. Wesley the Owl - Stacey O'Brien
  21. Faith Shift - Kathy Escobar
  22. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
  23. Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
  24. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
  25. Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
  26. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  27. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  28. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  29. Marie Antoinette - Antonia Fraser
  30. You Will Not Have My Hate - Antoine Leiris
  31. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
  32. Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes
  33. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Rackman
  34. Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
  35. Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  36. The Danish Girl - David Ebershoff
  37. Beyond the Label - Maureen Chiquet
  38. The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer
  39. Killing Wonder Woman - Tenaya T. J. Tison
  40. Bread and Wine - Shauna Niequist
  41. Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
  42. The Killing Lessons - Saul Black
  43. The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman
  44. Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
  45. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy - James T. Farrell
  46. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
  47. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
  48. The Gammage Cup - Carol Kendall
  49. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  50. Morning Star - Pierce Brown
  51. Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild
  52. A Bend in the River - V. S. Naipul
  53. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
  54. The Ginger Man - J. P. Donleavy
  55. Still  - Lauren Winner
  56. Pawn - Aimée Carter
  57. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven - Susan Jane Gilman
  58. Calling on Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
  59. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce
  60. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
  61. Shockaholic - Carrie Fisher
  62. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
  63. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
  64. The Wild Shore - Kim Stanley Robinson
  65. Talking to Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
  66. Loving - Henry Green
  67. The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
  68. Bittersweet - Shauna Niequist
  69. A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring - Anthony Powell
  70. The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave - Jude Watson
  71. Appetites - Anthony Bourdain
  72. The Nix - Nathan Hill
  73. Cravings - Chrissy Teigen
  74. Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
  75. Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley
  76. Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
  77. Tribe - Sebastian Junger
  78. Captive - Aimée Carter
  79. A Dance to the Music of Time: Summer - Anthony Powell
  80. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Maria Semple
  81. A Dance to the Music of Time: Autumn - Anthony Powell
  82. The Search for Delicious - Natalie Babbitt
  83. A Dance to the Music of Time: Winter - Anthony Powell
  84. Girls in White Dresses - Jennifer Close
  85. Not the End of the World - Kate Atkinson
  86. Salt - Mark Kurlansky
  87. In Sunlight and in Shadow - Mark Helprin
  88. Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
  89. Seriously Delish - Jessica Merchant
  90. The Daily Show - Chris Smith
  91. Yes, Chef - Marcus Samuelsson
  92. Hold Me Like a Breath - Tiffany Schmidt
  93. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  94. A Year of Living Prayerfully - Jared Brock
  95. London - Edward Rutherfurd
  96. The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
  97. Exit West - Mohin Hamid
  98. The Widow - Fiona Barton
  99. Let Nobody Turn Us Around - Manning Marable & Leith Mullings
  100. The Last Policeman - Ben H. Winters
  101. The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert
  102. The Call - Peadar O'Guilin
  103. The Pursuit of God - A. Z. Tozer
  104. French Impressions - John S. Littell
  105. The Welcome Home Diner - Peggy Lampman
  106. What Color Is Your Parachute? - Richard N. Bolles
  107. Garlic and Sapphires - Ruth Reichl
  108. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
  109. The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
  110. Forever Chic - Tish Jett
  111. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
  112. Origin - Dan Brown
  113. The 39 Clues: The Black Circle - Patrick Carman
  114. One Thousand Gifts - Ann Voskamp
  115. What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton
  116. The Three - Sarah Lotz
  117. Fierce Kingdom - Gin Phillips
  118. The 39 Clues: In Too Deep - Jude Watson
  119. Upstairs at the White House - J. B. West 
  120. The Crown - Robert Lacey 
  121. Harmony - Charles, Prince of Wales
  122. The Crows of Beara - Julie Christine Johnson
  123. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  124. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
  125. Come, Let Us Adore Him - Paul David Tripp
  126. Diana - Andrew Morton

1 comment:

  1. 126! Holy smokes!!! Congratulations on finishing the 100 Best Novels! That IS an amazing accomplishment. I'm also impressed that you review each and every one! I probably write a two sentence GoodReads "review" for about half the books I read. Thanks for sharing your book stuff with us!