Friday, 19 January 2018

2017 in Books

2017 was my third year taking part in the Goodreads reading challenge.  I set myself the goal of reading 35 books, and I managed 50!

Here's everything I read this year, in chronological order. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words by Ella Frances Sanders - ★★★★★
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - ★★★★
The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent - ★★★
The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland - ★★★
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - ★★★★★
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle - ★★
Caraval by Stephanie Garber - ★★★
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson - ★★★★
The Power by Naomi Alderman - ★★★
The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths - ★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Good People by Hannah Kent - ★★★★★
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft - ★★
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - ★★★
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter - ★★
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - ★★★★★
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell - ★★★★
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon - ★★★
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick - ★★★★
Despite the Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif - ★★★★
The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen - ★★★★

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld - ★★★
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave - ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo - ★★★
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - ★★★★
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed - ★★★★
The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon - ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - ★★★
Tin Man by Sarah Winman - ★★★★★
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson - ★★★★★
A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan - ★★
Diving Belles by Lucy Wood - ★★★★
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena - ★★★
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace - ★★★
The Book of Dust Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman - ★★★★★
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge - ★★★★★
Audrey Hepburn by Isabel Sanchez Vergara - ★★★★★
Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanches Vergara - ★★★★★
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore - ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Museum of Exraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman - ★★★
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - ★★★★
Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell - ★★
A Poem for Every Night of the Year by Allie Esiri - ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

It's funny looking back on all these titles and realising that some of them I had just completely forgotten about.  There are a couple of thrillers in there that were entertaining enough at the time, but didn't make any lasting impression - I'm looking at you, The Couple Next Door.

2017 was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and I thought this was the perfect excuse (if one were needed) for a re-read.  I spaced them out across the months so I could both start and end my year with my favourite characters.  It was a massive highlight of my reading year, they will always hold the most special place in my heart.  However, my favourite new-to-me read this year was probably The Radium Girls by Kate Moore which I picked up during Nonfiction November and loved.  There's a full review here.

Goals for 2018
- 40 books
- carry on using the library as much as possible
- a new-to-me series as per the last few years, currently undecided

Holly x

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