Books read in 2017: favourite books, great re-reads, the biggest disappointments, and reading stats

Books read in 2017

2017 was an awesome reading year for me. I’m going to share my favourite books, my my top re-reads, the biggest disappointments, then polish the post off with a bunch of cool reading stats.

Favourite books

2017 started out with me addicted to sci-fi. The binge began with Illuminae, then carried me though Gemina, Defy the Stars, Starflight, and Dare Mighty Things.

But my top books of the year came down to:

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I was intimidated by this book because of the unique format and huge size, but it was AWESOME! You get used to it quickly. The format also makes it a very fast read.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

This was a perfect book to read right after Illuminae. I ADORED it!

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

This book was everything I hoped it would be! It’s a wonderful fantasy story with a great setting.

Roar by Cora Carmack

I love books with elemental magic (like The Winter King) and Roar did not disappoint!

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY finished The Lunar Chronicles series. I can’t believe it took me so long. What a great ending.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

After rereading the first three books, I finally got around to Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn. ♥ I’m so glad to be caught up on this series now.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

This was my last read of 2017 and it was FANTASTIC! Everything I hoped it would be: fantasy, kingdom politics, and revenge.

Reign the Earth on a stack of other books

Most enjoyable rereads

After a really difficult month of mediocre reads and piles of books I couldn’t finish (see next section!), I decided to reread many of my old favourites. Almost 30% of the books I read this year were rereads, and it was amazing. It was such a comfort to spend time reading books I knew I’d love. This is definitely something I plan on continuing in 2018.

Here were a few of my absolute favourite rereads of the year:

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

I re-read this book twice: once in preparation for reading Breath of Fire, then again in preparation for Heart on Fire. This is one of my all time favourite series!

Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson

I may have re-read this five-book series twice in 2017. I love it THAT much! I think it’s my #1 favourite series.

The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

This was my third re-read of The Winter King. I love it every time. You need to read it if you like A Promise of Fire and/or Roar.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Honestly I’d kind of forgotten just how much I love Eragon. I reread the whole series and loved it even more than I remembered. I hadn’t read this series in like 10 years!

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I re-read almost all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. They’re so amazing!

Brisingr and the Inheritance Cycle series

Biggest disappointments

June was a really rough month for me. I slipped into a reading slump of epic proportions where I couldn’t finish a single book! Very sadly this included a huge number I got from BookExpo America, including Amid Stars and Darkness, Nyxia, The Tiger’s Daughter, and The Belles.

Some of my biggest disappointments were:

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

DNF

I was bored out of my mind!

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

DNF

It really sucks when a dragon book lets you down. 🙁

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

DNF

This was my most highly anticipated book from BEA. I was DEVASTATED when I didn’t finish it. It just had too much of a middle grade vibe for my taste.

Reading stats

Pie chart showing new reads vs re-reads
  • Total books finished: 107
    • New reads: 76 (71%)
    • Re-reads: 31 (29%)
    • Pages: 47,263
    • Different series: 55
    • Standalones: 30
    • Different authors: 77
    • Average rating: 3.5 (counting DNFs as 0)
  • Reviews written: 50

Rating breakdown

Pie chart showing book ratings in 2017
RatingNumber of Books
5 Stars23
4.5 Stars9
4 Stars27
3.5 Stars5
3 Stars13
2.5 Stars2
2 Stars2
1.5 Stars0
1 Star0
0.5 Stars0
0 Stars0
Did Not Finish13

You can see I didn’t have that many low star reads this year and that’s because I’ve become a merciless did-not-finisher. If a book didn’t grab me (even after as few as 10 pages or so), I just put it down. I’d rather spend more time reading awesome books I adore.

Pages breakdown

Pie chart of number of pages in books read in 2017
PagesNumber of Books
200-39961
400-59947
600-79910
800-9992

Inheritance (Eragon series) and Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) were those two massive 800+ page books! Phew!

Genre breakdown

For the sake of making the information more useful, I removed any that only had two books or less. Also, bear with me… I know “Adult”, “New Adult”, and “Young Adult” aren’t genres but I don’t currently differentiate between age groups and genres in my cataloguing. Maybe I should do that…

NameBooks ReadNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
Action3 Books3 Reviews4.33 Stars
Adult37 Books7 Reviews3.68 Stars
Adventure6 Books3 Reviews4 Stars
Contemporary35 Books9 Reviews3.48 Stars
Dragons7 Books3 Reviews2.93 Stars
Erotica5 Books0 Reviews4.17 Stars
Fantasy64 Books22 Reviews3.74 Stars
Historical Fiction4 Books4 Reviews3.25 Stars
Magic13 Books3 Reviews4.83 Stars
New Adult11 Books4 Reviews2.95 Stars
Romance82 Books21 Reviews3.63 Stars
Science Fiction22 Books14 Reviews3.12 Stars
Space8 Books5 Reviews3.19 Stars
Sports3 Books1 Review5 Stars
Thriller4 Books2 Reviews4.12 Stars
Young Adult72 Books36 Reviews3.53 Stars

Source breakdown

Pie chart showing where my books were obtained in 2017
NameBooks ReadNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
ARC From Publisher3 Books2 Reviews4 Stars
BookExpo America19 Books12 Reviews2.62 Stars
Edelweiss11 Books9 Reviews3.32 Stars
NetGalley14 Books13 Reviews3.46 Stars
Purchased70 Books10 Reviews3.77 Stars

Sadly BookExpo America books didn’t fare well this year. Funnily enough, those BEA reads were all either 5 star reads or DNFs and that’s why the average rating is so poor. 🙁

Publication years

Pie chart showing distribution of book publication years for books read in 2017

It’s clear that I mostly read new releases this year. That’s pretty typical of me. I think most of the older books were the re-reads I did.

Book formats

Pie chart showing formats of books read in 2017
Format Number of Books
Physical ARC 23
eARC 4
eBook 26
Hardcover 23
Paperback 16

These numbers don’t quite add up to all the books I read this year, I think because I changed how I track my formats halfway through the year and I’m missing some data. But I’m really curious to see how these numbers will change in 2018 now that I’ll be buying more physical books.


How did your year of reading go?

What were some of your favourite books? What about the biggest disappointments? Did you do much re-reading this year? Do you have any goals for 2018?

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18 comments

  1. I always love seeing bloggers’ end-of-year reading stats, especially how the genre and format counts break down. The merciless DNF-ing sounds like a brilliant idea…although I’ve found sometimes I need to read junk as a break from school? Congrats on a great reading year Ashley!

    1. I used to be a bit obsessive about finishing every book I started. But my new merciless DNF-ing is so much better. I spend less time reading books I don’t like and more time hunting for and reading ones I love.

    1. I’m so glad you loved The Winter King!

      I read The Sea King and I enjoyed it but didn’t love it quite as much. Here’s my review if you’re curious: https://www.nosegraze.com/sea-king-c-l-wilson/ In short it just got kind of repetitive and I was annoyed at the main character for rejecting the love interest for so long.

      However, I’d say it’s worth reading anyway just because the rest of the series sounds like it’s going to be so amazing. So it’s worth reading The Sea King as a gateway to what will come after.

  2. You did great with your reading for 2017! Illuminae and Breathe of Fire are on my TBR for 2018. I had 1 DNF for this year but I had a couple of books that I was disappointed in and gave low ratings. I hope you find some great books in 2018. Happy New Year Ashley!

    1. Thanks Kathy!

      I hope you love Illuminae and Breath of Fire! I bet it’ll be awesome to be able to read the whole Illuminae series at once when Obsidio comes out.

    1. I cheated and built a plugin that handles the stats for me. 🙂 I log information like which books I read and in which format, and which genres the books are, etc., but then the plugin calculates all the stats for me automatically.

      I hope you had a wonderful year too!

  3. Yay for not finishing books you aren’t enjoying! I am a HUGE proponent of that. Life is too short and there are too many books! This isn’t really an issue for me at the moment since I just started blogging, but I’d imagine that presents a bit of a conundrum when you have to finish an ARC in order to review it. I kind of think I don’t ever want to go down that road because I like dropping books too much!

    1. Yeah I do feel a bit bad when it’s an ARC. I usually try to still explain to the publisher what happened so they at least know I tried it. Sometimes I also do roundup mini reviews of books I didn’t finish where I just list a few reasons why I couldn’t get through it. Usually those are just a few sentences.

  4. I love all these pie charts I’m seeing for 2017 bookish wrap up posts — they all look super professional, but I’m so impressed with how detailed your pie graphs are! I read a lot of new releases this year too, but I also want to focus more on reading older books that are just as amazing as new releases this year. It’s easy to get lost in the hype of new releases coming out every month 😊 I hope you have an amazing bookish year for 2018!

    1. It is definitely nice to go back and read some old books. 🙂 I have a few older series I’m particularly interested in reading/finishing!

      Have a great year, Zoie! 🙂

    1. Thanks Ashley! 🙂

      I hope you love After I Do! I think it’s a really interesting story, as it’s not your typical “fall in love” romance.

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