A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

Posted on December 29, 2017 «
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Wow! It’s been quite a year. A year ago I was mildly freaking out because the leap of faith I took of leaving my job of 10+ years didn’t quite pan out as planned and I was searching for another job. And then on Christmas Day 2017, I was offered a dream job which I snatched up and have been eagerly commuting to my home office every day since mid-January.

It’s been 4 years?!

Amazingly enough I’ve been blogging somewhat consistently for four years. I never imagined writing this long, but it’s true. I’ve logged over 200 book reviews and featured over 100 authors in my In the Spotlight feature.

I don’t have much new planned for the next year. I do know that, based on the last 12 months, there will probably be fewer posts. Since I work from home and my office space is also my blogging space, I’ve found that I’m not as eager to sit at my desk for another hour or so to work on my blog. However, I don’t want to abandon it. I do enjoy writing reviews and introducing authors to fans so Second Run Reviews will be around for another year in a quieter, more laid-back capacity.

It’s also going on 40 years!

Yes, folks, I’m old. I’m turning 40 in 2018 and I have big personal plans. I’m scrimping and saving for a trip to Paris. I have dreamed of visiting Paris for what seems like forever and 5 years ago, on my birthday, I set the intention of traveling to Paris when I’m 40. So stay tuned for updates about that as 2018 clicks along.

Back to Blogging and those Challenges…

The wonderful ladies and I have decided that 2017 is the last year for the Shelf Love Challenge. We have loved hosting it the last three years, but our blogs and lives have grown and changed and we feel it is best to move on. If you are looking for another challenge to help you clear your shelves, I whole-heartedly encourage you to give the COYER Challenge as shot (it’s not just about eBooks!).

My Shelf Love Challenge 2017 Progress

As of the writing of this post, I have read 67 books. My Shelf Love goal was that half of my overall read books needed to count towards Shelf Love. Drum roll, please!

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38 books!

via GIPHY

So in the last year of the Shelf Love Challenge, I FINALLY met my goal. Not bad. We’ll call it a win.

My Discussion Challenge 2017 Progress

Other than reading, this is my favorite challenge and I know that I fell off the bandwagon once I settled into my new job and writing for my blog took a back seat. My goal was the Creative Conversationalist level (11 to 20 posts) and I hit 18 posts for the third year running.

I do plan to participate in the 2018 Discussion Challenge, but I’m going to jump my participation down a level to Discussion Dabbler (1 to 10 posts).

The Best Books I Read in 2017

…in no particular order…

A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

The Vessel of Ra

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump
Published on: September 12, 2017
Pages: 250
Series: The Klaereon Scroll #1
Genres: fantasy, fairy tales & folklore, historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

A Promise of Ruin

Author: Cuyler Overholt
Published on: August 8, 2017
Pages: 320
Series: Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #2
Genres: historical fiction, mystery, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: A Deadly Affection

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

The Clockwork Dynasty

Author: Daniel H. Wilson
Published on: August 1, 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

The Burning Page

Author: Genevieve Cogman
Published on: December 15, 2016
Pages: 358
Series: The Invisible Library #3
Genres: fantasy, adult, mystery
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: The Invisible Library, The Masked City, The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library, #4)

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

Girl in Disguise

Author: Greer Macallister
Published on: March 21, 2017
Pages: 308
Genres: adult, historical fiction
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



For some reason my book lookup won’t pull up the details about Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Read my review.

And I’ll have full reviews of these two lovely books in the new year…
Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Best Re-Read: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth Wein
Published on: May 15, 2012
Pages: 304
Length: 10 hours, 7 minutes
Series: Code Name Verity #1
Genres: historical fiction, military, mystery, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: Rose Under Fire

book review code name verity elizabeth wein

I went to see Dunkirk with a friend and was floored by the story. Like absolutely floored. When the movie was done, I wanted to keep that feeling going as long as possible so I whipped by the bookstore on the way home and grabbed a copy of Code Name Verity. This is what it looked like when I was done. (Yes, each of the different colored tabs mean something different.) Needless to say, I loved the book the second time around and enjoyed reading a physical copy so I could mark it up.

Even though I knew the twist in the story, I still ugly cried. In fact, I started ugly crying at the start of THAT chapter and didn’t stop even when I was done with the chapter. I just put the book down and had a good sob fest. This book gets in me in the feels EVERY time.

Read this book and then re-read it. It’s worth it.


TL;DR

In short, it was a good reading year. 67 books. 21,380 pages. 38 #ShelfLove books. 18 Discussion posts.

Goals for next year…Read 60 books. Read 20,000 pages. participate in COYER. Do at least 10 discussion posts.

So what are your goals for 2018? How did you do on your 2017 goals? Sound off in comments.


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One response to “A Year in Review: The Best Books of 2017

  1. Its sad to see Shelf Love go. I have enjoyed the challenge so much and it has helped me to read books off my own shelves. Despite that I still have 95 books on my TBR, but I love having so many choices to read.