I read 37 books in 2017 37 which is 10 more than in 2016. See my year in books on goodreads here:
I read more ARCs this year and read them fairly quickly in order to review them. That may be why I read so many. I haven’t decided what my goal should be this year, aiming for 40 might be too much.
Least favourites/books I didn’t finish
- The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley- started reading in January and I enjoyed it at the start but then got bored and hated the outdated idea of witches. The Satanism plot was just absurd, but would’ve been perfect for people during the era it was written.
- The Cellar by Richard Laymon- I’ve read some by Laymon that I’ve enjoyed. This one didn’t hold my interest and there were scenes involving child abuse which I just couldn’t read.
- Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley- I loved The Loney and couldn’t wait to start reading this book but it wasn’t as good. It seemed more of a yarn than a horror and meandered on until I lost interest because it didn’t seem to be going anywhere.
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte – didn’t hold my interest not as good as other classics I’ve read. Wondering if I should try it again one day.
- The Blackhouse by Peter May- I read it expecting a crime novel but it was more of a drama or biographical story, although it was good the end disappointed me and I have not continued with the trilogy. I loved the setting.
- The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill- I love her novels but her short stories are disappointing.
Sometimes I might be in the wrong mood for a book and that might mean I don’t enjoy it, or if it’s a slow read that needs a lot of attention and I’m reading something more adsorbing I might lose interest in that book. Other times you just have to think this book wasn’t for me and move on.
Books out of my comfort zone:
- The Little Beach Street series by Jenny Colgan. I am now a fan.
- Did you see Melody by Sophie Hannah- enjoyed it but I think I prefer slow paced novels rather than this brilliant fast paced, can’t stop reading or take a breath until it’s over book. Great crime thriller and I’d read more but not all the time.
This could actually be a lot longer list. And it would take awhile to add all the amazing books I’ve read this year, and I can’t pick one that is my favourite.
New authors discovered: Jenny Colgan, Diana Gabaldon,
Eleanor Wasserberg, Scarlett Thomas, Katherine Clements.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R.Martin, Poldark by Winston Graham and the Morganville series by Rachel Caine -but not finished.
Books that were different:
I enjoyed new books by: Jesse Burton, Anne Rice (new Lestat book) Elizabeth Kostova. I could go on and on about the books I’ve enjoyed but my blog and Goodreads year in review should say it all!
Plans for 2018:
To read more of my tbr doing the Beat The Backlist challenge, more on that to come.
Outlander series: I’ve got back into the tv series thanks to my mother 🙂 (who has bought the books! I’ve only read one) and I am itching to read the next but not yet.