I am so incredibly happy to announce that I surpassed even my own reading goals for this year, and ended 2017 having read 100 books! My love for gathering stories is very satisfied by this result.
This year I read lots of different genres too, as well as new and old favourite books.I loved this year of reading and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings (I wonder if I’ll manage to read over 100 books again).
So, here’s a list of the books I read this year and some brief thoughts on each of them. I hope you enjoy!
1. Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad) by David Eddings
The first book I read in 2017. The third in the incredible Belgariad series by David Eddings, this book carried on the intricate saga beautifully and I devoured it in just two days!
2. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear was one of the best books I read in 2017. The Kingkiller chronicles may also be one of my favourite book series ever, too!
3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
My gosh, I loved this one! With such a unique take on fantasy fiction The Fifth Season had me gripped until the very last page. I need to read the other books in the Broken Earth series.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Hmmm. I didn’t love this as much as I was hoping to. It may have been the fact that I’m not a huge romance fan, or because I found the story line and characters a bit bland. Either way, it’s not one of my faves from 2017!
5. Hidden Empire (The Saga of The Seven Suns) by Kevin J. Anderson
Wow, space opera and sci-fi madness at it’s finest. I absolutely loved this book. One of my boyfriend’s favourites – I definitely want to get my hands on the rest of the series.
6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Yes! A definite contender for my favourite book of 2017. Words cannot even describe how much I adored and devoured this zany, magical read.
7. The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian is a space story that’s epic and expansive enough to leave you enthralled as well as deeply disturbed. I preferred the book to the movie, and the movie was pretty great!
8. The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry
Hmmm, didn’t get on with this one. Wasn’t a huge fan of the story-line, the characters or the writing style so was quite a laborious read for me!
9. NW by Zadie Smith
Another meh one. I wanted to love this more, I really did. I appreciate her real, gritty way of telling stories but something just didn’t click with me and this book.
10. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
I love a good Karin Slaughter book, and this is up there with one of her best in my opinion. Keeps you guessing until the very end!
11. The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
An undisputed classic. The impact this story has on me and the delight I feel in reading it does not diminish no matter how well-thumbed my copy becomes.
12. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Thus, my love affair with Noelle Stevenson began. Nimona is incredible. Feisty, fun, unique and stand out – this was my favourite graphic novel of 2017.
13. Paper Girls vol.1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Colour palette, design, story and characters. All of the elements of this graphic novel were absolutely on point. A staple in my graphic novel collection.
14. Paper Girls vol.2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Just as good as the first, if not better. I am irrevocably in love with Paper Girls.
15. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
I didn’t make up my mind on this one until near the end. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The word to describe this book for me would be ‘meh’.
16. Saga: vol 1. by Brian K. Vaughan
Yep, yep, yep! Saga deserves all of the praise it has received and more. Had me intrigued and sucked me in from the very first page.
17. Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad) by David Eddings
Here’s number 4 in my beloved Belgariad series. And yes, if you’re wondering the story continues to be awesome. The build up in this book literally blew my mind!
18. Enchanter’s End Game (The Belgariad) by David Eddings
Could this book be any more epic? In my opinion one of the best concluding novels in a series ever! Love, love, love. The best conclusion the story could have.
19. Lumberjanes vol.1: Beware the Kitten holy by Noelle Stevenson
Cutesy, fun and light-relief graphic novels that will heal your heart if it’s sad. Thoroughly enjoyed the first volume of this series.
20. Chosen (House of Night) P.C. and Kristin Cast
Ummm… let’s not even touch on this one. The absolute worst. That’s all I have to say…
21. Golden Age (The Shifting Tides) by James Maxwell
I absolutely loved the concept of this book. One of the best books I’ve ever received as a Christmas present and I still need to finish the series.
22. After You by Jojo Moyes
Despite not loving Me Before You the persistent story finisher inside of me wouldn’t let me get away without finishing After You. Again, fairly meh to say the least.
23. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Thought I’d hate it because of all the hype. Loved it instead. Although, felt it could have been shorter for more impact as I felt it dragged on a bit!
24. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Late to the party, but loved it. Such a strange, dark and twisted world that Ransom Riggs has built – but I found I didn’t want to leave.
25. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
This was up there with one of the worst I read in 2017. I just found it incredibly boring! Sorry, not sorry. I do like her writing style, but my god did this story drag on!
26. Saga: vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
I loved it more than the first volume, and that’s saying something. Amazing!
27. Windlord (The De Danann Tales) by Michael Scott
Yes! I love me some old fantasy. Might be short in length but this book packs a lot of story within those pages.
28. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This had been on my to be read list for so long! Wish I hadn’t overlooked this for so long as Mare is one of my fave literary women/heroines. Badass af.
29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Heavy. Important. Impactful. This book has changed my outlook so much that I have no qualms in branding it a masterpiece.
30. Lumberjanes vol 2: Friendship to the max by Noelle Stevenson
Who doesn’t want to be friends with the Lumberjanes? Another fun, colourful story that I devoured within just one evening.
31. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
If you’re not familiar with this book, go and read it. It’s a staple part of my collection and one I go back to every year. So profound and will really make you appreciate life.
32. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
This one fell sort of middle of the pack for me. Don’t even remember too much about the story.
33. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeeConick
I feel like I like the idea of this graphic novel more than I liked the graphic novel itself? Still enjoyed it though!
34. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by J.K Rowling
Actually a piece of writing on Pottermore around the wizarding school Ilvermorny. However, if Goodreads says it’s a book, it’s a book alright?!
35. Guardians of the West (The Mallorean) by David Eddings
More of the wonderful works of David Eddings. The follow up to one of my favourite series The Belgariad, the first in this series definitely did not disappoint.
36. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Jeeeez. I do not know why I have never read a Brandon Sanderson book before this one. But, he is now one of my favourite authors and I am in love.
37. Forces of Nature by Professor Brian Cox
So, Brian Cox is my idol. I absolutely devoured Forces of Nature whilst on holiday in Greece and it left my mind fully blown.
38. Sunstorm (A Time Odyssey) by Arthur C. Clarke
A book my boyfriend had lying around the flat (and awkwardly the second in a series) it… sort of made sense being read as a standalone? Good book.
39. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
For once, the huge amount of hype this book got was wholly deserved. I enjoyed every second of this book and could not put it down.
40. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
A pretty good fantasy book. Some of it fell a bit flat for me, but there’s an interesting world here for her to build upon!
41. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
As Mare’s story continues, it had me as spellbound as the first volume. I’ve still yet to read the third book in the series, but I plan to soon!
42. Lumberjanes vol 3: A terrible plan by Noelle Stevenson
My least favourite of all of the Lumberjanes novels I’ve read so far. Still cute, still fun, still heaps of adorable friendships.
43. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments vol 1) by Cassandra Clare
And here starts my Mortal Instruments obsession. Came to the series super late, but fell hard for this intriguing world and its characters.
44. City of Ashes (The Mortal instruments vol 2) by Cassandra Clare
I’d read this book just for mentions of Magnus Bane alone. One of the most dynamic and compelling YA characters in my opinion. GIMME MORE MAGNUS!
45. The Wicked + The Divine vol 1 by Kieron Gillen
I’ve heard only good things from friends, and it lived up to them fairly well. Confused me a bit at first though. Need to read the rest of the series.
46. City of Glass (The Mortal instruments vol 3) by Cassandra Clare
And the obsession just keeps getting stronger…
47. City of fallen angels (The Mortal instruments vol 4) by Cassandra Clare
At this point, I literally have no hope of putting these books down and reading something else!
48. City of lost souls (the Mortal Instruments vol 5) by Cassandra Clare
As the story deepens and becomes more intense, my love just keeps growing. Fangirl has activated.
49. King of the Murgos (The Mallorean #2) by David Eddings
And now back into one of my favourite fictional worlds. My attention dropped a bit when compared to the first in the series, but still a great read!
50. Guardians Team Up #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Meh, I think my love for The Guardians Of The Galaxy definitely translates better on screen. Nice art style, though.
51. City of Heavenly fire (The Mortal Instruments vol 6) by Cassandra Clare
There are not enough words for the emotional rollercoaster that is reading The Mortal Instruments series to its conclusion. All of the feels. Incredible!
52. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
Yes, I cannot go without reading this series once a year. Embarking on this journey with Lyra again always feels like being embraced with a warm hug!
53. Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Badass Mulan meets a solid love story. Throw in honour and beautiful descriptions of life’s simple things and you’re left with this awesome book.
54. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman
Just as good as the first time. My love for this series is undying.
55. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Am I fool for not picking up any of Rupi Kaur’s works earlier? You’re damn right I am! What a moving, raw and honest look at her life. Loved this, and the gorgeous illustrations.
56. The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
I bloody love children’s fiction, and I have no shame in admitting that. And, The Creakers is some solidly enjoyable children’s fiction. The illustrations in this book are amazing too.
57. King Henry VI Part 1 by William Shakespeare
I’m a huge Shakespeare groupie, but whenever I reread this I find it hard to follow! Of course, I still enjoyed it though.
58. King Henry VI Part 2 by William Shakespeare
It was a heavy weekend when I read Parts 1 and 2 to King Henry VI let me tell you!
59. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
Yes, now I know why they call him the boss. A beautifully written memoir about a life that is as dynamic, evolving and interesting as his music. Amazing man, and an amazing story.
60. King Henry VI Part 3 by William Shakespeare
All aboard the Shakespeare train! This is my favourite of the 3 parts and the one I always enjoy the most.
61. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
I dare anyone in the entire world not to get emotional at ‘the bench’ scene. If you know, you know. *Cries*.
62. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
After eagerly awaiting John Green’s return, I can say the book didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but that’s okay as I found something greater instead.
63. The Giraffe and the Pelly and me by Roald Dahl
Oh yes, here is where the Roald Dahl binge starts. The master storyteller will always entertain me, no matter how old I get!
64. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Did I relate to Matilda when I was younger? Yes. Do I still? You’re damn right I do! One of the key books from my formative years as a tentative bookworm and it remains as good at 23!
65. James And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I often think this is the trippiest of Roald Dahls books. Where did he get his zany imagination?! However, my love for this doesn’t fade, no matter how many times I read it.
66. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
Okay, so I feel a bit guilty for adding this to the list as it’s the tiniest book. However, it’s good fun and Roald Dahl so I can’t leave it out!
67. The Witches by Roald Dahl
My favourite Roald Dahl book by a mile. The Witches had me hooked from the very first time my year 3 teacher read it to me and I checked her face for the tell-tale signs of a witch!
68. The BFG by Roald Dahl
Man, I love the BFG. What a charming and loveable character. I enjoyed the film quite a bit too!
69. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories make us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
If you want your very beliefs to be shaken, and for your constructs of story to be altered forever you have to read this book. Evolutionary psychology at it’s finest!
70. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
If there’s a Roald Dahl book I like less than the others, I guess this would be it. However, who doesn’t cheer for George when he sorts out his sour old granny?!
71. The Twits by Roald Dahl
Yep, just more masterful storytelling from Roald Dahl.
72. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Yes, I did in fact cry at a Roald Dahl book, and this was that book! Surely it’s not just me who finds it emotional? The baby foxes, though.
73. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
Because I wouldn’t be me without my yearly ritual of rereading these books and starting the magical journey all over again.
74. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
Reading these again always brings me such joy and takes me back to my childhood. As it does for hundreds of thousands of people all around the world. Although, this is my least fave book in the series.
75. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
I was so excited for the darker turn the series takes at this point. I have zero words which can adequately sum up my love for Harry Potter so I won’t even try.
76. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
My favourite book from my favourite series. Aka: my heart, my stress reliever and one of my fondest memories.
77. Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K Rowling
Yep, I’m going to read the whole series in a row because I just can’t bear to leave Harry’s magical world.
78. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling
A bit slower than the rest in the series in my opinion, but outstanding all the same. Nearly finished… *cries*
79. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
It’s… over?! Can I start the whole journey again, please?
80. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by J.K Rowling
Wow! This book was so interesting. Awesome to see how J.K Rowling was influenced by history to build the wonderful, magical world we all know and love.
81. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
FAVOURITE FANTASY NOVEL EVER. Only read the first one so far, but Vin is by far one of my favourite literary characters. Sanderson is no less than a genius.
82. La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) by Philip Pullman
Such an emotional return to the series. I was not mentally or emotionally prepared for this book. Literary classic.
83. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It is my firm belief that everyone should read this book at least once. Absolutely outstanding work of fiction.
84. A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Some light relief. It’s a book based around Frozen, so what do you expect? It was okay!
85. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Just had to reread one of my favourite Stephen King books!
86. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
Interesting concept. Easy to read and sets itself up well for another story!
87. London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy
I liked it at first, then I got incredibly bored very quickly…
88. Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell
Had never heard of this book, but I really enjoyed it. Yes, it’s pretty young but it was an exciting easy read. Received in a book swap along with the next in the series.
89. Shiverton Hall – The Creeper by Emerald Fennell
The story gets pretty intense in this for what is essentially a children’s book. Enjoyed it a lot though.
90. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Wow, one of the most interesting and mind blowing books I’ve ever read! Couldn’t recommend this enough.
91. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Just as quaint, curious and charming as when I first read it. Undoubtedly a classic.
92. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Doesn’t quite pin down the charm of the original, but still very enjoyable.
93. Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R Tolkien
Got this in my secret santa at work and loved it! Such a compelling short story, with Tolkien’s signature genius woven in throughout.
94. Skin and other stories by Roald Dahl
Truly showcases Roald Dahls genius! More than just a children’s author. Enjoyed all of these stories a lot.
95. Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Oh my gosh. I remember how much I loved this series when I was younger and had to pick it up again. Didn’t disappoint!
96. After Alice by Gregory Maguire
A compendium to Alice In Wonderland, focusing more on the characters surrounding the story and with a Victorian flair? I thought I’d adore this book… unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations.
97. The Way of Kings Part One by Brandon Sanderson
My friend Decklan has wanted me to read these books for ages, and this definitely didn’t disappoint. Such amazing fantasy fiction – Sanderson is incredible as always. Excited to read part two.
98. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
Yep, it’s been a bit of a year for revisiting Roald Dahl for me. He’s one of my favourite authors, and it’s amazing to find out more about the extraordinary life he led.
99. An A-Z Of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit by Sarah Oliver
We started re-watching The Hobbit films, so I picked up this A-Z collection to brush up on some knowledge. It covers quite a lot although there are some definite gaps.
100. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Had to of course end the year with the start of one of my favourite series – Discworld! I adore these novels so much.
There you have it – the 100 books I read this year! It was a lot of reading, but of course I don’t mind as reading is my absolute favourite thing to do. I revisted a lot of old favourites and discovered some awesome new fiction in 2017!
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you read any of these books?! I’m still trying to process that I read 100 books…
I can’t wait to hopefully surpass this number next year!