My Year In Reading + Best Reads of 2017

Happy New Year! It’s only today that I got to writing a recap of my 2017 reading-wise, and I had already made my peace about how my blogging should not be a stressor, so here we go.

My 2017 In Reading:

Compared to 2016, my reading experience in 2017 was less than stellar. I got to read a fewer number of books, and if my Goodreads account is to be believed (I don’t update religiously), I read only 27 books last year compared to the 46 of 2016, and most of them were really forgettable. This was due to the fact that I only read books randomly, and didn’t make the effort to look into reviews first. I merely read the blurb, and if it’s an Amazon freebie, I’d automatically download and then read. Also, because I’m sticking to a budget, I didn’t make any substantial book purchases so my book supplies were mostly freebies. I only read ebooks from my phone since Elle the Kindle has finally retired after many (5!) years (I’m still emotional about this) and I couldn’t tolerate the glare for long periods of time.

Still, I had notable reads this year which I wouldn’t have discovered if I hadn’t joined the Goodreads- The Filipino Group Book Bingo Challenge. I was able to complete two patterns and while I could have made another pattern before the year ended, I became lazy, err, under-motivated, so I didn’t. Haha!

I’ll try to come up with write-ups for each of these books as much as I can (a couple of reviews are already in my drafts folder awaiting for edits), but aside from surpassing my reading goal of 20 books, completing two patterns for the Bingo is probably the highlight of my reading year haha!

Now, on to my Best/Favorite Reads for 2017:

Compared to 2016 where I got reading hang-overs from a number of really good reads (i.e. Station Eleven, Broken Harbor, We Were Liars), 2017 was mediocre. I couldn’t really pinpoint a particular book that deeply left an impression on me this year. Out of the 27 books, more or less, I’d read in 2017, here are my best reads, in no particular order, with my quick thoughts and/or links to my reviews when available:

  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. 3.5 stars. I didn’t like how Macon Leary made his choice at the end but the somber and quiet humor of Anne Tyler’s narrative is impeccable as always.
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. 4 stars. I was not a fan of the first two companion books in this series but in this book, Isla’s insecurities spoke volumes to me. Flawed characters and relationships were interesting to read and the cameos towards the ending were fun.
  • Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas. 3.5 stars. Musical stage plays + MonFigs ♥
  • Loveless. Childless. Clueless. by Miren Flores. 4 stars. Goodness, I bawled like an adult (which I am) for this.
  • Promdi Heart:Hometown Love Stories. A short story anthology by Filipino authors and set in different provinces in the Philippines. My top favorite is the story by Agay Llanera.
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. 4 stars. Inspiring, sometimes comical, and deeply moving as it deals with mental health issues.
  • Clockwise by Elle Strauss. 4 stars. This could be my surprising read of the year. I got this free from Amazon and I didn’t expect that I would enjoy the adventures of Casey, the awkward and unwilling time-traveler.

Next up will be my reading goals for 2018. Stay tuned for that (and I hope you won’t wait too long,haha!)

 

 

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