2017 was a big reading year for me. I started this blog in August of 2017 and since then, I have gotten so much out of being able to share my thoughts with other people. Who would’ve thought that this blogging thing would be so much fun!
2017 was also the year that I started my first semester of college and went through a lot of change. That means that I didn’t read as much as I wish I could have. Nonetheless, I know that life happens and it’s not a big deal because it’s important to not make reading a chore; it should be fun!
I don’t have a definitive number of books I read this year, but I’m going to be better at keeping track of my reading in 2018.
Looking back, here are some of the books that stood out to me the most this year. They aren’t in any particular order.
The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This has turned into one of my all-time favorite books. It is a wonderful story about a young boy named Daniel who picks out a book called, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. He realizes that someone is out to destroy all of Carax’s books and is brought into an intense journey of figuring out who it is and stopping them. This is a magical, historical, thriller set in 1945 Barcelona, Spain.
Here is my full book review: The Shadow of the Wind
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Read this book if you are struggling to deal with your grief over someone you lost. A Monster Calls hit me so hard in the gut and I know I will have to pick it up again. It’s not an easy read, but it’s a worthwhile one. It follows a little boy named Conor and his seriously ill mother. Conor has had a monster outside of his window ever since his mother’s treatments started and it won’t leave until it gets what it wants.
The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is a magical, Russian, fairytale, story about an independent girl named Vasilisa. The stories told by the fireside are real and there are spirits all around that only Vasilisa and her mean stepmother are able to see. Vasilisa must use her special gifts and courage to go against her loved ones to stop the threat that could harm them all. It’s best to go into this world a bit oblivious, but I promise you won’t come out of it without feeling mystified.
Here is my full book review: The Bear and the Nightingale
A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and faith. It is about a little boy named Owen Meany who hits a foul ball that kills his best friend Johnny’s mom. However, Owen believes that he is God’s instrument and that everything happens for a reason. This story follows Owen as he becomes a heartfelt hero. The characters in this book are written so in depth that they won’t ever leave you. This book caught me by surprise, but it was truly beautiful.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
This book follows Ifemelu and Obinze, two lovers who leave Nigeria because of a military dictatorship. Ifemeulu goes to America and Obinze goes to the UK. The story recounts their journeys as they deal with the hardships of being in a new country and being apart from each other. I loved the sections with Ifemelu because of how clever and witty she is and Chimamanda’s writing in this book is so easy and fun to read. I am without a doubt going to pick up more of her books.
Here is my full book review: Americanah
The Nightingale by Kirstin Hannah
This is a historical fiction book that takes place in France during World War 2. It follows two polar opposite sisters and everything they do to fight against the Nazi’s during the war. I liked this book because most World War 2 books are about the men in battle, but not many recount the hardships that the women had to face on the homefront. The reason this book made the list was because of how blown away I was at the challenges the two women face. I couldn’t put this one down.