Another year has passed, which means my second book look back has come around! Also known as a sort of link up with Top Ten Tuesday to shout about my Top 5 Favourite Books of 2017 because it’s definitely Tuesday today, and this link up definitely wasn’t two weeks ago. And yes I know you’re confuzzled that the link up is called Top Ten Tuesday and I’m only shouting about 5 books, but 5 is my favourite number, darnit. Stop complaining.
I’m also going to be looking back at the goals I set at the start of the year, so that’s going to be a lot of fun to maybe cry at.
Before we start, I’d just like to mention that these books weren’t necessarily all published this year, they’re in this post because I read them this year; neither are they in order of which I liked best, just in rough order of when I read them.
Aaaaand if there’s a lil ♥ next to a book, it means that book was on my book look forward list for 2017 and who knows? Maybe if you click the heart, it’ll take you to that very book look forward post… 😉
So now, without further ado, lettuce begin this 2017 book look back partayyy.
(click the booky photos to go to their goodreads page)
1) The House of Hades ~ Rick Riordan
I know you’re probably sick of me going on and on about Riordan, especially as two of his books were in this list last year, but this year I’ve actually only read two of his books – the last two of Heroes of Olympus – and I read them at the very start of the year, so I haven’t been too crazed. But that doesn’t mean that I found this book any less than it is, which is excellent. I’d say it’s probably my favourite of the Heroes of Olympus series because it’s perfection, obviously.
2) Crannig Castle ~ Morgan Huneke
As I’ve probably said before, finding Christian fantasy that I actually like is kind of a once-in-a-blue-moon thing because I’m very picky about them, but this trilogy was done so well theologically, in my opinion, while also being a captivating story in an extraordinary fantasy world. And the characters! Or my lil squishies as I like to call them. Morgan is definitely one to look out for for good Christian books, just sayin’.
3) Holes ~ Louis Sachar ♥
I don’t know why, but I never actually reviewed this book so I don’t remember much of it… But I do remember telling myself that, if I were to write a review, I had to mention how much this book made me smile. I’ve seen parts of the film which I really enjoyed, and I’m pretty sure the book lived up to my expectations. It certainly made me smile 🙂
4) The Maze Runner ~ James Dashner ♥
I haven’t had the best reading year, so I think I can safely single this book out as my favourite. The twisting plot and engaging characters (AND THE MANY MANY TEARS) just stood out for me and I adored it! Sadly I found the rest of the series went a bit downhill, but maybe it’s just because I liked this book too much, and the others couldn’t top it. Sure he killed off a couple of the best characters, making me the River Simi (a river of feels), but I still do like Mr Dashner.
5) Where Dandelions Grow ~ Lydia Howe
So… this is the eARC I was telling y’all about last week. Ya know, the one I should’ve posted the review for in September? But never did? Despite having it all written out? I know, I know, I’m terrible. But I can tell you that it’s a great book, another good Christian one but more focused on family relationships and self-discovery and all that. A light read too! Definitely recommend gobbling up this one.
Blog every week ~ ummmm so this one didn’t work out quite how I planned? There have been various (lengthy) gaps in my blogging this year… why am I such a hopeless lil blueberry?
Reach 100 followers ~ I got to 80, so almost there!
Read 40 books ~ I read 21… at least that’s over 50%?
Change my blog name/design ~ I actually did this one! I went from What’s Simi reading? to Booked to Perfection and became a bookshelf in the process, as you can see by my header image. Yes, that is a picture of me.
Write a book ~ …maybe in 2018.
Knit a hat and scarf ~ I finished knitting a scarf that I’ve been working on for a few years so does that count?
Maybe these goals were a lil unrealistic… or maybe I’m just awful at working on them. Either way, I’m going to do better next year, I can feel it in me bones!
There you have it: my book look back for 2017! This year wasn’t great for reading, but I have a whole new year ahead of me and I’m determined to meet all my goals this time 😉
What were your favourite books of 2017? Do you share any of mine? What were your goals? Link me to your end of year posts!