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text 2018-01-03 20:03
2017 in Review -- and Consequences for 2018


2017 Statistics

Total number of books read in 2017: 287

Number of (as-yet unread) books added to "owned books" TBR in 2017: 250


So, looks like overall 2017 was a pretty good reading year for me -- and certainly, even without having participated in BooklikesOpoly, the two games during the last four months of the year helped a lot.  The above total numbers don't tell the full story, however (in fact, in some respects they're more than a little deceptive).


In 2017, especially in the first couple of months, I had to do a lot of driving -- as well as having to cope with a lot of stress.  To compensate and for on-the-road entertainment, I took to revisiting my favorite classics and my favorite mysteries on audio; and the amount of my comfort reading (or rather: listening) clearly shows in my yearly reading stats -- not only in the number of new books read vs. rereads, but even more so in the number of audiobooks vs. print books read: 2017 was unquestionably the year when I discovered the  audiobook:

(Note: 2 books out of the total of 287 were Christmas classics I revisit every year, and where I chose the DVD version in 2017.)


Similarly, while my reading year was a pretty good one if you only take into account the new books I read (average: 3.95 stars), it improves even more if you factor in all the favourite-book rereads:


And of course, my comfort reading also impacts -- big time -- the genre breakdown of my 2017 reading:

(Note: "Nonfiction", for purposes of this exercise, comprises biographies, memoirs, historical nonfiction, science and popular science, reference books, and assorted general nonfiction. -- The category "Historical Fiction" includes a number of historical mysteries, which are included only once in the above chart for purposes of consistency in total number of books read, but which are included in the genre-specific analysis further below under both "Mysteries" and "Historical Fiction", and which I've also analyzed separately.)


However, the area where my inordinate amount of comfort reading most significantly shows up is in the author gender breakdown.  It looks pretty evenly spread, with a slight pro-female bias, if you just look at the total figures:

("m & f" are anthologies featuring contributions from both male and female authors or male-female author teams.)


But the vast majority of my comfort reads (or rather: audio revisits) were books written by female authors, and if you eliminate those, there's a clear male author bias, except solely in the subgenre of historical mysteries.  In other words, almost all across the board, roughly 2 out of 3 new books I read were by male authors. (And it's even more embarrassingly one-sided with regard to the six fantasy and five literary fiction titles I managed to squeeze in: they were all written by men.)  As all of this very much will have to change in 2018, I suppose the Women Authors Challenge / Bingo is coming just in time for me!


By Format:

(All but 2 of the print books were new reads, so the stats are almost exactly identical for all print books and new print books read.)


By Major Genres Read:

 (All nonfiction books I read in 2017 were new reads.)




(Note: For purposes of these last charts, the books qualifying as "historical mysteries" were included in both the charts for "historical fiction" and for "mysteries", respectively.)


So, even in the mysteries and historical fiction tallies, despite the clear pro-women author bias in historical mysteries that remains even after eliminating the rereads, both "mysteries" and "historical fiction" flip from a pro-female to a pro-male author bias once the rereads are taken out of the consideration. 



2018 Outlook

In addition to the Women Authors Challenge / Bingo, which is hopefully going to help me put books written by women on a bit more of an equal footing with books written by men in the year just begun, I'm planning to


* continue whittling away at that impossible amount of books I added to my owned books TBR in 2017 alone (not to mention those already lingering on it from previous years),

* continue reading science and popular science with the Flat Book Society (the current read, Helen Czerski's Storm in a Teacup, is of course an excellent way of killing two birds with one stone -- a popular science book written by a woman),

* continue filling my Detection Club Bingo card and continue my exploration of Golden Age detective fiction, (which will hopefully also go some way towards both reducing my phyiscal TBR and augmenting the number of books written by women that I'm reading this year)

* and to the extent time allows, participate in the 2018 Booklikes games!


If in addition to / as part of the above I also manage to balance out my genre intake a little more and include more literary fiction and fantasy, I'll color myself more than happy by the end of the year!


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Stand=outs for 2017:


Making Faces by Amy Harmon



I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios



False Hearts by Laura Lam



Marrow by Tarryn Fisher





Series Stand-outs:


Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins:  Unknown, Unrest & Undone.



Illuminae Files:  Illuminae and Gemina ( Obsidio coming in March)




(links will take you to Goodreads page because they were already linked that way)


01/01 Rule by Jay Crownover
01/06 White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
01/07 An English Bride In Scotland by Lynsay Sands
01/13 Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
01/14 Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
01/19 Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
01/20 Boomerang by Noelle August
01/26 18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian Bach
01/28 Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
01/31 All the Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

Rule (Marked Men, #1) by Jay Crownover White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, #3) by Diana Rowland An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders, #1) by Lynsay Sands Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) by Jessica Park Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Boomerang (Boomerang, #1) by Noelle August 18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian BachTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson All the Pretty Lies (Pretty, #1) by M. Leighton


02/01 Making Faces by Amy Harmon
02/08 Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
02/09 Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
02/16 Raging Star by Moira Young
02/22 Front Lines by Michael Grant
02/23 Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
02/28 Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
02/28 Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Making Faces by Amy Harmon Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3) by Moira Young Front Lines (Front Lines, #1) by Michael Grant Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) by Kristen Callihan Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Ensnared by Rita Stradling


03/06 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
03/10 Settling the Score by R.S. Grey
03/11 Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
03/14 Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
03/15 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
03/17 Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas
03/21 One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
03/22 The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
03/29 These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
03/31 The Earth Dwellers by David Estes

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1) by Erin Bowman Settling the Score (The Summer Games, #1) by R.S. Grey Calamity (The Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Neuvel Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) by Marie LuThese Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly The Earth Dwellers (The Dwellers #4; Country Saga #4 ) by David Estes


04/03 Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
04/04 Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
04/09 Unknown by Wendy Higgins
04/12 The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
04/13 The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
04/19 Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean
04/22 How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
04/24 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
04/26 All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
04/29 Ghost by A. Zavarelli

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan Queen of Always (Stolen Empire, #3) by Sherry D. Ficklin Unknown (Unknown #1) by Wendy Higgins The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles The Hooker and the Hermit (Rugby, #1) by L.H. Cosway Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, #4) by Diana Rowland The Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelAll In (The Naturals, #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Ghost (Boston Underworld, #3) by A. Zavarelli


05/04 Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
05/09 Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
05/10 Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
05/17 A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
05/19 The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
05/21 Fairest by Marissa Meyer
05/24 Unrest by Wendy Higgins
05/26 Hunted by Meagan Spooner
05/29 The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
05/31 Jackaby by William Ritter

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones Nil on Fire (Nil, #3) by Lynne Matson Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1) by Sarah Fine A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins Hunted by Meagan SpoonerThe Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter


06/06 The Deal by Elle Kennedy
06/07 One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
06/11 If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
06/13 The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
06/19 Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
06/20 The Last City by Logan Keys
06/23 Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
06/26 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
06/30 Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton The Last City (The Last City, #1) by Logan Keys Underwater by Marisa Reichardt Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2) by Leigh BardugoOf Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes, #2) by Sarah Fine


07/02 Rebound by Noelle August
07/07 The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
07/11 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
07/13 Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith
07/20 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
07/24 Ferocious by Paula Stokes
07/26 The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
07/30 Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
07/31 Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Rebound (Boomerang, #2) by Noelle August The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco Ferocious (Vicarious, #2) by Paula Stokes The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4) by Jennifer Lynn BarnesFollow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1) by A.V. Geiger


08/04 Till Death by Jennifer L. ArmentroutGemina
08/05 Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
08/09 Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
08/10 Bounce by Noelle August
08/16 Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
08/18 Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
08/19 The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow
08/23 I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
08/23 Angelfall by Susan Ee
08/29 Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman Bounce (Boomerang, #3) by Noelle August Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow I'll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosAngelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee Those Girls by Chevy Stevens


09/02 The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
09/03 Mad by Chloé J. Esposito
09/10 The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
09/12 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
09/13 The Pact by Karina Halle
09/16 The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
09/20 The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
09/24 Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski
09/25 World After by Susan Ee
09/30 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Fixer (The Fixer, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Mad (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy #1) by Chloé Esposito The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon The Pact by Karina Halle The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson The Orchard A Memoir by Theresa Weir Everything Under The Sun by Jessica RedmerskiWorld After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

OCTOBER: 3,979

10/02 Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
10/04 The Treatment by Suzanne Young
10/08 Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
10/08 Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan
10/10 Sustained by Emma Chase
10/12 Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain
10/15 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
10/20 Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel
10/21 If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10/28 Soulless by Jacinta Maree
10/29 Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios The Treatment (The Program, #2) by Suzanne Young Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles, #1) by Karissa LaurelIf There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout Soulless (The Immortal Gene, #1) by Jacinta Maree Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2) by Alwyn Hamilton


11/01 She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
11/03 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
11/04 In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
11/09 False Hearts by Laura Lam
11/11 Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher
11/13 The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
11/16 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
11/17 Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
11/18 Dreamfall by Amy Plum
11/24 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
11/28 Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
11/30 Sekret by Lindsay Smith

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman In a Perfect World by Trish Doller False Hearts by Laura Lam Sweetest Venom (Virtue, #2) by Mia Asher The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Open Road Summer by Emery LordDreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker Sekret (Sekret, #1) by Lindsay Smith


12/01 The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
12/06 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
12/08 Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
12/13 Undone by Wendy Higgins
12/14 Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
12/19 The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
12/20 Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth Summer
12/20 Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
12/23 RoomHate by Penelope Ward
12/29 Undertow by Michael Buckley
12/30 Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine Marrow by Tarryn Fisher Undone (Unknown Trilogy) (Volume 3) by Wendy Higgins Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott Down to the Liar (Trust Me, #1.5) by Mary Elizabeth Summer Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-GarciaRoomHate by Penelope Ward Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

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My Year 2017

This feels so weird. It feels like just yesterday I sat down to write my wrap up for the year 2016. The older I get, the faster time seems to go. I never listened to my mom or grandma when they said those exact words to me. Now I know better.


Personally 2017 was not the greatest, when it comes to my mental health I feel like I didn't go anywhere, I didn't have any setbacks, so that's positive, but I wanted to be further along on my journey. Oh well, there is always next year, no need to put pressure on delicate things.



Books. I set my goal to 70 this year, I felt confident that I would reach that but also challenged myself a bit since it was a few books more than a year before. And I killed it. I even read 9 more books. I SMASHED IT!!!!!!!


So here is my Top 18:
(also honorabe mentions to all the books I read by Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, J.D. Robb, Jo Nesbø, Sebastian Fitzek, Rainer Löffler, and everything I read Harry Potter related.)


Nur drei Worte by Becky Albertalli
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Shadow of a Girl  by Shannon Greenland
The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins
Exodus of Magic by Simone Pond
Artificial Sweethearts // Approximately Yours by Julie Hammerle
The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
Ich, Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Der Himmel in deinen Worten by Brigid Kemmerer
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Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018 + #Giveaway

Hosted by: Two Chicks On Books



Today’s the last day of the Top 10. Oh my, 2018 is almost here and it’s time to point out those books we’re looking forward to, but first lets take a look back at 2017 Books I’m Looking Forward To list. I read 6 out of the 8 on my list. Not bad. I so plan on getting to the 2 I didn’t read, Silence Fallen & Into The Fire.



Magic Triumphs
Heart on Fire
Burn Bright
Ocean Light
Judgment Road
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
Midnight Wolf
Hot and Badgered
Ride Dirty


(All books link to Amazon)






Winner gets their pick of any 2018 Releases up to $15. You can choose eBook or Paperback. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!) And, if you are a US winner, I will most likely ship from Amazon – because it will be there for you sooner! If you prefer, an eCopy I will send a Kindle or Nook edition. (Please note: You may only chose ONE of these options!)


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If you missed any of the previous Top 10 posts:


  • Monday, Dec. 25th – Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 + #Giveaway
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26th – Best Book Covers of 2017 + #Giveaway
  • Wednesday, Dec. 27th – Best New To Me of 2017 + #Giveaway
  • Thursday, Dec. 28th – Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2017 + #Giveaway



I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Top 10 2017: Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2017 + #Giveaway

Hosted by: Two Chicks On Books



Today we’re featuring our picks for the Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2017. I’ve picked couples for this one. I really loved both our hero and heroines for these books and/or series. 



Jori Garrison & Lauray “Law” Batisse – Primal Force
Jace Kennedy & Vivienne Moore – Rough & Tumble
Zeke Dugan & Gabrielle Parker – Wild & Sweet
Sam “Slider” Evans & ora Campbell – Ride Wild
Grey & Lyra – Treasured by a Tiger
Brigitta & Rupert – So I Married a Sorcerer
Sienna & Nikolai – The Red Lily
Silver Mercant & Valentin – Silver Silence
Nevada Baylor & Connor “Mad” Rogan – Hidden Legacy Series
Mercy Thompson & Adam Hampton – Mercy Thompson Sereis



What are your picks for Best Book Boyfriends and/or Girlfriends of 2017?



Winners choice of one of my picks from The Top 10 Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2017 (For the series of Hidden Legacy or Mercy Thompson you can pick any book in the series).  You can choose eBook or Paperback. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!) And, if you are a US winner, I will most likely ship from Amazon – because it will be there for you sooner! If you prefer, an eCopy I will send a Kindle or Nook edition. (Please note: You may only chose ONE of these options!)


a Rafflecopter giveaway



In case you missed it:


  • Monday, December 25th – Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 + #Giveaway
  • Tuesday, December 26th – Best Book Covers of 2017 + #Giveaway
  • Wednesday, December 27th – Best New To Me of 2017 + #Giveaway


Coming up the rest of the week:

Friday, December 29th – Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2018. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2018)



I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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