My Year In Books 2017

With the last day of the year I’m posting the wrap up of all the books that I read this year. All the good ones, and the bad one. Books that were amazing, that impacted my deeply, and some books I completely forgot about and preparing this wrap up reminded me of them.

My reading life in 2017 was different from in 2016. First of all, I read less, I had longer breaks between books, or just read one book for two or three weeks. Towards the end of the year I read more physical books, not only ebooks. Ebooks and e-ARC where the majority of the books I read last year, this year it was more mixed. I didn’t focus on getting higher response percentage on Netgalley. I also didn’t request so many books this year. The initial excitement of Netgalley wore off this year, and I think I’m more considered when it comes to requesting a new galley.

– The best book –

The book that meant the most for me this year is definitely The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. It was an incredible read, it was emotional, sad and funny at the same time. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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All of the Book Reading Challenges for 2018 – which one to choose?

I’ve never done a proper reading challenge. One that lists all the different types of books I should read. The reading challenge I did is the Goodreads one when I just set a goal of how many books I’ll read this year. But in 2018 I want to seriously do one proper reading challenge. The problem is which one to choose? Here is a very comprehensive list of all 2018 reading challenges.

In this post, I’m collecting all of the reading challenges I found interesting in a hope that this will help me choose one of them.

  1. 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – 40 book prompts. Prompts I like: A book by a local author, A book about feminism, A book mentioned in another book. Prompts I don’t like: A book about or set on Halloween, A book set at sea, A book with song lyrics in the title
  2. Pick one of the 50 great ideas for DIY Reading Challenges by Book Riot
  3. BOOK RIOT’S 2018 READ HARDER CHALLENGE – 24 prompts. Prompts I like: A romance novel by or about a person of colour, A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author, A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60. Prompts I don’t like: A western. So it’s only one prompt I’m not a fan of, this seems promising.
  4. Around the Year in 52 Books – ok, there are so many great prompts for this challenge I cannot even make a simple list here.
  5. Bookish’s 2018 Reading Challenge – A lot of the prompts aren’t very unique or challenging, and it the USA focused as some of the prompts mention states you live in.
  6. Modern Mrs Darcy The 2018 Reading Challenge – what I like about this challenge it’s that it’s small, only 12 prompts. I like that this challenge won’t take over my whole reading plans, because thought the year I can easily choose 12 books that will suit one of the prompts, it’s harder when there are 52 prompts…
  7. Riveted 25 Reading Goals – prompts about dysfunctional family dynamics and book with a POC on the cover are standing out for me in this challenge.

I cannot commit to any of those challenges… But I’ll be revisiting them in few weeks for sure.


What reading challenges are you participating in this year? Any challenge that you’d recommend?

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

25752164Title: That Thing We Call a Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Pub Date:  May 2017

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. After telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She faces a summer of boredom and regret, but she has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.

Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying. 

With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

Featuring complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is a honest, moving story of a young woman’s explorations of first love, sexuality, desire, self-worth, her relationship with her parents, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.

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My Year In Romance & Erotica Books

Romance and erotica books are my guilty pleasure. I rarely read them, but sometimes I just feel like the only thing that will make me feel better is a hot romance. Romances for me are like silly movie or reality TV – I’m reading them just for the pure simple entertainment. They are great, but I have to be in a mood for them to enjoy them. So there are just 5 books in this category that I read in 2017 and this is the round-up.

– 1 star –

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  • An Indecent Proposal by Julia Ross – ugh, this book was so bad. It’s an erotica, and even the erotic parts of the book weren’t helping with the poorly developed story.

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My Year In Fantasy & Science Fiction Books

I read 7 fantasy and science fiction books this year. It wasn’t a genre I chose a lot this year, I just wasn’t much in the mood for it. But I’m feeling a fantasy phase coming soon.

Most of the fantasy and sci-fi books I read this year weren’t that good, I just have three books I rated 4 stars, and non 5 star reads. That’s enough to say that it wasn’t a good year in fantasy for me.

– 1 star –

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My Year In Non-fiction Books

I read 12 non-fiction books this year. This number seriously surprised me, it’s a big chunk of all the books I read in 2017. I didn’t realize that I chosen so many non-fiction books this year. Topic of those books are really diverse, there’s book about Japanese art of getting rid of stuff (instead of cleaning and nicely storing stuff), book about last year’s elections in USA, books about faeries, polish immigrants in UK, Isle of Man, body image, shame and many others. Wow, I definitely learned a lot of new stuff thanks to those books. Here comes the list of all the non-fiction books I read this year sorted by rating I gave them.

– 1 star –

Non of the non fiction books I read this year was so bad that it deserved one start rating, at least in my opinion.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

31366479Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Pub Date:  August 2016

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Are you happy with your life?” 

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. 

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” 

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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