2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy 2018! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely festive break and haven’t had too hard a shock to your system by getting back to work.

2017 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, looking back I don’t feel like that many books stand out. I read a lot of average books this year, which is a bit disappointing. However, there are a few good things to discuss. My Goodreads Reading Challenge was 150 books and while some months I totally beat the target, others I slumped and there was a time when I thought I wouldn’t make it. I’m happy I managed 151 in the end but I’m not really using a high target going forward as I think the pressure made me read too many average books. Yet powering through made me realise that my tastes have developed again, I’ve moved away from YA and embraced Regency Romances and more Urban Fantasy with Fantasy in general remaining as my numero uno genre.

As much I enjoyed reading YA in 2016 (you can check out my 2016 Reading Round Up here) as fun quick reads, I’ve found this year that I can’t deal with any more teenage angst; it just depresses me. I’ve also got to the point where I just find it totally unbelievable that such young characters can be so successful in endeavours they have no previous experience/knowledge in.

Instead, I was sucked into Romance. I was intrigued by Regency Romance for the mix of historical fiction (turns out, very loose HistFic :D) and fun flirty characters. And I love it. A RR never fails to put a smile on my face and I tend to binge a few of them when I find an author I love. As with any genre, there are authors you prefer over others. Some get too steamy and take away from the cute romancing, others just aren’t as well written. Some of my faves this year have been Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt and Julia Quinn. I also made the jump from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer thanks to a wonderful recommendation by a lovely twitter friend. Heyer is Queen of Regency Romance, but unlike the above authors, the romance is squeaky clean and the emphasis is much more on battles of wit and enjoyable escapades. I adore Heyer and I cannot wait to read more of her, please check out Devil’s Cub if you’re at all interested in reading some Austen-esque fun. She was inspired by Austen but I find her much more readable.

I’ve also found some great new Urban Fantasy reads, I highly recommend Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy and Kate Daniels (i’ve only read the first 4 of these though) series’ and I loved rereading Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. On the very last day of 2017 I devoured Karen Chance’s Midnight’s Daughter which was brilliant. So. Much. Fun. It’s currently 3rd January and I’ve nearly finished the 3rd in the series, and they are not small books. I will definitely be doing a review of those in the coming weeks. I would also like to mention Gail Carriger’s amazing Parasol Protectorate series. A wonderfully bizarre mix of Steampunk, Alternative History, Romantic, Urban Fantasy romp through Victorian England (and beyond!) you don’t want to miss. This series is now my go-to comfort read, they make me so happy. It’s so witty and funny and shocking and wonderful and etc etc ad nauseam.

As for Fantasy, it remains my favourite and dominant genre and I’m only loving it more. I have found some amazing  new-to-me authors that have now shot up my all time favourites list, namely Juliet Marillier. I cannot express how much I have fallen in love with her Sevenwaters series. Not only are they pure escapism, I feel every single emotion I possibly can while reading them. That’s not even discussing her other works outside this series. She’s fantastic, trust me. I can’t wait to finish off reading her entire backlist this year and I have some other exciting new series planned to power through (Malazan Book of the Fallen, I’m looking at you) and I hope I find yet more new favourite authors. I have done two posts listing my favourite reads of the year with mini book reviews which you can find here – List 1 and List 2. Highlights include; The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marrilier and Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell.

If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, please hop over and add me so we can gush about all the books over there too. Without any further ado, here is the lovely list of books I read this year, and I have linked to my full reviews if I did one. Doing this, I realise I haven’t done many reviews this year. I will try to do more this year! So many books, so little time!

Happy Reading!

  1. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
  2. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
  3. Do You Want to Start a Scandel by Tessa Dare
  4. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  5. Dragon Haven (The Rain Wilds Chronicles #2) by Robin Hobb
  6. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  7. The Greek and Roman Myths: a Guide to the Classical Stories by Philip Matyszak
  8. Cold Earth by Sarah Moss
  9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  10. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
  11. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
  12. Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
  13. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  14. One Foot In The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  15. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  16. Dukes to the Left of me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer
  17. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
  18. A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
  19. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
  20. Bet Me by Lila Monroe
  21. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  22. Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  23. Wicked In Your Arms by Sophie Jordan
  24. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jeminsin
  25. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  26. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
  27. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  28. Rat Queens 
  29. Sex Criminals Volume One: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  30. Too Wicked To Tame by Sophie Jordan
  31. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  32. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  33. All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan
  34. Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters
  35. Throne of Truth by Pepper Winters
  36. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
  37. Wicked Nights With A Lover by Sophie Jordan
  38. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
  39. Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson
  40. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  41. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  42. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  43. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
  44. Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
  45. To Catch and Heiress by Julia Quinn
  46. Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
  47. An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  48. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  49. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  50. Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  51. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  52. To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
  53. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  54. Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell
  55. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell
  56. Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer
  57. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
  58. A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell
  59. Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer
  60. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  61. Black Sheep by Georgetter Heyer
  62. To Romance a Charming Rogue by Nicole Jordan
  63. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  64. A Court of Mist of Fury (reread) by Sarah J Maas
  65. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
  66. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  67. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  68. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  69. Venetia by Georgette Heyer
  70. A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K Hamilton
  71. The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King
  72. The Winter King by CL Wilson
  73. Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot
  74. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  75. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  76. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
  77. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
  78. Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
  79. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
  80. Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan
  81. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  82. True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling
  83. If I Only Had A Duke by Lenora Bell
  84. Blame It On The Duke by Lenora Bell
  85. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  86. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
  87. White Hot by Ilona Andrews
  88. Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
  89. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
  90. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  91. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
  92. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
  93. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
  94. The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimental
  95. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  96. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
  97. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  98. Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
  99. Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu
  100. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  101. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
  102. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  103. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
  104. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan
  105. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
  106. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  107. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  108. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  109. Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
  110. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  111. Dangerous Women part 1 ed. by George R R Martin & Gardner Dozois
  112. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
  113. Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
  114. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K Vaughan
  115. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K Vaughan
  116. SPQR by Mary Beard
  117. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
  118. Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan
  119. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip
  120. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  121. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  122. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
  123. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  124. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  125. Blameless by Gail Carriger
  126. Lagom by Niki Brantmark
  127. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  128. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
  129. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  130. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  131. Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt
  132. Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
  133. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  134. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  135. Christmas in Kilts by Bronwen Evans
  136. Heartless  by Gail Carriger
  137. Emma by Jane Austen
  138. Timeless by Gail Carriger
  139. The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
  140. Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy
  141. The King Of Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy
  142. Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer
  143. A Rogue’s Christmas Kiss by Eva Devon
  144. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  145. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  146. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
  147. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  148. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isobel Greenberg
  149. The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
  150. The Rogue and I by Eva Devon
  151. Midnight’s Daughter by Karen Chance
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