2017 was an awesome reading year for me. I slowly made my way (and still am) through the best YA books from the past years. Seriously, through finding the book community it is as if a whole new world of books opened for me. The book community itself was amazing too this year. I feel so welcome here!It’s been fantastic connecting with people all over the world!
Anyway, in this post I’m going to give you an overview of everything I read in the past year, my stats and what I thought of those books!
In the past year I read a grand total of 90 books! I’m really proud of it! That amounts to 30 331 pages! My average rating was 3.9 out of 5 stars.
The longest book I read was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon with 850 pages! The shortest book I read was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with 52 pages.
Of those ninety books,
6 were Middle Grade
64 were Young Adult
20 were Adult
Of those ninety books,
36 were contemporary, 5 were dystopian, 14 were Sci-Fi, 4 were historical fiction, 20 were fantasy, 4 were classics, 2 were detectives, 3 were non-fiction
Most of my books I rated over four stars and I’m super happy with that! Apparently, I chose the right books!
Of the 90 books I read,
40 had a female point of view
19 had a male point of view
and 31 had a mix of both
Of all the books I read,
62 had a female author
23 had a male author
5 had a mix of both
I think this is mainly because most YA books have female authors.
Off all the books I read this year 46 had a diverse main character e.g. mental illness, sexuality, ethnicity, disability,.. They were some more books that had a lot of diverse side characters, but for this I’m only counting main characters. I can still definitely do better, but this is a vast improvement over last year.
This year I read
43 books in English
43 books in Dutch
3 books in French
1 book in Latin
Everything I’ve Read
Now I’ll give you an overview of everything I’ve read and what I thought in short!
Numbers by Rachel Ward // 3.5/ 5 stars It started out as an okay read, but got very emotional near the ending. I cried
Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi // 5/5 stars I was obsessed and I adored it. Easily my most favourite from the series.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // 4/5 stars I enjoyed it. I really liked the MC, Celaena and the plot kept me entertained.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater // 4/5 stars Definitely a step up from the first book. I highly enjoyed it. Ronan.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon // 2/5 stars I didn’t like this. Too much info dumping. Boring. It took me ages to finish.
Le cinquième doigt by Richard De Boeck // 1/5 stars I hated this book. It’s extremely problematic. UGH.
Like No Other by Una LaMarche // 3/5 stars I enjoyed this. I liked the diverse elements and it talked about some important issues in a good way.
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda // 5/5 stars I adored this book! It’s so fluffy and cute and it warms my heart. I love the characters. The book is funny and relatable. Definitely a favourite of mine.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer // 4/5 stars I highly enjoyed this, although it’s my least favourite book of the Lunar Chronicles.
Le Cinquième Doigt by Richard De Boeck // 1/5 stars I was forced to re-read this because of school. I hated it even more the second time.
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan // 3/5 stars This was enjoyable. I loved the bookish vibe.
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan // 4.5/5 stars I obviously loved it! It’s Rick Riordan. That equals a fun and adventurous plot, great twists on mythology, fantastic characters and laughing out loud. And this one is diverse too!
Not if I see you first by Eric Lindgren // 4/5 stars This was a very pleasant surprise. I liked reading from a very different perspective. I cried. I was disappointed by the ending though.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas // 2/5 stars This was a massive disappointment. Nothing happened and it took me ages to read.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas // 3/5 stars This was better the previous novel, but still only okay. I didn’t like the interactions between Celaena and Rowan.
Cress by Marissa Meyer // 5/5 stars I loved this. It’s my favourite from the Lunar Chronicles (tied with Winter).
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater // 4/5 stars I highly enjoyed this. I found it even better than the Dream Thieves. I just love the atmosphere of these books.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // 4.5/5 stars I was kinda confused in the beginning, but ultimately I loved it. The characters, the constant suspense, not knowing what will happen, seeing the pieces fall together, etc.
Winter by Marissa Meyer // 5/5 stars I loved this. It was the perfect conclusion to the main series. My favourite from the series!
Wonder by R. J. Palacio // 4/5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a very quick read that handled important topics in a magnificent way.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // 1/5 stars Massive disappointment. I did not like this book at all. I have several problems with it, so I’ll just direct you to my review if you want to know more.
Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon // 3/5 stars I highly enjoyed this book and I finished it very quickly. I recognise this book has problems though, so I took two stars of my rating for that. I also predicted the ending.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry // 5/5 stars I loved this! It holds a lot of good memories for me. I get something else from it every time I read it.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater // 4/5 stars I highly enjoyed it. I like how it concluded the series. I still absolutely adore its atmosphere. And Gansey of course.
How to be A Bawse by Lilly Singh // 5/5 stars I loved this. It was most helpful, motivational and inspirational. Everyone could take something from it.
To All The Boys by Jenny Han // 3/5 stars This was kinda disappointing. I don’t ship Lara Jean and Peter nor Lara Jean and Josh. I liked Lara Jean’s sister Margot better than I liked her. Oops.
PS. I still love you by Jenny Han // 4/5 stars I liked this book better than the previous one although I wasn’t a big fan of the ending.
Maus I by Art Spiegelman // 3/5 stars I liked this. It felt very authentic.
Maus II by Art Spiegelman // 4/5 stars I liked this one better than the first.
The Selection by Kiera Cass // 4/5 stars I decided to re-read it since I loved it the first time around. I still really liked it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // 4/5 stars This was a very slow read, but I highly enjoyed it.
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson // 5/5 stars A re-read of one of my favourite books. I fell in love with the characters, the story and the beautiful writing all over again.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray // 4/5 stars I liked this sequel a lot more than the first. It took the story a lot further and it was less trope-y.
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 5/5 stars Another re-read of one of my favourite books. I still absolutely adored it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // 4/5 stars I highly enjoyed this although it was rather slow in the beginning. It picked up so much near the end of the book
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // 5/5 stars I adored this! I’m obsessed.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // 4/5 stars I loved this. It was extremely relatable.
Animal Farm by George Orwell // 4/5 stars This took me ages to read. Incredible story though. The deeper meaning is done so well.
We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // 5/5 stars I love the ideas in this book and I can definitely say I’m a feminist. Everyone should read this.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 5/5 stars An awesome concluding novel to the series I’ve grown to adore. This was fabulous.
The Elite by Kiera Cass // 2.5/5 stars I regret re-reading this. I was very annoyed by the characters this time and I decided to DNF it so I wouldn’t further destroy my positive feelings toward this book.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins // 5/5 stars I loved re-reading this all-time favourite of mine.
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon // 5/5 stars I loved the fun and fluffy story, the diversity, the characters and the ending.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher // 3/5 stars I enjoyed this. It was the first story I’ve ever read told in only letters. I loved the MC’s sister Dot. I didn’t like the girl-on-girl hate and the very questionable behaviour of the MC though.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // 4/5 stars I loved this book with its amazing bookish vibe. I loved the writing style. This book simply made me happy.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins // 5/5 stars Just as The Hunger Games, I loved re-reading this. It remains one of my all time favourite series.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // 5/5 stars This dealt wonderfully with some hard but important topics. It was emotional, funny and relatable. New favourite.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins // 5/5 stars Again, I loved re-reading this. It’s my least favourite in the trilogy, but I still love it.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer // 4.5/5 stars I loved this book all over again. I buddy read it with a bunch of fellow bloggers. It was great.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold // 5/5 stars This was an amazing surprise. I adored it. I cried several times. I loved the characters, the plot and the amazing writing style. New favourite.
Persepolis Vol. 1 by Marjane Satrapi // 4/5 stars This was enjoyable. I learned a ton.
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso // 3/5 stars This was a disappointment because of my wrong expectations. I thought it would also be about life and not only about work. It wasn’t that helpful and rather repetitive. I did really like the Netflix show though.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry // 5/5 stars I still loved it. As always I took something different from it than last time.
Persepolis Vol. 2 by Marjane Satrapi // 4/5 stars This was a great continuation of the story. I enjoyed it and I learned from it.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay and Siobhan Dowd // 5/5 stars I straight up sobbed. This was so emotional. The monster was different from what I expected, but even better. The illustrations were perfect and added so much to the story.
Mao’s Mussen by Dirk-Jan Hoek // 3/5 stars Very simple and enjoyable story, but kind of forgettable. It was super quick and perfect for the read-a-thon I was participating in.
Persepolis Vol. 3 by Marjane Satrapi // 3.5/5 stars I enjoyed this less than the previous two. It’s my least favourite in the series.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus // 4/5 stars I enjoyed it. I had an inkling of who the murderer was and I was right, although I only knew half of it.
Persepolis Vol. 4 by Marjane Satrapi // 4/5 stars Again, I enjoyed it and I learned from it. I would recommend these graphic novels.
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 5/5 stars I adored it. It’s so swoon-worthy and cute. It makes me happy
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // 4.5/5 stars I loved this. It’s amazingly well constructed. The characters and plot are fabulous. I love slowly finding out the plans and trying to guess what Kaz’s next move will be.
Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples // 4/5 stars This was better than expected. I really enjoyed it.
Saga Vol.2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples // 4/5 stars I enjoyed this. It was a good continuation of the story. I would recommend it.
The Hobbit: Graphic Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, Chuck Dixon, David Wenzel and Sean Deming // 2/5 stars I liked this better than the original. The art was beautiful and added a lot. Still a DNF though.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer // 5/5 stars I loved this even more than the first time! This is my top series of the year! Would most highly recommend! I adored it.
Juliet takes a Breath by Gaby Rivera // 5/5 stars Another favourite! Loved the message and the way certain problems were discussed. I loved the funny main character too! I highlighted so many passages!
Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie // 3/5 stars This was an okay read. I was very confused about who was who for the most part though.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold // 4/5 stars I enjoyed this. I really liked the writing style and the surprising plot. I didn’t always agree with the main character’s actions though.
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan // 4/5 stars I loved the humour, the mythology aspects, the writing style and adventurous plot. Apollo was rather annoying at times though.
The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon // 2.5/5 stars This was quick and enjoyable, but the main character was whiny, bitter and hateful. I wasn’t on board with the ‘romance’ either.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // 4/5 stars I loved the friendship and the slow build of the romance. I relate to Dante a lot. It had some plot twists I did not see coming.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // 4.5/5 stars Better than I expected! I thought I wouldn’t connect to the story, but that wasn’t the case. It was very unique. The plot was entertaining and I liked the characters.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon // 3/5 stars This was okay. The Asperger’s syndrome rep was very good. I just didn’t really connect with it.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4/5 stars An ode to fandom in a very cute contemporary. I loved the characters and the romance.
Cress by Marissa Meyer // 4.5/5 stars I loved this! The characters and plot are amazing. This time around, Cress seemed a lot more childish though, which made me a bit iffy about Cresswell.
Suikerkind (Sugarchild) by Olga Gromova // 3.5/5 stars Interesting. I learned a lot. I didn’t really connect with the characters though. It fell flat for me.
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith // 3.5/5 stars The plot was good and I liked the characters. Well, except Teddy. I really didn’t like him and unfortunately he’s rather prominent.
Aaru by David Meredith // 2/5 star My first ever review copy. It was interesting, but disturbing too and I didn’t expect that. I disliked one of the main characters.
Warcross by Marie Lu // 4.5/5 stars I loved the world-building. The plot and characters were great too! I’m definitely going to pick up the sequel.
Le Professeur A Disparu by Jean-Phillipe Arrou-Vignod // 1/5 stars This story was stupid. I was in a constant state of annoyance. UGH.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead // 4/5 stars This was a very powerful read. I liked the main character. I had some problems with the writing style though.
Regulus (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry // 5/5 stars This book is a delight to read. I’m really proud of myself for reading it in Latin.
Ink by Alice Broadway // 2/5 stars Massive disappointment sadly! It was extremely predictable. It was quick though and I liked the fairy tales.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate // 3.5/5 stars I highly enjoyed being back with the characters. It’s not as good as the books though.
Wildcat by J.P. Harker // 4/5 stars I enjoyed this. The plot was entertaining and I liked the main character.
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // 5/5 stars Amazing surprise! I loved this! It’s a new favourite. The plot, characters, illustrations, writing style,…
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu // 4.5/5 stars This was empowering and entertaining. Would recommend! I had some trouble getting used to the writing style though.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes // 2.75/5 stars This started out very strong, but went vastly downhill in the second part. I really struggled to get through the last half.
Winter by Marissa Meyer // 5/5 stars I absolutely adored re-reading this! It’s an amazing conclusion to one of my favourite series!
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer // 4.5/5 stars Loved this! It’s a wonderful addition to the series. I was swooning over the wedding short story.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold // 5/5 stars Another re-read of one of my favourite books! I fell in love with it all over again.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this! It took me quite a while to write. Thanks for reading! See you next time!