My Year in Books: 2017

Jan 1, 2018 | What I Read

To see the full list of books I read this year, click here.

I’ve been doing these year-end book reviews for a decade now. This year, I’m beginning a huge shift away from updating a website, and just using the incredibly-valuable tools already on the Internet–like Goodreads.

Goodreads already collates all my reading activity, page counts, ratings, etc. so rather than just copy their data, I’m going to embrace it. Instead, I’ll reflect on what I read during the year, how it impacted me, and what I plan to read the following year.

So here goes:

2017 was the Year of Standalones, I suppose I would call it. Most years, I’m reading multiple books in a series (they’re my favorite, in fact). This year had its series books, but only to start. I finished up the After series before embarking–completely unintentionally–on the solo book journey for the remainder of the year.

There were a couple highly-anticipated novels from a couple of my favorite authors, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert Charles Wilson. I also read the beginning of a promising new series by one of my new favorite authors, John Scalzi. I read a trio of SciFi classics The Left Hand of Darkness; The Handmaid’s Tale; and The Man in the High Castle–two of those prompted by watching television shows based on the books. I also read through Andy Weir’s highly-anticipated followup to The Martian, titled Artemis, which was really good, though it had its issues in the beginning.

Those I would recommend to others from this year: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen; Dark Matter by Blake Crouch; and Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson. Three of those are by authors I’ve never read before. To see other books I recommend, visit my Recommended List.

Still, the past year was an interesting one for me, as I dove again into a couple of books I wouldn’t normally. I also found myself not adding books that sounded interesting to my Want To Read list, since it’s grown so large (96 books as of this writing).

Once again, I didn’t get around to starting the Culture series, or Orson Scott Card’s Shadow series. I’m actually rather frustrated that I can’t read more, as I’ve got a number of books I’m really looking forward to, but just haven’t had time for yet. Those include The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu; A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers; and Origin by Dan Brown. There are a number of other series books that I want to read as well.

So, what does 2018 hold in store? Difficult to say. I’m very much looking forward to a return by Jack McDevitt, when he publishes The Long Sunset in April; Pierce Brown’s continuation of the Red series Iron Gold in January; Nancy Kress’ If Tomorrow Comes, due out in March; Head On, the 2nd book of a series by John Scalzi; and of course, The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin–whenever it comes out. Game of Thrones fans across the globe are waiting for that one.

I hope to read more of the Old Man’s War series, as well as the Expanse books–which will probably be most of what I read over the next year.

So as far as reading challenge, I managed (barely) to squeeze in 21 books this year–which is 2 more than last year, and met my challenge for myself. That said, some of these books are longer books, so I’m going to set myself a low reading challenge this year–my lowest ever at 18. Let’s see if I can meet or exceed it.

My Year in Books: 2017

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