2017 Reading Challenge Top Picks

Last year I decided to do something different – participate in a reading challenge to encourage me to read more during the year. The reading challenge coupled with the book reviews and pictures were also motivators to continue reading and to start reading different genres of books. This is my first year participating in a Goodreads reading challenge, so I do not have statistics from last year to compare this year’s to. However, this year, I challenged myself to read 35 books. I read 41 books and 13,816 pages. The shortest book I read was a children’s book at 200 pages and the longest I read was 514 pages – a historical fiction novel. The most popular book I read this year was My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and least popular book was Epitaphs by Bill Pronzini. The average length of books I read was 337 pages and the highest rated book on Goodreads that I read last year was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (it’s a good one!).

Prior to this year, I almost only read romance novels, but this year I read one fantasy, two mysteries, three non-fiction novels, two business books, and the remaining were fiction novels. I found out that I also enjoy historical fiction novels as much as I enjoy romance novels. Finding a new genre of novel I like to read is probably the most rewarding outcome of 2017’s reading challenge. You can find a list of all the books I read last year at this link; below is my top 10 favorite books from the list.

My top 10 favorite books from 2017 were:

10. The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus – Sonya Sones

9. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – James Collins

8. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson

7. I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella

6. The Confessions of Young Nero – Margaret George

5. Forgotten – Catherine McKenzie

4. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

3. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

2. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

1.Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley

This was my absolute favorite book of the year. Like I’ve said/written before, I love a good love story. What’s better than a love story that takes place in a bookstore that sells used/new books and has a small “Letter Library” as they call it. A book about a romance in a book store? Sign me up and take my money. Yes, I am now the proud owner of my very own copy.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Thanks again to all who followed along! Don’t forget to come back for a new book review every Friday beginning next week (1/19)!