2017: My Year in Books

2017 was a great year of reading for me! While I didn’t read as many books as I read in 2016, I found a lot of great new reads that I wouldn’t have known about without things like Book of the Month and Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I read 60 books overall, 26 of which were for the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge (13 for the Growth part of the challenge and 13 for the Fun part of the challenge), 26 of which were for the BookBub 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, and 8 of which were just for fun. 🙂

Below is everything I read, including the challenge prompts. What were some of your favorite reads of 2017? I’m looking forward to another great year of reading ahead!


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  1. A book you chose for the cover: The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
  2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  3. A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit: It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks
  4. A book you’ve already read: Patina by Jason Reynolds
  5. A juicy memoir: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  6. A book about books or reading: Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan
  7. A book in a genre you usually avoid: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  8. A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis
  9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  10. A book recommended by someone with great taste: All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
  11. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet: The Divorce Party by Laura Dave
  12. A book about a topic or subject you already love: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
  13. A Newbery Award winner or Honor book: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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  1. A book in translation: The Star By My Head edited by Malena Morling
  2. A book that’s more than 600 pages: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  3. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: Songs From Under the River by Anis Mojgani
  4. A book of any genre that addresses current events: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. An immigrant story: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  6. A book published before you were born: Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  7. Three books by the same author (1): Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
  8. Three books by the same author (2): Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
  9. Three books by the same author (3): Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand
  10. A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  11. A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
  12. A book nominated for an award in 2017: Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
  13. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: Digest by Gregory Pardlo

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  1. A new beach read coming out this summer: The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon
  2. A book that has won an award this year: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  3. A thriller coming out this summer: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
  4. A book about travel or outdoor adventure: The Last Treasure by Erika Marks
  5. A book that’s on high school summer reading lists: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  6. A historical fiction book coming out this summer: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. A book set in a vacation destination: The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand
  8. A book by an author of color: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  9. A book deal you found on BookBub: Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson
  10. An international bestseller: The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
  11. A book under 300 pages: After Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
  12. A book that makes you laugh out loud: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaahi Koul
  13. A fantasy book: Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
  14. A coming-of-age story: How to Love by Katie Cotugno
  15. A historical novel about women: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  16. A book by a debut author: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
  17. A beach read set in the US: Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  18. A bestseller from last summer: Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  19. A popular book club book: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  20. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
  21. A book inspired by a classic fairy tale: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  22. A book of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  23. A book with a shocking plot twist: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
  24. A nonfiction book: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
  25. A book written by an author over 40: Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
  26. A compelling book about mental illness: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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  1. Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham
  2. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  3. Always by Sarah Jio
  4. First & Then by Emma Mills
  5. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
  6. The Unstill Ones by Miller Oberman
  7. The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  8. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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