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28 Day Blog Post Challenge 2018,  Books

Books I Loved and Hated in 2017

My absolute most favorite hobby is reading. But it’s not just about the words, it’s about the books themselves. I love shopping for books, I enjoy organizing my books onto different shelves and spaces throughout my home and I especially love feeling never-turned pages between my fingers.


These are Ukranian books!


I can spend hours in bookshops and libraries. My book obsession is to the point where I always carry a book with me… this sounds normal… but I also always have a book to listen to in the car. Lately, my CD player has been funky, so I’ve been renting Playaways. (Audiobooks in a mini orange box! Go check them out!)

For the last few years, I have been tracking all of my reading, books I want to read and more with I’m obsessed with this website (and App!) because every year I can challenge myself with reading more books, and it tracks everything from how many pages I’ve read to the different genres I read. It’s also a great tool for reading book reviews and I’m even in Emma Watson’s book club, Our Shared Shelf. Goodreads is honestly the best social media, and I’d love it if you’d friend me!

In 2017, I read 36 books out of the 50 I wanted… so not my best year, but it was still a great year of reading with a total of over 13K pages read!

I’m already behind my challenge this year, but I’m working on it!

Here are some of the highlights from 2017:

17927395My favorite book in 2017: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

OMG. This book had me nearly in that “Harry Potter heart-pounding” state. It is the second in a series, and holy wow, I just truly enjoyed this book. The series as a whole is about a woman named Feyre and there are faeries (a new kind of fantasy for me), there is hunting and outdoorsy things, a little magic, and romance. Highly recommend!

*Side note, I can’t figure out how to make the book covers clickable, so you have to click on the yellow titles.

26025989.jpgMy non-fiction fave in 2017: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

I have loved Star Wars since I was a kid and my dad showed my brother and I the original series on VHS. This book is all about Carrie when she was filming the A New Hope. I highly recommend listening to it, because she reads it!! It is funny, sweet and insightful.


My least favorite book of 2017: The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

This had a lot going for it, it’s a Young Adult book, the main character is male and it’s about mermaids. I was so excited to read this. However, I really didn’t like it at all. I felt the plot was underdeveloped, and the overall story was disjointed and hopped around a lot. Some others truly loved it, which I’m glad to see (thanks to Goodreads reviews!)

25692907.jpgBest Kindle book of 2017: Cold Black Earth by Sam Reaves

I got this as a free Kindle book from my Amazon Prime account. I picked it because it was based in the midwest, and every so often I like to read a murder/thriller book. Holy cow, it was so WISCONSIN I was just so giddy reading it. It was based in Illinois, but I forgave the author for that quickly. His descriptions of the countryside had my heart. It also thoroughly freaked me out.

The Bees by Laline Paull

Book that took me longest to read in 2017: The Bees by Laline Paull

It’s good if you’re into bees and nature. It’s about a bee and her life in the hive. I had to check it out from the library six times. One time I had to check it in and beg the librarian to let me have it back again right away because I had maxed out my checkouts on it.

On some level, I enjoyed every single one of the books I got through last year, and if you want to see the whole list, check it out here: Alyssa’s 2017 Book List

Please let me know some books you are reading or anything you would recommend! I’m all about them books!

-Alyssa B.

This is blog 21 of 28 of the #28DaysOfBloggingChallenge! See the Day 1 post for more details on why I’m participating!

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