December 21, 2017
DEAR 2017 || YEAR REVIEW
The year 2017 has come and gone very quickly. This has indeed been a very exciting year for me and my reading journey. Looking back, it’s quite clear to me that this was a major year for my reading. I started reading books out of my reading comfort-zone, which turned out very well. This year I started writing down my thoughts and feelings for the books I read, which changed my reading and reviewing process.
In January, I overcame my fear and started a blog, which has been amazing and a learning curve. I also started sharing my reading journey on all my socials (please check the about page for more information). I’ve learned a lot this year, which I’m so grateful for.
For those, who have been with me throughout this journey, I’d like to say THANK YOU for the support, it means a lot to me. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know. May we continue supporting each other even in 2018.
I read a total of 51 books this year and my Goodreads reading goal was 50, I surpassed that by 1. I haven’t read this number of books in a year and I am so proud and mind blown. I had a good reading year and read amazing books.
Below is the list of my 17 favorite books for the year, in no particular order:
- Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – it’s about a magical circus that serves as a venue for a competition between two magicians (but it is bit complicated lol). My full review here.
- Station Eleven By Emily St Mandez – a post-apocalyptic novel which takes place in a time where humanity has essentially been wiped out by this ‘flue’ and only few people left. We follow this theatre troop that goes around the remaining cities and perform Shakespeare. My review here.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – this book follows Aristotle who is a loner and during summer break meets Dante and they become friends. Essentially, it’s about Aristotle discovering himself. Read more here.
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. Full review here.
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah –a memoir of Trevor Noah. Trevor takes us through all the stages of his life, how he was born, his childhood, teenage life leading to his adult life. He documents about his parents and especially about his mother leading to the time she was shot. Throughout, Trevor documents the evolving yet continually challenging race relations in South Africa. Full review here.
- When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – it follows the story of 2 main characters who are Indian-American; Dimple and Rishi, who recently graduated from high school and their parents have arranged for them to get married. Full review here.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – this book follows the story of a boy named Griffin, who has recently lost his first love and ex-boyfriend Theo in a drowning accident and now he is left to deal with that grief. Full review here.
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – this book follows a story of two teenagers, Natasha and Daniel who both live in New York City. We follow Natasha’s perspective, a Jamaican immigrant who’s been living in the US since she was 8 years old. However, the family is being deported to Jamaica and she is trying to do everything in her power to prevent that from happening. In-depth review here.
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas – this book follows the main character Starr, a sixteen-year old girl who lives in a lower class neighborhood. She goes to a private school that is white dominated and she is one of the few black students. Her childhood friend Khalil is murdered by a police officer and Starr is the only witness. Check out my full review here.
- Six of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo – it follows 6 characters, who have been tasked to perform an impossible heist. If you’re looking for a gripping and mind-blowing fantasy with funny characters, this is it. Read more here.
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – it follows the story of this girl, Molly Peskino-Suso, who has had 26 crushes, yet she has never been in a relationship. She is afraid to just dive in and admit her feelings to any of these boys because she is afraid of rejection. Full review here.
- Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard – it centers on the main character Mare Barrows, a seventeen year old girl. She lives in a world where people are divided by blood; silver or red-bloods. The reds serve the silvers or are shipped to fight in a war that is not theirs. Full review here.
- Hunger by Roxane Gay – it’s a memoir about Roxane and her body. She talks openly and honestly about difficulties of her body, her views about her body and other people’s views about her body. She talks about some of the difficulties she has encountered with her body (more here).
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – fear holds us back from the things we want to do and we end up saying no to things because of fear. When we say no to opportunities, our world becomes smaller and smaller. In this book we follow the story of Shonda Rhimes as she embarks on a journey of saying yes to the things that terrified her. Full review here.
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – it follows the main character Eliza Mirk, a creator of a successful web-comic; Monstrous Sea. Eliza is a high school senior with anxiety, she’s a weirdo at school without any friends. However, on the internet she goes by name of LadyConstellation and she’s the queen of millions passionate fans. Full review here.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – this poetry collection is divided into 5 chapters, namely; wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. This book is a vibrant journey about loss, growth, healing, honoring one’s roots, and rising up to find a home within yourself. Full review here.
- How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh – Lilly is a content creator who started her YouTube channel to overcome her depression. She is also an entrepreneur, singer, actress and comedian. In this book she talks about the lessons she has learned throughout her career. Full review here.
Those were my favorite reads of the year, thank you for reading. Be sure to let me know what your favorite books were for this year, maybe I can add to my ever growing TBR lol.
Writing book reviews has been a great pleasure that I hope to continue doing. And I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone that takes the time to read, like or comment on my reviews. It always means a lot to me, God bless you. Thank you.
This is my last blog post for the year. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful festive season as well as a new year filled with prosperity and contentment.
Until next year,