Highlight Reel . . . A Look Back at 2017
On (and Off) My Needles - in 2017

The Year in Books - 2017

I love using Goodreads to keep track of my reading.  It's so handy to keep lists of all the books I want to read -- and all the books I've completed.  I also really like reading the reviews of other readers whose opinions I trust.

Best of all, though - I love the year-end summaries and reading stats Goodreads provides.  Neat.  Orderly.  And easy to make sense of.

Here's a quick look at my year -- 2017 -- in books.

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According to Goodreads, I read 84 books in 2017, for a total of 26,727 pages.

And my stats show how I rated my books throughout the year.

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For the most part, it seems I really liked the books I read in 2017 -- since I ended up giving the great majority 4 or 5 stars.  (I think that's because I'm pretty particular about the books I read, and I tend to choose to read books on a few of the prize-lists, so they've already been well-received by critics.)

I read a lot of great books in 2017, but some of them have more "staying power" than others.  My top five reads in 2017?

  • Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
  • Beartown (Fredrik Bachman)
  • Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)

How abou YOU?  What were your favorite books of 2017? And do you use Goodreads to track your reading?




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I also enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow -- I listened to it.


I just got Sing, Unburied, Sing from the library and A Gentleman in Moscow was a favorite from last year, too. I LOVE those Goodreads recaps!!


I credit Goodreads for my huge increase in reading over the last several years - it's just such a great way to curate a list of books I want to read. I'm still waiting for Sung Unburied Sing but I also enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and Beartown.


I'm also grateful for goodreads. I know that there were several books that I accidentally read twice before gr because I wasn't keeping track. I'm getting even more impatient for Sing, Unburied, Sing from Overdrive ever since I saw that it was also on Obama's reading list. :-)


I think Goodreads is the best thing since sliced bread! And, I am with you A Gentleman in Moscow; Sing, Unburied, Sing, and Beartown were on my list as well. 2017 was absolutely a good year for reading!


I'm listening to A Gentleman in Moscow right now and enjoying it tremendously. Beartown certainly sits close to my #1 as well. I think Pax and Nobody's Fool will round out my top three of 2017!


I didn't grab a screen shot of my 2017 reads in time but I read 77 books this year. I love A Gentleman in Moscow, but Exit West and The Hate U Give, plus Sing, Unburied, Sing were my faves. Fiction about racism and sexism have become my go to genres in reading. The Power is my top book of 2018 and I think it will stay at the top. Hope your travels are going well!!


A Gentleman in Moscow, Beartown, and the three volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt were my favorite books of 2017, and there were many more I enjoyed as well. I'm on a waiting list at the library for Sing, Unburied, Sing. I enjoy using goodreads to track my reading and for the reviews of other readers. Here's to more good books in 2018!


Love that you kept your list succinct. Thanks for the reading inspiration..


I love using Goodreads! I've only been diligent for the past couple of years, and love how easy it is to us (desktop or mobile). I also love that so many friends also use it and enjoy that aspect as well.


Thank you for the book post! I love to know what others have read and enjoyed. My reading time is limited, same for knitting time, so these posts help me select the best book for the time I have. May 2018 bring you many happy reads!


Loved Gentleman in Moscow! Am waiting for Sing Unburied Sing (like everyone else!).


I just don't think about using Good Reads for all the wonderful features it offers - I am so a-write-it-down- on-paper person...(same with Ravelry too - not that I have much to share)...but I am making a conscientious effort to use GoodReads features...I've started Sing, Unburied Sing...and am adding Gentleman in Moscow to the 'want to read' list...

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