2017: A Year in Bookish Review

I think we can all agree that 2017 was a high-speed whirlwind/hurricane/catastrophe/Cold War fever dream. Personally, I saw a lot of ups and downs, and went through (read: still going through) one of the hardest decision-making processes of my life. I think that if I had to pick one word to describe 2018, it would be contrast. Light versus dark, good versus evil, and disappointment versus gratitude.

In 2017, I did a lot of amazing things. I got paid to travel the country for my job and see new cities. I fell in love with Boston, and I grew ever so slightly warmer towards New York. I met my favorite band (Paramore) for a second time because the universe is made of endless gratitude and I am a lucky, lucky human. I met Jac Jemc in one of my coffee shops the day after Krysten Ritter canceled her signing that I’d made travel plans for. I managed to last-minute walk into a Broadway showing of Kinky Boots with Brendon Urie, which was an event I’d dreamed of but never thought would work out, seeing as I don’t live in NYC. I spent the year with my boyfriend and my beautiful puppy dog, and while I lost some friends, I grew even closer to a smaller group of amazing people. And in November, I joined the wonderful, inviting, supportive, amazeballs community that is Bookstagram and got almost 600 followers and new friends in a month and a half.

I also was offered an amazing promotion that’d I’d been fantasizing about for months. My boss asked me to move to New York to take over coffee operations for our company. It was a moment of enormous gratitude, disbelief, and pride. Ultimately, though, I had to say no to the offer. New York rent is simply not doable for my lifestyle, which is currently stuffed to the brim with student loans. I couldn’t stomach the weight of tearing my boyfriend away from his city and his family. I couldn’t even tear myself away. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, and I’ve been struggling since to stay motivated and hopeful and see the value in the position I’m currently in. This has been a huge test of willpower and positive thinking, and I’m ready to leave it all in 2017.

I’ve also learned that books really are the friends that never leave you, and the comfort you need when no other human can find the right words, so without further adieu and personal chatter, here is a list of the 36 books that got me through it all!

📚 Total Books: 36

🗒 Total Pages: 11,218

⭐️ Average Rating: 3.9

🖤 Top 10 Reads Of 2017:🖤

  1. Petty: The Biography – Warren Zanes
  2. The Grip Of It – Jac Jemc
  3. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  5. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  6. Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
  7. The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  8. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Hellbound Heart – Clive Barker
  10. Lilian Boxfish Takes A Walk – Kathleen Rooney

💔 Bottom 3 Reads:💔

  • The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison – ⭐️
  • Love’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over – Edward T. Byrne – ⭐️⭐️
  • Love Lies Beneath – Ellen Hopkins – ⭐️⭐️

📚 2017 Books 📚

  • A Dance With Dragons – George R. R. Martin – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Stranger – Albert Camus – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Diary of An Oxygen Thief – Anonymous – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Chemistry – Weike Wang – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • White Fur – Jardine Libaire -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • American Fire – Monica Hesse – ⭐️⭐️
  • Final Girls – Riley Sanger – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Child – Fiona Barton – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Blinds – Adam Sternbergh – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Lies She Told – Cate Holahan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Emma In The Night – Wendy Walker – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Nitro Mountain – Lee Clay Johnson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Artemis – Andy Weir – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Chasing Christmas Eve – Jill Shalvis – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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