Favorite Reads of 2017

Though 2017 has been in the rearview mirror for almost a month, with skid marks I left on my way out, I wanted to look back to review my reading stats. Last year was rich for me in terms of reading, with mid-June through mid-July being my best period, when I had four 5-star reads. I’ve gone years without one 5-star read, so that many in one month was fantastic.

Excluding all the manuscripts I edited, my number of books read is 65.

Some random stats, because I’m a nerd.

Debut authors: 20

New-to-me authors: 18

Female authors: 41

Male authors: 24

Writers of color: 8

International authors: 20

Imprint I read the most: William Morrow (7), runner-up: Minotaur (5)

Total imprints: 33 (I was pleasantly surprised to see my reads spread across so many different publishers)

Below are my favorites in various categories.

Favorite debuts: Rachel Khong’s Goodbye, Vitamin and Gail Honeyman’s Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Favorite novel from new-to-me author: Adam Sternbergh’s The Blinds

Most welcome return of series characters: tie between Robert Crais’s Elvis & Joe in The Wanted and Joe Ide’s Isaiah & Dodson in Righteous

Favorite illustrated memoir: Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do

Favorite celebrity memoir: Gabrielle Union’s We’re Going to Need More Wine

Favorite new heroines: Sheena Kamal’s Nora Watts in The Lost Ones and Kathleen Kent’s Betty Rhyzyk in The Dime. The common denominator? Fierceness.

Favorite international thriller: Mark Mills’s Where Dead Men Meet

Favorite overall: Sharon Bolton’s Dead Woman Walking 

What are some of your stats from last year? Share them in the comments!


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    January 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Great stats list!

    I know I should, but I never count the tally up or keep track of the books I managed to read. Sadly, this is why they blur for me.

    I did enjoy Joe Ide’s new novel and, it’s always great to read a new Crais novel (please yell at him to crank out more content!).

    I did miss Goodbye, Vitamin, but managed to read Elinor Oliphant and The Best We Could Do in almost a single sitting.

    Yes, happy to say goodbye to 2017 and, so far, not exactly ecstatic about 2018, which is why I will keep reading.

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