2017 Reading Year Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that in less than 24 hours it will be 2018! And I’m just getting this post up in the nick of time! (I’ve been sick all week with a yucky cold and thus it took me a little longer to get this post written.) It’s been a great reading year for me and I’ve enjoyed participating in the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge.

For this wrap-up post, I’m going to share the books I’ve read in a couple of different ways. First, I’ll list the books I read this year in total (organized by categories). Then after that, I’ll show what books qualified for the reading challenge. I did not complete every single category. But I did complete many and feel it was a very successful reading challenge for me this year. Finally, at the end I’ll share a few of my favorites for the year.

So first, here’s the list in total, including reading challenge books, and it’s organized by category. If I’ve written a book summary for any particular book, then I’ve linked the title to its book summary post.

Children’s Literature
The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate
The Wizard of Oz Series Books 1-5 By L. Frank Baum:

*The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
*The Marvelous Land of Oz
*Ozma of Oz
*Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
*The Road to Oz

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (started in 2016; picked back up and finished in February 2017)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Thimble Summer By Elizabeth Enright
Heidi by Johanna Spryri
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (a re-read)
BFG by Roald Dahl
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
Miranda the Great by Eleanor Estes
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer and Barbara Cooney
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Poor Richard by James Daugherty
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Letters to Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

Classic Fiction
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Persuasion By Jane Austen
The Enchanted April By Elizabeth von Arnim
Beowulf translated by John McNamara
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton

Modern Fiction
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer By Fredrik Backman
The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood
After The Fall By Noah Hawley
The Snow Child By Eowyn Ivey
The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Bookshop on the Corner By Jenny Colgan
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry By Gabrielle Zevin
Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (I just got this one squeezed in at the last!)

Poetry and Plays
Robert Frost’s Poems With an Introduction and Commentary by Louis Untermeyer
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Historical Fiction
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford
All the Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys (YA Genre)

This is the first year I categorized the books I read and I’ve found it really helpful in getting a visual of what types of books I read throughout the year. My youngest daughter LOVES to read. So I read a good bit of children’s literature in a year’s time. I also saw that I read a bit more modern fiction than classics. In what I read for modern and classic fiction, though, I do feel there was a decent variety. However, when looking back over my list, I would like to add in other types of writing such as a memoir, biography, maybe some essays or short stories. And I’ve done that with some of my selections for this coming year’s reading challenge.

As for how I did with the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, here’s how the books plugged in to the categories.

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A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book
The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate

A Book in Translation
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
By Fredrik Backman

A Book That’s More Than 600 Pages
David Copperfield
By Charles Dickens

A Book of Poetry, a Play, or an Essay Collection
Robert Frost’s Poems
With an Introduction and Commentary by Louis Untermeyer

An Immigrant Story
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 
By Jamie Ford

A Book Published Before You Were Born
Persuasion
By Jane Austen

Three Books By the Same Author
The Wizard of Oz Series Books 1-5
By L. Frank Baum

*The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
*The Marvelous Land of Oz
*Ozma of Oz
*Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
*The Road to Oz

A Book By an #ownvoices or #diversebooks Author
The One-in-a-Million Boy
By Monica Wood

A Book Nominated for an Award in 2017
After The Fall
By Noah Hawley

A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner
All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr

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A Book You Chose for the Cover
The Snow Child
By Eowyn Ivey

A Book with a Reputation for Being Un-put-down-able
The Language of Flowers
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been But Would Like to Visit
The Bookshop on the Corner
By Jenny Colgan

A Book You’ve Already Read
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A Book About Books or Reading
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
By Gabrielle Zevin

A Book in a Genre You Usually Avoid
Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty

A Book Recommended By Someone with Great Taste
Salt to the Sea
By Ruta Sepetys

A Book You Were Excited to Buy or Borrow but Haven’t Read Yet
The Enchanted April
By Elizabeth von Arnim

 

Favorites

I’ve enjoyed a lot of what I read this year with there really only being a couple that I didn’t care for or wouldn’t recommend. As for my favorites, it’s always hard to pick favorites because I enjoy so many.  So I think the best thing to do is to try to just highlight a few that I really enjoyed reading. These are all books I give 5 stars and I’ve chosen one from each of the categories in my list at the beginning of this post.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Okay, so this is two. But they go together. 😉 These two are among my favorite read-alouds. And this year, I read them a second time on my own and loved them just as much. I feel they are somewhat lyrical and of course funny and quite clever.

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The Enchanted April By Elizabeth von Arnim

I love the movie production starring Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, and Michael Kitchen (among other notable names in the cast) and had seen it numerous times before reading the book. One of the things I love about this book is how it takes an in-depth look at relationships. The reader gets to plunge into the theme of restoration as the characters take a look at their lives and find restoration for themselves, for their lives, and for their relationships. I feel like the movie and book compliment each other well. While there are definitely differences between the two, I found that I enjoyed them both equally as much. I wrote up a brief description of the book HERE.

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The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

What can I say….this book was simply unputdownable. The writing was superb, the characters were developed well, and the story draws the reader in. This book had me in tears more than once. By far, this was one of my top favorites of the year. You can read my description of it HERE.

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys

It’s no secret that I love historical fiction. And if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile then you probably know that one of my all-time favorites is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. In fact, I read it again this year for the second time; but I wanted to pick another book to list for a favorite I read in this genre this year.

Salt to the Sea is an historical fiction book in the YA genre. It’s another one that was unputdownable. This book is set in World War II time in East Prussia. It is the story of four very different people who are fleeing and trying to make it to the ship Wilhelm Gustloff. It is also the story of the sinking of this ship which is known as the greatest maritime disaster in history. This novel will pull you right in and keep you up all night reading. I can’t wait to read another novel by Ruta Sepetys. In fact, I have another novel of Sepetys listed in the new reading challenge.

And that wraps it up for this year! What were some of your favorite books you read this year?

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2 thoughts on “2017 Reading Year Wrap-Up

  1. I read aloud Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass this year to my girls and LOVED it, and they did too! I think Carroll did a marvelous job of describing the world through the eyes of a child. We will definitely revisit it. I’ve heard good things about The Language of Flowers, so I may have to pick it up sometime in 2018. Some of my favorites this year were The Fellowship of the Ring (re-read), Phantastes, The Chosen, and A Tale of Two Cities. I read a lot of classics this year 🙂 Thanks for sharing your books!

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    • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is on my TBR list as is The Hobbit. My husband is a Tolkien fan and has read all of them a number of times. I have seen all the movies but have yet to read the books! Maybe this year I’ll attempt to at least get The Hobbit read. 🙂 I have The Chosen on my shelf and it’s also on my TBR list!

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