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Thoughts, Nonsense, and Inanities

Thoughts, Nonsense, and Inanities

My 2017 in Books

Now that 2018 has arrived to save us from the tyranny of 2017 (I mean...we can hope, at least), it's time for my annual look back at the books I read throughout the year. As I did last year, I'm going to run with random, mostly unhelpful categories to sort through the 100 books I managed to read. Some will be repeats, and some will be new and fun surprises!

First, though, a few quick numbers. I hit 100 books even this year, as I said, and that was largely because I did a major push in December to reach that mark. (I hit a few slow patches this year, as I fell off from a few series I had been reading.) As with last year, August was my slowest month with only two books read. (What is it about August? I don't even know.) Of the 100 books, over 70 had one or more diverse protagonists, which was a joy. Oh, and all of the books I read this year were written by women. It didn't start intentionally, but when I got about six months in and realized it, I decided to keep it going--which was both easy and rewarding to do. Anyway, onto the categories!

Books That Were Really Fun To Talk About With My Book Club


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

Books That Made Me Yell A Lot*

*Please note that yelling loudly about books is very satisfying and does not indicate displeasure.


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

By Your Side by Kasie West

Books With Sufficient Amount of Ships (Literal, Not Figurative)


The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Books With Sufficient Amount of Ships (Space and/or Time Travel Edition)


Starfall by Melissa Landers

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Books With The Most Delightfully Unexpected (Albeit Brief) Appearance Of A Ship


Traitor to the Throne by Alywn Hamilton

Books With Girls Whose Safety And/Or Happiness And/Or Futures I Was Deeply Invested In


Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Books I'm Glad I Read Before They Got Stolen From My Car


Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman

Books I Wish I Had Read Before They Got Stolen From My Car


Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Books By Authors Whose Work Always Makes Me Happy


There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Books With Lines Tailor-Written To Make Me, Specifically, Swoon

"You can trust a sailor with knots," Jin said. "And you can trust me with you."

--Traitor to the Throne by Alywn Hamilton

(Honorable non-swoony mention to the delightfully clever and dirty ship-related pun in A Conjuring of Light.)

Books That Took Just A Whole Bunch Of Turns I Didn't Expect

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The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Books In The Weirdly Specific Genre About Teenagers Competing To Be Astronauts, Basically


Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

Books In The Weirdly Specific Genre About Characters Struggling With Their College Decision Because Of A Dead Parent*


Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

*Plus one more I don't remember.

Books That Landed Spots On My Spring Syllabus


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Warcross by Marie Lu

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski