I’ll have to start by saying that I’m slightly disappointed in myself; I did not finish reading all of my books on my 2017 book list. As of last week, I was holding onto the faint hope that I might be reading the last book on my list at the turn of the new year, but alas, I am reading the second to last. Still, I did read every single new book on my list, at least.
So what novels did I read in 2017? Here follows the list in the order in which I read them (and if you want to see my original list, click here—you’ll see I read eight titles not on the original list, so I really can’t feel too bad):
- Children of the Mind (Ender’s Saga #4) by Orson Scott Card
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- First Meetings in Ender’s Universe (Ender’s Saga #0.5) by Orson Scott Card
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (Ender’s Saga #1.1) by Orson Scott Card
- Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
- Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
- Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4) by Jeff Kinney
- Ender in Exile (Ender’s Saga #1.2) by Orson Scott Card
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
- An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
- A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH #1) by Robert C. O’Brien
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
- I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12) by Lauren Tarshis
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
- The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book II) by Rick Riordan
- The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
- You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
- Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
- The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
- Starfall (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
- The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
- The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa by Bill Wallace
- The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy Book I) by Jonathan Stroud
- The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
- Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
You may notice that many of the books I read are from series. Some are new series that I stumbled upon, and I just couldn’t help but buy the next book, which may be why I was set back a little at end of the year. Some of the books, to be honest, are already in my pile of books to pass on to someone else. I suppose it would be too good to be true to hope that every book I read is a winner. There are also quite a few titles that I would not have read if it weren’t for my 10-year-old wanting me to read with him. And as long as he wants me to, I will be glad to oblige.
Excepting the second and third books of the Red Rising series, this year’s list contains all new books for a change. One is not a novel (and yes, I do read non-fiction, although I don’t list it here unless it’s writing-related). Some books are parts of series that I started in 2017, so I can’t promise I won’t re-read those earlier books, but here’s hoping I can mostly stay on track. Included in this list is my latest pile of borrowed books from my media specialist cousin-in-law (pictured here from a post last summer). My Christmas books were also plentiful this year, as well. I received every one I wanted, plus a couple surprises.
So here is my 2018 book list (alpha by author):
- Mosquitoland by David Arnold
- Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
- Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
- Golden Son (Red Rising Saga #2) by Pierce Brown
- Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown
- Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown
- Ender’s Shadow (The Shadow Series #1) by Orson Scott Card
- Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series #2) by Orson Scott Card
- Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series #3) by Orson Scott Card
- Shadow of the Giant (The Shadow Series #4) by Orson Scott Card
- Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series #5) by Orson Scott Card
- The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
- The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid
- The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5) by Jeff Kinney
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium #4) by David Lagercrantz
- Nil (Nil #1) by Lynne Matson
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
- A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
- The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan
- The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book III) by Rick Riordan
- Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Victoria Roth
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
- The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
- Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab
- The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye
- A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
This is a shorter list than those of the past couple years because working full-time, year-round has decimated my free time, but I hope I’ll be able to stick to it and maybe have some room to intersperse some unplanned surprise titles.
I hope you’re inspired to read something you’ll fall in love with this year. Happy reading in 2018!
Great list — I’m impressed!
Hey, I wanted to give you a heads up that I’m closing down Oregon Pilgrim — I’ve decided to focus on copywriting and publishing my writing in journals, magazines, etc. Thank you so much for reading faithfully! I hope you’ll hear from me in your literary journal — I plan to send in some pieces. I’ll try and stay up on your literary exploits here. It’s been a pleasure reading your work and knowing you’re reading mine.
If you want to see what I’m up to, my website will launch in about a month: http://www.danielleharriswriting.com. Take care!
Awesome, Danielle! Will you have subscriptions available on your site? I’m glad you’re still writing. We writers need each other’s support.
That is to be determined. I may just use my website as a landing page for people to look at my published work and hire me as a copywriter. I hope I’ll choose well!
Good for you. Going the freelance route is tough, but once you get a good clientele, it’s well worth it.
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