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Best Books 2017

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a great first week of January and started the year as you want to continue and all that…you know what I mean 🙂

There won’t be a review this Sunday. Instead, I thought I list the 9 best books I read last year, my 2017 favorites.  They weren’t necessarily published last year, but I read them in 2017 – that’s the criteria.

Drum roll, please.


2017 was a good year for holiday stories as you can tell. And for short stories, since pretty much all of them are shorts, except Freckles (170 pages according to Goodreads.) And Snapshots, but that’s a collection of shorts. It was also a year for new discoveries: I hadn’t read Amy Aislin, Clare Davis & Al Stewart, Ruby Moone, or EF Mulder before.

This was my bookish year according to Goodreads:

goodreads year

Compared to 2016, I slacked off this year and only read 149 books (to last year’s 246). Average for 2016 was 3.3 stars, so this year was an improvement. The average length was 86 pages compared 134 in 2016. So, I’ve read shorter and fewer books…but better. I can live with that 🙂

What were your favorites from last year?

4 thoughts on “Best Books 2017”

  1. Aw, thank you for including my collection of short stories in your list of favorites! ❤

    Clearly I need to start actually using Goodreads. It would be interesting to have stats like that on my reading habits.

    Much as everyone tends to feel let down when they don't garner a precious "5" on one of their books, I actually like that your average is in the 3.3-3.5 range. That's an average rating, and let's face it most books we read should legitimately fall in that range. It means more when you rate something with a 5.

    The only other book you listed that I've read is Ruby Moone's, and I certainly agree with your assessment. That was such a sweet story! ❤ ❤ I've got several of JM's, but not that one. I'll have to add it and some of those others to my list!

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    1. Yeah, as a reader I love Goodreads. That’s where I find a lot of the books I read and keep track of everything. AND I love their lists. Statistics are always fun. This is from my account for my legal name, where I star all the books I read, even the one-star ones. In my Nell-account, I’m being nice and just give out 4 and 5 stars…and don’t even record the others 😀 But this is my “real” stats.

      And I agree with you about ratings. I don’t understand how authors can be upset about getting 3 or even 4. But then again, I’ve read more than one review where the reviewer writes “this was bad, I wouldn’t recommend it” and gave it a 3…which is weird. But in the real world, a 3 is a perfectly acceptable rating. Maybe not something I’d tweet about, but I wouldn’t hide under the covers crying about it either 🙂

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