Why hello there, everyone! Long time, no see! I hope to post a general life update soon (yes, I survived my first semester of grad school), but first, BOOKS!
I feel like 2017 is going to go down as a one of the most significant years in my reading life. Looking back, I not only read more books than ever before, but I discovered countless new writers who I now cannot imagine my life without.
This year, I read 211 books. Holy cats, that’s a lot! This includes audiobooks and stand-alone graphic novels. I did not include comic volumes or things I read twice in one year. This number feels like a HUGE accomplishment. It smashes last year’s record by 64 books!
The theme this year was all about YA. I’ve always enjoyed the genre, but this year stepped it up several notches. Being a librarian, I work to stay on top of new releases and up-and-coming titles so I can successfully help my patrons find things to read. A perk (and curse) of this is that I’m painfully aware of what’s being published, when it’s coming out, and how to get my hands on it for free.
And, oh, the authors I’ve discovered this year. It was a fantastic year for discovering YA fantasy writers. Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Laini Taylor, where have you been all my life?! I cannot imagine my life without the Court of Thorns and Roses Series or Six of Crows duology. (I read A Court of Mist and Fury five times and have zero regrets.) I was charmed by Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer and swept away by Marie Lu’s Warcross. I reread Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and fell in love with them all over again. There were some excellent Asian-inspired fantasies released this year; I really enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao and Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I’m currently in the midst of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, which I am loving so far.