My Year In Books: 2017 Novels And Nonfiction Wrap-Up

My Year In Books 2017 Wrap-Up On Novels And Nonfiction

It feels good to be back from my blogging break and also back to real life after a blissful 2 week vacation in Milan with my family. All I did was read, eat, sleep and repeat – you may have noticed the constant uptick in read books on my Goodreads/Twitter. I ended up reading 9 books during the vacation, as well as starting several more. Not too shabby.

While there I also started this post taking a look at all the books I read in 2017 so as to glean some insights on the genres I’m gravitating towards. At the end you’ll also find my blog goals for 2018 (which I’ve tried to keep pretty simple and realistic). I’ll be back with Links I Loved this week as well on Sunday as usual, and hopefully one or two more posts in between.

Happy 2018 to everyone and good luck on all your personal and blogging resolutions!

My Favorite Books Of 2017If you’re looking for which titles I loved most out of the books I read in 2017, look no further than the post I published in December with my Top Ten. Among these my favorite title was definitely Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Click the image below to access the full list.Top Ten Favorite Books Read In 2017 1

All The Books I Read This Past YearI ended up completing 114 books in 2017, just shy of my 120 Goodreads goal. I actually thought I had read 115 but it turns out I had logged one title twice by mistake. I’m very satisfied with this result since it’s well above 100 but I’m trying for 120 again this year.

Out of the 114 books I read, I had a pretty even division between Fiction (60 titles) and Nonfiction (54 titles) all pictured below.

If you want to read reviews of any of the titles that I’ve read this year, you can see links to all available reviews for them in my new Book Review Index page, organized by category (Fiction/Nonfiction) and rating.

New Book Review Index Page

It’s limited to reviews I’ve written for books read in 2017 at the moment, but I plan to expand it to all reviews posted on the blog asap.

Fiction Read In 2017

Fiction Titles 2017.jpg

Nonfiction Read In 2017

2017 Nonfiction Titles

A Little Analysis Of My ReadingSince I am a data analyst I couldn’t help but want to look at my reading based on a few different key parameters, like the split by genre, reading format and source of the material.

It’s clear that in terms of fiction, I’m particularly drawn to historical and contemporary fiction, which made up over half of my fiction reading for the year combined. I really slacked on reading classics this year, which is an issue since I technically have a whole series dedicated to them on my blog (the 1000 Novels Series). I’ve definitely neglected it, especially in the second half of 2017, so I hope to get back to work on reading and reviewing classics in 2018.

Types Of Fiction

In terms of nonfiction, I’ve gravitated towards political titles in particular this year – and no surprise considering the fractious political times we live in. I’m still reading towards the Election book list I want to post likely in February 2018.

Aside from politics, I’ve also read a ton of historical nonfiction (heavily skewed towards World War II titles) and also memoirs – two categories I’m always drawn to. I only read one self-help title in 2017 and fewer scientific titles than I expected, which I’ll probably correct in 2018 since I’m working on a book list on genetics.

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Looking at the reading formats it’s clear that I’m mostly pretty divided between ebooks and hardcovers. I like to alternate between the two. Sometimes I really crave that physical feeling of an actual book in my hands (and thanks to Book Of The Month I’ve had plenty of gorgeous hardcovers to choose from), and then at other times I like the convenience of the lightness and internal lighting of my kindle.

I “read” (or listened to, for the purists) 20 audiobooks in 2017 – almost 2 per month. It’s definitely made my commute more and more enjoyable. Paperbacks are a format I’ve never particularly liked – they just feel uncomfortable to read – so no surprise that I only picked up 6 of them this year.

Reading Format

Book Of The Month was the single largest source of books I read this year, since I receive 3 hardcovers from them every month. I love how recent the titles are, how convenient the service is, and also that most of the titles I’ve read from them so far have been in the 3 to 5 star range. I will definitely continue my subscription in 2018.

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL in the chart below) has been an invaluable source of free books for me this year, and I love how responsive they are to recommendations for new titles. Of the 25 books I read instead from Amazon purchases this year, it’s likely several of them were kindle deals that I discovered through Modern Mrs. Darcy’s ebook deals page. I’ve been able to snag titles on my TBR by checking her list every morning (pro tip).

And of course very appreciative for having Net Galley available as a source of recent (and free) releases. I definitely want to better my Net Galley review percentage this year.

Book Sources

Blog Stats And 2018 Blog GoalsI’m really trying to make blogging as sustainable and fun for me as possible, but I’ve still decided to identify a few things I’d like to improve on for Novels In Nonfiction in 2018:

  1. Read 120 books (as mentioned above, setting the same goal for my Goodreads Challenge in 2018 as I did in 2017)

  2. Bring my Net Galley review percentage from 45% to 60%

  3. Increase my WordPress followers to at least 500

  4. Bring my monthly views consistently to over 5000 per month

  5. Finish the Les Miserables 2018 Chapter-A-Day Reading Challenge

  6. Dedicate more time to reading and reviewing classics for the 1000 Novels Series

  7. Participate in Top Ten Tuesday once a month

LineHow many books did you read in 2017 and what genres/formats/sources were they from? What are your 2018 personal or book blogging goals?

For other recent posts from Novels and Nonfiction you can read my review of Isabelle Allende’s recent release In The Midst Of Winter, my Author Spotlight of Andy Weir with reviews of The Martian and Artemis, and my list of December 2017/January 2018 releases I’m looking forward to.

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  29 comments for “My Year In Books: 2017 Novels And Nonfiction Wrap-Up

  1. January 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Hahah you being a data analyst with this sort of wrap-up post makes perfect sense. Loved seeing the break down of things. Good luck on finishing up Les Mis – that thing is so giant!

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  2. January 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I haven’t counted my books, but I’m pretty sure I read at least 100 in a year. I posted my “gems” of the year here:

    I’m enjoying the Les Miserables readalong so far, how about you?

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    • January 9, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for the link Lory! I’ll definitely check it out. I’m really liking Les Miserables – it’s beautifully written and the french surprisingly isn’t too archaic (I’m reading it in original language).

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  3. January 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I loved seeing the breakdown of your reading year! And I hope you enjoy Les Mis, I think if I had to choose one all-time favorite book, that would be it.

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    • January 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Rachel! That’s definitely high praise for Les Mis! So far I’m enjoying it. I like that the chapters I’m reading so far really have little to do with what I know from the musical. Feels pleasantly undiscovered ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Juliana | Wild Places
    January 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Looks like a great year of reading. I love seeing the stats, I’ve recently started doing more of that, too! I’m doing the Les Mis readalong, so I’m glad to see you’re taking it on — should be an interesting challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • January 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks Juliana! Hope you enjoy the readalong as much as I have been so far ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. January 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    What a fab post! ๐Ÿ˜ I love your graphs and pie charts it makes such clear reading! ๐Ÿ‘

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  6. January 10, 2018 at 2:05 am

    You’re reading year was fun to read, I love how organized you are with your stats!

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  7. Susie | Novel Visits
    January 11, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Love all your stats. I think it’s always fun to look back and see trends in reading. I read 99 books last year, well over my goal of 75. In 2018, I’m going for 100. The Les Mis challenge should be fun and a good way to get through the book. I’ve tried a couple times, but never got very far.

    I’m glad you had such a lovely vacation. It’s nice to have you back!

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    • January 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      So far so good with Les Mis! Really loved it. Hopefully back to blogging for real next week ๐Ÿ™‚ I got hit with the flu everyone’s been getting right after my trip.


  8. January 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    What wonderful books you read in 2017 and I love seeing all the covers together! I am on a non-fiction roll since I am a CYBILS judge in the non-fiction category. That’s probably cheating, but they are all pretty good since they are finalists.

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    • January 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Interesting Helen! I bet there are some great nonfiction picks for younger readers in the bung!


  9. January 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats on a great year! Your fiction to nonfiction ratio is very inspiring. I’m looking forward to seeing your recommendations for 2018. Happy reading!

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  10. January 15, 2018 at 1:26 am

    What a great reading year and I’m so glad you had such a great trip to see your family; I loved seeing your pictures and posts on IG! Let’s see, I read 83 books in 2017 and I don’t imagine I’ll tackle much more than that in 2018. I have created a monthly TBR list link up (one of my 2018 goals) that has already begun and I’m hoping to continue a recent trend of reading more physical books instead of reading EVERYTHING on my Kindle.


  11. January 18, 2018 at 5:13 am

    I really like your graphs and your goals seem like a great balance of manageable and challenging. I’d like to get caught up on my netgalley reviews too, although I have a hard enough time reading the books physically on my shelves, I’m not sure how realistic a goal that is for me ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. February 28, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I loved your graphs! I am just sorry I did not stumble upon your blog last year
    I have my own 2017 list:
    It’s not as presentable as this one though โ˜บ๏ธ

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