Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far

At the end of last year I posted a short list of reading goals now that the year is half way over, actually over half way over, I meant to write this last month. Anyway I thought it would be fun to see how well I’m keeping up my goals as well as talk about some of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Continue reading “Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far”

2017 reading challenges 

I recently decided to join in on two fun looking reading challenge going on throughout the whole year, and today I’m here to tell you a little about them as well as what books I’m hoping to read for each one.

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This challenge is hosted by NovelKnight the rule is that only books published before 2017 count for it so no new releases click here for more information. I was hesitant to join because I don’t read a lot of new releases anyway, I recently created a NetGalley account and it’s easy to request a ton of books and neglect the ones on your shelf. I think this challenge will help me to have a good balance between backlist titles and new releases my goal is to read at least fifteen books for this challenge. I’m also participating in the Hogwarts House challenge and will be proudly representing Hufflepuff.

My TBR

  • Sabrial
  • The Outlaws of Sherwood
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
  • Longbourn
  • The Lizzie Bennett Diaries
  • The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett
  • Falling Kingdoms
  • Snow Like Ashes
  • The Kiss of Deception
  • Playlist for the Dead
  • Shadow Scale
  • The Star Touched Queen

Classic a month challenge

I’ve actually seen a few people doing this but what made me decide to do it is when I saw Alex @Whimsy Pages post about how she was doing it and the pretty printable she made, click here to read her post. I tried to read more classics last year but was only mildly successful, hopefully with people encouraging me I’ll do better.

My TBR

  • Mansfield Park
  • Love and Friendship
  • Jane Eyre
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Frankenstein

Nether of my TBRs are set in stone and i obviously haven’t decided on what twelve classics I’m going to read I still need four more, do you have any recommendations the only classics that I’ve already read are all the Jane Austen books not already listed.

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so what are they.

2017 reading and blogging goals

I was originally going to post this on Wednesday but I’m really not good at scheduling posts, but anyway today I’m bringing you a post about my 2017 reading and blogging goals. 

  1. Read 35 books: I’m not going to have a lot of time to read I debated a lot on what to set my goal I wanted something that’s achievable and will hopefully motivate me to read more. I think 35 books is going to be that perfect goal for me but it would be nice if I ended up reading more than that.
  2. Read more diverse books: This has been a popular discussion lately and I know a lot of people have this same goal for the new year. My priority is reading more books about mental health. I’m aiming to read one book a month that’s about mental health. 
  3. Add some variety: This applies to both reading and blogging I don’t want to talk about the same books all the time. I want to read less popular books and I think this will benefit my blog. I don’t want to always be talking about the same books that are all over the bookternet. I want my blog to have a verity of posts I’m brainstorming for some creative ideas so hopefully I come up with some cool post ideas. 
  4. Try Historical Fiction I love period dramas but for some reason I haven’t read much historical fiction and I would like to change that. My favorite period drama is Downton Abby I love to read some books that take place around the same time.
  5. Get into comics: I’ve been saying this for forever but 2017 is going to be the year I finally get into comic books and graphic novels. There’s been so many female led comics recently so I feel like it’s the perfect time to start reading them.

Now I need your help I nead recommendations for books that fit my goals, I really need Historical recommendations I only have like three on my TBR. I also want you to tell me a book you love that deserves more hype. 

2016 releases I didn’t get to

I hardly read any new releases I read only seven and a half. The Book Shimmy Awards hosted by Epic Reads and only awards that really matter have made me really want to read all the amazing books that came out this year. You should really go check out the awards and vote if you haven’t already. I can only vote in like three categories because of How few new releases I’ve read.  Maybe I’ll be better at keeping up with it next year, and maybe I’ll manage to read this six books I missed.

2016releases

Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee

I love superheroes I love YA hopefully this will be as amazing as it sounds.

A Study in Charlotte by

I’m a fan of Sherlock the show I haven’t read the books, not a huge fan of classics, however I love retelling especially more unique ones you don’t see often. This seems like a fun read to help me deal with the long wait or the next season of Sherlock to be put on Netflix.

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

I was talking earlier about the book shimmy awards and that’s how I found this I saw it nominated for the mental health maters award. I want to read more books about mental health this sounds good and the reviews are very positive.

How it feels to Fly by Katheryn Holmes 

I keep seeing great things about this, the covers is beautiful, it’s about mental health and the main character is a ballerina. All of these things make me very excited to read it.

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis 

This deals with Rape Culture as a passionate feminist this sounds amazing and I liked the authors other book Not a Drop to Drink. I have been warned that this is hard to read it has scenes with animal cruelty but it seems like a necessary read.

The Girl from Everywhere

I follow the author on twitter so in edition to wanting to read about  pirate’s who time travel, I also want to read it because Heidi Heilig seems like a super cool person. I know you should separate the person from the work but I definitely prefer supporting books by nice author’s.

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

I have seen so many good things about this and I want to know what all the hype is about. I’m trying to keep my expectations low so I’m not disappointed but it’s hard since this looks right up my alley.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows 

This looks so funny, Lady Jane Grey’s life is actually quite sad but this isn’t historically accurate it’s in the vain of The Princess Bride Aka one of the bestest (Yes I know that’s not a real word) movies ever.

What 2016 releases do you most want to read? What book on this list would you read first? I need help deciding which ones to buy