So Here’s What I Read in 2017, and My Favorite Was….

I rarely make New Year’s resolutions because, really, who makes it past January? But a horrible thing happened in 2016. I read one book for pleasure. One. I read some nonfiction for book research. I wrote a lot. But I wasn’t making time to read.

So my resolution in 2017 was to read some books. I shot for 25 initially, because that’s about a book every couple of weeks. A funny thing happened along the way to 25, however—I fell in love with reading again. Oh, I still have the editor’s curse of highlighting every typo (even my own, which I never see until the book hits print). I still have the author’s curse of trying to break down what does and doesn’t work in the book. But, still, I read—and finished the year with 47 books read for pleasure, and one for research. There were also eight novels whose titles I can’t divulge because I was judging them for a contest. Since most were not things I would normally have read (even though I enjoyed a couple of them very much), I won’t count them.

In no particular order, I read:

But Can I Start a Sentence with “But”? Advice from the Chicago Style Q&A. Okay, okay. Yes, I read a grammar style book for pleasure. I am a nerd. But it is the snarkiest, funniest style book ever written.

Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher. I had planned to re-read the whole series and include the six (at least) books I’m behind, but got pulled in other directions.

The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews, books 1-9: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, Magic Binds.

The Edge of Normal, by Hana Schank. This was a research book written by a woman whose daughter has albinism.

The Naturalist, by Andrew Mayne

The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs, books 1-10. (I had previously read books 1-2): Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked, Frost Burned, Night Broken, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen

In the Barren Ground, by Loreth Anne White

The Others series by Anne Bishop, books 1-5: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh, Etched in Bone

The Supervolcano Trilogy by Harry Turtledove: Eruption, All Fall Down, Things Fall Apart

The Mercy Kilpatrick series to date by Kendra Elliot: A Merciful Death, A Merciful Truth. (I have book three, A Merciful Secret, on preorder. It releases January 19.)

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (book two in this new series is in my to-read queue now)

River of Teeth by Sarah Galley. My only dnf for the year.

The Bone Secrets series by Kendra Elliot: Hidden, Chilled, Buried, Alone, Known

The Song of Ice and Fire series (to date) by George RR Martin: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Trackers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

My favorite? Hard to decide. I had read the first two Mercy Thompson books quite a few years ago, so I already knew the players there. It’s still one of my favorite series. I really like Kendra Elliot’s new Mercy Kilpatrick series (which is suspense), set among a doomsday prepper community in the Pacific Northwest.

But the winner(s) have to be the five books of Anne Bishop’s The Others series. It is SUCH an addictive and inventive world, with characters and a building plot arc that sucked me in as a reader. Thanks to Miki for urging me to read it!

And on to 2018, where I set a high bar of 50 books and am on my second…

Did you tally your reads for 2017? Did you have a favorite book or series?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

9 thoughts on “So Here’s What I Read in 2017, and My Favorite Was….

  1. I tally my reads and read 67 books last year (my goal was 65). I’m lowering that to 50 this year (less stressful!), and I’m already behind! Haha! I have too many favorite series to list. But hey, I’m reading Illumination now! 🙂

  2. I do keep track via Goodreads. I met my goal of 172 for 2017. I also keep a written list as I read a book, then transfer the titles to a 3-ring binder by author name. Hmmm…a bit anal, maybe?

  3. I tally my reads on Goodreads. My total was 634 for 2017 which included a lot of novellas. I usually read a book a day and on my days off of work, I can finish 3. I’m glad you enjoyed The Others series by Anne Bishop. It is one of my favorites. I find I reread a lot of books for comfort.

    • WINNER! Holy crap…634? Even with novellas, I’m amazed and bow down to your readerliness 🙂 (No, I don’t think that’s a word.) I do the same thing with re-reading books, and like to re-read at least part of a series when a new one comes out.

  4. Last year was the first year I didn’t keep track but I read about 30 during the summer when our local library had it’s summer reading contest so I probably read close to 100. My favorite series was Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls series. They are funny paranormal romances which is a genre which I don’t usually read but I got the first one for free on my kindle and then read through all of the ones she’s written so far.

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