As we enter into a new year, many are taking the time to reflect on what happened in 2017 and how they can make 2018 the best year yet. I already know 2018 will be the best year yet for many, many reasons. But, it’s important to understand where you’ve been in order to figure out the best way to get where you are going.
*Unlike TTT posts, all links to books below will take you to reviews on my blog. This is more-or-less to show the shame in lack of reviewing I did this year… O_o
Thanks to Goodreads, it’s easy to get some book stats without much effort. Here are my favorite statistics:
- 38,529 pages read
- 2 books DNF’d
- Shortest Book: White Robes: An Interesting Army by David Kudler (novella, 28 pages)
- Longest Book: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (novel, 656 pages)
- Average Book Length: 296 pages
- Average Rating: 3.6 stars
- Highest Rated 2017 Read on Goodreads: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Most Read Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
- Most Read Reading Level: Young Adult
- Most Read Format: Hardcover
- Top Way to Access Books: Public library system
Reflecting on my habits over the last few years, I find that my rating average is hovering in the same spot. I like this because it means that I am critical when selecting the books I am reading. It makes me feel consistent. It instills trust with those who recommend books to me, too!
My average book length went up just a bit. Enough to make me feel like I’m moving in the right direction. That said, I was originally shocked that I’m reading more YA than adult literature. It was a close line! But with the #AnneReadAlong2017 and my Great Newbery Challenge, I guess I’m not all that surprised.
This genre list is a bit shocking. No non-fiction really made a HUGE splash for me this year. Last year, memoirs were one of my most frequent genres. I should return to it next year. Sci-Fi is creeping up to overtake fantasy, however. That’s worth noting! Plus, I’m glad to see I’m reading historical fiction regularly again.
Finally: Three cheers for the public library system! Hip-hip: Horray! Hip-hip: Horray! Hip-hip: Horray!~
When you read 130 books, there are bound to be quite a few 5 (and in one case 6!) star books! You can see my Top Ten 2017 Reads here, but below are all remaining 5-star books which came in under the top 10:
- George by Alex Gino
- Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
- Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi (re-read)
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
I am a little shocked at how few of these I wrote reviews for, whether on GR or my blog! It’s obvious looking back that I spent more time reading and little time reviewing my favorite books. Part of this is a trend I’ve noticed lately where I would rather write a review for 3-4 star book than a 5-star book. It can be challenging to clearly articulate why you love something! I need to hold myself towards honoring what I love more.
No matter how carefully I review my recommendations, cultivate quality book groups, and carefully select my audiobook narrators, there are bound to be some duds each year. Below is a list of my least favorite reads of 2017.
- The Fortress at the End of Time by J.M. McDermott (DNF)
- The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (DNF)
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (1 star)
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1 star)
I had quite a few more 2-star ratings this year compared to last year, but significantly fewer 1-star ratings. Why did I have so few DNFs? I don’t know whether I’m proud or disappointed in myself considering the number of 2-star reviews…
As mentioned above, I honestly think I have fewer 1-star reviews because the quality of recommendations for books is improving. The more time I spend with specific readers the easier it is for me to understand what I want to read. I guess you could say I’m starting to understand myself better, too.
We just passed the two year anniversary of Death by Tsundoku! YAY! Personally, I don’t care much for blog stats– I care more about the connections I am making with authors and other bloggers. That said, I am quite curious…
- Tuesday is the most popular day to read my posts.
- The majority of views occur between 5:30-6:30 pm central time.
- Top Commenters: Melanie @ Grab the Lapels, The Orangutan Librarian, Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books, Krysti @ YA and Wine
- Newest Follower: Kristina @ Books-and-Dachshunds
- Top 5 Countries Traffic is generated from:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Lithuania (100% Evelina!!! <3 <3 <3 )
- I wrote 121 posts this year with an average of 955 words per post
- I wrote 115,533 total words in my 2017 posts.
- Death by Tsundoku had…
- 12,387 views
- 5,092 visitors
- 1,565 likes
- 3,256 comments
HOLY SMOKES. Yes, in comparing 2016 and 2017, I wrote 5 fewer blog posts than last year. but talk about consistency! What is really blowing me away is last year I had 4,867 views and 2,321 visitors. I grew my views by 2.5 times and almost doubled my visitors. THANK YOU! It means so much to me knowing that people want to visit and talk to me about what my slice of the universe has to say. Thank you.
I picked up writing more non-review posts this year. While I love writing reviews, I also love discussing bookish topics with you all! I have only achieved the infancy of what I hope to achieve with this blog long term. Specifically when it comes to non-review posts. Below you can find my favorites of 2017:
- …And We’re Back!
- Building Better Book Clubs: Why Book Clubs Matter
- #ThanksgivingReadathon Announcement
- Top 5 Things I Learned Reading Anne of Green Gables
- Solving for Tsundoku: Making and Breaking Your Goals
- Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Poo-Poo Middle Grade Literature
- The Great Newbery Quest
- Between the Lines: On Reviewing Writing
- Discussion Questions:
Wow. 2017 was a better year than I expected it was going to be! How did that happen? I give most of the credit to you all, my faithful readers. It’s because of you that I am inspired to push myself beyond what I have been. It’s because of you that I love coming to blog every day; even when I don’t manage to make time for it until midnight. (This was my Friday post, looks like it’s now my Saturday post?)
Writing this post really inspired me. I cannot wait to spend time reflecting on these small victories and developing some goals for 2018. Here’s to making 2018 the best year yet!
What do you think?
- What lessons did you learn from blogging and reading this year?
- Do you ever avoid writing reviews for books? Which books? Why?
- What are your favorite posts of mine from 2017, review or not?
- What post are you most proud of from 2017? Share the link below!
- What happened in 2017 which really blew you away upon reflection? What didn’t you realize you had accomplished?