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My Favorite Reads of 2017

Posted on: December 29, 2017

It’s been a weird year.


It’s been a year of comfort reads, more so than in years past. I reread some favorites, and they were still amazing.


It’s been a year of ignoring hype, a year of  #selfcare, a year of finding stability.  I probably DNF’d more books this year than I actually finished.  DNF’ing is a form of selfcare that I highly recommend.


I lost a job that I hated, and three months later  I landed in a dream job that I love.


I read Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun and discovered the Alzabo Soup podcast. It has made my commute to work much more enjoyable!


It was a year of ignoring other people’s expectations, and selfishly focusing on my own wants. I learned what the word “sanctuary” really means.


I am happily addicted to the computer game Stardew Valley. It is therapeutic.


It’s been a good year.


In no particular order, here are my favorite books I read this year, with a link to the reviews I wrote.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells


Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew


Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee


Cold Iron by Stina Leicht


City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett


The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White


Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card




11 Responses to "My Favorite Reads of 2017"

I, too, read comfort reads this year (romance, mostly). I never finish books I don’t care for but I always try to give them 50 pages. I think that’s more than enough pages to tell if this is the right book for me or not.

But it’s funny… If I’m feeling “meh” about a book at page 20 or 30, it never gets better by page 50. Maybe I should shorten my sample size.


Glad you’ve had a good year and been able to focus on some of your own wants.
I hope 2018 is another good one for you and your dream job continues to be so.
Happy reading.
Cold Iron is on my wishlist – I think it’s about time to make some progress with my own books methinks.
Lynn 😀


Winterglass! I’m about to start reading it this weekend. Glad you had a good year. Mine was stressful but I see the end in sight for something I’m not enjoying doing, so here’s to 2018!


Glad you had a good year . All Systems Red was one of my favorite reads of 2017 as well, and I’m looking forward to the next Murderbot book big time!

Hope you have a nice New Years!


Comfort reads are the best! Of these I’ve only read a couple, but I thought All Systems Red was one of the bigger standouts of the year too, for such a little book. 🙂


Yeah, that sounds like a pretty good year to me. Congratulations on the new job, thank you for all the awesome reviews (especially the Book of the New Sun ones, you’ve inspired me to give it a go) and wishing you all the very best in 2018. 🙂


All Systems Red was a great novella. I had forgotten about it or it would have been on my list as well. I really need to re-read Speaker for the Dead.

Congratulations on the new job. Sorry it took so long to land that after losing the other.

I’m looking forward to your challenge starting tomorrow. I got some vintage Robert Silverberg edited collections (Alpha series) from Mary for Christmas that I plan to delve into starting tomorrow.


Happy New Year’s Eve, Red, and may you have a terrific 2018!


Happy New Years!!! I finished Nova the other day – absolutely fantastic book!


Happy New Year!

Thanks for the roundup – those books sound intriguing. Just wishlisted All Systems Red and City of Stairs.


Glad you had a great reading year. Happy New Year!


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