2017 Favorites and New Year’s “Readolutions”

2017: (nearly) vanquished!

It’s been quite a while since my summer roundup review, and I’ve been using that time trying frantically to finish all of my overdue library books and complete my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge! I set a goal of 50 books read in 2017, and I have read 61 books so far. I’m hoping for one or two more before the year finally closes.

on January 1st, I decided that I would review every book I read this year on Goodreads so that I can readily reflect on them and share my reading experience with other book nerds. What began as a last-minute resolution became a really handy tool for me as I moved into my position as a professional librarian and began spending every day discussing and recommending books. I definitely want to keep this up in 2018 and I cannot recommend it enough!

I did have some standout favorites this year. Of the 61 books I’ve reviewed thus far, 15 earned 5-star reviews. They are:

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Bone Gap by Laure Ruby

The March Trilogy by John Lewis

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

On Writing by Stephen King

Roller Girl and All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Looking at this list, there are some similarities that stand out to me. Most obviously, the majority are graphic novels. I read a lot of graphic novels and comics during the first part of the year as part of a presentation for a collection development class, but it sparked an interest in the medium that carried through the entire year. I love books that are surprising and original, and they get extra points if they’re written especially with child audiences in mind. I find that graphic novels written for children are some of the most engaging, thought-provoking, and carefully designed pieces of literature out there today. I really had my eyes opened to that this year, and I’m pledging to continue learning and reading about graphic novels in the year to come!

This brings me to my New Year’s “readolutions” for 2018. I always have tons of goals for myself when it comes to what I’m reading, but my lackluster summer reading list led me to narrow it down to just 2 tasks this year.

  1. I will complete the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I will write about each task as I complete it and post it here.
  2. I will read 100 comics and graphic novels.

When I mentioned that second goal to my friend Stephanie, she asked me how I was going to define “one comic.” would I go by issues, or volumes, or…? I decided that I was going to be flexible about it and define each “item” I buy or check out of the library as one comic. So if I check out a single issue, that’s one. If I check out a volume, that also counts as one. It’s definitely an imperfect system, but I think it’ll be easiest for me to keep track of items rather than issues. If anyone has challenged themselves to read more comics, I’d love to hear how you did it! You can follow my progress here–I’ll do monthly round-ups of what I’ve read.

I’m so excited to move into this new year of reading, and I’d love to hear from others with reading-related resolutions this year!






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