At the beginning of the year I made a Goodreads pledge to read 25 books in 2017. I crushed my goal this year with the completion of Night by Elie Wiesel on November 10th. In total, the average book I read was 423.07 pages long, with a total page count of 12,269 pages in 2017!
Linked to their appropriate Goodreads pages, here are the 29 books I completed in 2017 in chronological order.
- Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
- Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn
- A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
- Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows by Tom Delonge
- The Clocks by Agatha Christie
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
- Company Town by Madeline Ashby
- Song of Susannah by Stephen King
- The Dark Tower by Stephen King
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- It by Stephen King
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Hell House by Richard Matheson
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Looking back on all the books I finished this year I’m going to call this The Year of Stephen King. On January 3rd I posted a few specific books I wanted to finish, and many of them were his. Six of them, in fact. I read the remainder of the Dark Tower series, and then I read It and Sleeping Beauties as well. So I guess you could say this wasn’t just the year of Stephen King, but the year of long Stephen King.
This year introduced me to new-to-me authors I’d wanted to read for a while, like Agatha Christie and Neil Gaiman, and authors I’d come across serendipitously like Josh Malerman, whose book Bird Box is actually the one I’m naming my favorite of the year.
Bird Box took me by surprise. Fast paced and incredibly unique, it has a sort of survival horror post-apocalyptic vibe that had the perfect balance for me. While most books rely on visual description to set the story, this one has characters who go through life blindfolded so the description comes from auditory and physical description. This lends itself to being perfect for staging the fear of the unknown, which is crucial for horror. I had so much fun with this book and look forward to more from Josh Malerman.
Goals For 2018
Since I beat my goal this year, I’m setting it a little higher for 2018. Not by much, mind you, but 30 books. As for what books I’ll be reading, I want to focus more on classics. I have a lot of beautiful leather bound books featuring Ernest Hemingway, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, William Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others. I want to put a dent in them this year. I also want to focus some of my attention on longer books this year, like 700+ pages. House of Leaves is on my current TBR list, and Underworld by Don DeLillo has been on that list for a while. I love to read, and I look forward to all that 2018 has coming.