I love the year end summary Goodreads gives its readers (you can view mine here). It always surprises me to see how long ago I read a book, or how many pages I read in a year, or how few books I got around to reading.
Last year, I read 21 books. Not great, but probably more than the average American.
This year, I’ve read 21 books. Boo! I’m down one. But I read 7,580 pages this year as opposed to 7,244 last year. And I read some REALLY great books! I think this year might be my best reading year in a while. There were some great books by some of my favorite authors–Joanna Bourne, Julia Quinn, Meredith Duran–but I read some fantastic new books by authors I’m not as familiar with.
First up: The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sara Maas (affiliate link). I cannot even begin to express how much I loved these books. Beautifully written fantasy romance. Don’t let the YA label scare you off like it did me for years (I just haven’t been in the mood for YA lately). This book is for adults because it has very, er, adult scenes. Fantastic adult scenes! lol You’ll love these characters.
The other super awesome book I read this year was A Breathe of Fire (affiliate link) by newish author Amanda Bouchet. So freaking jealous of her awesome characters and world building! I read the first book in this series late last year, then read this second book pretty soon after it came out. THEN I realized I had to wait almost a whole entire year for the third book! Noooooooo!
But that third book releases soon. Next week, I think! Woohoo! This is another fantasy romance, this time with Greek mythology as a base. Now, I typically shun mythology books. I don’t know why, but I never liked that subject in school, and haven’t (until now) found modern fiction that I liked with it either. But Amanda has her own awesome twist on everything, and I’m so looking forward to seeing how Cat and Griffin are doing.
And last, but definitely not least, is the Hidden Legacy (affiliate link) series by Ilona Andrews.
I’m probably the only urban fantasy reader on the planet who hasn’t devoured Ilona’s Kate Daniels series. I like it, but it leans too far into the horror realm for me to really, really love it, and I want the romance to come faster. I know it does eventually come, and that I should pick up the next book and get over my fear of things that go bump in the night, but… I just haven’t yet.
But I did pick up this series!!!
It’s been about two years since the first one released, but the wait for books two and three were SO worth it. This DOESN’T lean toward horror, and the romance hits pretty hard with the first book, and that’s fantastic because I get to thoroughly enjoy Ilona and Gordon’s worldbuilding, characters, and kickbutt story. Love this trilogy so much! And really wouldn’t mind reading more. 🙂
Those were my most memorable reads of 2017. What were yours?