2017: My Year In Books

As we draw closer to the end of 2017, I look back at the books I’ve read this year and realise how good 2017 has been reading-wise. Initially, I had set my Goodreads challenge goal to 70 books, but I changed to 60 later because reasons 😛

Numbers aside, this year feels wholesome because I discovered many excellent new authors (like Keigo Higashino. what was I doing all my life without reading Higashino-sensei’s books?!?) and was able to read a diverse variety of books many of which I loved!

2017 is also the year I got a new Kindle Paperwhite and I believe that dramatically increased my reading speed (and possibly saved my eyesight?) !

Goodreads has beautifully captured my 2017 reads and I’ll try to reproduce that here:

my year


I read 18,139 pages across 60 books




52 pages
We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed on blog: Click here
608 pages
by Amie Kaufman
My Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed on goodreads: Click here
Most popular among the books I read turned out to be The Hunger Games – which I really enjoyed (but haven’t reviewed because what is there left to say that hasn’t been said already? also I’m lazy)
Looks like the least popular is Toppers by Aayush – you can find my review of it here
Highest rated among my reads is also one of my most favourite reads of 2017: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!! God I loved this duology so much.
Now, I definitely felt like I have given many books 4 and 5 stars this year but Goodreads says my average rating is only 3.6. I find that strange??? but okay.
avg ratingThere ya go. That was the highlights of my reading year.
Here’s the full list if you’d like to see that 🙂
 Let’s make this my wrap-up post for 2017. I hope to be more active in 2018 and continue the streak of reading books that make me happy. Quality over quantity, Y’all. 🙂
Wish you a very Happy 2018!!
~ Mathangi

2017 January and DiverseAThon Wrap Up

I know I’m super late to this, but ta da! here’s my first Wrap up post of the year – January and DiverseAThon wrap up.

This January started off on an encouraging note because I have read a total of 6 books. I’m combining the DiverseAThon wrap up with this because the DiverseAThon was the reason I read an extra 2 books and exceeded my normal count for the month (I’m a slooow reader)

So here are the books I read :

percybattlelabyrinth Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth

Author: Rick Riordan.

Fourth and penultimate book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I enjoyed this book more than the previous ones in the series and gave it 4 stars. Check out my full review on Goodreads.

I’ll Give You The Sun 23573418-_uy200_

Author : Jandy Nelson.

This is a YA Contemporary standalone book that I read on my friend’s recommendation. I have seen lots of reviews where people loved this book but unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. My rating : 2 stars. Here’s the link to my review on Goodreads.

23395680 Illuminae #1

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The MUCH hyped up first book in the YA Sci-fi series The Illuminae Files. One of those books where the exaggerated hype kinda ruined it for me. I still feel like I would have liked it better if not for my sky-high expectations. I rated with 3 stars and reviewed on Goodreads.

Manga Classics – Pride and Prejudice8b609845cf0bb734e753d779a73e10fd

Author: Jane Austen, adapted by Stacy Kind and art by Po Tse.

I discovered the Manga Classics through Netgalley and I’m really glad I did! It’s the classics done in a manga format that makes it an easy, quick read while still giving you the satisfaction of having read the whole book. I loved reading Pride and Prejudice in this format! I gave it 4 stars and wrote a short review on Goodreads. I’d probably write about these later on here too, because I’ve read a total of 3 classics from Manga classics now.

51yyxjjitjl-_sx350_bo1204203200_ We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Adichie.

This is a powerful essay on why the idea of feminism is important in the modern society and how it should be embraced by everyone. I absolutely loved it and have reviewed it here on the blog.

The Masala Murder 16082083

Author: Madhumita Bhattacharrya.

This book revolves around a part-time journalist Reema Ray, whose passion in life is to become a successful detective. Reema hits upon two cases and how she solves them forms the crux of the story. I rated it with 3 stars and you can check my full review here.

~ Mathangi.