Goodbye 2017: Best & Worst Books of 2017 + Other Bookish Fun (Including Pie Graphs that You Can’t Eat), aka I’m a Nerd

There are only three things I like analyzing: 1) goals, 2) food, and 3) books.


I’m sorry for being cringy but I rEALLY LIKE READING STATS OKAY.

I really love analyzing my reading stats, so today, I’m talking about my year of 2017 through BOOKS, aka my favorite things ever. It’s a HUGE post (because I had too much fun to stop), but hopefully you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it???


This is my LAST POST in my mini-series “Goodbye 2017”, and if you click on those words, you can read ALL the posts in it! (Because linking them all is tiring and I’m lazy.)

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I’m going to be participating in a SUPER COOL link-up, the 2017 End of Year Book Survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner!! except, because I’m horribly unable to follow the rules a rebel, I won’t be doing all the questions & adding some (like one) of my own.

also, just a note that the books aren’t in any particular order except for the order that I read them throughout the year!!!



Number of read books: 100 books!!

Average rating: 3.705 stars (yes, I did the math. appreciate me)

Pages read: 36,330 pages



Also, just to clarify, some of these were published before 2017, but 2017 was when I read them SO THEY COUNT. And one was a reread but I literally do not care so there you go.

I didn’t rate THUG 5 stars like the rest of these, but it is SUCH an important book so I feel like it deserved a spot. (It was literally 4.5 stars.)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab  Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia  Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas   Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

**Benjamin Alire Saenz did something recently that I really don’t approve of sooooooo. Just a disclaimer.**

**And by Six of Crows as a favorite, I mean BOTH Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom BECAUSE THEY’RE EQUALLY AMAZING.**



Oh, I LOVE talking about bad books! Please note, you may like these books and just because I hate them doesn’t mean I hate you or am attacking you, blah blah blah.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas  An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret  Rogerson  Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi  Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven  Renegades by Marissa Meyer

(Also that cover is Shatter Me is UGLY AS HECK, but that was the edition I read sooooo. But I mean, pretty cover or not, Shatter Me is trash.)




Here’s my Disappointing Reads Goodreads shelf if y’all want to check it out, and then here are my TOP disappointing books of the year that ended up being actually bad. (Whereas some I just thought I’d like more but I didn’t.)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera  An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret  Rogerson  Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody  Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiGirl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven  Renegades by Marissa Meyer



best series started!

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine  Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine  Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine  Illuminae by Amie Kaufman  Gemina by Amie Kaufman

The Great Library series: The fourth book comes out in summer 2018, I believe (not sure if it’s the last one), but this is such an AMAZING underrated series that everyone should be scrambling to check out right now!!!


best series conclusion!

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab  Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab  Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Is it any surprise that these are two Schwab books and one Bardugo book??

A Conjuring of Light: Brutal, beautiful, and heartbreaking. SUCH a great conclusion to the series and written so beautiful that I just !!!! The ending made me FEEL SO MANY THINGS AND I JUST JFLSDJLFASJDF.

Our Dark Duet: Again, brutal, beautiful, and heartbreaking!! This one was much darker than the first book and I LOVED IT SO MUCH MORE (if possible). The ending had me shocked & heartbroken but it was the perfect ending. (Maybe.)

Crooked Kingdom: So this was a reread, but it is STILL ONE OF THE BEST CONCLUSIONS I READ!!! Arcs are wrapped up, but still vague enough that each character has something to do after the book. My ONLY complaint is a certain character’s death but. I’m too busy crying.



Y’all it’s DEFINITELY Victoria/VE Schwab. I’ve read most of her books and adored them all. While I sometimes struggle with her writing voice, her books are BEAUTIFUL and tear-jerking and fajlsd;fjalsdfj I LOVE THEM.



Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor  Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab  An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret  Rogerson  Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed  The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

I’ll let the covers speak for themselves. Except I must say that literally all of these are 4 to 5 stars, except for freaking AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS.

(Also isn’t it quite strange that my three ARCs are included in this… I HAVE GREAT TASTE, WHAT CAN I SAY.)



Okay, this has to go to Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. (Just a note that it’s been getting some VALID criticism lately—I recommend reading this wonderful review by Elise—and it’s definitely something I missed.)

And even if there are other amazing writers like Anna-Marie McLemore, and there have been problems with the abuse rep, I cannot and will not deny how much this book means to me as an Asian reader. This book probably has the best representation of myself as an Asian, and that means so so much to me.



Definitely The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas!! I knew that police brutality happened in America, but I had no idea to what extent it went to. This opened my mind to how bad racism against blacks in America is, and I will never forget that.



(if you consider ships in a book to be a spoiler, please skip this section!)

Ari x Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe // MY TWO SOFT PURE LATINO GAY BOYS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

Simon x Blue from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda // I can’t give the real name of Blue because it’s a spoiler but I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND I LOVE SIMON SO MUCH AND THEY’RE PERFECT TOGETHER.

Wolfe x Santi from Ink and Bone // Y’all, their love for each other is SO BEAUTIFUL and they’d literally die for each other and I just !!!!! COUPLE GOALS TBH.

Rhylucard / Rhys x Alucard from A Gathering of Shadows // Yes, this is another gay ship, no, I do not care. These two are so PURE and sassy with each other and perfect for each other uggghhhh.

Percy x Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // Um, oops, another gay ship found its way onto my list?? But even tho Monty is literally the most insufferable person to ever exist and he doesn’t deserve Percy… I LOVE THEM.

Nick x Charlie from Heartstopper // I SWEAR I didn’t mean this to become a Gay OTPs of the Year list but IT’S OKAY. I LOVE ALL MY GAY SHIPS. This one is so beautiful and cute and fluffy and we actually get to see them drawn out and kissing and !!!!

And finally…

EVERY SINGLE SHIP FROM Six of Crows, including Kanej (Kaz x Inej), Nina x Matthias, and Wesper (Jesper x Wylan—a gay ship). Bardugo builds the relationships SO BEAUTIFULLY and makes every moment special and jfkljslfjsldjf MY HEART.

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me thinking about thESE SHIPS



Luckily for me, I didn’t cry over any books this year!!! (Y’all, I’ve only actually cried over like four books.) But I DID tear up over some:

The Serpent King  More Happy Than Not  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  The Hearts We Sold  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

The Serpent King: The first sad part was more like a HUGE shock to me, but the ending made me tear up so many times. Also I think this was also due to the fact that it was 1 am and I was on my period. So.

More Happy Than Not: Y’ALL. THIS ENDING. OH MY GOD. It was so heartbreaking and beautiful and fjalskdjflksda OF COURSE Adam would do this. And how misleading is that title??? I am very much LESS happy than not???*

The Hate U Give: So my tears over this one were less of “I’M SO SAAAAAD” and more like “I’M SO MAAAAD”. There was one conversation between Starr and her dad, and I got SO FRUSTRATED that I cried (aka teared up). That’s a good book right there.

The Hearts We Sold: The ending TORE ME APAAAAART. It was so beautiful and a fitting ending, but I just. WHY. WHY. (But tbh what happened seem like something I’D do, so I don’t know what that says about me.)

Crooked Kingdom: I’ve reread this certain scene so many times and even tried to force tears to my eyes to seem less heartless (IT DIDN’T WORK). But this time I teared up like four times. Once when I saw the chapter, another time when it was happening, and then twice after *IT* happened. Ugh. Why. WHY.

*That didn’t even make sense.



Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine  Bone Gap by Laura Ruby  Asking For It by Louise O'Neill  Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Ink and Bone: SUCH A GOOD BOOK & SERIES. It’s a fantastic mix of fantasy, dystopia, and historical fiction*, and the characters are so EFFORTLESSLY diverse and it’s absolutely amazing!!

Bone Gap: This is one of my favorite magical realism books. It’s written beautifully and the whole story just pulls you in. The writing is so engaging and the characters are so well fleshed out!

Asking For It: This book is probably one of the realest, most brutal stories about rape culture??? It’s so beautiful and raises SO many questions in readers’ mind about whether rape victims are asking for it (spoiler: THEY AREN’T), and it’s written beautifully.

Highly Illogical Behavior: This is just SUCH an amazing and heartwrenching book??! It’s about agoraphobia (which I’ve read a surprising amount of books on this year) and I think it is tackled so beautifully.

*Okay so it takes place in the future BUT IT FEELS SO HISTORICAL OKAY PLEASE READ IT.




The Serpent King  A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)  The Female of the Species  Eliza and Her Monsters
More Happy Than Not  Asking For It  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)



The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed made me SO. EXTREMELY. ANGRY. with the world and how incredibly sexist it is??? There were some blog posts written by a man who said absolutely disgusting things about women, but the sad thing is that it’s a belief that some men actually hold.

You can read my review of the book here!!

(The Hate U Give also made me really angry as well.)



The first four of these are the ones I got from December’s book haul, and the last four are ones that I didn’t get a chance to read in 2017 but I NEED to!! (But please know that I have so many books I need to read that I didn’t so…)

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)  Moxie  Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)  Girls Made of Snow and Glass
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)  And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)  Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)  I Believe in a Thing Called Love



THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD BOOKS COMING OUT IN 2018???? How am I supposed to just choose a few. Ugh ugh uhhgguhghg.

(These are in order of release date!)

The Belles (The Belles #1)  All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages  A Girl Like That  Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)
The Astonishing Color of After  Dread Nation  Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)  Girl Made of Stars
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What are those three blank covers?? Well, I guess you HAVE TO CLICK ON THEM TO FIND OUT. (I’m sorry, I’m the kind of person who finds these things fun.)



And now for my favorite part, PIE GRAPHS!!!!

I didn’t keep a spreadsheet of everything in 2017, because it wasn’t until a little later in the year that I REALLY got more “serious” about reading. So I wasn’t able to get all the stats I wanted. But I still got a few interesting ones so I’m excited about that!!!

What’s nice about reading 100 books is that whatever % it is, that’s the number of books I read!! For example, 4% of something means I read 4 books of that. (Except for a few circumstances.)

2017 ratings  2017 origin (1)

So 2017 was the year that I started reviewing books, but that wasn’t until like halfway through the year. SO! I had a lot of VERY lenient ratings, and as the year went on, I got harsher & more critical. Basically—these ratings are not very accurate.

And you can see JUST how many books I get from my library. I literally purchased THREE BOOKS from my own money this month. This is why 1) LIBRARIES SHOULD NOT BE SHUT DOWN, and 2) I feel really bad for readers living in non-English speaking countries.

2017 genres

So you can’t really tell what the exact numbers are (I made a pie graph but then iT GOT SO TINY AND YOU COULD BARLEY SEE IT). But I’m really surprised that contemporary was my most-read genre??? I’m more of a fan of fantasy, but it’s cool! I do love contemporary as well.

Also some genres overlapped soooooo.

2017 diversity  2017 rep

In 2017, I didn’t really 1) actively search for representation, just read whatever I wanted, and 2) didn’t really keep track of what rep or diversity there was. So I might’ve forgotten some books, since I went back and marked books as “diverse” in December!

But I’m sad that only 55/100 books I read were diverse?? That is NOT how the world is at all—the fact that white, straight, cisgender characters made up 45% of the books I read versus 55% of ALL other races, sexualities, and genders is very discouraging.

And then, out of those 55 diverse books, the second pie graph shows what was represented!! Again, some of these overlapped (which is VERY GOOD).

The diversity pie graph should be 100% diverse, 0% not diverse. The types of rep graph should be split 25% for each type. The world is diverse, full of all kinds of people. Books need to reflect that.

shall we chat

this was a SUPER long post but hopefully you enjoyed?? what were some of YOUR fav / least fav books that you read in 2017? disappointments? pretty covers? any OTPs? what books are you planning to read this year? and are you obsessed with reading stats like me????

sign off 2.0


89 thoughts on “Goodbye 2017: Best & Worst Books of 2017 + Other Bookish Fun (Including Pie Graphs that You Can’t Eat), aka I’m a Nerd

  1. WHAT DID THE AUTHOR OF ARI AND DANTE DO ACK!!! Also, can I just say, 100 times yes to Eliza and Her Monsters???? AND I STILL NEED TO READ THE HATE U GIVE WAHT IS THIS.

    Question: I haven’t read it yet, but what was particularly disappointing about Holding Up the Universe, and how would you compare it to All the Bright Places, if you had to? I’m just curious. xD

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

    P.S. PIE IS ALWAYS GOOD. Is there such thing as a mango pie????

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    1. He recently attacked a reviewer for her own interpretation of one of his books, and apparently this happened before as well. :/

      Eliza and Her Monsters & THUG are both AMAZINGGGG. I’m in love with both. 😍

      Ah, I was disappointed by HUTU because it was a book I was looking forward to reading, but I HATED it?? (1 star.) The characters were literally just made up of whatever made them diverse, and the plot was boring, and the writing was so WEIRD. And ahh, I haven’t read All the Bright Places yet, sorry!!


  2. I loved reading this post!❤️ Oh my, your pie graphs and charts are so organized, they make me so happy. XD I got a lot of book recommendations by reading your lists, so thanks! (Also, story of Olivia being stupid: when you mentioned THUG in your best books section, I literally spent like two minutes searching for a book called Thug. And then I realized it was the abbreviation for The Hate U Give.😂)

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    1. Hahaha, I’m so glad that you liked my pie graphs (I sure did 😂)! And aahh I’m happy I could give you a few recs. 😊 (Oops, I’m sorry for not making it clearer!! I forget that not everyone knows the abbreviation, because most of the readers I talk to have already read/heard of it. 😂)

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  3. Great post May, and based on the books that you put as your favourites of the year I’d say you had an incredible 2017 when it comes to reading. All of them are favourites of mine as well, even though some of them aren’t ones I picked up last year. V.E. Schwab is an incredible author, seriously probably my all-time favourite. So I am thrilled to see so many of her books made your favourites and that she made your new favourite author as well.
    Ohh, I read the first book in the Great Library series and really enjoyed it, then never got around to picking up the others. After reading your post I may have to move that series up my to-read list. :D
    I really hope you enjoy all the books you still have to get through, and you’re most anticipated releases for later this year as well. :D <3
    Again great post. :)

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    1. Oh yes, I definitely had a pretty good reading year in 2017! (Though I was pretty lenient with my ratings in the first half. 😂) Aahh VE Schwab is an absolute favorite author of mine!! She’s such a fantastic writer, and I’m so happy the blogging world introduced her to me. 😍

      Ooh, I hope you pick up the rest of the series then, Beth! I’m glad you enjoyed Ink and Bone. 😊

      Thank yoou!! I hope you get through all the books you want to this year as well!! 💕

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      1. I’ve actually noticed as I’ve been blogging my ratings have become a little harsher (probably not the right word) too. I’ve read four books so far and not one of them have been a five star rating for me. She’s incredible, and I can’t wait for whatever else she has up her sleeve to release still.
        Thanks, I hope so too. :D <3

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  4. You did quite a bit of work for this post! I love that you featured some older books. I am always discovering books from the past or finally getting around to books I wanted to read four years ago. Sometimes it’s good not to be swept away by all the new releases and not have time for the rest!

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  5. Stats are always SUPER interesting to read! I noticed you didn’t like Renegades, darn. Personally, I haven’t read it yet. It’s sitting on my shelf, demanding to be read, but I’m reading other books right now.
    Good post. Have an AMAZING DAY!

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  6. Ooooh the pie charts and bar graphs are soooo fancy!!! 😋 I get a lot of my books from my library too, both from my two local ones and my school’s library, and I never realized how lucky I am to have access to such a large selection of library books before book blogging. I learned that not everyone has a library near them, especially if they live internationally in a non-English speaking place, so book blogging has made me forever grateful for libraries. Your 2017 bookish year sounds amazing — I hope 2018 is an even more wonderful bookish year for you! 😊

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    1. Hahah thank you! I spent a lot of time on those. 😜 That’s where I get my books from too!! My local library has more books than my school library (of course), but my school lib has a pretty good selection. And SAME! Book blogging definitely made me realize that I’m super lucky to have such good libraries with so many good books. 😊 I hope you have an amazing 2018 reading year as well!!

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    I reeeeaally need to read Aristotle and Dante, everyone seems to love it??? AHHH yes Six of Crows & CK!!! I love those books so muchhhh oh my gosh. Our Dark Duet was AMAZING as well, I’m so glad you loved it!

    Noooooo Renegades was bad?! What a shame. I’ve heard several negative reviews and I’m sad because the Lunar Chronicles were so good. o.O I agree on Holding Up the Universe, though, I liked it when I first read it but honestly it was so underwhelming when I look back on it.

    Ahahahha I still haven’t read Paper and Fire, oops. Ink and Bone was really good though!! Super underrated for sure, I don’t know why I haven’t read the second book yet? And Illuminae, gosh. *hides*

    V.E. Schwab and Leigh Bardugo are BOTH SO AMAZING I CAN’T. <3 <3 ACOL, ODD, and CK had such amazing endings!!
    LIBRARIES ARE GREAT. We're fortunate to have such good ones! I don't know what I'd do without them, honestly. (Probably have no money and no soul 'cause I was too busy trying to buy more books) All of those 2018 releases though!! HEART EYES. I wantttt. <3

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    1. Ari & Dante was SO SO amazing, I love it!! I’m kinda feeling mixed on it now tho bc of the author’s behavior but,,, *sighs* And aaaghh, Renegades was SUCH a disappointment omg! I expected so much after how amazing TLC was but it was just so,,, bad.


      Schwab & Bardugo are two of my absolute favorite authors!! I literally LOVE and STAN them so much, and not only are they amazing writers but also amazing people. <3 And omg yes same??? I feel so lucky that I don't have to buy the books I read, because I'd be in debt by now. 😂


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