Books I Read in 2017

Reading was always one of my favorite things to do as a child. My mom is an avid reader, and when I was little I always wanted to be able to read as much and as fast as she did. When I started getting migraines, I stopped reading for fun because it was no longer fun. I’ve been very fortunate to have a relatively small number of migraines this year, and I was able to get back to reading. In 2017, I read 17 books, which was a humorous coincidence. I know many people read 17 books in one month, but I feel like for someone getting back into reading after taking a few years off, it’s pretty good. Here’s what I read in 2017 in the order I read them:

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody By: Anna Kendrick
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By: Maya Angelou
  3. The Difference Between You and Me By: Madeleine George
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklynn By: Betty Smith
  5. Been Here All Along By: Sandy Hall
  6. More Happy Than Not By: Adam Silvera
  7. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me By: Julie Anne Peters
  8. The Summer I Wasn’t Me By: Jessica Verdi
  9. Vanished By: E.E. Cooper
  10. Pretend You Love Me By: Julie Anne Peters
  11. Our Own Private Universe By: Robin Talley
  12. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit By: Jaye Robbin Brown
  13. History is All You Left Me By: Adam Silvera
  14. Take This Man By: Brando Skyhorse
  15. Bad Feminist By: Roxane Gay
  16. They Both Die At The End By: Adam Silvera
  17. Dress Codes For Small Towns By: Courtney Stevens


I feel in love with queer YA fiction, and have made it my mission to read as many as I possibly can in 2018. The discovery of Adam Silvera, has also been amazing. Both History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End quickly became some of my favorite books of all time. The Difference Between You and Me, will always have a special place in my heart, as it is the first queer book I had ever read. My personal goal for this year was to read 12 books, one a month, but I never wanted it to feel like a chore. Luckily, it didn’t, and I was even able to surpass that goal. In 2018, my goal is to read AT LEAST 24 books, or two a month.

What was your favorite book you read this year / What is your favorite book in general?

I’d love to hear any recommendations!


12 thoughts on “Books I Read in 2017

  1. Congrats, this is awesome. Don’t compare yourself to other people this is about you and it’s a fantastic goal that you’ve accomplished!
    My favorite book this year is I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi (non fiction, she’s a feminist and talks a bit about LGBTQ rights in the book) and my favorite in general is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (about race in America and she did a very good job).
    Have you heard of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda? It was very popular this year for LGBTQ YA and is being turned into a movie!

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    1. I actually just ordered Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda, yesterday! I’m currently reading another book by Becky Albertalli, and so far it’s really good. I’ve heard of I’m Judging You, and I’m always down for a good book about feminism. My local library doesn’t carry any books about feminism, so I definitely need to make another book order! Small Great Things also sounds really good.

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  2. I read The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, How To Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune, and The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee this year, all queer and fun and probably books you’d enjoy. 😉 I also hope to read more in 2018.

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      1. Btw these three were all available in audiobook form. And they’re good audiobooks. I actually listened rather than read. I also reread Harry Potter in audio form in 2017, all 7 books, and I really enjoyed the audio. In 2018 I’ll probably read more books that don’t have an audio form. But I’m also planning to finally listen to some more famous big books I never read, like The Hunger Games perhaps… Even if The Scorpion Rules is supposed to be similar but better and queerer, I’d like to compare for myself lol? Etc. Btw sometimes audiobooks are even available for free in the library, which is awesome and how I listened to The Scorpion Rules for instance

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        1. I’ve never actually listened to an audiobook, but I do love podcasts so I might just try one out. I really liked the hunger games books, even though they are super hyped. I try and always check to see if my library has the books I want, but I never think to look in their audiobook section. I’m super excited to read The Scorpion Rules now, it sounds really good!

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          1. Of all of these How To Be A Normal Person was my fave because it’s so wonderful in asexual representation. And the audiobook is hilarious. The book is hilarious too and the narrator just does a good job. But most of the ace books I want to read are from independent publishers and certainly don’t have the kind of reach as The Scorpion Rules to have audiobooks at all lol. I’m really glad The Scorpion Rules is so popular though. I found it really refreshing for a story like that to have some queerness. And maybe I should read the sequel sometime lol.

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          2. The last book I read- Dress Codes for Small Towns had a minor character who is demisexual, but unless I’ve forgotten I don’t think any of the other books had an asexual character or a character on the ace spectrum. It’s crazy how much media and books in general have very very little ace representation. I hope more ace books get picked up by bigger publishers in 2018.

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  3. Before I started having an increase in the amount of Migraines I had, I loved reading as well! I am trying to get back into it now as my headaches are decreasing some, not entirely though. I am going to check out some of the books you have read. One of my absolutely FAVORITE series has been James Patterson’s The Women’s Murder Club. There are 16 in the series now with the 17th one coming out in April. I know they sound violent, but they are amazing and so easy to read!!! I read the first 10 really quickly. I have found that reading on Kindle is easier for some reason!! Best wishes and I hope you are feeling well! Happy Reading!!!

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