2017: Year in Review

It’s truly been one incredible year of reading! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discussing reviews, learning about new authors and books, making new friends, and increasing my TBR up to 13,700! I thought it would be good to look back at some of the books I’ve read this year by doing this Year in Review for 2017!


Starting this blog was a pretty good decision for me and I’ve made some wonderful friendships and met some incredible authors too. I enjoy sharing my reviews in the blogging world and on Goodreads.

This year I’ve completed:

Book Reviews: I counted roughly 390 reviews that I wrote in 2017. I don’t have all of them added here on the blog, but they can be found on Goodreads.

Shortest book= Toby – by Margaret Wild

Longest Book= A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

I read 52,845 pages across 421 books

This year I’ve read 421 books after setting my Goodread’s challenge to 400. Honestly, a great number of those are children’s books which makes the number seem insanely high! There’s no way I could read that many full-length books in one year!

Memes and more:

Music Monday –  18 songs


Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – 25 posts

Tags: 20 Tags

Awards: 21 Awards

Meet The Reader Series – 8 Interviews


Author Interviews – 30 author interviews


Throwback Thursday – 19 Throwbacks


Saturday’s Kitchen – 1


Flower Friday – 8 Flower Fridays


Shabby Sunday – 16 shabby book posts


Lessons from Grandpa– 6 posts


I hope to post more Breakfast and a Book posts in 2018 as well as Saturday’s Kitchen and Lessons from Grandpa. I’ll be continuing with all of these in 2018.

As of today I’ve published 347 Blog posts.


I may have missed a couple, but here are the book’s that stand out for 2017.

Favorite Adult Reads:
Dark Matter
A Little Life
Sweet Bean Paste
Watching Glass Shatter
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat
The Bear and the Nightingale
The White Raven
The Song of the Sirin
Tuesday’s Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
The Last Bar In NYC
The Appointment: Lost and Found (Book 1): Volume 1
The Sword of Goliath
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
Panther in the Sun


Just Around The Bend: Más o Menos
The Dead Inside
S.O.P.H.I.E. / The World Might Not Live Through the Night
Trance: Formation of America
What a Waste: Where Does Garbage Go?
Thanks For The Memories … The Truth Has Set Me Free! The Memoirs of Bob Hope’s and Henry Kissinger’s Mind-Controlled Slave
Standing Strong: An Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case That Made History




Favorite Children’s Reads:
The Frightened Little Flower Bud
The Secret Life of the Red Fox
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark
Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
The Unicorn in the Barn
Meatless?: A Fresh Look At What You Eat
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance
Woolvs in the Sitee
The Bear Report
Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport
Pig the Pug
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom
We’re All Wonders
The Raven and Other Poems
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog
Ida, Always




Favorite Biography:
Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life

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The Wild Country



Military/Police Thriller:
The Policewoman


Favorite YA:
A Monster Calls
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
It Starts With L
Hearts Are Like Balloons
The First Time She Drowned




Crime Fiction:
The Pull and Kick Murder: Competition can be deadly



Favorite Cookbooks:
A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand
My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life
Heal Your Gut with Bone Broth: The Natural Way to get Minerals, Amino Acids, Gelatin and Other Vital Nutrients to Fix Your Digestion
Infuse: Herbal teas to cleanse, nourish and heal
Cultured Food in a Jar: 100+ Probiotic Recipes to Inspire and Change Your Life




Christmas Reads:
A Boy Called Christmas
Merry and Bright
Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy: Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer children’s book series
The Deal of a Lifetime


Self Help:
Note to Self
Healing Lyme Disease Naturally
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life




Most Disliked:
The Happiest Mommy You Know: Why Putting Your Kids First is the Last Thing You Should Do

Poetry Books I Enjoyed:
The Child of Happiness
Eater of Mushrooms: A Poetic Novel
Piss On It: New And Selected Poems
When the Moon Takes Over the Dream: “Love Poetry”



My most favorite review I wrote in 2017 was for:
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge


It’s been an amazing year and I appreciate all the friendships I’ve made in 2017 here and on Goodreads.

 Happy New Year and see you in 2018!

47 thoughts on “2017: Year in Review

  1. Hi. What a wonderful post… you’ve had in incredibly strong year. 13K TBR? I’d simply just pass out… I’m in awe of you… ~350 reviews, too is an amazing feet. You should be quite proud… especially with all you’ve done for others (including me). Even this post shows the hard work you put into everything you do!

    Thank you for mentioning Watching Glass Shatter. I enjoy your Lessons from Grandpa so much. And you have shown the blogging world why you are one of the most honored and respected bloggers out there.

    I’m grateful to be in your circle. Happy New Year. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much for all your positive comments, J! I’m speechless! You have truly empowered me this year with all your support. 😊 I feel so lucky to be part of this wonderful blogging community and to know you, is a blessing in itself. Thank you. 💖

      My TBR is definitely out of control- but I’ll leave it for now. It’s such a good feeling to know that we’ll never run out of books to read! 😁

      Much love and Happy New Year! 2018 is going to rock! 😄

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  2. You have had quite the year! Congrats on all that you have accomplished! I just picked up The Bear and the Nightingale yesterday and am glad to see that it’s one of your favorites of this year. I’m always nervous when I buy a book whether or not I’m going to like it! I hope you have a very Happy New Year! And good luck conquering that insanely massive TBR pile!!

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  3. Fab post Mischenko! (Can I just say, it’s so varied, and, I mean, oh, 😂😂 the Piss On It book? Whaaat?! I clicked on it and still have not a clue. But the cover made me stare a bit and then really laugh! It’s effing weird!!😂😂)

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  4. David R. Dowdy

    Jenn, you produce one of the finest, well-produced, and most interesting blogs and you stay very close to your ideals. How you do it and read all those books and provide so much good parenting, heaven only knows. Thank you for sharing my book on your blog as well as doing the q&a. I wish the best to you and yours in 2018!

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    1. Wow! Thank you, David! You are amazing. I’m so thankful for all your support and thankful for you reading my posts. I appreciate you so much! You have a great book and I’m anxious to read more. Best wishes in 2018. Let’s make it great!


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  6. What a great round up for 2017. I am impressed by all you have accomplished. I am so glad I found your blog as I always enjoy reading your posts (even if I don’t always comment). Wishing you all the best in 2018.

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  7. Kim Smyth

    Nice blog, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by Kimmy’s Patio! I am also reading one of the books you mentioned and will check out more as time permits. I look forward to reading more posts from you.

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