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Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

01/01/2017

What a year it’s been! 2016 has been an odd one – the world seems to be getting crazier by the day, and yet 2016 has been a really amazing year for me on a personal level. I don’t want to bore anyone with my year’s story, so here’s a just few things which have made the year extra special, plus the books I’m excited for in 2017…

goodbye 2016, hello 2017

Books I’ve loved this year:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Illuminae (and Gemina) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman
  • The long way to a small angry planet (and A Closed and Common Orbit) by Becky Chambers
  • The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (and A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J Maas
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Blogs I’ve been loving this year:

Amazing things 2016 brought:

  • I finished school (hurrah!!) and passed all of my exams
  • I started college and am looooooving it
  • I properly joined the bookstagram community and met so many amazing people through it
  • I started learning Japanese
  • I discovered the incredible The Year in Books twitter chat thanks to the lovely Jeska (Lobster and Swan and The Future Kept) which is hosted by Laura from Circle of Pine Trees
  • My anxiety levels are so much lower, and I’m so much happier than I have been for the last few years
  • I discovered so many incredible authors and my all time favourite books have all come out of this year of reading

Books I’m excited for in 2017

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • Throne of Glass book 6 by Sarah J Maas
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Perfect (Flawed book 2) by Cecelia Ahern
  • Kings Cage (Red Queen book 3) by Victoria Aveyard
  • Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life by Annie Clarke
  • Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella)
  • Contagion by Teri Terry
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season book 3) by Samantha Shannon
  • The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

My reading goal for 2017 is 60 books, which I’m going to try really hard to achieve. I wasn’t actually planning on setting a goal, because I didn’t want to feel bad if I didn’t achieve it, but I changed my mind because I thought it could be a good motivator to read more. I only read 34 books in 2016 which I’m still proud of, but starting college slowed my reading down a lot, plus the millions of exams I had earlier in the year, so I really do want to get back into reading. Hopefully this year will be better! 

One thing I’m adding to 2017 which I haven’t really done before, is to read lots of poetry books, fairytales, folktales and similar, because I find them really inspiring for my own writing. Some of the books I’ll be reading throughout the year are: A Poem for Every Night of the Year, A Year Full of Stories, Celtic Tales, and The Novel Cure. I’m so excited to get stuck in!

Wishing you all an incredible 2017 – here’s to another wonderful year of reading, relaxing and being happy! 

1 Comment

  • Louise 02/01/2017 at 8:21 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic year!

    My goal is 60 books too this year! I made it 100 last year and achieved it but it wasn’t easy at times and if things had gone to plan last year I wouldn’t have done it. Hopefully things that didn’t work out last year will this year hence lowering my target. I tried to find you on goodreads but the link just took me to my own reading challenge so if you want to, please find me there (I’d like to make new online good reads friends!) – https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/53590511-louise

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