2017 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

My reading progress this quarter was marked by indecisiveness. I couldn’t decide on what to read, so I kept starting books instead of completing them. Despite that, I managed to read 18 books, but that was helped along by audio books, which I’ve learned are pretty quick to get through, and comic books, which are usually fast reads. Thus I’m almost half done with my Goodreads reading goal of 40 books. I decided to go easy on myself. Anyway, here are the stats for this quarter.

Books | Audio books | Comics

Books by month

January

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed ★★★★★

February

Gilded Cage by Vic James (Dark Gifts, book 1) ★★☆☆☆

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ★★★★★

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak ★★☆☆☆ 1/2

March

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★

Audio books by month

January

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale (Harry Potter, book 6) ★★★★★ (re-read)

February

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, narr. by Jim Dale ★★★★☆ 1/2 (re-read)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini, narr. by Gerard Doyle (Inheritance Cycle, book 1) ★★★★★ (re-read)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale (Harry Potter, book 7) ★★★★☆ 1/2 (re-read)

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, narr. by Trini Alvarado (Song of the Lioness, book 1) ★★★★☆ (re-read)

In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce, narr. by Trini Alvarado (Song of the Lioness, book 2) ★★★★☆ (re-read)

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce, narr. by Trini Alvarado (Song of the Lioness, book 3) ★★★★☆ (re-read)

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce, narr. by Trini Alvarado (Song of the Lioness, book 4) ★★★★☆ (re-read)

March

Comics by month

January

Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer, illus. by Rags Morales ★★★★☆ 1/2

February

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie ★★★★☆ (re-read)

— These are all reviewed in the same post (linked above).

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie ★★★★★

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie ★★★☆☆ 1/2

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action by by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie ★★★★★

March

Favorites of the bunch

The Curse of Chalion

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action

Least liked

Gilded Cage

Did not finish

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice

Best stories

The Curse of Chalion

Gone Girl

Best writing

The Curse of Chalion

Gone Girl

Best narration (audio books)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Eragon

Best illustrations (illustrated books and comics/graphic novels)

The Wicked + the Divine series

Awesome Cover

*This is the ARC cover, which I think is way cooler than the actual cover.*

Reading challenges hits ‘n’ misses

 Goodreads Challenge

books read = 18/40

Books I must read this year

books read = 0

2017 Beat the Backlist

books read = 0

2017 Library Love Challenge

books read = 8

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Gone Girl

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Alanna: The First Adventure

In the Hand of the Goddess

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Lioness Rampant

The Curse of Chalion

2017 Read Diverse Books Challenge

book read = 1

The Wicked + the Divine series

— This comic book series is quite diverse in its characters’ race, gender, and sexuality. (I think I forgot to mention that in my review.)

2017 Horror Reading Challenge

books read = 0

Classics Club Reading Challenge

books read = 0

2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Read a debut novel.

Gilded Cage

Read a book you’ve read before.

Eragon

Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

The Impossible Fortress

Read a fantasy novel.

The Curse of Chalion

Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Reading stats

Format

Audio books = 8

Physical = 7

E-books = 3

Genre

Fantasy = 14

— Though The Wicked + the Divine is set in present day and, like superhero comics, features humans with heightened abilities, it strikes me more as fantasy rather than sci-fi because the explanation given for the abilities is based in fantasy and mythology rather than science.

Contemporary = 1

— The Impossible Fortress is a YA novel set in the late ’80s, but the narrator is in the present reflecting on what he did in the past. I considered categorizing this as historical fiction.

Nonfiction = 1

Sci-Fi = 1

— I categorized Identity Crisis, which is a superhero comic, as sci-fi.

Thriller = 1

— I categorized Gone Girl as thriller.

Ownership

Mine (bought before 2016) = 0

New (bought in/after 2016) = 3

Friends/Family = 5

Library = 8

ARC = 2

Author gender

Female = 11

Male = 7

Both = 0

Protagonist gender

Female = 4

Male = 6

Ensemble = 7

Currently reading

I’ve been very indecisive since the year started and that is reflected in the many books I’ve started but have yet to complete. The ones I’m actively reading are Mad Ship, which I am buddy-reading with Emily at Embuhlee liest; Eldest, which is a slog; 4 3 2 1, which is ginormous; and Born a Crime, which is pretty good.

How’s your reading progress so far?
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36 thoughts on “2017 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

  1. The Half Blood Prince is my favorite Harry Potter book. I have read it five times I bet, It has been about a year since the last time, so I could not add it to my Goodreads challenge. I am a huge fantasy fan as well, and a Indy Author, so I am working through The Song Of Fire And Ice series again. I learn a lot from that series as a writer. I don’t see any George RR Martin on your list. I would recommend his work. Even some unknown stuff like Fevre Dream if you don’t like Game of Thrones. Keep up the reading. Great Job!

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    • Recently, I’ve begun to appreciate Half-Blood Prince. When I was younger, I didn’t like the later books much because they were so dark and serious, but now I appreciate them for their depth and further development of the characters.
      Thanks for the recommendation, but I’m already hooked on GRRM. 🙂 I’m a huge fan of his Song of Ice and Fire series and I was in the midst of rereading it last year and then stopped or paused (or forgot why). I would like to try his other works as well to really cement him on my bookshelves as a favorite author.
      🙂 Thanks for dropping by and for the book recs too.

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  3. It seems like your quarter went well,. Glad to see that you really enjoyed Gone Girl. I look forward to your review of Tevor Noah’s book. Happy reading and have a wonderful April.

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    • Thanks. I hope you have a great April too. And so far Noah’s book is going good. I admire his mom.
      It also pisses me off cause of what apartheid is and has done.

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  4. Oh, Curse of Chalion. I absolutely loved that book. Then I read the sequel. Paladin of Souls is better in every…possible…way. I love any Bujold, and am glad to find any blogger with the good taste to recognize her awesomeness.

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