2017 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

My reading has picked up! 😀 I’m glad for this because at the beginning of the year I was very indecisive about what books to read and sometimes wasn’t in the mood for the activity, which is okay, but I’m glad that I’ve found stories that held my interest and propelled me to try others.

The spring quarter was good to me, though I was sick for most of it because of allergies, and I found myself consuming less audio books and trying more nonfiction, mainly memoirs and autobiographies. Here are the stats:

Books | Audio books | Comics

Books by month


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah ★★★★☆ 1/2

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann ★★★★★

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (The Strain, book 1) ★★★★★


Mad Ship by Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders, book 2) ★★★★★

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco ★★★☆☆

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Dale (Harry Potter, book 1) ★★★☆☆ 1/2

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong, book 1) ★★☆☆☆ 1/2

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enríquez ★★★★★

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan ★★★★★

The River by Alessandro Sanna (illus.) ★★★★☆


The Fog Diver by Joel Ross (Fog Diver, book 1) ★★★★☆

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher ★★★★★

Audio books by month


The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 1) ★★★★★ (reread)


The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 2) ★★★★☆ 1/2 (reread)

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 3) ★★★☆☆ (reread)


The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 2) ★★☆☆☆ 1/2 (reread)

Comics and graphic novels by month



I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.) ★★★☆☆

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish ★★☆☆☆ 1/2

Jughead, #1 by Chip Zdarsky, illus. by Erica Henderson ★★★☆☆


Favorites of the bunch

The Strain

Least liked

Archie, Vol. 1

Did Not Finish

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey (progress paused)

Best stories

The Strain

Mad Ship

Things We Lost in the Fire

Best writing

Letters to a Young Writer

Best narration (audio books)


Best illustrations (illustrated books & comics/graphic novels)

Archie, Vol. 1

The River

Awesome cover

Reading challenges hits ‘n’ misses

Goodreads Challenge

books read = 36/40

Books I must read this year

books read = 1/8

Mad Ship

2017 Beat the Backlist

books read = 4 | total so far = 4

The Strain

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1

Archie, Vol. 1

Brain on Fire

2017 Library Love Challenge

books read = 9 | total so far = 17

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illus.)


Things We Lost in the Fire

The Dragon Reborn

The River

The Fog Diver

The Shadow Rising


2017 Read Diverse Books Challenge

books read = 3 | total so far = 4

Things We Lost in the Fire

Brain on Fire


2017 Horror Reading Challenge

books read = 1 | total so far = 1

The Strain

Classics Club Reading Challenge

books read = 0

2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

Things We Lost in the Fire

Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

Born a Crime

Read a book published by a micropress.

The River

Read a collection of stories by a woman.

Things We Lost in the Fire

Reading stats


Physical = 11

Audio books = 4

E-books = 3


Fantasy = 7

Nonfiction = 5

Contemporary = 2

— I counted The River as contemporary.

Horror = 1

Romance = 1

— I placed Wintersong in romance because of how romance heavy it is.

Sci-fi = 1

— The Fog Diver is dystopian and sort of steampunk.

Other = 1

— This is here because it’s hard to categorize Things We Lost in the Fire.


Mine (bought before 2016) = 1

New (bought in/after 2016) = 8

Friends/Family = 0

Library = 9

ARC = 0

Author gender

Female = 7

Male = 11

Both = 0

Protagonist gender

Female = 5

Male = 5

Ensemble = 7

**I included the memoirs/autobios in this. Letters to a Young Writer doesn’t have a protagonist.**

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3 thoughts on “2017 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

  1. This is such a good idea! i think my target for the end of the year is to start another Robin Hobb series – I’m itching to but haven’t got around to it yet!


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