So 2017 has been an unfortunately disappointing year for me, for both my reading and blogging. Around of June this year, my life became overwhelmed by the amount of school work I had this year. My blog and reading life suffered and unfortunately. However, I believe that 2018 will be so much better and that I will hopefully be able to find a good strategy and be able to balance my blog and my school work.
In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about my reading challenges, my general goals and my blog for this year. I will be making a separate post on the best books I read this year. (I have added links to each of the original goal posts, just in case any of you wanted to check them out)
I wanted to write more book reviews this year, and I did! I am very proud of the number of reviews that I wrote (reviews on books I had not received for review)
I thought I’d add links to all the reviews I’ve written this year because I’m proud of every single one of them:
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – spoiler-free review
- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Spoiler Free Review
- As I Descended by Robin Talley – spoiler-free review
I know that there are only three reviews here and that’s not a lot. But compared to the amount of time I had,
wow Yasmin you’ve said that a lot in this post, I am pretty proud of the number of reviews I’ve posted this year.
Unfortunately, I did not finish my Goodreads reading challenge. However, I am pretty proud of how well I did considering the lack of time I had to read this year.
My goal was to read 45 books this year. I read a total of 35 books, 10 less than I wanted to. However, I read a lot of books that I enjoyed reading this year and I believe that that is more important. Quality, not quantity.
Lastly, there is the Diversity Bingo 2017.
As the last reading ‘challenge’, I didn’t complete this challenge either. However, I did read complete some of the prompts. (The prompts in blue are the ones that I have read a book for and they have a link to my Goodreads review for the book)
|romance with a trans main character||non-binary main character (own voices)||sci-fi/fantasy with disabled main character||practising Jewish main character||Indian main character (own voices)||displaced main character|
|main character with an under-represented body||neuro-diverse main character (own voices)||retelling with main character belonging to LGBTQIA+||bisexual main character
|main character with an invisible disability||main character with anaphylactic allergy|
|main character of colour in
Latinx main character
|free choice||non-western (real world) setting||own voices||main character with chronic pain|
|West Asian setting||Arab main character
|main character with wheelchair||book by an author of colour||biracial main character (own voices)||pansexual
main character (own voices)
|black main character
|main character on the ace spectrum (own voices)||LGBTQIA+ main character of colour||visually impaired main character||book set in central america||contemporary world arranged marriage|
|indigenous main character
|diverse non-fiction||person of colour of the cover||d/deaf/hard of hearing main character||immigrant or refugee main character||Hijabi main character (own voices)|
So I read books for 16 out of the 36 prompts
For the Indian Main Character prompt, I read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
For the Main Character with an Under Represented Body prompt, I read Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
For the Neuro-Diverse Main Character prompt, I read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
For the Main Character with an Invisible Disability prompt, I read Schizo by Nic Sheff
For the Retelling with a Main Character Belonging to the LGBTQ+ community prompt, I read As I Descended by Robin Talley
For the Free Choice prompt, I read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
For the Non-Western Real World Setting prompt, I read Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
For the Arab Main Character prompt, I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
For the Book by An Author of Colour prompt, I read Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
For the Biracial Main Character prompt, I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
For the Black Main Character prompt, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston
For the LGBTQ+ Main Character of Colour prompt, I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
For the Visually Impaired Main Character prompt, I read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
For the Diverse Non-Fiction prompt, I read Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
For the Person of Colour on the Cover prompt, I read It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura
For the Hijabi Main Character prompt, I read Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Overall I think I think I did alright, I could’ve done better. But I am proud of the variety of diverse novels I’ve read.
So that was my 2017!
How did yours go? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know in the comments.
Here’s to a better 2018!