A Review of 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

In 2017 I set myself a goal of reading 52 books for the year. I fell just short at 49, but overall I am reasonably happy with my efforts during a very busy year. You can see my goodreads summary here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2017

For the Australian Women’s Writers Challenge I set myself a goal of 20 books. Again I fell short, this time finishing with 18. I was hoping I’d able to sneak in an extra book or two, but with holidays it wasn’t to be. You can read all the books I read (and reviews) through my post on goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18421807-kira—nominate-my-own-goal—20

Of all the books I read this year, my favourites were:

The Convict Girls Series by Australian Author Deborah Challinor. This historical fiction series follows a group of convict girls from their lives in England, through their arrests and incarceration in the Old Bailey, and across the seas to the new colony of Sydney in New South Wales.Morning Star by Pierce Brown is the third book in the Red Rising Saga. This is quite possibly my favourite Science Fiction series of all time and follows the story of Darrow, a red miner who lives underground on Mars. He rises from the dirt to become a gold (one of those who rule over all the other colours). It’s exciting and at times brutal, with twists and turns you can’t possibly guess.

The Dry by Australian Author Jane Harper. This is the first of Aaron Falk’s stories, a look at his present and his past in Kiewarra and the unravelling of years old secrets. A great mystery read.

I have over 400 books on my To-Be-Read list which should give me plenty of reading options in 2018. As in 2017 I will be continuing with the Australian Women Writers Challenge, The Australian Authors Challenge (conducted on the Aussie Readers goodreads Group) and my personal challenge. I think that’s probably enough and I’m going to focus on these rather than get distracted by other challenges.

Bring on 2018 🙂

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