January 18, 2018

2017 Year End Survey & Top Ten List

2017 was quite an eventful year for me and my husband. We both retired, sold our house (in one day!), and moved from Lincoln, Nebraska (after almost 25 years!) to the Oregon coast. Oh, and we bought a 19 foot travel trailer, which I learned how to back up and pull behind our pickup truck without too many new gray hairs. It's been a great adventure and we are both very happy to be able to join my soon-to-be 85 year old mother in her gorgeous home on the coast. Life is very good.

However, I didn't do much in the way of reading until the latter part of the year. My final count for 2017 is a mere 28 books. How does that compare to previous years? I typically read an average of 60 per year with a high in the 80s and a low in the 30s. Now that I have more free time (but honestly, where do the hours go?!), I'm hopeful that reading will no longer take a backseat. I'm still catching up on my reviews for 2017, so links will be updated as the book reviews are posted.

So, the stats:

Total Books Read: 28

Print Books: 21

Audio Books: 6

Page Count: 6,103 (excluding audios)

Listening Time: 71 hours and 46 minutes

Ebooks: 1

Female Authors: 24

Male Authors: 4

New-to-Me Authors: 18

Fiction: 19

Nonfiction: 9

Classics: 1

Sci-Fi: 0

Mystery/Thrillers: 2

Essays: 2

Memoirs/Biographies: 5

Epistolary: 2

Childrens: 0

Young Adult: 0

Re-read: 4

Borrowed: 9

From My Stacks: 17


5.0 stars: 5
4.5 stars: 5
4.0 stars: 6
3.5 stars: 1
3.0 stars: 6
2.0 stars: 5

Top Ten:

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons (5/5)

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs (5/5)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (5/5)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (5/5)

Night by Elie Wiesel (5/5)

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (4.5/5)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (4.5/5)

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer (4.5/5)

A Celibate Season by Carol Shields (4.5/5)

The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood (4.5/5)

Honorable Mentions:

The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker (4/5)

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (4/5)

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (4/5)

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White (4/5)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (4/5)

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff (4/5)

To read more about the books I read in 2017, click here.


  1. You did have quite the year! I've read 2 of the books on your lists and loved both of them so I'm jotting down the other titles.

    1. Kathy, I have a feeling my numbers will be much higher this year. It's nice to have time to a lot of time to read (and work on puzzles, and try new recipes, and explore Oregon, etc.)!

  2. I've read a few on your list. I'm pretty sure I've read THE HOUSE AT TYNEFORD, but can't remember. I've also read NIGHT and 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and UNDER THE HARROW. All very good.

    And since you are now in the 'land of rain', your reading totals may go up. Maybe. LOL

    1. Kay, I'm hoping those totals will go up, but I'm also having fun working on puzzles and trying out new recipes. And then there's the gym. And Book Club. And Social Committee meetings. And visitors. Robin's coming to visit next week!!

  3. Any year I read the Hanff book, it would make my top ten. I so love it. I am looking forward to the Tyneford book.

    1. Nan, I can easily read the Hanff book every year and never grow tired of it.

      I hope you enjoy the Tyneford book. I can't wait to read Song of Hartgrove Hall!

  4. I read A Place At The Table a few years ago and was surprised by how much I liked it. Absolutely agree with you about Gentleman In Moscow!

    1. Lisa, I wish my husband agreed with me about A Gentleman in Moscow. He couldn't get interested! I thought he would love the dry wit. Oh, well.

  5. You've had quite a year... it's a wonder you even managed to read 28 books! There are several there that I enjoyed, too. A Gentleman in Moscow was the most beautifully written book I read last year and, despite some slow sections, has really stuck with me. I still find myself thinking of the Count and will most likely reread it one day.

    1. JoAnn, A Gentleman in Moscow was truly one of the most beautiful books I've read. I owe it to you and Bellezza/Meredith for nudging me to read it after all the negative comments about the slow parts. I hope to read it again, either in print or audio. Great characters!

  6. I had one of my worst reading years ever last year. I used to work reading in, but now I seem to really struggle. There is just always so much else to do!

    1. Kelly, maybe 2018 will be better for both of us!

  7. It's no wonder your reading took a backseat.. you had quite your hands full! It's so funny but right now that I'm not working since I was laid off, I feel like I'm busier than ever. Haha... So I understand what you mean about where does the time go. I've loved reading your travel adventures. Here's to making many more wonderful memories in 2018!

    1. Iliana, I know exactly what you mean about feeling busier! I really thought I'd have so much extra time to do stuff, and I guess I am, but the hours and days and weeks and months are flying past!!

      Thanks for always commenting on my travel posts. I'm hoping to get back at those and get caught up before our next adventure. Wish me luck. I have 2 weeks more to write about!


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