For the past three years I have participated in the Goodreads Challenge. The Challenge is set by you, the reader. You set a reading goal for the year and then log your books as you read them throughout the year. You can "cheat" a bit by adjusting your goal as the year goes by, but it is always your CHOICE. I set a goal to read 80 books this year. (In 2016 my goal was 100 and I felt like I put too much pressure on myself to read quickly and not enjoy the books, so I set my goal a little lower for 2017.
I am proud to say that with 25 days left in 2017-today I completed my 2017 Goodreads Challenge of reading 80 books! Now that I've met my goal, I plan on making a "Top 10 of 2017" books list, but in my opinion, and based off of the books that I read that were published in 2017. So that books that I read this year are as follows (In backwards order):
Despite the length of BTDBY, I really enjoyed it. It is much darker than the rest of the Diviners series and takes the reader down a history lesson of the United States. I love the historical fiction piece as this is the time period when people were trying to "cleanse" the US of immigrants and adding the Diviners to this prejudice feels perfect for the time period. The Diviners not only have to deal with helping rid New York of ghosts that are killing people but also with prejudice against their diversity. This was a great mirror of our immigration current situation and I LOVED it! I think the conversations that this book starts will be of great importance.
Long way down by Jason Reynolds
Ended my day by reading Jason Reynolds‘ LONG WAY DOWN.
OMG YOU GUYS IT IS AMAZING! I read it in one sitting, literally could not put it down! Not only was it long listed for the National Book Award but it is going to spark some amazing conversations that I can’t wait to hear about!
Long Way Down is about Will, who’s brother was shot and killed and Will can only think of one thing: vengeance. But as he rides the elevator down to avenge his brother, people from his past appear to him to share their stories with him in hopes of influencing his decision. It is written in Free verse poems that are beautifully haunting and set the pacing and tone of the novel beautifully. Reynolds is an artist who uses words instead of paint.