year in book review 2017

books read: 42

total pages: 13,114

avg. book page count: 312

avg. books per month: 3.5

no. of books that are a part of a series: 7

no. of re-reads: 3

i fell short of my goal of 52, but i also wrote a lot this year. i reviewed bates motel, twin peaks, and veep at just about write; and portlandia, the goldbergs, will, and mary kills people at tell tale tv. i conducted six interviews, covered two cons, and did a number of feature pieces as well as contributed to many listicles, panels, and roundtables.

  1. americanah by chimamanda ngozi adiche, 588p, 5 stars
  2. matilda by roald dahl, 240p, 5 stars
  3. yes please by amy poehler, 329p, 4.5 stars
  4. bossypants by tina fey, 275p, 4 stars
  5. the princess diarist by carrie fisher, 257p, 5 stars
  6. postcards from the edge by carrie fisher, 226p, 3.5 stars
  7. carve the mark by veronica roth, 468p, 3.5 stars
  8. bad feminist by roxane gay, 318p, 5 stars
  9. difficult women by roxane gay, 260p, 4.5 stars
  10. hitler by voller ullrich, 758p, 3.5 stars
  11. in a different key by john donvan and caren zucker, 616p, 4 stars
  12. dear ijeawele by chimamanda ngozi adiche, 80p, 5 stars
  13. we by gillian anderson and jennifer nadel, 308p, 5 stars
  14. andorra by peter cameron, 263p, 5 stars
  15. tales of desire by tennessee williams, 104p, 5 stars
  16. kindred spirits by rainbow rowell, 56p, 4 stars
  17. the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood, 295p, 5 stars
  18. norse mythology by neil gaiman, 297p, 4 stars
  19. murder on the orient express by agatha christie, 274p, 4 stars
  20. anansi boys by neil gaiman, 334p, 5 stars
  21. great expectations by charles dickens, 518p, 4 stars
  22. chemistry by weike wang, 211p, 3 stars
  23. a vision of fire by gillian anderson and jeff rovin, 292p, 3 stars
  24. good omens by terry pratchett and neil gaiman, 390p, 5 stars
  25. here i am by jonathan safran foer 571p, 5 stars
  26. the x-files: cold cases by joe harris, 100p, 1.5 stars
  27. the x-files: stolen lives by joe harris, 100p, 1 star
  28. crooked house by agatha christie, 236p, 5 stars
  29. the lady detective and the writer by mldrgrl 1239p, 5 stars
  30. wintry peacock by dh lawrence, 110p, 4 stars
  31. otherworld by jason segal and kirsten miller, 355p, 4 stars
  32. whatever happened to baby jane? by henry farrell, 304p, 3.5 stars
  33. the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman, 181p, 5 stars
  34. the remains of the day by kazuo ishiguro, 245p, 5 stars
  35. the good times are killing me by lynda barry, 132p, 2.5 stars
  36. pride and prejudice and zombies by jane austen and seth grahame-smith, 317p, 2.5 stars
  37. dog man: a tale of two kitties by dav pilkey, 256p, 3.5 stars
  38. let it snow by john green, maureen johnson, and lauren myracle, 352p, 2.5 stars
  39. sarah by jt leroy, 166p, 2.5 stars
  40. a man called ove by fredrik backman, 337p, 5 stars
  41. we by gillian anderson and jennifer nadel, 2nd reading, 308p, 5 stars
  42. we should all be feminists by chimamanda ngozi adiche, 48p, 5 stars


top five- 1) americanah, 2) good omens, 3) a man called ove, 4) the remains of the day, 5) andorra

longest- the lady detective and the writer, 1239p

shortest- we should all be feminists, 48p

oldest-  great expectations by charles dickens published in 1861

newest- otherworld by jason segal and kirsten miller published 10.31.2017

top 10 characters- 1) miss quay in andorra, 2) matilda in matilda, 3) sonja in a man called ove, 4) magda in crooked house, 5) anathema device in good omens, 6) ifemelu in americanah, 7) miss havisham in great expectations, 8) lettie hempstock in the ocean at the end of the lane, 9) stella gibson in the lady detective and the writer, 10) miss kenton in the remains of the day

page to screen adaptations that i’ve seen- matilda, postcards from the edge, the handmaid’s tale, murder on the orient express (1974 and 2017), great expectations (2011), crooked house, whatever happened to baby jane, the remains of the day, pride and prejudice and zombies

best adaptation: murder on the orient express (1974)

worst adaptation: murder on the orient express (2017)

the 2017 reading challenge:
a goodreads choice award winner 2016- n/a
a book with at least 2 perspectives- the lady detective and the writer
a book you meant to read in 2016- yes please
a title that doesn’t contain the letter ‘e’- sarah
historical fiction- the remains of the day
a book being released as a movie in 2017- crooked house
a book with an animal on the cover or in the title- wintry peacock
a book written by a person of color- dear ijeawele
a book in the middle of your tbr list- whatever happened to baby jane?
a dual timeline novel- n/a
a category from another challenge- a vision of fire, reread
a book based on a myth- anansi boys
a book rec from one of your favorite authors- n/a
a book with a strong female character- matilda
a book written or set in scandinavia- a man called ove (sweden)
a mystery- the x-files: cold cases
a book with illustrations- the good times are killing me
a really long book (600+ pages)- in a different key
a nyt best seller- the princess diarist
a book that you’ve owned for awhile- n/a
a book that is a continuation of a book you’ve read- the x-files: stolen lives
a book by an author you’ve never read before- postcards from the edge
a book from the bbc ‘the big read’- great expectations
a book written by at least 2 authors- otherworld
a book about a famous historical figure- hitler
an adventure book- kindred spirits
a book by one of your favorite authors- we
non-fiction- bad feminist
a book published outside the 4 major publishing houses- pride and prejudice and zombies
a book from the goodreads top 100 ya novels- n/a
a book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre- difficult women
a book with a long title (5+ words not including the subtitle)- murder on the orient express
a magical realism novel- the ocean at the end of the lane
a book set in or by an author from the southern hemisphere- n/a
a book where the main character is royalty- carve the mark
a hugo award winner or nominee- n/a
a book you choose at random- here i am
a novel inspired by a work of classical literature- dog man
epistolary fiction- the handmaid’s tale
a book published in 2017- we
a book with an unreliable narrator- andorra
a best book of the 21st century- good omens
a book with a chilling atmosphere- let it snow
a rec from ‘what should i read next?’- n/a
a book with a one word title- chemistry
a time travel novel- n/a
a past suggestion that didn’t win- we should all be feminists
a banned book- the handmaid’s tale
a book from someone else’s bookshelf- bossypants
a penguin modern classic- n/a
a collection- tales of desire
set in a fictional location- norse mythology

some quotes:

“anger and embarrassment are often neighbors.” yes please

“playing the Game of Privilege is mental masturbation–it only feels good to those playing the game.” bad feminist

“he sleeps soundly despite many reasons he should not.” difficult women “break all the way down”

“pretty isn’t always what you see. sometimes pretty is what you feel.” difficult women “the sacrifice of darkness”

“it was a dark, ugly thing to see such greed cloaked in false good.” difficult women “the sacrifice of darkness”

“i exist beneath and beyond the facts of my life.” we

“our goal as activists is simple: to reduce the amount of avoidable suffering that exists in the world.” we

“teach her not to attach value to difference.” dear ijeawele

“it is a shame that we so quickly lose that ability to believe in things; it limits the opportunities we have to transform ourselves, for it puts the awful burden of transforming ourselves on ourselves.” andorra

“don’t forget that you will find it sometimes but other times you won’t be lucky, and those are the times when you have got to be patient, since patience is what you must have when you don’t have luck.” tales of desire “the mysteries of the joy rio”

“ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” the handmaid’s tale

“no mother is ever, completely, a child’s idea of what a mother should be, and i suppose it works the other way around as well.” the handmaid’s tale

“”how do you take your coffee?” “dark as night, sweet as sin.”” anansi boys

“heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. i was better after i had cried than before—more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” great expectations

“so throughout life our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.” great expectations

“[…] blood rushing from developing brains to developing genitals and back again in the zero-sum game of puberty.” here i am

“silence can be as irrepressible as laughter. and it can accumulate like weightless snowflakes. it can collapse a ceiling.” here i am

“but it is the fate of human beings to live on. and it is the fate of clouds that seem nothing but hits of vapor slowly to pile up, and fill the heavens and blacken the sun entirely.” wintry peacock “england my england”

“and when she giggled she sounded the way ove imagined champagne bubbles would if they were capable of laughter” a man called ove

“ove had never been asked how he’d lived before her met her, but if anyone had asked him, he would’ve answered that he didn’t.” a man called ove


About buckuplittlecamper

this is a random mix of whatever. some book and movie reviews. a lot of fangirling over the x-files. reviewing all episodes, slowly but surely. thanks for visiting!
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