What I learned about my reading in 2017

It’s the end of the year, and the time where we recap all the things we did, the books we read and the fictional characters we fell in love with in the past 365 days.

What, it’s not the end of the year just yet? Well, it’s soon with all the Christmas celebrations, so I might as well do it right now. Also, I wanted to talk about books and Christmas, since it’s Christmas Eve, but my brain is only able to come up with sweet and summery kind of books anyway. So instead, I have decided to talk about READING.

In my three years of blogging, I have realized that my reading tastes have changed a whole lot and it’s all thanks to you. Or you are all to blame, depends on how you are seeing things. This year especially, I’d like to think that I have grown and changed when it comes to reading. So, as any book blogger and slightly crazy reader should do, I analyzed the books I read and came up with these conclusions. I’m like, discovering who I am again, guys. It’s weird.

On reading in numbers

Let’s start with the… well, the stats and ugly numbers – apparently, they are not that bad? I never considered myself to be a huge reader, or a fast reader and always have been amazed by people able to read 100+ books per year.

Well, guess what? Apparently, I’m headed that way as well, since I found out this year that:

  • I can read two books per week sometimes – this is probably the only time in my life I will be happy for the stupid train rides I have to take in order to go to work everyday.
  • And apparently I am able to read OVER 70 books in a year??? That’s a lot, WHO AM I???

I think that, after reading for so long, I know what I love and hate quite well, by now. This year, however, with the amount of books I read, I have been half-comforted and half surprised by what happened to me and my reading.

In one year -well, almost, as I am writing this, I maybe will manage to read one more book so my statistics here might be a bit wrong. But just by one book, okay.

  • I have read 36 contemporary books.
  • Meaning that only half of my reading year consisted of CONTEMPORARY. It is my FAVORITE GENRE, guys.
  • Turns out I read a lot of fantasy, a bit of sci-fi and magical realism as well. Basically, I am broadening my horizons more and more. And I’m loving it.

If you are too curious and want to see all the books I read this year, head over to my Goodreads.

On the kind of books I love

I think I knew pretty well what I enjoyed and what I hated in my books: I am really happy that, this year, it has been confirmed that I’d throw all of my money away for these kind of books:

  • Books with the childhood friends trope
  • Or the best friends trope
  • Books with a load of character development
  • Stories with an emphasis on strong family ties: The Boy Most Likely To, Far From The Tree, Words in Deep Blue, the Lara Jean Series, The Hate U Give
  • SAD BOOKS?? Apparently, if you tell me a book will make me cry, I will buy it. I know. Oops.

  • Probably books dealing with mental health: not confirmed, but I’m loving it more and more especially when it’s #ownvoices: Under Rose-Tainted Skies, Queens of Geek, Turtles All The Way Down
  • I shouldn’t be afraid to read fantasy and other books. I might love them.

On reading, blogging and others’ influences a.k.a THE HYPE.

  • Biggest thing I have learned this year is to tell the hype to shut up for a minute and LET ME THINK.

When you are in the book blogging community, it’s so easy to add books to your TBR in a compulsive manner, whenever someone is shouting about a book on a blog, on twitter or something and making it seem fabulous. It’s easy to buy the book because everyone thinks it is amazing, because the cover looks gorgeous and basically, because it is the talk of the town at the moment.

I have learned – I think, at least, I’m forever a work in progress – not to rely too much on the hype to buy my books and to trust my gut, before anything else. I wrote a blog post about my talent -well…I’m trying, I said- by the way. I can’t avoid the hype, no one can except if you are not looking at other blogs or social media or publishers or just anything. I can’t avoid the hype, but I can try to think about it before jumping on a bandwagon I’m not sure I will love.

I have learned that I can’t and don’t have it in me to review every single book I read on my blog. I know. I just don’t have time to write full-length reviews for everything. I read way faster than I blog and I don’t only do reviews on here. I still want to shout my love and always try my best to, even if it’s just with a couple lines on Goodreads.

Biggest thing I have learned this year anyway: the best way to spend money is to buy books and the best way to spend your time is to read and blog. #hardcorebloggerforever

Did you learn anything about your reading tastes this year? Did you find out new books you didn’t expect to love? Did you surprise yourself by the amount of books you read?

What were some of your favorite tropes to read about this year? Did you manage NOT to listen too much to the hype? Let me know everything in comments!

Merry Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating! To the rest of you guys, hoping you will have a lovely end of the year πŸŽ„βœ¨πŸŽ‰

Also, side note: I’m hopping on a train on the 27th of December and will probably be slower at blog-hopping and commenting and acknowledging you, I apologize! Posts are scheduled as usual, almost, and I will be back full-time on the 4th of January. Love you all xx

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107 thoughts on “What I learned about my reading in 2017

  1. This is such a lovely post and i totally agree that blogging has changed the way i read! I think this year i have mainly learned not to confine myself to one genre as i normally stick to contemporary but i adored the six of crows duolgy this year and it has inspired me to try out some more fantasy next year! 😊😊

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    1. Oh yay! I’m so happy to hear that, you’re just like me – except that I haven’t read the six of crows duology just yet haha. Contemporary is and always will be my favorite genre, but I’ve been loving fantasy more and more πŸ˜€
      thank you so much for your sweet comment!! xx

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  2. I definitely agree with the last two points you made. The biggest thing I did this year was learn to ignore the hype. Yes, you can’t avoid it always, and I did pick up a few things because of the hype but I did really well in resisting it too. Hypes books are often disappointing (at least for me) and the only reason for that is I don’t know much about the book I’m picking up. I also picked up quite a few books this year which are NOT hyped, or not many people know about, purely out of interest and realised that I loved them!
    As for review writing, I wholly agree. I too have realised that it’s not possible for me to write reviews of each book I read and that’s ALL RIGHT. Nothing wrong with it!

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    1. That’s EXACTLY it! Sometimes, I want to pick up a book, only because everyone is talking about it, and I don’t know a thing about the book… it ends up being disappointing because it’s not usually what i like to read. It’s so great that you’ve learned to ignore the hype! It’s so hard to do, at times, but… we can do this, and it’s always better to read books we LOVE, right? πŸ˜€
      I’m so happy to hear it – I wanted to review everything, but… I just can’t do it all :/
      thank you so much for your sweet comment, Anushka!! xx

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  3. Love this post so much!! I reached my goal for reading and I’m super happy with myself. It’s been a struggle to ignore the hype because I just want to read what everyone else is obsessed with as well, but I usually can’t afford to buy every book that is being hyped up haha. I try to remind myself to buy what I would like. I also try to remind myself that I have a lot of books that still need to be read so I don’t need to buy more. Overall it has been a pretty good reading year πŸ™‚

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    1. Congratulations on reaching your goal, this is SO great!! πŸ˜€
      It is a struggle to ignore the hype – there is always this feeling that we are “left out”, if we’re not reading or want to read the one book everyone is talking about. I feel lucky because there are lots of “hyped” books that make me curious and that I actually want to read, but on the other hand, we have to be REALLY sure of ourselves and shouldn’t try to force ourselves to read something we don’t want to. πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for your sweet comment! xx

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  4. My reading tastes have been middle grade for a long time, but once I read Everything, Everything OMG I changed myself into a YA lover! I’ve listened to much to hype about all books. I read too many reviews, and then when I get the book I’m like, “Ok… this books is slow and fast paced, have weird and great characters, and the writing is apparently clunky and amazing!”
    ooooh, a train? Where are you going?
    ~Sam

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    1. Oh yay! So glad you found a new genre to love πŸ˜€
      Hahahaha that’s exactly it. It’s so hard to avoid the hype anyway, and when reviews start piling up… well, we can’t help being curious and read reviews and sometimes, even buying the book. I guess we need to try and control ourselves and think a whole lot before jumping onto that train πŸ˜›
      thank you so much for your sweet comment, sam!! xx

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  5. I would say that biggest thing I’m learning about myself is that I’m not a huge young adult fan. When I first started my blog 2 years ago YA was everywhere (and still is, of course), so I read a lot of it. But now I’m getting more and more picky with it. There are definitely some great ones out there, but I find that I am less inclined to pick them up. That was my biggest surprise this year. Loved reading about what you learned about yourself and your reading this year. Merry Christmas Marie! ❀

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    1. Ohhh that’s great! I really think that the best thing to find out, is the kind of book you really love to read. This way, you (almost) know which ones you’ll want to pick up, and you’ll (almost) remember not to follow the hype if you know a book won’t be for you, at all πŸ™‚
      thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Ali! Merry Christmas to you too! xx

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  6. Merry Christmas! I really love this post. It’s amazing how many things you can get out of seeing what you read in a year. Love that you’re branching out into new genres. That’s basically my resolution for 2018. Get out of fantasy and try other genres haha

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your sweet words! It is pretty amazing to see how much we learn from the books we’ve read πŸ™‚
      Ohhhhh well you’re my opposite? I HAVE TONS OF BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS if you want to read more contemporary ahah πŸ™‚
      Merry Christmas to you too!! xx

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      1. Exactly! Were two sides of the same coin haha and of course, i love recommendations. Right now i’m trying to find non-fantasy books that are good for transitioning from fantasy, if you know what i mean. And if you want any recommendations, i have a ton as well xx Enjoy your holidays!

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      2. Hmmm maybe you’d enjoy magical realism books? They have a hint of magic in it, but they’re really rooted into contemporary settings. I loved MoΓ―ra Fowley-Doyle’s books for that, as well as Bone Gap πŸ™‚
        thank you so much!! xx

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  7. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Marie!!! ❀ This post, as always, has been amazing and I enjoyed it a lot – especially since you let us in your reading habits and contemporary is so cool (I love it!). I'm a bit confused as to which genre is my favourite because it depends, I'm a moody person. Sorry. But I know what you mean by being more aware of what your dislikes and likes are as you read more and more.
    Again, thank you for all your lovely posts and I hope you'll enjoy these holidays!! Love you! ❀

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too!! ❀ ❀
      Thank you, I am so happy you enjoyed this post! Contemporary is THE BEST, it's always my favorite genre. ❀
      thank you so much again, you're the sweetest!! xx

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  8. The hype is so real. A couple times this year I’ve bought a book because of hype and then it’s greatly disappointed me, or I’ve found a book with no hype that’s one of my favorites. Also, I love all!! of the tropes you listed. Personally I’m a sucker for childhood best friends, or anything with friendship really? Character development is my favorite thing ever, and it can honestly make or break a book for me. I love sad books like always and most of my favorites are books that can make me cry every single time I read them. I personally, as someone who struggles with a lot of mental health stuff and has lots of family members with mental health stuff, I am so here for mental illness rep especially in #ownvoices. So many books I’ve read or tried to read with mental health rep (like lots of other rep) try to get it right, but sometimes it ends up being so offensive or just misleading/romanticized that I can’t really like the book. Honestly, I hope the movement of #ownvoices carries well into 2018 because at least for me, it’s making rep and books a lot better/more authentic.
    Happy Holidays!!

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    1. Hype is so, so… annoying? Sometimes, I wish it weren’t there. So many books out there deserve all the love and have potential to become favorites, but sometimes they’re just… too hidden, because other books take ALL of the spotlight.
      YAY! I am so glad we love the same things in books! Characters can make or break a whole book or me, as well, I love them so much and I need character development ❀
      I'm with you on the #ownvoices movement, I hope this goes on and that great books keep stealing the spotlight, books that deserve to be there, important book with great and authentic rep ❀
      Happy holidays to you too, Amelie!! ❀ ❀

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  9. I love hearing what people come to realise over the year! I had a pretty big realisation about the kind of books I actually want to read this year, mostly through trying to pick my favourites and finding it hard because I didn’t have enough rather than having too many! Yay to broadening horizons!

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  10. “tell the hype to shut up for a minute and LET ME THINK.”
    PREACH IT SISTER

    this is such a lovely post and its nice to see all your book stats down. well done for this year and i hope next year is even better ❀ i hope you enjoy the rest of the year darling ❀

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  11. Yes, my books tastes have evolved so much in 2017! I never read contemporary before this year, and now I’m slowly falling in love, eek!
    And Hype can be so frustrating! Especially if you end up NOT liking a book. And then everyone else does & now you feel like a book jerk. 😦

    And fav tropes – siblings! Agh, I’m in love with any book that includes sibling relationships. I just love them!

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    1. AHHHH this makes me SO happy! Contemporary is my favorite genre, I am so glad you’re loving it more and more. Always here for the recommendations…if you need them πŸ˜›
      I agree – it always makes me feel like I’m the black sheep whenever I don’t feel like everyone else on a book, ahah.
      SIBLINGS are the best. We need more books with them stealing our hearts ❀
      thank you so much, Elizabeth!! Have a lovely end of the year! xx

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  12. I used to try to read more SFF, but you know what, I love contemporaries, and I would say most of the books I read this year were contemporaries. I have found that I love books about grief and loss. I used to think the light and fluffy was my number one kind of read, but I kept picking up these incredible grief books, and I think it may be my new niche. I found audiobooks that work for me too, and I get through at least one of those a week. Listing to books has helped me whittle down my TBR quite a bit. And yeah, I don’t review every book on my blog, but I do write something out on Goodreads and include a little something in my weekly wrap-up for every book I read.

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    1. Oh that’s so great! It’s funny how we find new things we love in books, things and themes we didn’t expect to be such fans of. πŸ™‚
      I do write a little something on goodreads and in my wrap-ups about all the books I read, as well. Lengthy reviews take me a whole lot of time to write, though, ahha.
      thank you so much for your sweet comment, Sam!! ❀

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  13. Lovely post Marie! Though I learned many things about my reading this year, the main thing is that I discovered my love for nonfiction? I never actually thought that I would love them. I only read a couple of nonfiction this year but now I am motivated to read more next year.

    I am totally surprised by the different books that I read this year because of blogging and Instagram, basically the Indian books. We generally forget to read the Indian books because of the foreign authors hype. But I am so glad that I read some pretty good books. And yes, I actually achieved by Goodreads goal?? 😱 I never thought at the year start that I would complete that simply because I just started reading again this year. I am hoping to continue my goal in next year too.

    Well I must admit that I fell for the hype this year.. like really bad. I bought so many books just books of the hype and haven’t yet read them. But i am hoping to improve this area next year πŸ˜ƒ

    Happy holidays and Merry Christmas Marie! Enjoy your vacation ❀️

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    1. Oh that’s so great – I’m so glad you found a new love for a genre you didn’t expect to love. ❀ and yay for local authors, I agree, we often forget local authors and read most popular ones, it's so great you managed to read great books like that! xx
      Thank you so, so much! happy holidays to you too, hoping you'll get some days off and time to relax for this end of the year! xx

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  14. I am SO guilty of falling for the hype with certain books! Whenever I feel like I can’t escape a certain book, I pretty much have to read it too so I can join the conversation and be part of the community. Which doesn’t always work out because sometimes you read a really, really hyped book and it just falls flat for you (aka Strange The Dreamer and Gentleman’s Guide).

    As far as being surprised by the number of books read – oh definitely! I had originally set my goal for 2017 as 20 books and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to hit that but then I got there so soon that I kept upping my goal until I got to 50 decided to just stick with that number and everything else would just be a great bonus. Never would I have thought that I would read over 60 books in a single year!

    I was also quite surprised that some contemporary books made it onto my favorites list for this year as I usually don’t enjoy them as much – especially compared to fantasy books! But I am so excited that I found contemporaries I enjoy and I can’t wait to read a ton more in 2018!

    Merry Christmas to you too, Marie! I hope you had a great time!

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    1. It’s so hard NOT to fall for the hype. It’s easy to pick a book up and just want to read it to “do like everyone else”. But sometimes the books just don’t work out for us, and we should try and think more about everything before picking up books. Even if it’s hard, at times, haha πŸ™‚

      Congratulations on reading SO many books this year, it’s incredible!! I think it was your first year blogging as well, wasn’t it? It’s so incredible. And yay for more contemporaries! This will always be my favorite genre ❀

      Thank you so much! I hope you had a lovely Christmas as well! xx

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  15. I love this post! Congrats on reading 70+ books this year – that’s incredible! πŸ™‚

    I feel like my reading tastes have changed quite a lot this year too. I generally only read YA but this year I read quite a lot of books in other genres: graphic novels, theology, science and middle-grade! I really enjoyed it, but next year I would like to mainly focus on YA – I MISS IT!

    I hope you have a great 2018! ❀

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    1. Awww thank you so much, Kyra!! ❀
      It's so, so great you broadened your horizons and read more differently, this year ❀ YA will always be my first love ahah, yes come back! ❀ ❀
      Thank you! Hope you'll have an amazing 2018 ❀

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  16. A lot of the types of books you like are my favorite as well! My best friend gives me a little sometimes cause I say the best books are the ones that make me cry and he doesn’t understand why it’s a good thing.

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    1. Oh yay, this makes me so happy πŸ˜€
      I understand the feeling, ahah, many people just dont get why books making us cry is a good thing. A great thing, actually. It really means the book was powerful, that we could relate with the situation, the characters and just feel everything in this story. It is THE BEST πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for your sweet comment! xx

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  17. Merry late christmas ! Same as for you, I discovered a new love for books talking about mental health inside them – in my case was from I was there from gayle forman. I so wanna read more ! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
    As for hype.. im not too affected as I read in a completely different language than the majority of other bloggers on here.. so 95% of them arent translated yet so I cannot read them πŸ™ˆ thoses who do, however, I always read the synopsis before taking them.,, I took radio silence in my hands like 5times before I decided to buy it! I definately recommend you do that and decide if you wanna jump into the bandwagon after than buying it in « aweΒ Β» of the hype and be let down in the end as you didnt liked it πŸ˜…

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    1. Merry late Christmas to you too, Kristina!! I hope you had a lovely day πŸ™‚
      Oh, what language do you read in, if you don’t mind me asking? πŸ™‚ In a way, it’s great, I guess, the hype can’t really touch you, haha πŸ™‚
      AND RADIO SILENCE ahhhh this book was so, so great, I’m glad you bought it – and hope you enjoyed it! ❀ That's great advice, I will have to do that ❀
      thank you so much for your sweet comment! xx

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  18. Hello Marie ❀
    That is AMAZING that you read more than 70 books this year! Congrats!!! It looks like having plenty of reading time is a silver lining to having a long commute πŸ™‚ Since I am moving very soon, I will likely have a 1.5-2 hour commute every day, however, I will likely not have a seat on the train. I may have to develop my skill in reading standing up haha :')
    I also love the childhood friends and best friend tropes πŸ™‚
    By the way, I JUST finished Far From the Tree today. It is truly amazing πŸ™‚ ❀ My favourite character is Joaquin though I also love Maya and Grace (Grace is the character who I relate to the most!) Thank you for posting your review of this book a while back, since it is the reason why I read this book πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much!! Oh yes, it’s the only positive thing about having a long commute, hahaha πŸ™‚ I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you can get a seated place on the train, and if not… you will learn to read standing up, maybe, haha πŸ˜›

      OH YAY! This makes me so happy that you loved it. The characters are incredible, I loved Joaquin so much ❀ You're so welcome, thank you for taking my recommendation! ❀ ❀

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  19. This is a wonderful post! I’ve discovered that while fantasy used to be my favourite genre, I’m starting to read more contemporary and thrillers which I love a lot, and that of course means I’m reading less fantasy. I totally agree with you about hype, sometimes it sets you up for disappointment because you read a book expecting it to be good and it’s average, and you’ll probably rate the book worse than say a book you begun having no expectations and it turned out to be average.

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    1. Oh thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve been loving other genres as well – it is great to get out of our comfort zone every once in a while πŸ™‚
      YES that’s exactly it. More often than not, hype builds up our expectations SO HIGH, it’s hard to meet them ahah πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for your sweet comment! xx

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  20. Well done on reading so much!! That’s so cool that you read so many different genres as well 😊😊 hehe I will always want to pick up books if someone says it made them cry πŸ˜‰ I get what you mean about not reviewing every book- I realise I’ve gotta be the same about that too. Awesome wrap up! And it looks like you had an awesome reading year πŸ˜€

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  21. OMG I love how you said that the best way to spend money is to buy books and the best way to spend time is to read and blog because I RELATE so much, yes!
    Haha but seriously, I do love your post. It’s true our reading tastes and habits can change over time and I love seeing how that happens to other readers as well. I definitely learned to be way pickier this year as well. I often forced myself to read books because they’re new and hyped, even if I wasn’t sure if it was a book for ME. But I had a major reading slump this year and learned to focus only on books I want to be reading at that time, and not force myself. I’m trying to be way more chill about my reading now, so hopefully that works πŸ™‚
    A trope I can never get enough of is the enemies-to-lovers trope. Works every single time πŸ™‚
    Wishing you happy holidays and an AMAZING 2018, Marie!

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    1. Oh I’m glad you are trying to be more chill overall about your reading, that’s really how we all should be, try and think about what we read and don’t let others influence us… well, too much, haha πŸ™‚
      thank you so, so much! wishing you great holidays as well!! xx

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  22. I definitely agree with what you said about the best way to spend money and the best way to spend time; buying books and blogging for the win! πŸ˜€
    Great post Marie, I think it’s interesting how only half the books you read this year are contemporary, I think if I added up the books from the different genres I read I probably won’t have got through as many fantasy releases as I think considering that’s my favourite genre. I think it’s great to branch out a little while reading, after all how would you discover amazing genres like magical realism and sci-fi if you didn’t. πŸ™‚
    I hope you had an amazing Christmas, and great post again! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. It’s crazy, really, ahah, I love contemporary so much and I even feel like I have neglected them a little bit this year…. but, in a way, I have read tons of amazing books in other genres, so that’s great too πŸ˜€
      thank you so much, Beth! I hope you had a great Christmas as well!! xx

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  23. Love your post! I’m glad you’re enjoying fantasy books. It’s one of my top favorite genres. I don’t believe in hyped books. I only go for the books that grabs my interest. I love spending my money on books especially the ones that has beautiful covers.
    Happy holidays! ☺️❀️

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  24. OH MON DIEU MARIE ❀️❀️ This post is everything! I’m so happy you noticed that because Reading is such a special moment for us, so it might as well evolve with our personality and how we see the world right ? Gahaha I’m happy you trying more fantasy and magic realism β€οΈπŸ˜πŸ’• Just how much you made me discover contemporary tbh ! πŸ˜€ Its been a lovely month AND IM SO HAPPY TO STILL HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE 😍

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    1. Exactly!! It’s so weird how things change and ho books we read change along. But I LOVE IT so much ❀
      thank you so, so much Trang! I'm SO HAPPY you're here always, spreading love and ahhhh, I love you thank you!! ❀ ❀

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  25. Wow, this is impressive! Not only that you read more than usual, but that you were able to analyze it so well! I have no idea what genres I read, what I liked, etc. Because I don’t even remember half the books, it is lucky I have Goodreads to fill me in πŸ˜‰ I also have been in a slump during basically almost all of 2017, so I think that skews the stats a bit, too! I AM still drawn to books that are sad/emotional- I think because I am desperate for books to make me feel something “extra”! I think I *kind of* managed to stay away from the hype? Like- there were books I bought or whatever because of the hype, but I didn’t read very many of them. So I don’t even know if that is good or bad hahah. Hope you are having a great holiday!!

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    1. Hahahaha I wouldn’t have been able to do that without Goodreads. My saviour haha, I barely remember the books I read in january and… I don’t read that many books compared to other bloggers πŸ™‚
      Oh I’m sorry you’ve been in a bit of a slump this year – I hope that 2018 will be better for you! ❀
      and yay for the books with all the emotions. This is exactly what I am looking for while reading as well ❀
      Thank you so much, Shannon! I hope you're having lovely holidays as well! xx

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  26. I loveee reflecting back on my year in reading (ok I might be new at blogging BUT I have been doing this before I had a blog so it counts) because I alwayd discover stuff ablut myself?? I broadened my horizons, I read more diversly etc.

    And yesss not buying into the hype is THE BEST LESSON. (I remeber commenting on that particular post of yours BECAUSE THAT WAS SO GOOD AND I RELATE OK i thought I was the only weird one but alas no). I mostly hate hyped up books so instead of wasting money and time on them I will ponder a lote before buying something. It works so well.

    And uuuu mysterious train rideeees….are you travelling again? Thats great I hope you have an amazing trip ❀!

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    1. Yay! It’s so great whenever you find out so many new things about yourself, just by… well, looking at your bookshelves and goodreads shelves πŸ˜€
      I think it’s a GREAT thing whenever we are thinking A WHOLE LOT of time before buying any book. It’s worth it, in the en πŸ™‚
      Not really – well… I’m travelling, but I’m just going back where I used to live for my studies for a week. It’s not something wild or unknown hahaha πŸ™‚ thank you!! have great holidays! xx

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  27. I am the same with books that make people cry – I buy them almost instantly. I do not know why, I am just attracted to sad books. This was definitely not my best year of reading – definitely read more in the past (one year I read 100 books, I think). This year I only managed 47 books (and counting), with big reading slumps because of life getting in the way and work. But I am slowly learning how to balance everything and if I read at least one book a year then I am grateful!

    Happy holidays!

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    1. Same here ahah, so happy to hear I am not the only one haha. Sad books just…bring on all the emotions and I love that. ❀
      I'm sorry this wasn't a great reading year overall, I hope next year will be better – you still managed to read LOTS, I think, and balancing everything is always so hard.
      Thank you!! happy holidays to you! xx

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  28. That’s amazing that you were able to read 70 books in a year! Some years I have a great year and others a not so great year, so it varies with me. I’ve read quite a bit of contemporary books this year. That’s great that you’re broadening your horizons though and jumping into other genres! That’s always a good thing.

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  29. Man I cannot imagine branching away from the type of books I read. You are so cool that you can do that. πŸ˜‚ I only read books that I find interesting or else I cannot ge through them.
    I have been sporadically blogging and I wish that I would have been ble to blog on a more regular schedule. Oh well. Goal for next year. LOL
    Very nice reflective post. It is awesome to see how much you have grown. vuv

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    1. Oh I understand – I always pick up books that interest me or intrigue me in some way πŸ™‚ there have to be something that interests me in the book in order for me to want to read it, ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Alyssa!! ❀

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  30. Personally I find it incredibly easy to ignore the hype because I’m broke! Sure, I’ll jump on the bandwagon and start adding a bunch of books to my TBR, but when it comes time to choose what I’m actually going to buy to read, I’m pretty much restricted to what’s on sale…and I’m talking like 1.99 or less. So, that pretty much leaves me with books from 2012. That’s okay though, it’s not like age makes a book (or people) any less awesome. It just means I’m late to the game. πŸ™‚

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    1. OH, well in a way, it’s also great: you have some time to lessen your expectations and, by the time these hyped books are on sale, you’ll know whether you want to read them or not πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for stopping by! xx

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  31. ahahahha YES to the hype thing!! I mean, the hype can be good, because it’s where I can find more good-sounding books (and most books I read were/are hyped), but sometimes it can be so pressuring to like a book! I remember a few times where I rated books higher than I should’ve because my feelings about them were distorted by the hype πŸ˜’

    ooh, you’ll have to rec me some good books with childhood friends!! that’s definitely one of my favorite tropes, and both when they become more than friends as a SLOW-BURN romance, or when they just grow to be even closer friends!

    and yes, Marie, don’t be afraid of fantasy! I was kind of afraid of contemporary, but now I’ve found so many great contemporaries 😍

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    1. Ugh, same here :/ the hype is THE WORST at times, I hate how it makes us feel differently about books sometimes :/
      I will for sure – just need to look at my books and see where I found that trope haha, it’s … in my WIP? hahaha πŸ™‚
      thank you so much, May! you’ll have to recommend me amazing fantasy books too πŸ˜€

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  32. Great discussion post, Marie. πŸ’–I did learn something about my reading tastes this year and that is, that I’m starting to read more contemporary and actually liking it more.😱 I didn’t, however, surprise myself with the number of books I read this year.😭 I worked more hours than usual and it cut into my blogging and reading this year, unfortunately. πŸ’”But I do have goals for the next year to pre-schedule more posts so if time is a problem, it won’t be as bad? lol, I at least hope so!πŸ˜‚
    Thanks so much for this awesome post, Marie. I hope you have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year.
    -Helena πŸ’‹ xoxo

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    1. OH YAY for contemporary! It is my favorite genre, I’m so happy you are reading more of it πŸ™‚
      I hope you will be able to schedule more next year – I get it, though, it’s so hard to balance everything between work, blogging and reading, I am struggling as well sometimes, haha.
      Thank you, Helena! Wishing you all the best for the new year as well ❀ ❀

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  33. I do think my reading change this year too! I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction and surprisingly, I enjoyed majority of them! I also unconciously reading more adult books this year instead of usual YA. And most importantly, I do more rereads and DNFs in all my reading years combined πŸ˜€ It’s very surprising when I realized it πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh that’s so great! I never tried non-fiction, but maybe I should someday πŸ™‚
      Oh wow, well… this means you’re not losing too much time over books you’re not enjoying, so that’s good πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful 2018! xx

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    1. Oh yes, it takes a little while to push ourselves to do something different… but it’s so great when we finally do and are surprised πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  34. 2017 was a big year for me reading wise. In 2016, I read 86 books, which I was ecstatic about… this year I managed to read 120! How? I have no idea… Well, I think adding audiobooks into my life definitely helped to increase the amount of books I read. I read 48 audiobooks in 2017!

    Like I mentioned in your other post, I also fell victim to lots of hype this year, which was both a good and bad thing. It did help me read outside my comfort zone. I read A LOT of YA this year, which was a genre I didn’t naturally gravitate towards before this year. I enjoyed many of the books I read, and some not so much. Looking back, I am happy that I started giving YA more of a chance.

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    1. WOW. You have read SO MANY books last year, Amanda, that’s fantastic, I’m so happy for you! I hope these were great reads πŸ˜€

      I am happy to hear it! I read mostly YA books and there are so many hidden gems in there, I am glad you found them πŸ™‚ I think I will try to branch out of the genre a little bit, hopefully, to see what other amazing books could be there πŸ™‚

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  35. This post made me smile. I have to agre that I love childhood friends tropes as well and I am completely a character driven reader in that I enjoy character development in my books and connect to them most of all. I try my best to avoid hype too, and if I do end up buying the book I wait until the hype has died down before I start it because having high expectations often lets me down when reading books. And yass, come and join the speedy reader side :3

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    1. Yay, we are twins! That’s so great πŸ˜€
      I agree, high expectations often ruin a book for me… well, mostly when expectations come from outside and the community. Whenever I hear everyone RAVING about one particular book, it builds my expectations up way, way too high. When I’m just expecting a book to be awesome on my own, it turns out… okay? If that makes any sense, haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment!! ❀ ❀

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  36. So cool to hear about how your tastes are changing. I’m still pretty much the same when it comes to my genre preferences. Young adult fantasy or contemporary romance. I think I’ve only read two historical fiction books that have managed to catch my attention. I just haven’t been able to find books outside those two genres that have been able to capture my interest I guess. Marissa Meyer is rekindling my love of old fairy tales though. That was something I wasn’t expecting when I started reading her books this year.

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    1. Maybe you will find books that will captivate you outside of your usual reads this year, and even if you don’t, well… it’s pretty awesome to know exactly the kind of books you like πŸ˜€
      I LOVE Marissa Meyer so much, loved The Lunar Chronicles series! Glad to hear you enjoy her stories πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚

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