2017 Year in Review

2017 was a pretty good reading year for me. I read a mix of science, history, historical fiction and regular fiction. Here is a list of the books I read and blogged about this year.

The Whole Story of Climate by E. Kirsten Peters

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Miss Leavitt’s Stars by George Johnson

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick 

I participated in a few events this year, too. The first was Doing Dewey’s Women In Science event– which I loved! I had a great time reading and learning about the various women of science– most of whom I had never heard of– by reading Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsy and The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown. I won’t stop here though; I plan to continue reading about women of science in the New year!

The second event was Witch Week–and I had a blast!– where I read about Merlin and became intrigued by this legendary character through my reading of The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. I would like to read her Merlin trilogy and will start by reading The Hollow Hills, which is the second book in this series, sometime early next year.

Speaking of next year, I will be participating in Doing Dewey’s 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge, so I plan on reading some good nonfiction and learning new things along the way.

My top reads this past year were The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown (historical fiction), and Modern Girls by Jennifer S Brown (regular fiction). The Stargazer’s Sister is beautifully written and demonstrates what can be accomplished if given the opportunity. Modern Girls, a mother/daughter story, reminds me of what we can accomplish with a mother’s love and support. Looking back, these favorites seem appropriate; together they illustrate that with family support and the opportunity to learn and try new things, we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed!

2018 is right around the corner and I look forward to more travels and adventures between the pages!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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11 thoughts on “2017 Year in Review

  1. I love science and historical fiction so I’ll have to use your 2017 list for my 2018 reading. Some of my favorites from this past year were The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Swimming Lessons, The Goldfinch, News of the World, and Ghosts of the Tsunami.

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  2. I’ve been wanting to read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry for a while! Thank you for reminding me of it and I’ve heard good things about Goldfinch as well. I will have to check out those other titles. 🙂

    Have fun with my 2017 list! I hope you find some good options to choose from. The Stargazer’s Sister was wonderful! And it combines both science and historical fiction. I loved that book! I hope you do too if you read it. 🙂

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  3. I had a lot of fun with that event! I hope you host it again, it’s such a great topic! And, I think Stargazer’s Sister will remain one of my favorites for a while…and I found it because of the Women in Science event! 🙂

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  4. What a great reading year you had in 2017! I read the Ignotofsky book on Women in Science after reading your review. Several others are now on my TBR. Thanks for your wonderful reviews! 🙂

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  5. I will always remember that book because it showed me that there are more women in science than I had realized. Of course, that was the point, but she did so in a fun way, too!

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