2017 Reading Challenge

I did it, friends! I successfully completed my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads! This year I challenged myself to read 35 new books, and finished in record time. I didn’t think I could do it, but here we are again. Now, for the third year in a row, I’m going to challenge myself to write one-sentence reviews all of 35 new books I read (so far) this year! I can’t promise that these will be well-written sentences, but if you’re looking for something new to read this Fall, check out my list below. And if something catches your eye but my one-liner doesn’t convince you to check it out, let me know and I can give you a full review.

The Night Gwen Stacey Died, by Sarah Bruni

This was more of a coming-of age story than the Spider-Man adventure I was hoping for.

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

In this story the main character, August, reflects back on childhood memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s after her mother passes away.

The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

My wonderful boyfriend got me this book for Christmas because it was his favourite childhood story, and it proved to be as magical as he said it would be.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman sure knows how to write terrifying stories for kids.

Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, by Noelle Stevenson


The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler 

This was the first book from Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club that I read and it was amazing.

Witches of New York, by Ami McKay

Magic, witchcraft, tea shops, girl power – what more can you want in a book?

Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari

Aziz’s Modern Romance is about 25% comedy and 75% serious research, but it was one of the most entertaining books I read this year.

A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab

This book is the second installment in Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy and it’s just as amazing as the first (which I read last year!).

A Conjuring of Light, by V.E. Schwab

This book is the final piece to the Shades of Magic trilogy, and it made me cry because it’s so good.

Wenjack, by Joseph Boyden

A harrowing look into a piece of Canadian history that is too often ignored.

A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky tells the inspiring story of how Lindhout survived being kidnapped and held hostage in Somali for 460 days.

Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

When Katie finds some magical mushrooms in her bedroom she tries to fix her past mistakes, but it doesn’t work out exactly as planned.

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris

If you want to read about how an ambitious chocolatier indirectly wrecks havoc on a small Catholic town during Lent, this is the book for you.

The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

One woman’s decision to stop eating meat has a disturbing ripple effect throughout her entire family.

The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena

This thriller focuses on a missing baby and secrets that only the couple next door know about.

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

This was hands-down my favourite thriller to date because it’s written backwards.

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

If you want to read a story reminiscent of The Night Circus, this book is for you.

Waking Gods, by Sylvain Neuvel


Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

This story, which takes place in Kansas, centres around a supposed Satanic Sacrifice that leaves Libby Day orphaned, and her brother behind bars.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

This post-apocalyptic story follows five different characters, and explores how they live after a deadly virus takes out the majority of the population.

A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline

This story is based off of the image of a girl in a painting, and brings her story to life in a beautiful way.

Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza, by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

One dude decided to eat his way through every pizza joint in Manhattan and wrote about it.

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

Yes, this is technically a children’s book, but it still made me cry in bed and I think everyone should read it.

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

When Richard Mayhew finds himself in London Below, also known as the Underside, he’s cast into a whirlwind adventure with assassins, angels, rats, magic, and a not-so-innocent girl named Door.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, by Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick talks a lot about her quest to become an independent single lady, and all of her role models who have inspired her along the way.

Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

The small town of Beckford has a tragic history of females dying in what locals refer to as “The Drowning Pool.”

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book is supposed to be a guide on how to raise a feminist daughter, but honestly, everyone should read it as a guide on how to be a better person.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

When you get too involved with the Faerie Market, wild adventures ensue.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

This was my favourite book of the summer, and I will tell anyone who will listen to me to give Eleanor a chance!

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

This book took me almost five months to get through and I just ended up disappointed.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

This is the sci-fi classic that Blade Runner is based on, and yes, the book is better than the movie.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together, by Erin Lowry

Or, as I like to call it: How to Buy a House Full of Avocados

One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, by Scaachi Koul

Scaachi Koul’s essay collection is hilarious, but it also provides a important narrative on hard-hitting topics such as sexism and racism.

The Only Child, by Andrew Pyper

This story is supposed to embody classic gothic/horror stories — Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde — but it falls incredibly short.

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