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
READ THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL IF YOU ARE A HARD-CORE LADY-TYPE!
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
ROBOT ALIENS, CONTINUED!
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.