Love of Reading: December 2017

2017 has come and gone and it’s time to not only look at what I read in December (spoiler alert: I only read one book) and recap the year! I thought it would be fun to list some of my favourite books from what I read in 2017!

Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed

Paris He Said

Jayne Marks is questioning the choices she has made in the years since college and is struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan when she is given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller, who owns and operates two art galleries, one in New York, the other in Paris. He offers her the time and financial support she needs to begin her career as a painter and also challenges her to see who and what she will become if she meets her artistic potential.

Laurent, however, seems to have other women in his life and Jayne, too, has an ex-boyfriend, much closer to her own age, whom she still has feelings for. Bringing Paris gloriously to life, Paris, He Said is a novel about desire, beauty, and its appreciation, and of finding yourself presented with the things you believe you’ve always wanted, only to wonder where true happiness lies. Source

I can’t say this was my favourite book of the year, it was readable but I just never really felt captured by it. I think the word “Paris” in the title was what drew me to the book as I was really excited for my trip when I bought it.

Word Count: 140,160

Total for December: 140,160

Goal Progress

The pink represents the goal for each month(s) and the purple is what I actually read. The final column shows my progress compared to where I should be with my yearly goal (reading 240,000 words per month). I only read one book in December but I still managed to surpass my goal for the year!

December Reading Progress

Best of 2017

In no particular order, here are the books I enjoyed most in 2017! I’ve linked each post where I originally read it in case you want to read more about it!

  1. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  4. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  5. The Light Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

2018 Goal

I think my 2017 goal was pretty perfect, as despite not reading much some months, it was definitely attainable! Switching to word count vs. number of books each month was a good choice for me as it didn’t sway me from reading lengthy books in order to meet my goal. I think I’m going to keep my goal the same this year and see where that takes me! I’m looking forward to more reading and more of your book suggestions this year!

What were your favourite reads of 2017? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to check out my other Love of Reading posts if you’re looking for suggestions on what to read next!



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