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2017 Reviews & Reading Challenges Wrap Up

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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Say what you will about 2017, if it weren’t for books, I really don’t know what I would have done. One thing I do know is that I prefer that drama stays in the books that I read. Below you will find a list of all my reviews of the year, statistics, and challenge wrap ups. Here’s hoping that 2018 brings more books and joy!


Reviews Wrap Up


Pages read: 19,141

  1. Final Exit (Exit Inc. #3) by Lena Diaz
  2. Highland Spy (The Mercenary Maidens #1) by Madeline Martin
  3. Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper #3) by Collette Cameron
  4. Riverman, The (DCI Lorimer #4) by Alex Gray
  5. To Find a Viking Treasure (Norse #2) by Gina Conkle
  6. Accidentally On Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis
  7. Kiss Under the Christmas Lights, A by Peggy Jaeger
  8. Close to Home (Sanctuary Island #5) by Lily Everett
  9. Unexpectedly Hers (Sterling Canyon #3) by Jamie Beck
  10. Ghostly Mortality, A (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6) by Tonya Kappes
  11. Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse (Lady Mechanika #1) by Joe Benítez
  12. Meant to Be (Whisper Creek #5) by Maggie McGinnis
  13. Sinful Scottish Laird (Highland Grooms #1) by Julia London
  14. Home at Last (Sanctuary Island #6) by Lily Everett
  15. Starlight Bridge (Harmony Harbor #2) by Debbie Mason
  16. Curse of the Healer (Descendants of the High King #1) by Ashley York
  17. Code of Honor (Knights of Honor #3) by Alexa Aston
  18. Lady Mechanika Vol.2: The Tablet of Destinies (The Tablet of Destinies) by Joe Benítez, M. M. Chen
  19. Ensnared by Rita Stradling
  20. Truth About Love and Dukes, The (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke
  21. No End to Love (Love in Spring #1) by Roberta Capizzi
  22. Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye
  23. Lord of Chance (Rogues to Riches #1) by Erica Ridley
  24. VIP Doubles Down, The (Wager of Hearts #3) by Nancy Herkness
  25. Dangerous Games (O’Connor & Kincaid #1) by Tess Diamond
  26. Belle's Tale (Disney's Beauty and the Beast #1) by Mallory Reaves
  27. Reluctant Wife, The (Children of Empire #2) by Caroline Warfield
  28. Broken Things (The Southwark Saga #4) by Jessica Cale
  29. Lady Mechanika Vol 3.: The Lost Boys of West Abbey (Lady Mechanika #3) by Joe Benítez, M. M. Chen
  30. Girl Who Knew Too Much, The (Burning Cove #1) by Amanda Quick
  31. Passion and Plunder (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot #5) by Collette Cameron
  32. Dark Lord of the Night (Dark Destinies #2) by S.K. Ryder
  33. Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, The (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
  34. Addicted to the Duke (Imperfect Lords #1) by Bronwen Evans
  35. Cajun Doctor, The (Cajun #10) by Sandra Hill
  36. Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone #1) by Jill Shalvis
  37. Primrose Lane (Harmony Harbor #3) by Debbie Mason
  38. Cunning Heist, A (Sloane Harper #2) by Astrid Arditi
  39. Journey to Honor (Knights of Honor #4) by Alexa Aston
  40. Stardance Summer, A (Eternity Springs #13) by Emily March
  41. No Rest for the Wicked (The Heart of a Hero #0.5) by Cora Lee
  42. Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles #1) by Sarah Andersen
  43. House on Devil's Bar, The (The Linn House Mysteries #1) by Jessie McAlan
  44. Blind Tribute by Mari Christie
  45. Neptune's Daughter (The Sarah Bennett Mysteries #3) by Terry Lynn Thomas
  46. Dream Keeper's Daughter, The by Emily Colin
  47. Betrayal at Iga (Shinobi Mystery #5) by Susan Spann
  48. Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
  49. Before I Knew (Cabot #1) by Jamie Beck
  50. Slightly Married (Bedwyn Saga #1) by Mary Balogh
  51. Sweet Sacrifice (Soul Mate Tree #9) by L.D. Rose
  52. Second to None (Second Glances #0.5) by Nancy Herkness
  53. Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance, The by Mimi Matthews
  54. Secret Life of Anna Blanc, The (Anna Blanc Mysteries #1) by Jennifer Kincheloe
  55. Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
  56. Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin
  57. Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost
  58. Private (Private #1) by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  59. Eternal (Carolina Beach #2) by Cecy Robson
  60. My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
  61. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost
  62. Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor #4) by Debbie Mason
  63. Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
  64. Woman in the Camphor Trunk, The (Anna Blanc Mysteries #2) by Jennifer Kincheloe
  65. Highland Ruse (The Mercenary Maidens #2) by Madeline Martin
  66. Colorless by Rita Stradling
  67. Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte (Lady Mechanika #4) by Joe Benítez
  68. Girl in the Tower, The (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden
  69. Secret Scottish Christmas, A (Agents of the Crown #4) by Regan Walker
  70. My Christmas Goose Is Almost Cooked (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #3) by Eliza Watson
  71. Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan With Love #3) by Sarah Morgan
  72. Pride and Prejudice: Manga Classics (Manga Classics) by Jane Austen, Stacy King
  73. Dracula by Bram Stoker


2017 Reading Stats

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Reading Challenges

I participated in three challenges this year. The 2017 New-to-Me Reading Challenge from Anna over at Herding Cats, and 2017 New Release Challenge from Lexxie over at @ Unconventional Book Reviews and the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Here are my results:

  • 56/60 books read. I fell short by 4. So according to this challenge I’m a New Release Pro.

  • 26/30 books read. 4 short again! Must be my lucky number. LOL. According to the challenge rules, I have completed this one. Technically. So yay!

I have also fulfilled my Goodreads Challenge and read 120/120 books!


As for next year, I’m not participating in a yearly reading challenge, except for Goodreads and an occasional seasonal one.

How was your year in reading?

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Siran Toukhanian

Book suggestion: Duke of Ice (darcy burke)

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You had a great year. Happy New Year.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I completely agree about how books were pretty much what made the year bearable! And it looks like you did pretty well with all your goals 🙂 Happy New Year!

Angie @ Ba_BAMB

Oh man! So close with your challenges. But at least you made your Goodreads goal. I went just a teensy bit over on mine, but it was still too close for comfort. LOL

Here’s to a great 2018!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

You did good…and yes 4 must be your lucky # 🙂


I’m kinda skipping challenges this year, although the ones I did in 2017 were fun. Just making this a no- pressure reading year lol. Here’s to a great 2018 in books! 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

You had a great 2017 and did really well with your challenges. I like the idea of challenges but know that they would stress me out so I just do Goodreads and one additional one. I hope you have a great 2018

Mary Kirkland

You got a lot of books in for the year.

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