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Happy new year!!! Hopefully everyone has a good start of 2018 and ready to kick off the reading list 🙂

Before we move on to the new year, new goals and new challenges, I would like to reminisce a little bit about my reading life in 2017. Enjoy the list!

Most “great book, but why you do dis ending??”: Church of Marvels, Conclave

Most charming setting: A Gentleman in Moscow, The Bookshop on the Corner

Most surprisingly enjoyable: Uncommon Type, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Most “full of characters that I’d love to punch”: Fates and Furies, Burnt Paper Sky

Most “books with lame romance”: Song of The Lioness series, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Most live up to expectations: The Underground Railroad, The Nest

Most juicy series that very entertaining: Game of Thrones (still!!!), Crazy Rich Asians

All in all, I enjoyed my reading experience in 2017. I found some new authors (that I’d love to read again in the future), I discover new genres and went outside of my comfort zone a little bit (I read 4 non fictions and 1 audiobook!!!), and even successfully read 40 books from my TBR.

According to Goodreads statistics, I have read 81 books in 2017 (a bit more than last year’s total, and just one more book than my 2017 reading challenge target), 27,283 pages, with average of 3.5 stars rating. Not bad at all 🙂

I have finished two reading challenges, and only missing one review (perhaps I will write the review this year if I had a chance):

Category: A book involving travel

2017 Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge

1. A book recommended by a librarian – Three Times Lucky (Sheila Turnage)
2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
3. A book of letters – 84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
4. An audiobook – The Red House Mystery (A.A. Milne)
5. A book by a person of color – The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title – If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
7. A book that is a story within a story – The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
8. A book with multiple authors – The Meanest Doll in The World (Ann M Martin and Laura Godwin)
9. An espionage thriller – An Officer and A Spy (Robert Harris)
10. A book with a cat on the cover – Whittington (Alan Armstrong)
11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – 1984 (George Orwell)
12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – When I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami)
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
14. A book involving travel –  Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig)
15. A book with a subtitle – Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Sari Botton, et al)
16. A book that’s published in 2017: Uncommon Type: Some Stories (Tom Hanks)
17. A book involving a mythical creature: The Monstrumologist (Rick Yancey)
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile: The Adventure of The Christmas Pudding (Agatha Christie)
19. A book about food – Sweetbitter (Stephanie Danler)
20. A book with career advice – Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective – The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
22. A steampunk novel –Un Lun Dun (China Mieville)
23. A book with a red spine – Mycroft Holmes (Kareem Abdul Jabar & Anna Waterhouse)
24. A book set in the wilderness – The Call of The Wild (Jack London)
25. A book you loved as a child – Kumpulan Dongeng Binatang 1 (Anne-Marie Dalmais)
26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name – The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair (Joel Dicker)
28. A novel set during wartime – Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)
29. A book with an unreliable narrator –The Dinner (Herman Koch)
30. A book with pictures – Sang Putri dan Sang Pemintal (Neil Gaiman)
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Broken Monsters (Lauren Beukes)
32. A book about an interesting woman – The Wonder (Emma Donoghue)
33. A book set in two different time periods – The Distant Hours (Kate Morton)
34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title – March (Geraldine Brooks)
35. A book set in a hotel –A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
36. A book written by someone you admire – Seriously, I’m Kidding (Ellen DeGeneres)
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – Murder on The Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 
38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas – Hallowe’en Party (Agatha Christie)
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of Lioness, #1) (Tamora Pierce)
40. A book you bought on a trip – Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (Patty Yumi Cottrell)

Kategori Single Point
  1. Classic Literature, adalah buku-buku sastra klasik seperti buku-buku Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, etc.: The Call of The Wild (Jack London)The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)If On a Winter Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirzig),
  2. Children Literature, adalah buku-buku bertema dan cocok untuk anak-anak kecil hingga usia middle grade (SMP), atau usia hingga 15 tahun. Contoh, Rick Riordan: Three Times Lucky (Sheila Turnage)Kumpulan Dongeng Binatang 1 (Anne-Marie Dalmais)The Meanest Doll in The World (Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin)Whittington (Alan Armstrong)Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (Dr. Seuss)How to Look for a Lost Dog (Ann M. Martin)The Boy Called Christmas (Matt Haig)The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Sheila Turnage)The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes),
  3. Young Adult Literature, adalah buku-buku bertema remaja (Young Adult) dan New Adult (NA), berusia SMA hingga kuliahan, atau berusia 16-22 tahun. Contoh, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Jennifer L. Armentrout, dll: The Mystery of The Clockwork Sparrow (Katherine Woodfine),
  4. Asian Literature, buku-buku yang berlatar belakang Asia, bertema kehidupan Asia, atau penulisnya berasal dari Asia. Contoh, Kevin Kwan, Akiyoshi Rikako: China Rich Girlfriend (Kevin Kwan),
  5. Indonesian Literature Before 80’s, buku-buku asli dari Indonesia yang terbit sebelum tahun 1980
  6. Self-Improvement & Self-Help, merupakan buku-buku pengembangan diri. Contoh, buku-buku John C. Maxwell, chicken soup, dll: Seriously…I’m Kidding (Ellen DeGeneres)Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg);
  7. Poetry, buku-buku puisi, baik dari Indonesia maupun luar Indonesia. Contoh, Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini, atau sonnet Shakespeare
  8. Biografi Pahlawan Indonesia, adalah buku-buku yang menceritakan kisah hidup pahlawan Indonesia, seperti tentang Ir. Soekarno, Jenderal Soedirman, dsb
  9. Award Winning Books, adalah buku-buku yang memenangkan sebuah penghargaan atau lebih, misalnya pemenang RITA Awards, Goodreads Choice Awards, dsb: March (Geraldine Brooks)The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney)brown girl dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff),
  10. Science-Fiction, buku-buku dengan genre utama science-fiction. Contoh, Star Trek, Ender’s Game, Across The Universe
  11. Dystopia, buku-buku dengan genre utama dystopia. Contoh, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner: 1984 (George Orwell),
  12. Adventure, buku-buku mengenai petualangan dan memiliki tema utama petualangan, contoh: buku-buku Enid Blyton, Robinson Crusoe, dll
  13. Historical Fiction, adalah buku-buku dengan genre utama fiksi historis. Bisa romance, non romance. Contoh: Ruta Sepetys, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas (romance): A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)The Distant Hours (Kate Morton)The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)The Wonder (Emma Donoghue)The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)Church of Marvels (Leslie Parry),
  14. Fantasy Fiction, adalah buku-buku dengan genre utama fantasy. Contohnya, buku-buku Neil Gaiman: Un Lun Dun (China Mieville)A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)The Princess Bride (William Goldman)The Monstrumologist (Rick Yancey);
  15. Paranormal Romance, adalah buku-buku dengan genre dan elemen utama paranormal romance, tentang vampire/shifter/makhluk non-manusia. Contohnya: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison, dll
  16. Contemporary Romance, adalah buku-buku yang memiliki genre utama romance dan berlatar belakang kontemporer, dengan tokoh yang sudah berusia dewasa. Contoh, Cecilia Ahern, Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes, Colleen Hoover, Elle Kennedy, Lauren Blakely, dll: Sweetbitter (Stephanie Danler),
  17. Erotic Romance, buku-buku dengan genre utama romance dan memiliki unsur eroticism yang besar. Contohnya, E.L. James, Sylvia Day, C.D. Reiss
  18. Sport Fiction, buku-buku fiksi dengan tema olahraga, baik romance maupun non-romance. Contoh: Susan Elizabeth Phillip
  19. Thriller and Crime Fiction, adalah buku-buku yang memiliki genre utama thriller dan fiksi kejahatan. Contoh, Stephen King, J.D. Robb, David Baldacci, John Grisham, etc: The Red House Mystery (A.A Milne)Broken Monsters (Lauren Beukes)An Officer and a Spy (Robert Harris)The House at Baker Street (Michelle Birkby)Burnt Paper Sky (Gilly Macmillan),
  20. Wedding Literature, buku-buku yang memiliki tema pernikahan (wedding)
  21. Graphic Novels & Comic Books, adalah buku-buku komik, novel bergambar, dan novel berilustrasi: Sang Putri dan Sang Pemintal (Neil Gaiman),
  22. Debut Authors, adalah buku dari pengarang yang melakukan debut pada tahun 2017 (buku pertama), bisa fiksi bisa non fiksi: Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (Patty Yumi Cottrell)Uncommon Type: Some Stories (Tom Hanks);
  23. Hobby Nonfiction, adalah buku-buku nonfiksi mengenai hobi, seperti crafting, travel, fotografi, motor dan mobil, dsb: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami)Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Sari Batton et al),
  24. Brick Books, adalah buku-buku yang memiliki ketebalan buku minimal 500 halaman dalam bentuk fisik (paperback/hardback) maupun digital (sesuai dengan edisi Kindle/ebook): The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair (Joel Dicker)The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)The Nix (Nathan Hill);
  25. Name In A Book, adalah buku-buku yang memiliki nama tokoh (nama depan/belakang) pada judulnya, dan bukan pada nama serinya: Mycroft Holmes (Kareem Abdul Jabar),
Kategori Ten Point
  1. Full Series, membaca dan mereview satu seri penuh selama tahun 2017, minimal memiliki 3 buku (trilogi) dalam satu seri dan semua review dimasukkan ke dalam linky [EDIT] tidak termasuk komik, dan novella tidak dihitung (buku-buku pendamping): Alanna The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1, Tamora Pierce)In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2, Tamora Pierce)The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3)Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness 34, Tamora Pierce)
  2. Buku Pengarang Lima Benua, mereview buku-buku dari masing-masing satu pengarang dari setiap benua (Asia, Eropa, Amerika, Afrika, dan Australia), sehingga dalam tema ini akan ada 5 link/tautan review. Buku yang dibaca boleh fiksi, bisa nonfiksi: 84 Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)- AmerikaThe Dinner (Herman Koch) – EropaCrazy Rich Asian (Kevin Kwan) – AsiaThe Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty) -AustraliaThings Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) – Afrika
  3. Lima Buku dari Penulis yang Sama, membaca dan mereview lima buku dari penulis yang sama, namun bukan bagian dari seri (harus stand-alone), bisa fiksi maupun nonfiksi: Pesta Hallowe’en (Agatha Christie)Skandal Perjamuan Natal (Agatha Christie), Pembunuhan di Orient Express (Agatha Christie)Mrs. McGinty is Dead (Agatha Christie)They Do It with Mirrors (Agatha Christie)
  4. Historical Non Fiction, merupakan buku-buku historis nonfiksi, bisa berupa ensiklopedi, buku sejarah, dll: In the Garden of Beasts (Erik Larson)
So.. welcome, 2018! May this year bring better, brighter, and enjoyable books and reading experience to everyone! Cheers!