2017, a year in books

  • 1 book published in hardcover: 14 Hollow Road
  • 1 book printed in paperback: The Distance to Home
  • 2 new middle grade WIPs revised
  • 1 book blurbed (my first time being asked! I was so thrilled! It’s coming out in 2018.)
  • several picture books drafted (none exactly “finished”)
  • 207 books* read (208 if I can somehow manage to finish Masha Gessen’s monstrous 500-page The Future Is History today)
  • . . . including 46 books by marginalized voices
  • Favorite books read in 2017 that were published before 2017: Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington, All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • Favorite books read in 2017 that will be published in 2018: Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin, The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller, P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ten Favorite Books Published in 2017:

  • The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
  • Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5 reading and writing goals for 2018:

  • Read more books from marginalized voices
  • Start a fun side project (maybe something where no one dies or is imperiled, Jenn!)
  • Read more adult books, graphic novels, and MG/YA that wasn’t published in the current year
  • Write by hand more
  • Finish at least one picture book draft

5 things I’m looking forward to in 2018:

  • Visiting more schools in-person and virtually
  • Book festivals!
  • Sharing some exciting news in April (a dream come true!)
  • Running more than 5 consecutive miles for the first time since the 2016 NYC Marathon
  • Bearcats in the Final Four and the Red Sox in the World Series (a girl can dream)
*I don’t keep track of picture books or easy readers, so this number includes graphic novels, chapter books, middle grade, YA, adult fic and non-fic, and audiobooks.

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