Here is perhaps an unpopular opinion: 2017 was one of the best years ever.
Okay, let me rephrase that. 2017 was one of the best years for me. We all know some pretty bad thing happened in the world, from natural disasters to the not so natural evilness we’ve seen from men in power. But at the same time, glimmers of hope have appeared. I joined tens of thousands of women (and men!) at the Women Marches last January. Normal people have been turned into activists. And while 2016 left me sad and hopeless, 2017 left me determined to change things.
In 2017, I met amazing friends, read 50 books, wrote over a 100,000 words, and blogged more than ever. Here are the details of my year.
I didn’t quite make my goal for 2017. I’d wanted to read 52 books, but I was only able to read 50. (That’s what you get when you try to WRITE a book!)
Because my high-school has block scheduling, I had the bad luck of not having English during last year’s spring semester or this year’s fall semester, which meant I didn’t read as many classics. And I read NO plays this year, which is definitely something I want to change next year. Plays are so fun!
Here are the books I did read this year:
(I accidentally counted And Then There Were None twice, but I also forgot write down Jane Hirshfield’s amazing poetry collection October Palace, so it evens out.)
And now, for the not-so-official 2017 book awards ceremony.
The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters by Kara LeReau
I love middle grade novels. They’re kind, comforting, funny, and deeply heart-wrenching. These are the books that shape me, and I still turn to them for friendship and warmth. I still try to read a couple each year to remind myself why I love reading so much. However, this one just didn’t do it for me. I actually met the author, who was incredibly kind, and I really liked the book’s premise. The humor was dry and witty, and I think with a different plot, the books could be a hit. However, in the first book in the series, which I read, there was a character named “Fatima.” The other characters in the book bullied her, and even the protagonists, who tried to stop the bullying, made snide comments. I was really disappointed to read that, and it made me sad to think that kids would have to read that too. Of course, the end of Fatima’s story line was that she was going to exercise more and eat well. This was the book I had the least pleasure reading. Maybe the next one in the series will be better.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
SO GOOD. This is simply an extraordinary book, written by an extraordinary (and kind) author. The Hate U Give follows a teenage girl named Star after her friend is shot by a police officer. This novel sheds light on an all too common crime in America. The characters are so real that at times I swore they were sitting next to me, watching me read. This book is well-written, complex, and worth reading every word.
This might just be my most prolific year yet.
- I kept a daily journal and an observational journal.
- I finished my very first book after rewriting 50,000 words.
- After I finished writing it, I line-edited the now 83,000 word draft.
- I started my next book. I won Nanowrimo, and right now, the draft is at 60,000 words.
- I wrote two feature pieces for a local magazine.
- I wrote an article for the new fashion magazine my school has. (I’m the content editor! I’ve also edited an absurd amount of articles, as well as poems and prose for my school’s literary magazine.)
- I wrote a LOT of poetry over the summer. I participated in a three-week writing program, and it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I wrote a poem almost every day, as well as two 2,000 word short stories.
- I’d say I wrote over 30 poems this year.
- I’ve started brainstorming for three other novels.
- I wrote a blog post for a writing organization I’m involved with.
- I started a teen writing group with the writing organization, and I’ve made so many wonderful new friends.
Overall, I wrote just about 120,000 words this year. Maybe one day I’ll be as prolific as Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood.
I’ve read so many wonderful posts in the past year! In 2017, it was so fun to be in this inspiring blogging community. Here are some of my stats for the year:
- 7,394 views
- 591 followers
- 3,421 visitors
- 22 Posts
- Total Words Written: 25,091 (!)
My most popular post (in views, likes, AND comments) was about my Writing Playlist.
That means that now, I have over 1,000 followers on WordPress. Thank you so much for all of your support. Here’s to another great year.
Thanks so much for reading. How was your year? Did you achieve anything big? Did it last way too long? Did you consume more hot chocolate in 2017 than ever before? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, you can find me on Pinterest or Instagram.