22 January 2018

Favourite books read in 2017 | My top 12 | Plans for 2018


2017 - my reading year

2017 was an erratic reading year for me. In some months I read several amazing books, in other months none at all. Some months I was flying through the books I read, other months I didn't even finish one book. This might sound like a stressful situation to some, however I managed to stay relaxed. I have learned that inconsistent reading phases are a normal part of my life. 

I still managed to read a good number of books in 2017, however I can't tell you exactly how many because I stopped keeping track of my reading numbers some time ago. Looking back at the year 12 books stood out for me, 12 books that months after reading them still hold a piece of my heart. 

Some of the 12 books I read in print format, some as ebooks. Most are adult novels, however some young adult books and one new adult book is also on my list. Most books are contemporary romances, however there are also some scifi, urban fantasy and romantic suspense books on the pile. All in all a good combination of different genres that worked well for me in 2017. 

My top 12  - the order of the list follows the course of the year


  • Gemina - Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff  (YA scifi)
  • Alex, Aproximately  - Jenn Bennett (YA contemporary)
  • The Hot Shot - Kristen Callihan (contemporary romance)
  • Twist - Kylie Scott    (contemporary romance)
  • 180 seconds - Jessica Park (NA contemporary romance)
  • Little Black Dress - Various (four short contemporary romances)
  • Bad Penny - Staci Hart (contemporary romance)
  • Marked in Flesh - Anne Bishop (urban fantasy)
  • Stay - Sarina Bowen + Elle Kennedy (contemporary romance)
  • Wing Jones - Katherine Webber (YA contemporary)
  • Secrets in Death - JD Robb (romantic suspense)
  • Autoboyography - Christina Lauren (YA/NA contemporary)


  • Were all of these books perfect? No! Did all of these books leave a lasting impression on me, entertained me well and own a piece of my heart? Yes! And that's exactly why they belong on my list of best books read in 2017.


    In 2018 I want to

    • read books by some new to me authors
    • discover new favourite authors
    • read more books by favourite authors whose books have accompanied me for many years
    • read a lot of beautiful love stories
    • also continue to read other genres besides contemporary romance
    • have my heart broken and repaired by emotional stories 
    • read a lot of happy and funny books
    • continue to be a relaxed and happy reader
    • have a good time with my book blog
    • celebrate ten years of About Happy Books

    Which books belong to your favourites read in 2017? Which plans do you have for 2018?

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    06 January 2018

    Hello Forever - Sarina Bowen ( a romance I enjoyed reading)


    contemporary romance
    stand-alone
    characters from "Goodbye Paradise" are part of the story
    I listened to the story in audio book format 
    and enjoyed how it was narrated
    the story is about two men who were friends as teens 
    and had an intense night
    but then were forced to go separate ways
    now after years they meet again
    and have to deal with the fact
    that there are still intense feelings between them
    the story was at times emotional, cute, sexy and dramatic
    the mix worked for me quiet well
    some of the developments were a bit too predictable 
    and the story isn't one that will stay with me for a long time
    however I enjoyed reading it.
    ...

    05 January 2018

    Slammed - Victoria Denault (an entertaining sports romance)


    Slammed
    #2 in the San Francisco Thunder series
    sports romance
    Slammed is the first book in this series I have read
    it's a fast paced, entertaining romance
    that doesn't take itself too seriously
    I went into this book without having any big expectations
    I was hoping to have a good time with the story
    to be able to forget the stress I had in my everyday life
    and that's exactly what the story delivered
    the romance is one with some ups and downs
    due to developments in the personal lives of the main characters
    I'm often a bit annoyed by constant ups and downs
    however in "Slammed" it worked for me
    I liked reading about all of the characters
    and the main romance was the right mix of sexy, sweet and funny
    I plan to read the first book in the series soon
    and I'm excited to see what will happen next in the series. 
    ...

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