2017 Year in Review

Though I only started blogging here again in the last quarter of 2017, I have been looking forward to reviewing my year of books, movies and travel in the beginning of the year. My ups and downs of the year, the good and the bad, and my plans for 2018.



I read 37 books in 2017. The average ratings I gave them are 3,5 stars, showing that the books I read weren’t all amazing, but also weren’t that horrible either. I tried to make some charts to let you guys visualize the bookish statistics of 2017.


My best five books of the year are:

  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  • Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories by Rain Chudori
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • The Good People by Hannah Kent

My worst three books of the year are:

  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

To conclude, I read lots of female authors and my size of read books are in average slightly over 300 pages. Additionally, I read loads of paperbacks and ebooks, though I think my ebook count has increased a lot over the past few years. The genre chart looked very interesting for me, because I didn’t realize that I read from such a wide range of genres. I try to stick more to literary fiction, but lately I’ve been very into mystery/thrillers and as I found out, a lot of the books I very loved this year were historical fiction.



I watched 107 movies in 2017.

My best five movies of the year are:

  • Loving Vincent
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • A Monster Calls
  • Beauty and the Beast

My worst three movies of the year are:

  • Inhumans
  • Life
  • Everything, Everything

My best five TV shows of the year are:



I went to several different cities this year, including Berlin, Groningen, Leiden, Gouda, Utrecht, Athens, Maastricht, Roermond, Amsterdam, Belitung, Lombok, and Lisbon.

Several travel highlights of the year are:

My traveling plans for 2018 are:

  • visit as many museums in the Netherlands as I can before my museumkaart subscription runs out in February
  • go to another country in Europe I’ve never visited before!
  • visit Amsterdam again
  • explore places (preferably parks) in The Hague by bike
  • go to more Christmas markets


That was my year in review! How was your year, and any resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments!


14 thoughts on “2017 Year in Review

  1. I really like how you read so many different genres throughout the year! I have no clue how I did on that account. I might have to check it out..

    Also: I really have to check out the Boekenzolder. That sounds like an awesome place, really. And a perfect way to unhaul some of my own books. I have a bunch of Dutch ones that I keep meaning to get rid off but are still taking up space…
    I recently planned another trip to Rotterdam as well. February, Donner! I’m going to buy way too many books when I’m there but I love that bookstore so much, haha. English books everywhere! The first time I went there I bought like twenty books – no regret.

    So jealous you got to go to Berlin! We were supposed to go last month but ended up not going because my boyfriend’s family felt it necessary to host a birthday party for him while we clearly stated we were going to be out of the country.. Ugh. I was looking forward to that trip for months since I really want to see the Berlin christmas markets so badly.

    Anyway! Love this post! [Obviously.. Since my comment is.. long.. and full of rambling..]

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    1. Thank you so much for your very long comment, it makes me so happy! πŸ˜€
      I don’t know why but reading a variety of genres has always been my thing ever since I enjoyed reading. I just cannot decide on one single genre I want to only read for the entire year.
      I looove Donner! It’s such a lovely bookstore, I can spend hours there as well. There’s also another bookstore in Eindhoven I really like that has a quite large collection of English books that I adore ❀
      Berlin was wonderful, especially in that spring season, when it's not too hot and not too cold. Hope you get the chance to go there in the future πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome!

        I do read different genres but I’m really curious how broad my reading goes, honestly. I can never just read one genre but the two I switch between most are contemporary and fantasy; YA all the way, haha.
        Definitely! Oooh, I don’t think I’ve been to bookstores in Eindhoven yet. Can’t even remember the last time I wΓ s in Eindhoven, to be honest.. Oops..
        I definitely will someday! Nobody’s stopping me from going to Berlin! πŸ˜€

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  2. Firstly I am in love with your pie charts! Secondly there are some really broad choices on your favourites which is always a good thing. Hmmm Master of None keeps coming up a lot around me in conversation – definitely going to add it to the watch list now!

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    1. Thanks! I’m quite proud of them myself :”)
      I never can really predict what genres my favourite books of the year will be, they always surprise me πŸ˜€
      Master of None is sooo good! From the acting to the dialogues to the premise to the characters, it’s basically perfect ❀

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  3. Ahh I love your pie graphs! You read so many different genres, that’s so lovely. I keep trying to branch out to different genres and I never succeed very much. xD Beauty and the Beast was such a good movie!! ❀ And omg, I'm so jealous of all the places you've traveled to ahah. They sound/look amazing! I hope you have an amazing 2018!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I adore Beauty and the Beast, and I didn’t expect to love the movie that much. I’ve been so lucky to be able to travel to different places, I have lots of plans to travel more this year as well πŸ™‚


  4. Cool stats- love the graphs!! I think getting an average of 3.5 is pretty good πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel- I thought it was really well done! And I also want to watch murder on the orient express and loving vincent! And wow you went to so many amazing places!! Awesome wrap up!

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    1. Thanks, I feel like 3.5 is great as well, not too bad but not amazing either. Murder on the Orient Express is a great book to movie adaptation, in my opinion. And Loving Vincent it just wonderfully made.

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