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2017 In Review

 

(Here I was, trying to make a grandiose entrance into the blogging world after a break, But leave it to me to get the WRONG YEAR in my featured image. *facepalm* Sorry for those of you who I’ve now just completely confused.)

 

I had a beautiful, relaxing holiday, and I hope the rest of you did as well! And what better way to start than with a year-in-review post that everyone is doing. XD Because whynot. 2017 was an interesting year and I’m looking forward to 2018 with gusto!

 

~Top 5 Books~

 

Hold the Light by April McGowan

I had the pleasure of meeting April at a writer’s conference this year, and talking to her and learning a bit about the reason she wrote this book made me love it all the more. If you enjoy contemporary, you will be sure to love this beauty.

Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

I wasn’t expecting a fourth book in the Blades of Acktar series, but this one turned out to be the most beautiful conclusion to a series ever. It stands to show that just because the war is over, there is still a lot of broken characters that need healing. It was so realistic about that healing process, and I enjoyed it immensely.

 

A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury

I cried. Through the last few chapters. Cystic Fibrosis is something that has always scared me because of–how scary it is. I even read the sequel to this book before reading it because I knew the main character died. When I finally was able to read this, it was so heartachingly beautiful I didn’t regret it in the least. Despite the tears.

 

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cosette

This was a book I went into quite warily. The characters were all new which I wasn’t too happy about, but this turned out to be my favorite book in the series.

 

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

Tessa Afshar is a new author to me, and definitely one I will continue to keep track of. She is able to spin a beautiful tale out of biblical stories and keep them as historically and biblical accurate as possible.

 

For genres, that’s about as conclusive as I feel. Some historical, some contemporary, and some fantasy. XD

 

~Life~

I’ll be honest: 2017 was TOUGH. Not overwhelming bad or good, just–hard. It was a year of pain and strength, disappointment and trust, letting go of some things and clinging to others. Being either sick, injured, or recovering (from surgery) for most of the year really took the snot out of me and forced me to stop and rethink what really matters. All of that is GOOD! I’ve grown so much this year and I’m grateful. My relationship with Christ has blossomed in a way I never thought possible!

Check out my Instagram for snapshots of what I’ve been up to this year.

 

~Writing Things~

In January, my second book was published. I was shocked and beyond pleased at the reaction to this little piece-of-my-heart story.

 

 

In August, some writing friends and I roadtripped to the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference and had an ABSOLUTE BLAST. We even met some famous authors such as Frank Peretti!!!!

 

 

~Things to look forward to in 2018~

 

In the book world, I’m looking forward to reading more books in general. I only made it to 50 books in 2017. This year, I’m going for 70, and hopefully even more.

My most anticipated release of this year is FAWKES by Nadine Brandes! (which I have already preordered and am so flipping excited about!!!!!)

 

 

 

I’ve decided not to set goals for this year, but I am eagarly anticipating a lot of exciting things and can’t wait to share them with you all!

 

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How was your holiday?

What’s one book you’re looking forward to reading in 2018?

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2 responses to “2017 In Review”

  1. Kellyn Roth says:

    Lovely post, Ivy! I’m so proud of you for getting through a tough year with grace and trust in God. :)

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