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2017 Blog Wrap-Up

Thursday, December 21, 2017

My favorite books I read this year

Happy Thursday, My Lovelies!  Today I want to share with you highlights from the Sketchy Reader in 2017.

First I want to share with you my two most popular posts by a longshot:

This post about our wallpaper stair risers is actually from 2014.  You never know when things will go viral on Pinterest!

The other most popular post was actually a book review, and it is also the highest rated book on Goodreads I read all year:

Congratulations Julie Christine Johnson!

2017 is also the year I changed the focus of my blog, and completely gave my blog a makeover.  Instead of Art @ Home, my blog's title is The Sketchy Reader.  I became an empty nester in August, so I thought it was appropriate to rethink what I want to accomplish and give to my audience.

I started an Etsy Store called The Sketchy Reader where I sell a snail mail letter subscription full of bookish goodness:

I've also continued my art journaling which I share fairly consistently on Instagram, but not as much on the blog.  I'm going to share more next year:

I've also painted a little this year: I'm painting a series of architectural antiques, mainly doorknobs.

Last but not least, it's been a great year of reading for me.  I met my Goodreads 2017 Challenge:

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Ricki has completed her goal of reading 60 books in 2017!

Below are my favorite books I read in 2017:

I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours for sending me half of my favorite books this year.  Thanks, Lisa and Trish!  

And my favorite book of 2017
*drumroll, please*

This book was a real gem.  I had heard it was good, but it far exceeded my expectations.  I was sad when I finished it!

You may read a review of The Keeper of Lost Things HERE.

I want to thank you, My Lovelies, for reading my little blog.  Y'all make my day when you visit, leave comments, and email me.  

I only have three more blogposts left in 2017: My last Literary Friday post, a last Advent Sunday post, and a special guest post on Christmas Day.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I love your art and combining it in a journal is brilliant! I'll make a list of some of these books and have Merry and Bright on hold at my library (I'm on the waiting list!) I've enjoyed your blog SO much this year my friend! Happy blogging! Holiday hugs, Diane

  2. You are so creative! While I am not a big reader, I always enjoy your take and I never knew that those were your stairs! I see them all over Pinterest and have pinned them myself. You're famous! Merry Christmas!

  3. What an impressive year! I look forward to seeing more of your art journal in 2018. It's inspiring and so wonderful. (Isn't Doodling in French fun?) I'm so delighted to have found you this year -- your posts always make me smile. Art and books are two of my favorite things and you combine them so well. I hope you have a safe, happy Christmas and wonderful new year!

  4. I really enjoyed your 2017 round up Ricki Jill! It's a treat to see a "clump" of your creations, and don't you feel accomplished looking back and seeing everything?! I am looking forward to 2018, more TTT fun, more reading and art! You keep me inspired with your journal pages and book reviews, I'm so glad we live close~

  5. I enjoyed your blog posts and your Instagram posts very much.
    your paintings are amazing and your book reviews are informative and helpful.
    Thank you..have a wonderful Christmas!


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