I’m late, I know. I wanted to get this up in the first week of January, but…life. And a bit of laziness, and panic because I still haven’t made new featured images. *sigh* Oh well, I’m here now and I’m ready to do this thing!
The end of year book survey is hosted by Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner), so go check out her blog to see all the other people who have done the survey and linked up, and don’t forget to add your own link if you participate 🙂
2017 Reading Stats:
Number Of Books You Read: 105! (But, a few of those were short stories, so it was more like 98-100 books, I think.)
Number of Re-Reads: 15 if I counted right.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, with poetry coming in as a close second.
Best in Books:
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Ok, I’m cheating and not answering this one yet, because I’m working on a big post about favorite reads from last year. So, when that’s done, I’ll link it here.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer I really wanted to love it, but I just didn’t. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t a fan and I think I gave it 2.5 or 3 out of 5 stars.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Hmm… Ok, I’m going with “good” surprising and say Everything Must Go by Jennie Fran Davis. I was prepared to really dislike it and the protagonist, but I ended up really loving both.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio!!! ❤ (I have no clue if anyone actually read it, but I haven’t shut up about it all year. Let me know in the comments if you read it because I pushed it so hard 😛 )
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Can I cheat and not answer this one, since these are categories for my big post of 2017 faves? Ok, I’ll partially answer with a 2017 released series ender that I read: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Oh gosh, this one is tough, too. I’m just going to go with poetry for this one and say Kat Savage. (*stops self from adding 4 more poets*)
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I’m going with cute, YA, contemporary books for this one and saying When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. If any book were going to convince me to give more contemporaries a try, this is it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I’m cheating and using two (one adult, one YA) that were both new to me and read within a day: The Martian by Andy Weir, and 27 Hours by Tristina Wright.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Uuuh…. Ok, either one of the Shades of Magic books (or the whole series), or the Six of Crows duology… Or maybe The Valiant because the sequel (The Defiant) comes out soon.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
(Do comics count? I’m counting it.)
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
So. Many. I’ll say Kaz Brekker, though, because I swear I think I think about him every day.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
I have to go with My Invented Country by Isabel Allende. The translation was beautifully written, so I can only imagine how great the original Spanish was.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
I’m not sure I read many books that would fit for this one, but I’m going to say Exit West by Mohsin Hamid because it’s very timely.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Martian by Andy Weir! I’d had a copy for over 2 years, and it was out for like 5 years before I finally got to it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I don’t have any written down, but it was probably something potentially obscene from The Martian 😛
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
I’m not bothering to try to figure out what the shortest novel or novella or poetry collection was, so I’m including short stories for this. My shortest was The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (12 pages), and the longest was East of Eden by John Steinbeck (778 pages).
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
There was a thing that happened in Winter People by Jennifer McMahon that I still kinda remember, a year later, that totally caught me by surprise. Like, I usually see things coming, but that one thing…
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Holland (Shades of Magic) + PEACE 😥 I’m really not a shipper, sorry.
Ok, ok, to actually give two characters, I have to dig into my re-reads because it’s the only time I can even remember shipping characters, on my own, without the influence of the bookish community: Sookie + Eric from the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Hm, probably Fallon and Elka from The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Six of Crows duology from Leigh Bardugo! I’d read the Grisha trilogy before, and she’s become one of my absolute favorite authors ❤
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Uuuh… I actually don’t think of any. Can I count something I only read because everyone was talking about it? I’ll go with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (This book solidified my opinion that hyped books are really not always good books. I mean, if you like it, great, and I hope the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint you. It just really wasn’t for me.)
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I’m not sure I had any. If I were still a teenager, it would probably have been Nina Zenik, though.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I can’t pick just one, and this is another for my big list (that will be broken down into categories).
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Probably the Shades of Magic world by V.E. Schwab.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Maybe it’s a weird choice, but Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher was the first book that came to mind.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez ❤ I loved it and teared up a lot, cried once or twice, and then felt healed and better than I was before reading it by the time I got to the end.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez!! Not enough people are talking about it, and I think they should be. (For poetry readers, that is, or people who are looking to get into poetry.)
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Damn it, I can’t use Love, and You for everything -_- Uuh… A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, probably. I remember coming out of reading it feeling like I’d been pulverized then poured into a vaguely me-shaped mold and recast.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
I’m going with Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis because the formatting was really cool and fun to read. The whole book was also pretty unique, at least in my reading experience.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I’m going with something I really didn’t like for this one, and I’m mad because I really wanted to like it: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. *ducks and covers head to avoid rocks* I know, I know! I just couldn’t love it, and I’m sorry. It was almost my least favorite book of the year
Your Blogging/Bookish Life:
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
No, no, no, can’t choose! I’ve found so many absolutely wonderful blogs in the last year, and I can’t pick a favorite, sorry. I
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Oh gosh, none of them? I’m so critical of my own stuff, and I always doubt that I’ve written anything good, even if I thought it sounded good as I wrote it. *sigh* That said… If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, probably, because I loved the book so much that the review ended up being super easy to write, and I had fun writing.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Hmm… I really don’t know, sorry. There were tons of things I really enjoyed, like doing T5W and Blogtober, but I’m not sure I could pick a “best” post. I will say one of my favorite bookish posts was my Spooky Book Recs & Discussion: A Mixed Bag (which links to my two other posts for spooky recs during Blogtober last year). I had a lot of fun with that series, and Blogtober in general.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Ha, Blogtober! I loved it, even though it was a little challenging and hard to keep up with. I think I’ll participate again this year.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Uh…I’m really not sure. Maybe getting a few spam comments. I felt like I’d finally “made it” haha.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Oh definitely the surgery, ugh. That prevented me from reading for weeks for various reasons (pain, stress, meds, etc.), and kinda killed my reading motivation and desire to blog for a while.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By views, it was The New Disney Princess Tag (I’d forgotten about it, but it was really fun).
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Most of them 😛 Kidding (well, mostly haha). I’m not really sure about specific posts, off the top of my head, but I know there were a few I’d worked hard on that didn’t really get any interaction, which was a little disappointing. Maybe some of my reviews, or lists of book recommendations.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’m not sure if it counts as a discovery, since I’d been aware of its existence for years, but I finally got to make a trip to the closest used bookstore
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I set a low-stress goodreads goal of 12 books and finished 105, whoo! I also did pretty well with the Fall Bookish Bingo and other autumn challenges I participated in.
I came pretty close to succeeding with my #RockMyTBR goal (every month read at least 1 book I’ve had for at least a year but haven’t read). I ended up getting 9/12 months, and at least 17 books. There might have been more I never shelved, though. I call that a win because I still managed to read more than 12, even if I missed months, and reading more from my personal library was the ultimate goal, so… *shrugs*
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Eh, there were a few that are really high priority for me, including a few backlist titles I’d wanted to read last year, but never managed to get to (like Hidden Figures, which I’m currently reading, and This Savage Song). I’ll say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, though, because I really wanted to read it last year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
So many! Probably Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace are highest on my list right now, though.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The only debut I can think of right now that I’m eagerly awaiting is DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker, but I’m sure I’ll find a few more soon.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I…don’t think I’m actually that caught up on series that are ending or getting a new book this year I’m at least one or two books behind for all the in-progress series I’m interested in, or haven’t even started them yet. It’s probably still Obsidio, though. I’ve only read Illuminae, but I’m dying to jump into Gemina when I get Obsidio so I can marathon them.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I did the T5W last week that was about bookish resolutions, but I think my number one thing to do/accomplish is to just have a good time reading. I spent a couple of years putting way too much pressure on myself, and I want to relax with books again.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I thought I had a book in mind for this, but it actually came out late 2017. I’ve got a few ARCs, though, so hopefully I’ll have a few recs soon.
Aaannndd we’re done! Whew.
Anyone still awake? (Ha, I’m just kidding. I doubt anyone slogged through that whole post 😛 If you did, oh my gosh, are you okay? And also, thank you ❤ ) As you can see, my reading and blogging life is just super thrilling.
Oh well, I enjoyed doing this anyway, and I’m probably going to do it next year. The difference will be that I’ll be prepared next time, and will have fewer vague answers and the like.
If you did this survey, too, let me know in the comments and I’ll check yours out 🙂 Happy 2018, everyone!