I’m a little late to the game (okay kind of really late, but I found I was quite behind in my book reviews), but I’m finally getting around to doing the End of Year Book Survey hosted by the lovely Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. I started participating in this only a couple years ago, but I love it! I enjoy looking back to see what I read and how it all breaks down.
Ultimately, I’m not sure how good of a reading year 2017 was for me. I made a huge life changing decision that didn’t always leave me wanting to really dive into reading or blogging for that matter. I set out to try and complete two different reading challenges this year, which didn’t go as planned (which I’ll have a separate post for). By the end of the 2017 year, I wasn’t really thinking too much on reading or even blogging since I have a couple other big decisions to make in my personal life.
Anyways! Let’s get on to the books, reading, & blogging! I’m going to fill this out as much as I can, but since I’m late to doing this, I can’t seem to find my detailed reading stats for 2017 from Goodreads.
Number Of Books You Read: 169
Number of Re-Reads: 2-3
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary/ Romance (this is a guess, but I think it’s right)
Any book titles that are linked are linked to my reviews.
1. Best Book You Read In 2017? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)
This one was harder than I thought, but after narrowing it down I think I’d have to say the best book I read was Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Sadly, I think I would have to go with Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I liked it, but I just didn’t really love it like I thought I would.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Circle by Dave Eggers. Just a lot of surprises that I wasn’t expecting.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t think I really pushed any books this year; I went through a lot of reading phases where I didn’t write a lot of reviews for those books I did read.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best Series started: The Southern Reach trilogy Jeff VanderMeer
Best Sequel: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (technically not a sequel, but it is a part of an ongoing series)
Best Series ender: I didn’t finish any series in 2017
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Ruth Ware. I love her dark, poetic way of writing for her mystery/ thrillers.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
To be honest, I don’t know that I really read outside of my comfort zone in 2017. Which goes to show me that maybe I should.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I usually don’t reread books so soon after my first read, but I there’s a chance I would reread any of the Winston Brother books by Penny Reid.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood; mainly because I just love the vintage cover of the edition I bought.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
I might have to go with Jazz Bashara from Artemis by Andy Weir.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Hands down.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy. Very thought-provoking if only because of the weird parallels in this book to the current world/reality; just you know Red Moon deals with werewolves.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Either that book or Red Moon.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.” – John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.
Longest: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas at 648 pages
Shortest: Hands On by Cathryn Fox at 80 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Definitely didn’t see some of those coming.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Don’t know that I have any … oh! I think if I had to choose any, I would say Celaena and Chaol. (I haven’t read the last two books of the series fyi)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I always liked Alina and Nikolai from the Grisha trilogy.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs. I can’t help but love any new Mercy Thompson books.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. My best friend put pressure on me to read it and I’m glad I did!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Mac from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I can’t help but love most of her boy creations.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I don’t think I got the chance to read any 2017 debuts.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Love Like Crazy by Megan Squires. Just a really cute YA book.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t think I have any books that were published in 2017 that were hidden gems, but the first book to come to mind is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Luckily, I don’t think any of the books I read in 2017 qualifies.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Hmm, I would have to go with Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross. This really had to do with the main character’s thought processes and behaviors for certain parts. But I did highly enjoy this book!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good about visiting new (or even not so new) blogs. Something to aim for this year!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
My review for The Snow Child.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I really just participated in Top Ten Tuesday like usual.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Really just the fact that I’m still blogging.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I think it’s still finding that balance between enjoying the actual reading with taking time to write good reviews. There were a couple times last year that I just kept reading and let my blogging slide a little.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By Comments: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (So Far)
By Views: My Bumble Dating App Experience (this was the same for 2016 too)
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
For me, it would be Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been able to read a lot more books that I really wanted to read plus discovered new ones this way.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Sadly, the only reading challenge I completed was the Goodreads one.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Oh there’s a lot of these … I think My Last Continent by Midge Raymond. I bought it sometime during the summer last year, I think, and was so excited to read it and then just got caught up by reading other books.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine. It just sounds so interesting and I hope I get my hands on it when it comes out on Feb 13, 2018!
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi. Also look at that gorgeous cover!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
A Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid. I absolutely love Penny Reid’s romance stories and I cannot wait to read this next installment, even if not technically a ‘sequel’.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
For blogging, I really want to get around to posting a baking recipe or adventure or something similar at least every few months. I need to remember to take good pictures and actually write up the post.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert!
So that is the long and in depth look at my reading and blogging habits of 2017. I don’t think that it was my best year for reading to be honest. But I look forward to just reading what I want this year and hopefully that means that I’ll have a better year for reading – and blogging!