Happy New Year’s Eve! Or New Year, if you’re in Australia, because Australians are currently in the future. It’s hard to believe 2017 is coming to an end, but I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. This year was a trashfire (my new favorite word – thank you Twitter) for me and the rest of the world, so here’s to hoping 2018 will be better for all of us.
The one constant bright spot this year, for me at least, was reading. I read so many amazing books, and some not-so-amazing ones, and today’s post is all about those books. I’ve done this survey for the past two years, and wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to do it again. The questions are from Jamie’s blog, though this year I’m not using her graphics.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
2017 Reading Stats
Number of books you read: 128! I read more this year than ever before and I’m so happy with it! My Goodreads goal was 80 to avoid stress, and I did pretty well, if I do say so myself.
Number of rereads: 6, I think?
Genre you read the most from: Fantasy, probably. I read a good amount of contemporary, but fantasy takes the cake.
Best in Books
1. Best book you read in 2017? I found a bunch of new favorites this year, but for once answering this question is actually quite easy. If you’ve been around for a while, I’m sure you can guess. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers!
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? Windwitch by Susan Dennard, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur…
3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read? I’ve got two: Grave Mercy, because I loved it infinitely more than I expected to, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, because it wasn’t the fluffy, gay historical fiction I thought it would be.
4. Book you ‘pushed’ the most people to read (and they did)? Grave Mercy! I got a bunch of people to add it to their TBRs, at least. It’s my go-to recommendation for absolutely everything.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best sequel? Best series ender? Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. The series isn’t over yet (thankfully) so for finales I’ll pick The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare was also a really good sequel.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? Robin LaFevers, V.E. Schwab, Anna-Marie McLemore, Riley Redgate, Angie Thomas…
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab was my first adult fantasy and I loved it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows, and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. These are the last three books in the Bloodlines series, and I couldn’t put them down. I binged them all in maybe a day each.
9. Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year? I plan on rereading a lot of books next year, but none of them are from this year.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I have plenty of favorite covers, but the others are for books I’ve yet to read.
11. Most memorable character of 2017? Monty, Percy, and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? Either The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana or When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore.
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, for sure.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to finally read? Grave Mercy!
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017? “You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI Agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen–or both at the same time.” –Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2017? Shortest: The Meeting by Richelle Mead, 3 pages. Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, 705 pages.
17. Book that shocked you the most? Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. The reveal of who the murderer was completely shocked me.
18. OTP of the year? (You will go down with this ship!) I can’t just pick one! I’m a hopeless romantic. I have so many ships.
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? The crew in Want by Cindy Pon! They remind me so much of the Six of Crows gang and I love them.
20. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously? Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead! I’ve read every YA book she’s written to date and I love them all.
21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read solely based on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? Erika told me repeatedly to read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and I’m glad I did.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? All of them? Well, almost all of them. Just look at my 5 star reads and the love interest from each one is probably a good answer.
23. Best 2017 debut you read? The Hate U Give and Daughter of the Burning City.
24. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year? The Gomorrah Festival from Daughter of the Burning City, the futuristic Taipei from Want, the Warcross tournaments from Warcross by Marie Lu…
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
26. Book that made you cry in 2017? I’ve got nothing. Heart of stone over here. 😉
27. Hidden gem of the year? Grave Mercy, of course, and Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn.
28. Book that crushed your soul? Well, this is a long list. Let’s just say that if it has Richelle Mead’s name on it, it’s a good answer.
29. Most unique book you read in 2017? Warcross and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
30. Book that made you the most mad? 1984 by George Orwell. I despise that book with every fiber of my being and then some, because I’m small.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to discover new blogs this year.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? I only wrote one, and it was my Tower of Dawn discussion. It’s full of spoilers and took four hours to write. I’m rather proud of it.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I don’t even remember most of what I posted, to be honest. In chronological order…
- Book Recommendations for My Favorite Fictional Characters
- Discussion: Autistic Characters
- A High School Girl’s Thoughts on College
- What I Want to See More of in YA
4. Best events that you participated in? The only thing I did participate in was Booktubeathon in July, but it was really fun.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? Whenever I found both time and inspiration to write a post, honestly.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding time to read during the school year, and finding both time and inspiration to blog. I usually have one but not the other, or I don’t have either one.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog? I have no idea. I don’t pay attention to stats.
8. Post you wish got a little more love? See previous answer.
9. Best bookish discovery? (book related sites, stores, etc.) I’m honestly not sure which stores I found this year and which ones I found prior, but there are so many good ones out there. Also, a couple of weeks ago, I found out the e-book library Overdrive has an app, so I’m excited to use that in the new year.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year? I completed my Goodreads challenge of 80 books at the end of July. I read some hyped books I’d been meaning to get to, finished some series, and read a good number of diverse books. 🙂
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your #1 priority in 2018? I’ve got a few: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir… I’m so behind.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2018? (non-debut) His Fair Assassin book 4 by Robin LaFevers!!!
3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating? I know there are a lot, but I’m drawing a blank.
4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018? His Fair Assassin 4! The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan! Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas! (I know TOG is highly problematic, but I just want to know how the series ends. When the last book comes out, I’ll have been waiting for two years.)
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018? I’m putting my Goodreads goal at 65 to avoid stress, but I’d like to read 140 books. I want to continue reading diversely. I want to catch up on back-list books and 2016-2017 releases. I want to get back to posting regularly here. And maybe even revive my Booktube channel??
6. A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? (if applicable) If I remember correctly, I’ve only read two 2018 releases: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones and Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking. I didn’t like either of them very much. Oops.
And I’m done! Wow, that took a long time.
How many books did you read this year? What were some of your favorites? What books do you hope to get to in 2018? Any goals for the new year? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m off to read the rest of the year away and maybe make a few spreads in my bullet journal. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night, and a happy new year! ❤
Until next year…