2017 End of Year Book Survey

Best books of 2017

Number Of Books You Read:  158 for my challenges, plus about 15 or  so side-reads
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably YA fantasy or YA contemporary

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

It’s hard to pick just one! I can at least narrow it down to one per genre (and even that was a struggle):

Best YA Contemporary – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Best YA Fantasy – This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Best Graphic Novel – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Best Fiction – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Best Horror or Thriller – And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Best Non-fiction – Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Best Classic – Lolita, but probably only because it was narrated by Jeremy Irons

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai. I read her first book last year and absolutely loved it, but this one was a complete disappointment. It felt like it took me forever to read (even though it was only 2 days) and it was boring.

Also, Gena/Finn. It was one of the books I was most excited to read, but it was nowhere near as good as I expected. I still gave it 4 stars, but I thought this one would be an easy 5-star book. It just veered off in such a strange direction toward the end, that it seemed like an entirely separate book.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Definitely a toss-up between The Hating Game and The Status of All Things. I didn’t expect much from either of them, and they both ended up being favourites.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I have no idea if anyone has actually read it based on my recommendation, but I’ve been encouraging people to give Red Queen a fair chance. I feel like it’s a book that gets a lot of hate because it is similar to other dystopians, but I really loved it.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series started – The Raven Boys
Best sequel – Cress
Best series ender –  Winter

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I think any of the authors of the series I started this year: Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah J. Maas, Laini Taylor and Victoria Schwab.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I read a lot of really great graphic novels this year, which is a genre I’ve been trying to read more of. Aside from Nimona which I already mentioned, I also absolutely loved Strong Female Protagonist.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Illuminae! I was hoping for a place on this list to add this one in, since it was by far one of my favourites.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I generally don’t re-read the same books year after year, but if I had to choose one that I’d probably pick Hyperbole and a Half because as soon as I finished, I wanted to re-read it!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Probably Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. For some reason, compared to the other series I started this year, I feel like I tend to overlook this one a lot, even though I liked it just as much as all the others. I definitely don’t give it as much attention as it deserves.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Homegoing was definitely thought-provoking.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Gone Girl! I’ve been meaning to read this for 3 years and kept putting it off.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

This is a hard one because I don’t keep very good track of quotes that I like. I usually just notice them as they come up, and then move on. I actually went back to Goodreads and looked at the quote pages for some of my favourite books to pick:

“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”
― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.”
― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone

“The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.”
― Jodi PicoultBetween the Lines

“There’s no kindness in offering false hope.”
― Naomi NovikUprooted

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest – Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Longest – Winter

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

And the Trees Crept In. I did not expect that ending at all.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles! Also, Levi and Cath from Fangirl.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Nimona and Ballister Blackheart from Nimona. The interactions between them were amazing. The friendship between the Raven boys was also great!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I’m purposely excluding books from a series for this one, so I would have to go with Fangirl.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Raven Boys. I’ve heard about this book literally non-stop for the past year.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Levi from Fangirl and Reid from The Upside of Unrequited.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

There are quite a few good contenders for this one, but I really loved the worlds in Uprooted and This Savage Song.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Adulthood is a Myth

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

History is All You Left Me and Goodbye Days (even though I still take issue with one of the key plot points in this one).

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Might be a bit of a weird choice, but Baba Yaga’s Assistant. It was a very fast read, but I really enjoyed it! I think Wrecked is another hidden gem, since it is a late-2016 release that was very much overlooked, yet an excellent story.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I’m not entirely sure what this means, if I’m honest. I would assume it means a book that is very upsetting, so I’d have to say History is All You Left Me

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ella Minnow Pea, which was a lot of fun to read!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Goodbye Days. As I mentioned above, there was a key plot point that really annoyed me because it didn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Even though I tried to overlook it as I progressed through the book, it kept coming up and every time, it bothered me!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I can’t actually remember if I started following these people in 2016 or 2017, but some of my more recent favourites are Anushka @GoingThroughBooks, Destiny @HowlingLibraries and C.G. Drews @PaperFury. These last two were actually people I followed on Goodreads, and discovered that they had blogs of their own.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

So I guess I’m a weird kind of a blogger since I don’t actually write a lot of reviews. I find them very time-consuming, and hard to write without repeating myself (and I’m wordy enough as it is!). Instead of reviewing books, I often ended up reviewing adaptations instead. I think my favourite would have to be my review of the movie version of The Girl on the Train (found here) or of the Emma Watson version of Beauty and the Beast (here).

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I’m not sure if anyone actually read it, but I really liked my post about diversity using the TV show Degrassi as an example of how to do diversity properly. This post can be found here.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Nothing that I can think of. I don’t really go to these kinds of events.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Finally winning a Goodreads giveaway! I’ve entered so many of them and never really expected to win anything, so I was very surprised to get an e-mail last week saying I’d won a book.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Keeping up with my posts during the week! I have a full-time job, and I always intend to pre-write my posts for the week over the weekend, but I rarely actually do that. In general, I participate in Top 10 Tuesdays, Top 5 Wednesdays, and then I post at least one more time during the week doing something of my choice. It’s hard for me to sit down and write during weekdays after work.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Apparently my post about my 10 favourite books from 2017 got over 100 views, and I didn’t even know it!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Problem with “Problematic” because it took me such a long time to figure out how to put what I wanted to say into words!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I recently tried ordering from BookOutlet for the first time. My books haven’t arrived yet, so I’m hoping they will be in good condition, but I was very impressed with the Boxing Week deal they were offering, which let me get close to 20 books for about $2 each, including some I want for next year’s reading challenge and couldn’t find otherwise.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes, I surprisingly managed to complete all of my reading challenges by December 30, with one day to spare!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Our Dark Duet. This may literally be the first book that I read.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Folded Notes from High School by Matt Boren. I only heard about this one recently, but it sounds really cute!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

War Storm and Obsidio.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Just to read as much as I can, and hopefully finish the reading challenges I’ve taken on.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read any yet!

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