2017’s reading year is nearly over and it is time for a little reflection. This reflection comes in the form of the End of Year Book Survey that I came across on Hannah’s blog, The Book Thief Without Words. It was originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner, and it such a cool and fun way of looking back on all the books I’ve read this year.
So, without further ado let’s get started:
Number Of Books You Read: 86 (at the time of writing this)
Number of Re-Reads: 28
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably YA Fantasy.
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Oh, good grief. I was really blown away by a lot of books and one of them was certainly Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’d been hearing the hype everywhere and I knew it was going to be one of the most important books of the year, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t think I “pushed” anyone to read anything, although I have obviously influenced my sister to start reading for pleasure because she is actively buying and reading more books – notably Harry Potter and Lumberjanes.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series I started (but haven’t yet completed) is The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor.
For fantastic sequels, I’m torn between The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.
Best Series Ender of 2017 has to go to A Conjuring of Light and Our Dark Duet, both by VE Schwab.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Oscar de Muriel – his Victorian detective novels are so different compared to others I’ve read.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t have an answer to this.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
This would apply to nearly all the Tess Gerritsen books I read this year but I’ll just pick The Surgeon.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
There are a few but this is certainly one of the top covers!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Radu from And I Darken. I still cannot stop thinking about him!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Her writing is a joy to read!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. God damn it this book gave me so many feels!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I read The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon in May just after the terror attack at the Manchester Arena and this passage jumped out at me. For me, I think this passage sums up the entire year and I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.
“That is what humans do. We make. We remake. We build, and we rebuild. And yes, sometimes we paint with blood, and we tear down our own civilisations, and it might never stop. But if we’re ever to unlearn our darker instincts, we have to be free to learn better ones. Take away the chance for us to change, and I promise you, we never will. I’m willing to fight for that chance.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Longest: either Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor or The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell.
Shortest: Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. Whilst fiction, it was inspired by pictures taken of refugees in Australian detainee centres and it opened my eyes to how we treat refugees, who by no fault of their own want a safer environment. I was genuinely appalled and saddened that innocent and scared people were being treated like monsters, for a situation that was completely out of their hands.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Yeva and the Beast from Hunted.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Kate and August from Our Dark Duet.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I don’t really have one.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Either The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
A Monster Calls. I was crying at multiple points.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I don’t think there is one.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Not one of them was that unique.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Bone Sparrow.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I’ve discovered a lot of great blogs but I don’t have a favourite.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?
I didn’t write as many as I wanted to but those I liked writing the most were:
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The one I did on BBC Pride and Prejudice Adaptations turned out really well, and I still get some notifications from it now.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
There isn’t anything.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Consolidating everything I blog about into one main blog. It has made blogging a whole lot easier, less stressful to keep up with, and I’m finding ways of connecting Disney with books that I couldn’t think of before. It was a pain to set up but it was well worth it.
6. The most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
A couple of really bad reading slumps that prevented me from being motivated to blog and read as much as I wanted.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I don’t really know but I am sure that one of them was my Book Journal post.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I’m going to shift away from the books and say that I wish my d/Deaf awareness posts would see a little more love and interaction. They’re important for me to write and I get a little anxious that people are liking them for the sake of it. Maybe I want the reassurance that they do mean something because championing d/Deaf awareness is a huge thing for me.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I don’t think I have any.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only one I’ve really completed and surpassed is my Goodreads Reading Goal of 60 books.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
I can’t think of any at the top of my head.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Again, I can’t think of one.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Write some more book reviews.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable)?
I don’t request or get sent early copies so there isn’t one.
What about you? What has your reading year been like? Have you written a similar style of post?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle New Year!