Hah, I had mentioned to my friend that I’d try to binge-read over my break, but that clearly didn’t happen! All the same, I at least got through a decent amount of books this year, and had a great run at the beginning of 2017 as far as five-star reads went. I’m still very determined to read a lot more, and while I don’t do many resolutions, at least setting and making my GoodReads goal has been a steady consistency!
Normally I do two reflection posts, so this one would be the first. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has been hosting this End of Year Book Survey for a few years now, and it’d be my fourth time getting into the groove. This is basically where I highlight some fun bookish facts about what I’ve read in 2017.
2017 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 68
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The extra 300 pages of absolutely new plot threw me off, really. I’d still recommend the trilogy, though!
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I did enjoy the book, even amidst my giggling critique of its new adulty-ness. All the same, it was entertaining overall.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Because women in power. Yaaaaaas.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best Series Started in 2017:
Best Sequel Started in 2017:
Best Series Ender in 2017:
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
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?
Read this pretty early on, so would need to reacquaint myself again when I pick up the second book.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Shoutout to Dan De Los Santos for illustrating two of the three favorite covers on my list!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
It was going to a girl who was badass. As the only female trainee and one of the top four competitors in the Black Mask training academy, she gets my vote.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
It wasn’t life-changing, but it definitely was thought-provoking. And highly disturbing.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Finishing the entire series was an “About Time” moment, really.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Words cannot describe my reaction to the end of this book. I cannot.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Lila Bard and Kell Maresh (A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab)
Ohhhh yes. I think those who’ve read and ship these characters are totally thinking about a literal ship in which the ship…ships? Teehee. Teach me your Antari ways, Kell.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Bran and Mercy (Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs)
Bran is Mercy’s adoptive father, and also the scariest werewolf alpha in the western hemisphere. That said, their relationship is a tricky one, and I always love the moments where Bran shows just how much he’d go to protect his surrogate coyote daughter.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Elias Veturius (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)
Just what is it about cold-trained killers that makes me crush on them in literature? Seriously, though, other than a hard body, Elias has a good heart and a moral compass. It kind of makes him the antithesis of an assassin, but there ya go.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Nothing like soul-crushing goodness to put your life in perspective.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Don’t get me started again.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
Well, not biased or anything…but Fableulous Retellings Podcast is lovely…
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
My blubbering about A Conjuring of Light was pretty much the culmination of the entire year.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Haven’t been getting into much discussion lately, but I’ve been pretty bad with blogging and following other blogs. I really need to change that this year.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
While I didn’t get it completely done, I did adore The Reading Quest activity that Aentee created.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Gosh. Honestly, when I heard that I got another short story in Dreaming Robot Press.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Work really picked up this year, especially when I had to transition out of a not-so-stressful little-voldie environment to full-on stress mode by February. Honestly, most of my blogging ended up in the summer, during my breaks.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Interestingly enough, it’s a toss-up between my review for A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Maybe the Fableulous Retellings reposts, though I won’t say not to love anywhere else.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Storiarts doesn’t have as many book selections as Lithographs, but it’s worth pointing out because their fingerless gloves are adorbs!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My Goodreads goal got done! I would have missed it by 3 books, but thankfully, the audiobook spree was going strong.
Can’t say anything else about any of my other reading challenges. I really need to commit to those someday…
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Read more. Yep.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Snort. I’ve been really bad at reading my ARCs right now I can’t bring myself to answer this.
How did your bookish year go?