Huge thank you to Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner for hosting this survey again! Seven years and running!
This wasn’t the best of years for myself in any way – reading, personal, medically – so this is one of the saddest lists that I have created since blogging. But here is to the next year, and I really hope to start finding some sort of love for blogging, reading, and conversing online again. The best way to start, personally, is to try something familiar.
Number Of Books You Read: 25 total books (5 DNFs)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult – Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I bought every single edition I could when this book released.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma was one of the most disturbing, beautiful, confusing books I have ever read, and I LOVED IT.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I push anything by Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo – I really hope they did.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Started: Strange the Dreamer (#1) by Laini Taylor
Sequel: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorn and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Ender: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? Rhiannon Thomas really grabbed my attention this year with Long May She Reign.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I really liked reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty with my mother – adult contemporary fiction. Way out of my comfort zone.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo was just fantastic, and I seriously couldn’t put that book down, since it is written by one of my favorite authors and I was coming off of my WW movie high.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I’ll reread anything by her.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? Warcross by Marie Lu just really grabbed me with the bright colors.
11. Most memorable character of 2017? Minya and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer. Minya is just the best – who isn’t a rage-filled soul collector? I had to include Sarai because I find that I greet moths when I see them around (Hello, Sarai!)
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? Going to have to go to Strange the Dreamer again. I can’t believe how I loved this one just as much as Smoke and Bone.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? Strange the Dreamer – I talk to moths now.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It was such a wonderful book, and I adore the Persephone/Hades retelling theme.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young (259 pages)
Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (705 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – OUCH
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Rhys and Feyre I know I’m sorrrryyyyyy
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Tess and anyone else in Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop. I would LOVE her as a friend.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Don’t make me pick between Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. I refuse.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – thanks, Kara.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Jester from Heartless by Marissa Meyer
23. Best 2017 debut you read? Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves – loved it!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Strange the Dreamer again
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – that book didn’t seem to get the love it deserved this year
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Strange the Dreamer – that ending was just….
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – I just love magical realism
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop – it didn’t feel like a proper way to send off the characters that I just love.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I have really sucked with blogs this year. I mostly been taking recs and looking at reviews on Twitter.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? I actually enjoyed writing my review for The Takedown by Corrie Wang because it was such a polarizing book with great ideas and huge problems.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I shared what was happening with my health after my emergency surgery here. It was nice to get some things off my chest.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? My sister bought me the Illumicrate box for The Grishaverse for Christmas. She also bought me a signed copy of Warcross by Marie Lu because I was so excited about the book and I was so poor and depressed at the time. I had a hard time getting to any events this year. I did get to see David Tennant in person, if that also counts.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? When so many people checked on me after surgery in June. I’ve had to let certain people go this year, and grew closer to other people in the bookish community, thanks to the support and love provided during this troubling year.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Honestly, I’ve had a hard time reading, period, this year. I’ve even found books that I love, and I can’t seem to settle down and read for longer than 20 minutes this year because of out-of-control anxiety.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? I’m not positive about that. I still do not understand how to use the stats on this site. I’m pretty sure it had to do with Blind Date with a Book.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? I really can’t comment on this, since I haven’t been overly active this year. I am a little sad how Blind Date with a Book seemed to have a low turn out this year.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Bookish on iOS – I LOVE that app!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Nope.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (asexual story FTW!) and that cover is BEAUTIFUL.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? Blog
Thank you to everyone who provided love and support during the last year – I’m hoping for the best in 2018!