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2017 End of Year Book Survey

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I just realized today that this month marks my 4-year blogoversary!!! Yay me!

Now, on to a look at this year's reading with a survey brought to us by the ever-amazing Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner!


Number Of Books You Read: 44
(I'm hoping to squeeze in one more before New Year's)

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy



1. Best Book You Read In 2017? There were a number of good ones this year, but I'm going to give it to Invictus. This book delivered the time-travel adventure I'd been waiting for.


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?  It's a tie between The Evaporation of Sofi Snow and Heart of Iron (review to come). I liked the authors' previous books Storm Siren and Geekerella, and I generally love sci-fi/fantasy, but . . . these both had great concepts and just didn't execute for me.


3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Sweep in Peace, book 2 in Ilona Andrew's Innkeeper Chronicles series. I really liked the first book, but this one took it to another level and I loved it.


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?  I don't know how many have actually picked it up, but I definitely pushed Anne Bishop's The Others series A LOT this year.



5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?  The best series I started were Castle Glower and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles; best sequel was Sweep in Peace; and I didn't finish many series, but best series ender would have to be Etched in Bone from The Others.

 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?  Probably Ryan Graudin. I'm looking forward to trying her other books.


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?  Vengeance Road by Erin Bow. I don't usually do Westerns, but I really enjoyed this!


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?  Hate to sound repetitive, but Sweep in Peace or Invictus. :)

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?  The Others series, the Kate Daniels series, and the Innkeeper Chronicles. I've already reread at least two of The Others books and parts of several Kate Daniels novels before. Probably will again. :)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?  Geekerella by Ashley Poston. It has bright colors and cool graphics!


11. Most memorable character of 2017?  Um . . . I kind of remember them all mostly the same?

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?  Even though I didn't love the book, the writing was beautiful.


13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?  Um . . . they all provoked thought, but I don't know that I'd call any of them life-changing. Then again, I have a ridiculously high bar for that.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?  Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier. It was on my shelf for forever, and I liked it and am ready for the sequel.


15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?  I don't mark quotes as I go so . . . your guess is as good as mine?

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?  Captain Marvel, Vol. 1 at 136 pages and Heir to the Shadows at 482 pages.


17. Book That Shocked You The Most:  Probably The Black Jewels trilogy. That world was seriously messed up.


18. OTP (one true pairing) OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):  I don't get super into shipping pairs, but I was a fan of the relationships between Meg and Simon (The Others), Dina and Sean (Innkeeper Chronicles), and, of course, Kate and Curran (Kate Daniels).


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:  Pretty much all the friendship/family relationships in the above three series.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:  Since I've already mentioned Sweep in Peace a lot, I also loved Magic Binds, the latest Kate Daniels book.


21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:  None. :)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?  Uh . . . I can't think of one off the top of my head. Fail.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?  All the worlds that come to mind are super vivid because I've read multiple books in them. Not sure if that counts?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?  Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. An unflinchingly practical princess does not want to be rescued from a dragon's lair.


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?  A lot of them did, but mostly because I was up way too late and my eyes NEEDED to close and sleep, lol.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?  I'm going to say Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson. It was less successful for me than the first book in the series, but still good, and I feel like it doesn't get a ton of attention since it's a self-published sequel.


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?  My soul doesn't get crushed. My soul does the crushing.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?  Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. Despite its flaws, the first book was generally enjoyable, and this one . . . wasn't.




1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?  It's not new, but I think I just started following Shannon's blog, It Starts at Midnight, this year, and I've been loving it!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?  My review of Invictus.


3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?  I'd say either "How to Make a DIY Book Subscription Box" or "5 Easy Ways to Create New Content When You're Buried by Life."


4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?  I didn't get to any author events or festivals this year, but I did have the privilege of participating in the OTSP secret sister and TBTB secret Santa projects.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?  Probably getting to hang out with fellow book blogger Alyssa (The Eater of Books) when she was in Philly!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?  Law school + job hunting. Between the two, they really killed a lot of my time and energy for reading and blogging.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  "How to Make a DIY Book Subscription Box"


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?  My monthly wrap-ups, mostly because they make up the bulk of my posting during law school crunch time, haha. ^^ They contain mini reviews on books I've read that month and a bit of what's going on in life, so there's plenty to chat about.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?  I've seen OTSP secret sister around before, but this was the first year I tried it myself and found out how much fun it was! I also made a free account on Riveted this year. They have a few YA full books and excerpts available to read for free every month.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?  I completed my Goodreads Challenge!





1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?  There are too many to count . . .

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?  Lake Silence by Anne Bishop. The main (first) arc of The Others series is complete, but this is set in the same world, just a different town and different main characters.


3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?  As of now, Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely.


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?  While I hope it's not THE END of the Kate Daniels series, I am anticipating Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews.


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?  I'm thinking about changing the blog theme. I've had the same one for quite a while. I still like its clean lines, but I think it might be time to switch things up.

I'm also considering (further) transitioning the blog to less of a book blog and more of an everything me blog. As much as I love reading, I'm more about stories in general (books, movie, TV, etc.), and I'm interested in lots of other things too. I'd like the blog to reflect that more so I don't feel like I have nothing to say when I'm not reading as much.

Other Fun Stats:

I had an interesting split of ratings this year. A quarter 1-star, a quarter 2-stars, and the other half mostly 3-stars with a few 4-stars thrown in. Hopefully next year will skew a little higher. Then again, sometimes you need to read junk, like watching reality TV. ;)



Like last year, I'm still reading about 60% of my books in digital form (between ebooks and eARCs). I still prefer owning physical books, but I'm definitely getting sucked into the convenience of ebooks, especially now that I added the Kindle app to my phone and can pull up a book while waiting for the train.




And that has been my 2017 in books! How was yours? Wishing everyone happy reading in 2018!

4 comments :

  1. I like the bar graph!! I just used a gift card to buy Invictus so I'm glad to see it was your favorite this year! Ooh The Others, interesting! I don't really read urban fantasy but I have a couple other friends who love this series too. I might have to try it! Same with the Kate Daniels books. Dealing with Dragons was a favorite of mine in middle school, I should reread the series! I have Rebel Magisters but haven't read it yet, good to know it's a worthy sequel. I like the idea of all sorts of content on the blog- stories are stories :)

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    1. I hope you love Invictus!! I would definitely recommend trying The Others. I've gotten a few non-urban fantasy readers to give it a try, and they all wanted the rest of the series. And Kate Daniels is always fun if you something with a little snarky humor. :) Thank you!

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  2. AWW you are too sweet, you totally made my day, thank you!! I liked Invictus too, it was fun! And I *must* read The Others series. I keep saying I am going to, but then, time. I am bummed that Heart of Iron and Sofi Snow were disappointments for you because I am definitely reading Heart of Iron soon because well, reviews. And wow, a quarter one-stars?! That is rough, I am sorry! Though I do agree with you that sometimes you need a crappy book from time to time hahah. And I definitely think you should blog about non-bookish stuff, if you want! I mean, I am all for seeing posts that make you excited and happy! I feel like shows and other stuff you like is such a natural extension, you know? Hope that 2018 treats you well!

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    1. You're very welcome and totally deserve it! You should definitely try The Others. Now's a perfect time too. If you like the first one, the main series is complete at 5 books. :)

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