Thursday, January 4, 2018

The 2017 End of Year Survey

2017 is *finally* finished, so that means it's time to do my end-of-year survey, hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner! YAY, I LOVE DOING THIS.


Number Of Books You Read: 161
Number of Re-Reads: 25 (DAMN, bigger number than I was expecting)
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy!

1. Best book you read In 2017?
for the story: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
for the personal: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Given to the Sea. Like holy shit what a disappointment. It was a 2-star read for me, and I wanted to cry because I love Mindy McGinnis. But, well, it just did not work for me. Hoping the sequel is better! Also Lucky in Love. Again, another fave author of mine (Kasie West). Another unbelievable disappointment.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I'd heard such great things about it going in, but I was surprised by just how much I came to love it, and how much I could relate to the MC. Also Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I feel like that came out of nowhere, and I ended up loving it even though it took me a long time to finish.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
Rashika said I gave her a small push toward Letters to the Lost, so YAY. But also I think I did more general Twitter pushing, and so didn't end up actually getting people to read books specifically because of me. So I'm gonna fix that in 2018! I'm slacking.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best sequel of 2017? Best series ender of 2017?
Series Started: Daughter of the Pirate King
Best Sequel: Every Word and The Winner's Crime
Best Series Ender: A Conjuring of Light and The Fallen Kingdom

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Santino Hassell! I have read so many of his books now, ever since falling in love with his writing in Illegal Contact. I love how gritty, and honest, and real his books are. I see myself catching up to his backlist very, very soon. Haha.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Unearthed, because it's science fiction. I'm not really a sci-fi person, but I so enjoyed this book!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Missing by Kelley Armstrong and This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis. I literally could not put either of them down until I finished. I HAD to know what would happen!

9. Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year?
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. Also, I'm hoping to reread Wild Beauty, because it was just so wonderful.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Monty from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. I loved this precious bisexual rogue so much.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Wild Beauty was GORGEOUS. No one has a prose quite like Anna-Marie McLemore.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I expect this to be on ALL the lists. It is, inarguably, a damn good book. And it has, and will continue, to change lives.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 
Vicious by Victoria Schwab. Like omg it was so good.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read In 2017?
"I have my own soul and my own destiny, and I'm tired of belonging to someone else." -Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

"Anger was a wall to hide grief behind." -Hunting Prince Dracula

bonus word: anoshe, from A Conjuring of Light = until another day.

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2017?
Beyond Denial by Kit Rocha at 15 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages

17. Book that shocked you the most?
Gray Wolf Island. I just was not expecting anything how the book turned out.

Mycroft and Watts from the Every series. These two are partners in every aspect. They are friends, lovers, amateur sleuth detectives, and they know each other so well. Their romance was one of my favorite parts of this series!
Kiaran and Aileana from The Falconer Trilogy (I wanted to add them in, even though I started this series last year and it felt like cheating, but OH WELL I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH)

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Gideon and Noah from Foolish Hearts. I loved their friendship, and how they had each other's backs, and how they've known each other forever. Also they introduce each other to people with, "He's the best person I know." *dies of feels*

20. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously?
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. But also Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, which was SO good.

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
Starfish, which I would've read anyway, but with the hype in the community, and my friend Val RAVING over it, I devoured the book sooner than I would've. And I'm so, so happy I did because it was one of my favorites from this year.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Luka from Infini by KB Ritchie. Also love Mad from the Beyond series (Kit Rocha). But they aren't fictional crushes. I don't think I quite got that this year.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I loved the two main characters, and their adorable-as-fuck romance, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. No one does the fantastical like Laini. Her descriptions make me feel as if I'm there, and all I wanted while reading this story was to go to Weep myself.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
the Meet Cute anthology. I loved it. 

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. UGLY-SOBBED SO HARD.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I know it juuust came out in December, but it has had so little hype and I know that people are going to forget about it because it's not a big title.

28. Book that crushed your soul?
A Conjuring of Light. I'm still dying over that ending.

29. Most unique book you read in 2017?
I read a book about female serial killers! Lady Killers by Tori Telfer. It was super interesting. I also read some feminist books about badass women of history.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen. Gah, I just seriously did not like it. The ~villain~ pissed me off, and I didn't find the world that unique, and ugh. I wanted to love it, though. 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I, um, didn't discover any new blogs that I bookmarked or added to my blogroll. WHOOPS.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Probably my review for A Conjuring of Light, which was basically just a love letter to Holland. I'm not sorry.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Seeing Harry Potter Through Adult Eyes (more a discussion than review)
a playlist for the Keeping the Moon blog tour
and summer activities I wanted to do inspired by Along for the Ride

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
ALA midwinter and ALA annual with the best people.
Also, I went to Leigh Bardugo's The Language of Thorns tour stop. 

It was a GREAT year for bookish events for me. I feel so lucky to have been able to attend all of them!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
I got auto-approval on NetGalley for Simon and Schuster! :D

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing the new job, the different hours, with blogging. I work second shift, 2 p.m. to midnight, so not only am I away from the community during the hours when everyone's awake, but I don't have time for reading or writing during those days. So all of my blogging has ended up on the weekends, which hasn't been bad, necessarily. But it's been hard when I don't have the energy or time. I think I've gotten a lot better at it, but there were low days and low months. I hope 2018 brings more sunshine!

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The post where I talked about my uncontrollable TBR and ways in which I keep it down/organized was one of my more popular ones.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
My blog tour stop for Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I shared my favorite Shakespeare quotes, and related them to the book. I was so proud of it and wish it'd gotten just a bit more love.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Again, I don't think I discovered anything new book-related this year. SAD.

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

Yup! I surpassed my Goodreads goal of 100. I also read a series a month again, and plan to continue that in 2018. :D

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your number 1 priority in 2018?
Want by Cindy Pon and Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo are high on my to-read list. I meant to get to them in 2017, but WELL. Hopefully this year! :p

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?
SO. MANY. Dance of Thieves probably the most, though, because of how much I loved the Remnant Chronicles. Also Anna-Marie McLemore's Blanca & Roja.

3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?
Children of Blood and Bone, for sure. It sounds AMAZING.

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018?
Restore Me, which I'm nervous about but omg more of Juliette and Warner YAY.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018?
I would LOVE to be asked to blurb a book. It is honestly one of the last things on my blogger bucket list. I doubt it would ever happen, but one can dream, right?

6. A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone?
Meet Cute was so effing cute. Unearthed was enjoyable, and so was The Hazel Wood

If y'all did the end of year survey too, link me please! I want to read your post. :)

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