The End of Year Book Survey is an end of year event created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner as a way of looking back over a year of (hopefully) great reading and celebrating our achievements. I’ve done it for the past two years (since 2015) and it’s a great way to wrap up the year and look back at everything you’ve done, so I decided to do it again this year! You can find the questions on Jamie’s blog, here:
2017 Reading Stats:
Number of Books You Read: 36
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (be it MG, YA or Adult!)
Best In Books
- Best Book You Read in 2017?
VE Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light, a masterclass in how to do the perfect fantasy finale, equal parts high stakes, humorous, and well wrapped up as well as at times soul crushingly sad.
2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But You Didn’t?
The Invisible Library! I was like yeah, a book about libraries and spies, it should be absolutely incredible. I came out bored and totally confused. So yeah, not good.
3. Most Surprising (In a good or bad way) Book You Read?
I was surprised by how little I was surprised by One of Us Is Lying. I was expecting it to be totally mindblowing and in the end, it just felt like any other contemporary just with a criminal twist.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read In 2017 (And They Did)?
I don’t know if anyone did, but I know I’ve been pushing the Shades of Magic books a lot in 2017!
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best series ender of 2017?
Best series I started in 2017 was probably Caraval, I mean it’s only a duology, but there’s more than one book, so I’m counting it! Best sequel of 2017, I’m going to go with Chainbreaker, yes its release date is 2018, but I read it in 2017 and it was so damn beautiful and heartbreaking so it has to be that one. Best series ender of 2017 was hands down A Conjuring of Light.
6. Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2017?
Probably Samantha Shannon, I absolutely devoured the three books that are out so far in The Bone Season series this year and have been following her Twitter and Instagram and receiving her newsletter for any tidbits of news about her next books. I also got to meet her at YALC in July and she was so lovely!
7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall is probably the best fit for this one, whilst I have liked books that have focused on mental health in the past, YA contemporaries aren’t my usual thing and I’ve never read an #ownvoices mental health book before. I really enjoyed this one though and the fact that the author had experienced the mental illnesses that she was writing about added that extra layer of realism to it. Plus I got to meet Louise Gornall at YALC in 2016 and she was so lovely!
8. Most action packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Ooh this one is actually hard because I’ve read a lot of really great books this year. I’d say Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows probably fits the bill best for this one, it was a nearly 500 page book and I read it in just over a week because I was that addicted, which is not like me at all! Hopefully Crooked Kingdom will be just as addictive.
9. Book You Read In 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year?
None honestly? I am making one of my 2018 resolutions to reread more of my favourites, but I tend to let a little more time go by before I reread a book, so I’m unlikely to reread stuff from the year before!
10. Favourite Cover of A Book You Read In 2017:
The beauty of this cover, honestly makes me sad I read this book in e-ARC form-however the fact that I got to read it early makes me happy, so there’s an upside to everything.
11. Most memorable character of 2017
AHHH! I’ve read so many books with so many awesome characters this year that this one is really hard, but I’m going to go with Alosa from Daughter of The Pirate King. She swaggered into my life back in May and I had so much fun on adventures with her.
12. Most beautifully written book of 2017?
Ooh this is super hard! I’ve read so many gorgeous books this year, it’s really hard to say and a lot of times beautiful writing can go over the top (this happened for me with Daughter of Smoke and Bone) so it’s a hard one to choose. I think the one that sticks out for me though is Caraval, not necessarily for the writing itself, but the way it made me feel, the magic practically drips off the page, so for me that was the most beautiful book I read this year.
13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing Book of 2017?
I’m not necessarily sure if I’ve had one of these? Potentially Salt To The Sea is probably the closest to this one as I had no idea about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking before I read this book and yet so many people died in it? Wow.
14. Book you can’t believed you waited until 2017 to finally read?
Six of Crows! I should have jumped on the bandwagon long ago, I think I bought the darn book in 2015, so I should definitely have got to it before 2017, but there you go, I get scared by the hype. Still I read it this year and I’m glad I did because it’s just as awesome as people said.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read in 2017?
“Delilah Bard had never read many books. The few she did had pirates and thieves and always ended with the promise of more stories. Characters sailed away. They lived on. Lila always imagined people that way, a series of intersections and adventures. It was easy when you moved through life-through worlds-the way she did. Easy when you didn’t care, when people came onto the page and walked away again, back to their own stories, and you could imagine whatever you wanted for them, if you cared enough to write it in your head.” -A Conjuring of Light, VE Schwab
Ahhh! This quote is basically perfect for every reader out there.
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2017
Shortest: Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky-232 pages
Longest: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab-666 pages (the first year I’ve had a non SJM book in this slot!)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Chainbreaker! That ending though! And basically the entire last few chapters pretty much.
18. OTP of the year
Ouch! Really hard one. I think I’m going to go with Alucard and Rhy though from A Conjuring of Light, they finally got together and it was so satisfying!
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of The Year
Oh I don’t know! It’s always hard picking out favourite friendships because they tend to get overshadowed by romantic relationships, which is not cool and should not be a thing, but there we go. I want to go with Kell and Rhy for this one because their brotherly relationship in ACOL is #siblinggoals.
20. Favourite book you read in 2017 from an author you read previously?
A Conjuring of Light! Victoria Schwab is a writing superstar and her writing tweets are always hilarious.
21. Best Book You Read in 2017 based solely off a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
I’m a book blogger, most of the books I read are based off recommendations from someone else! I bought and read The Bone Season books purely based off peer pressure from my friend Nicola, so I think I can blame her for my insane love of The Song Rising.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
This is a hard one because I’m trying to think if I actually have any! 2017 wasn’t a banner year for new book boyfriends. Probably Kash from The Girl From Everywhere.
23. Best 2017 debut you read
I haven’t actually read many debuts this year, but I think Caraval was my favourite of the ones I did read.
24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
Tara Sim’s incredible alternate Victorian India has to win hands down for this one.
25. Book That Put A Smile on Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?
Definitely Daughter of The Pirate King!
26. Book That Made You Cry/Nearly Cry in 2017?
Chainbreaker again! Darn you Sim! Also honourable mention to Victoria Schwab for A Conjuring of Light as that one had me right on the brink.
27. Hidden Gem of The Year?
I’m not sure if I really had too many of these? I’d probably go with Charlotte Says, the prequel to Frozen Charlotte. Frozen Charlotte is in Zoella’s Book Club or at least it was, a while back, but I’m not sure many people know that the author wrote a prequel which was released this year, that is even creepier than the first!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Just one? Seriously? Like every author I’ve read this year has wanted to crush my soul in one way or another, even the funny ones! I think Victoria Schwab was the most determined to crush my soul this year with A Conjuring of Light. What does it say about me that that was my favourite book of the year?
29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2017?
Ooh I don’t know! Probably The Invisible Library, but not in a good way? It merged like every possible trope of fantasy and sci-fi into the one book until I was so confused I was unsure as to what book I was reading!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
One of Us Is Lying made me pretty darn mad for using sexuality and mental illness as plot twists!
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
- Favourite new book blog you’ve discovered this year?
Ah I don’t know if I have! Aside from on TTT days, I actually don’t read all that many other people’s blogs? I just don’t have the time when I’m at Uni! I’ve really enjoyed Fernanda’s blog, The Wanderlust Reader this year though, as one of the new ones I can actually remember subscribing to!
2. Favourite Review You Wrote In 2017?
Ooh I’m not sure, I’ve written so many! I think my review of ACOL was probably my favourite to write, simply because it was just me flailing over how much I loved it.
3. Best discussion/non review post you wrote in 2017?
Ooh this is hard because I’ve written a lot of discussion posts that I’ve been really proud of this year (and some of them have even been shared by other people on their blogs, like woah guys, it means so much to me that you share stuff from my little blog!). My favourite one I’ve done this year though is actually from all the way back in February, where I basically bemoaned the dearth of characters in YA who aren’t in relationships. This was basically my I’m single on Valentines’ Day and I don’t want to celebrate love ranty post (although I do still think the lack of single characters in YA is a big issue) and I was amazed by how much discussion was caused by this post!
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes etc)?
As with last year, the best bookish event of this year has to be YALC again. After three years of going, my friend and I have this down to a fine art by now, and this year was the best year yet, so many brilliant authors, so many amazing authors and Hannah and I had so much fun! Cannot wait to go back again for next year.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Ooh I don’t know! I’ve had quite a few this year. Meeting VE Schwab again at YALC this year was definitely a highlight!
6. Most challenging thing about your blogging/reading life this year?
The same thing as every year really, trying to balance blogging with University is always a challenge!
7. Most Popular Post On Your Blog This Year (be it by comments or views?)
I’ll do it by views this year, since I did it by comments last year and my most viewed post is apparently my review of the third book in the Unwind dystology, Unsouled, which is an unexpected one as it’s a third book in a series and my reviews are not usually that popular (just a sad fact of book blogging: reviews are always your least viewed posts), but there you go!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love
I wrote a discussion post right before Christmas that obviously hasn’t got too much love because it’s been Christmas, so now that Christmas is over, it would mean a lot to me if more people gave this post some love:
9. Best bookish discovery
Ooh I don’t know if I have one this year!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Yes! More details to come in my End of Year Check In, which will be up today or tomorrow.
- One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 but will be your number one priority in 2018?
All of them? Haha no seriously now, I really need to read Tower of Dawn before the final Throne of Glass book comes out in September.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
THRONE OF GLASS #7. WE WILL HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS WHEN IT FINALLY COMES OUT. #SaveAelin2k18
3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?
A Thousand Perfect Notes! Cait’s book is finally coming and it’s bound to be heartbreaking perfection.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating In 2018?
Since I said Throne of Glass #7 for the first one, I’ll go for the final book in the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, Hero At The Fall for this one. I’ve been seeing people getting ARCs and been both simultaneously happy and yet seething with jealousy, so I can’t wait till I can finally read it.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish/Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2018?
I’m hoping to get my writing feature, Writing Corner, properly going next year and get people to guest post on my blog for it, so if you are a writer and would like to be featured in my Writing Corner this year then please let me know!
6. A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone?
CHAINBREAKER! Out 2nd January, everyone!
How was your 2017 reading year everyone? What are you looking forward to reading in 2018? Let me know in the comments.