This is a survey crated by Jamie @perpetualpageturner. If you want to know more about it just click the image above and it will lead you to the original post. All the graphics are done by Jamie as well, I take no credit for them.
This is my third time doing this survey. I just love wrapping up my reading year this way!
2017 wasn’t a good reading year for me. I felt as if I was in a slump the whole year, I just didn’t feel like reading at all. For a few years now I have been reading around 70 books per year, which I have been very happy about. In 2017 I “only” ended up reading 33 books, meaning less than half the amount I usually read.
(Honestly I’m quiet disappointed by that.) This last year just wasn’t the best for me. Hopefully 2018 will be better!
Number Of Books You Read: 33
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, Young Adult
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
The first book that I finished in 2017 was A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. It also turned out to be the best book that I read the whole year!
(Which doesn’t really surprise me, as Victoria Schwab is one of my all time favourite authors.) If you want to see me fangirling about this book check out my full review of it! ADSOF was such a wonderful book and I loved it!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I’m definitely picking the bad surprise. When I Cast Your Shadow was definitely one of the worst books that I have read this past year. From the synopsis I expected to enjoy it quiet a lot, as it sounded very interesting. But I was dead wrong, this book was simply bad. If you want to know why in more details, check out my review of this book.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t think there was one particular book that I “pushed” people to read in 2017. The only one two that I can think of are A Darker Shade of Magic and The Forbidden Wish, but I don’t actually know how many people picked those up on my recommendations. Especially since I know a lot of people that kept recommending those books as well.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
The best series that I started in 2017 was the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab.
(As I have mentioned that series quiet a bit in this post.) The best sequels that I read last year were Eldest by Christopher Paolini and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. I haven’t finished any series in 2017, so I don’t have a best series ender.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017?
I don’t have a new favourite author. I just didn’t read multiple books by the same author this past year and I need to do that in order to discover a new favourite author. I just don’t find a favourite author based on one book alone.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Poetry is a genre that I never pick up.
(Do you even count poetry as a genre? Apparently I do.) In December I picked up love & you by Gretchen Gomez and it was simply beautiful and wonderful. I really enjoyed this poetry collection and it’s made me want to read even more poetry, which is something that I never thought I would say. Hopefully I will be picking up more poetry soon!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
For me that was definitely Scarlet by Marissa Meyer! I ended up reading this book in two days, I just couldn’t stop reading it. It was very action-packed and I enjoyed every moment of it. I have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2017?
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Lets be real, for me that was Magnus Bane. I ended up reading two books that featured him, those being The Bane Chronicles and City of Ashes.
(I seriously NEED to continue and finish The Mortal Instruments, it’s ridiculous that I haven’t done that yet.)
Magnus Bane is one of my all time favourite characters
(which you may be aware of, as I keep mentioning it), so it’s obvious that he is the most memorable to me – especially since I ended up reading two books that feature him.
I probably should have picked a newly discovered character that I read about in 2017, but none of them compare to Magnus Bane so I didn’t.
(Quiet obviously as I just talked about Magnus for ages.)
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz was very thought-provoking
(not that life changing though). It’s set in the future where technology has evolved and developed a lot. The world of this book seemed very possible and that made it even scarier. I definitely could imagine a world like this and it freaked me out in many ways.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
That definitely has to be Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I read the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, in 2016 and I wanted to continue the series immediately after that. But I never picked up Scarlet and then I kept pushing it off. So I freaking finally read Scarlet at the end of 2017 and it was amazing. I really liked that book and I can’t believe that I waited that long to read it!
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I’m not good with quotes in general. I don’t tend to remember them, so finding a favourite one would require going through all the best books I read in 2017 and searching for the best one.
(I seriously don’t have the time to do that.) I just don’t care all that much about quotes.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
J.K. Rowling writes amazing mysteries and this book managed to shock and surprise me in many different ways. It was such an amazing sequel and I can’t wait for the next book in the Cormoran Strike series to come out!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Zahra and Aladdin. If you have read The Forbidden Wish you know exactly why. If you haven’t you definitely NEED to read this book! The both of them are wonderful on their own and together they make an amazing team. Their romance is definitely one of the best that I have ever read about.
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The various friendships in A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe were amazing to read about! It was fun following all the characters and getting to see their friendship grow and evolve. There was also some romance in this book, but I really didn’t like it – it felt unnecessary and this book could have done without it. My full review of this book.
20. Favourite 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:
None come to mind really. I am a mood reader and I only ever read what I feel like reading in that current moment. So peer pressure doesn’t really affect me, especially since I also don’t like reading hyped books
(at the time everyone talks about them) – as I expect a lot out of them and they end up disappointing me (in most cases). So no, there wasn’t a book that I was “pressured” to read in 2017.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
That is definitely Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. Aladdin is one of the best characters that I have read about this past year and I simply adored him. He is definitely the most worthy of having the title of newest fictional crush for me. The Forbidden Wish has also become one of my all time favourite books, so I would definitely recommend picking it up. My review of this book.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The best debut of 2017, that I have read, has to be love & you by Gretchen Gomez. This poetry collection is simply beautiful and you definitely NEED to read it, if you haven’t yet.
24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Victoria Schwab always manages to create magical and imaginative worlds. The world in The Shades of Magic series was no exception. The world of the parallel Londons was fascinating and I was intrigued from the first page. I can’t wait to read the other two books in this series and get even more immersed into this wonderful world.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
As you may know
(as I keep mentioning it), Magnus Bane is one of my all time favourite characters. I simply adore him! So getting to read a whole book about his adventures was amazing. The Bane Chronicles was an amazing short story collection that managed to bring a smile to my face with each story. I just had so much fun reading about Magnus’s crazy adventures and about him in general!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
The only book that made me cry in 2017 was the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. Lets be real, every Harry Potter books makes me cry and that is nothing new. This book was no exception to that, obviously as I chose it for this category.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I definitely have to give that to The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz. This is a middle grade book about the adventures of an inventor/magician apprentice and a fairy. It was a really fun book, with great and flawed characters, interesting story and world. It’s a book that I would definitely recommend more people to pick up. I have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I don’t actually have one for this category. I haven’t read any soul crushing books this year.
(I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for books that I knew were going to crush me.)
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
That definitely has to be Because You Love To Hate Me by various authors. I have never before read an anthology, so it was quiet the unique and new format for me. The premise for this intrigued me a lot, especially since I love villains! It was a good book and I do plan on picking up more anthologies in the future. If you want to know more of my thoughts on this book, I have a full review for it.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I didn’t even have to think about this question. As soon as I read it, I knew that I had to pick Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This book made me really mad at times, thought I don’t really want to waste my energy/time going into why. This book was basically like a very bad fanfiction
(and I have read a lot of those) that I actually had to pay for. This was definitely the most frustrating book that I read all year!
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?
An amazing book blogger that I discovered in 2017 was Marta @The Cursed Books. She always posts something interesting and I really love reading her posts. If you aren’t following her yet you’re definitely missing out! So definitely go and follow her, you won’t regret it!
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?
You know me, I can’t choose just one when it comes to my favourites. So here are some reviews of mine that I particularly liked:
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab || Book Review
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury || Book Review
- The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember || ARC Review
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
One of my plans for 2017 was to start writing discussion posts. Guess what didn’t happen? I just didn’t have the time to work on them and when I had the time I had no motivation.
(No I don’t have an actual answer for this question.) I will probably have a few discussion posts this year, but I’m not promising anything.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I have never been to an author signing or a festival. So I obviously can’t pick any of them. A new meme/feature that I started participating in was Standalone Sunday in which we showcased our favourite books that aren’t part of a series.
(As the name of it implies.) I featured some of my all time favourite books!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
It definitely has to be my 2nd Blogiversary! I still can’t believe that I have been blogging for over two years now, time has seriously passed by fast. I never had a hobby that I followed through for this long and I must say I’m very proud of myself for continuing with it for this long! I just adore blogging!!
For my second Blogiversary I did my first ever Q & A and I had a ton of fun with it!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I found reading in general to be challenging this year. I just didn’t have any motivation to pick up books and read them. I was never in the mood to read. Something like that has never happened to me before, I was apparently in a year-long slump.
(If there is something like that.) It was really disappointing and frustrating, as I wanted to read so many amazing books but I was never actually in the mood to pick them up.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most popular post depending on the views was The Totally Should’ve Book Tag, closely followed by It’s my BIRTHDAY! & Favourite Fantasy Cover Art || Top Five Wednesday. They were literary three views away from each other, so I decided to include them both in this question.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t have a particular one. I guess I wish that my Anime Wrap Ups got a little more love, but I never expected them to really. Not many people watch anime, so I don’t really expect that many people to be interested in those posts.
(I just love writing them, so I keep doing them.) Other than that I have no complaints.
My blog has been doing rather well this past year and I’m very happy about that!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I don’t really have one for this. I have been using the same bookish sites and I shopped at my usual stores. No new bookish discovers are coming to my mind right now.
(Which is kind of sad, I should at least find a new book store in the future.)
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only reading challenge that I take part in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. In 2017 I set myself the goal of reading 7 books and I easily managed to complete the challenge. I just wanted to give myself an easy one, as I had a feeling I wouldn’t be reading that much this past year.
(The slump I was talking about started at the end of November 2016.)
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Um…there are so many books that I didn’t get to in 2017, that I wanted to get to so finding one was very easy. I decided to go with A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. She is one of my all time favourite authors and I have loved everything that I have read by by her so far. I adored the first book in this series and was exited to pick up the rest. SO WHY THE HELL HAVEN’T I READ THIS BOOK YET?! Well, no one really knows.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
I don’t really have any. My plan for 2018 is to get through many of the books that I already own, so I haven’t been researching any new releases that are coming out.
(And with NetGalley sucking lately for international bloggers, I won’t be getting many/any ARCs.) I do plan on keeping an eye on a few books that sound interesting. Once they come out and I read some reviews, I will decide if I want to read/buy them.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The answer to this question is the same as the previous one.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I don’t really have any. Most of the series that I’m currently in the middle of have already been finished or it’s unknown when the next book is coming out. There is the fourth Shatter Me book, but I have only read the first book so far so I’m not anticipating it that much. Other than that I can’t think of any series ender or sequel that I can’t wait to get my hands on in 2018.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
The only reading challenge that I’m taking part in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I’m hoping/planning to read at least 30 books, as I want to do better than this past year. For my blogging life I simply want to post at least 2 times a week – that’s a nice schedule that I can keep up with and have been doing for a few months now.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I haven’t read any 2018 releases yet. So I don’t really have an answer for this one.