2017 End of the Year Survey

Posted December 31, 2017 by Stormy in Books / 4 Comments

I’ve been doing this survey, hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual-Page Turner, every year since I started my blog in 2012. Even though I took a long hiatus toward the end of the year, I still wanted to do it and talk about my reading in review.

Number Of Books You Read: 106
Number of Re-Reads: 2 (The Walls Around Us and The Upside of Unrequited)
Genre You Read The Most From: Technically a category, but I read 21 graphic novels. After that, I probably read the most mysteries/thrillers.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Ugh, this question is always so painful. I’ll limit it as much as I can but The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, and The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. There, I limited myself to five.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. I just KNEW I was going to love this book. I was poised to give it 5 stars and everything, to declare my love for it from the top of the roofs. And then I read it. I liked it, don’t get me wrong. I gave it 5 stars. But the sibling element didn’t hit me in the way I expected it to, and the rest of the book really suffered from that.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami. I also read Audition this year, which I really didn’t like. Then I picked up In the Miso Soup and went on a wild (and sometimes gory and often horrifying) ride.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Well, technically probably Salt to the Sea because it was this year’s Cybils winner for YA fiction and I was a round 2 judge for it. I definitely highly recommend the book to anyone who hasn’t read it yet!

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series I started this yearSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Best sequel (technically a companion novel but we’re going with it)- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Best series ender– A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Shannon Hale. I hadn’t read any of Shannon Hale’s books before, but this year I read a few of her children’s books including Real Friends, her graphic novel, and Princess Academy.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. I rarely read novels in verse, but I really enjoyed this one, which I read for class.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill. I HAD to know where the book was going.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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

Gotta be honest, this was not a good year for particularly memorable book covers. I did re-read The Walls Around Us, which has one of my all-time favorite covers, so I’m going to go with that.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds was definitely the most thought-provoking.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Ahh, I did a horrible job of keeping track of favorite quotes this year! I might have to make that a goal for 2018.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

longest- A Conjuring of Light at 624 pages.

shortest- (I’m excluding comics/graphic novels for this question) – Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman at 68 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Both pairings in Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a split POV and two romances where I was equally invested in both, but that definitely happened in Queens of Geek.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Molly & Cassie in The Upside of Unrequited. Such a complicated, well-done sibling relationship! Runner-up: the friendship in Radio Silence.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I can’t pick just one for this question, because I had a lot. There’s The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. All those are five star reads from authors who I’ve read previously.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I was surprised by how much I liked it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I don’t really crush on book characters!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz. I loved it and it’s definitely an underrated book!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Interestingly enough, I think I’m going to have to go with We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I know we don’t always think of worldbuilding when it comes to contemporaries, but this book was just so vivid and atmospheric. It felt so cold, lonely, and isolating that it profoundly impacted my reading experience of the book.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Another question where I have to cheat. The two books I had the most fun reading this year were It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. This was the only book that made me cry this year, but boy did it turn on the waterworks!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Again, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. You would think the title would be enough of a warning, but I still ache.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu made me mad at the patriarchy, so let’s go with that.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I’m gonna be honest: I didn’t devote a lot of time to blogging in 2017. . . writing OR reading other blogs. This is a goal for 2018!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I got a bit personal in my review of The Names They Gave Us, so I have to go with that.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

My post on Galentine’s Day reads!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I went to an author signing at a nearby Barnes and Noble and saw Becky Albertalli, Sara Zarr, and Katie Cotugno!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Probably getting to be on the round 2 Cybils judging panel for YA fiction!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Just making time for it with a busy grad school year. I took classes year-round, including a summer semester, and also did my final project. There were a lot of demands on my time and sadly blogging had to fall by the wayside a little bit.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My post on what to do with books you don’t want anymore.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

It was one of my favorites, but my Galentines Day post.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Well I already knew about it of course, but I went to Book People in Austin for the first time!

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

I didn’t set any reading challenges or goals, but I’m happy with how much I managed to read during my last year of grad school.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Mostly because I have it out from the library right now and have exhausted my renewals.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli! Close second: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I just realized I don’t have any debuts on my want-to-read shelf yet. I’ll have to fix that soon!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’m hoping to read more of the books I’ve owned for quite awhile and get my physical TBR down to a manageable level.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Normally I have read one or two of the next year’s ARCs by this time, but not this year!

 

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4 responses to “2017 End of the Year Survey

  1. ACOL was such an amazing conclusion! I’ve been meaning to read Shannon Hale for years and own Princess Academy- maybe this year will be my year 🙂 I loved Queens of Geek! The romances were wonderful and the friendships even better.

  2. Sas

    I think there are a few books in here that I need to research right now 😉
    And I am very happy to see “Queens of Geek” and “The Upside of Unrequited” in your listing – these were my absolute highlights in 2017 🙂

    • Stormy

      I love The Upside of Unrequited so much that I read it twice this year! And Queens of Geek was so much fun, I’m looking forward to Wilde’s next book!

      • Sas

        Me too, actually! 😀
        The last month have been every exhausting and no book could excite me so I turned to the ones I know I loved before. And it was the right decision. I have to say that I was a little afraid that I won’t like it as much as at the beginning at the year but that was totally unnecessary, it was awesome 🙂

        Yeah, I literally screamed a little when I read that Jen Wilde wrote a second book! It’s already on my “to buy next” list and I can’t wait for it!

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