It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into the new year! Before I get started on 2018 reviews and other posts, I thought I’d take some time to reflect back on my reading experiences in 2017 through the End of Year Book Survey. Founded by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, this annual survey is a fun way to take one last, fond look at the previous year. Everyone is welcome to participate, so feel free to link up on Jamie’s blog!
2017 Reading Stats
Number of books you read? I read 113 books and listened to 25 audiobooks.
Number of re-reads? I re-read constantly; 31 of the books I mentioned above were rereads.
Genre you read the most from? Not certain, but I’d guess either fantasy or contemporary.
Best in Books
Best book you read in 2017? Nora Sakavic’s All for the Game series was my 2017 obsession. In fact, I read the entire trilogy three times this year. It’s just that good.
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee; it wasn’t terrible, but after the first two chapters it definitely didn’t live up to my hyped expectations.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Most surprising book you read in 2017? Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios surprised me because I didn’t expect to be so emotionally impacted by the relationship abuse in this book. It hit me hard.
Book you “pushed” the most people to read in 2017? I finally succeeded in pushing one of my close friends to read C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy! Hurray!
Best series you started in 2017? Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro
Best sequel in 2017? Fireblood by Elly Blake
Best series ender of 2017? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (This may be cheating, though; when I read this book I thought it was the end of a trilogy, but apparently there will be more books coming?)
Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2017? Nora Sakavic, David Dyer
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I‘m not usually one for books that feature menage relationships, but I ended up loving Us Three by Mia Kerick, a male-male-male romance.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Riders by Veronica Rossi
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Most memorable character of 2017? V from Chance Assassin by Nicole Castle is pretty damn memorable.
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017? “By relegating the things we fear and don’t understand to religion, and the things we understand and control to science, we rob science of its artistry and religion of its mutability.” — All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Shortest and longest book you read in 2017? The Adventures of Charles, the Veretian Cloth Merchant by C.S. Pacat (shortest) and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (longest)
Book that shocked you the most? I did not expect the ending of Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill.
One true pairing of the year? Lane and Jared from Breakaway by Avon Gale
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? I loved the sisterly relationships between Maeve/Bronwyn and Ashton/Addy in One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I was also fascinated by the relationship between the three Kovrov brothers in The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake. (Read my review here)
Most beautifully written book read in 2017? All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (I mean, obviously – everything those two write is beautiful)
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously? The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick – it was far superior to the first novel I read by her, My Life Next Door.
Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Definitely Gideon from Riders by Veronica Rossi
Best 2017 debut you read? The Midnight Watch by David Dyer was stellar – I can’t wait to read more of Dyer’s work. (Read my review here)
Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read last year? Warcross by Marie Lu was very imaginative.
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017? The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick broke my heart, but that’s part of what made it so amazing.
Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read? My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson and Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Hidden gem of the year? The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake (Read my review here)
Book that crushed your soul? Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence was ugly, savage, and soul-crushing.
Book that made you the most mad? As you can tell from my GIF-filled, ranting review, In A Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick infuriated me.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I’ve really been enjoying Destiny’s posts at Howling Libraries!
Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum (Read my review here)
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I participated for the second time in Love-A-Thon, an annual virtual event hosted by Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Cee (The Novel Hermit), Kristin (Super Space Chick) and Mel (The Daily Prophecy).
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? I’m a HUGE fan of Michael Grant’s Gone series, so when I heard he was continuing the series – four years after publishing what everyone thought would be the final installment – I was overjoyed. I requested an ARC of Monster from Edelweiss but didn’t really expect to be approved, so when I received a confirmation email months later I was so happy I literally cried. (Read my review here)
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life in 2017? Finding the time/motivation to write posts. 🙁
Most popular post in 2017 on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)? My post BEA For Beginners: 5 Tips to Maximize Your Experience at BookExpo America, was most popular in 2017, even though I wrote it in 2016. The most popular post I wrote this year was 7 Books You Should Read Based on the Movies You Love.
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I was pretty proud of my post 5 Middle Grade Books to Read for National Dog Day. I was especially pleased by how the graphics turned out!
Post you wished got a little more love? Ha, all of them? But I especially wish I’d gotten more comments/engagement on my National Dog Day post mentioned above.
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I joined a Life & Lit group on Facebook in 2017 and love being part of an online community of fellow book lovers. <3
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? My Goodreads challenge was to read 80 books this year; I’m happy to say I blew by that number!
One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your number 1 priority in 2018? Haven by Mary Lindsey
Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut, non-sequel)? The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
2018 debut you are most anticipating? I’m quite excited for A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, a.k.a. Cait from Paper Fury. I’ve followed Cait’s blog for years and can’t wait to read her first novel.
Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018? I am dying to get my hands on Shatter, the sequel to Glitter by Aprilynne Pike.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018? Write reviews of all the ARCs I received previously but haven’t reviewed yet…eep. 8-L
2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I recently started Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi and so far, so good!