This is the second time that I’ve ever completed one of these surveys. The first time I filled out this survey was on my very first blog in 2014. I have now read quite a bit more and feel a lot more ready to answer these questions after 3 years. So here we go in to the survey. A huge thank you to Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner for giving us this bookish survey to fill out!
This year has been great for me book wise. Despite that fact that a lot of things have happened this year, such as finishing university, interrailing in Europe for 6 weeks and starting full time work, this has been my strongest year yet. Not to mention, this has been my strongest reading year so far and I also started my blog in March! So 2017 has been a pretty good year for me in several different ways.
So without further ado, here is my 2017 reading survey!
Number Of Books You Read: 60
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary or Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)
This is quite tough but it’s between Caraval, Hunting Prince Dracula and Everless. Invictus is also a close contender. The Hate U Give is also a very important book that I just have to mention.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
There’s Someone Inside Your House was a huge disappointment for me. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I was anticipating this book to end up being bitterly disappointed.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Invictus by Ryan Graudin was very surprising. I read Wolf by Wolf on one of our internal train rides and quite enjoyed it but when I read Invictus, I was very pleasantly surprised. I no where near expected to love it as much as I did!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I wouldn’t exactly say I’m a book pusher, but if there’s one book I will push for everyone to read from this year, it’ll be Hunting Prince Dracula (after I’ve pushed Stalking Jack the Ripper first though!)
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series started: Probably Everless. I know this doesn’t come out until January 2018 so it’s a little premature but I’m fairly sure there is a second book coming and I have to have it now. Caraval is also up there.
Best sequel: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I have a feeling this book is going to come up a lot through out this survey, but I can’t help that I love this series so much that it’s actually in my top 5!
Best series ender: Can I say A Court of Wing and Ruin by Sarah J Maas? I know more books are coming from this series but I feel like this was kind of the last book in this segment of the series.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Stephanie Garber, author or Caraval. I loved Caraval the moment I started it and it firmly cemented Stephanie as one of my most favoured authors. I can’t wait for Legendary to be released in 2018!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This is a little difficult to choose as there’s nothing that I really read thatI haven’t read before. Potentially The Walking Dead graphic novels? Or maybe Saga graphic novel. I read the first Saga graphic novel earlier this year and that was an experience.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I really enjoyed quite a few. It’s not action packed or thrilling, but the contemporary book, Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was a book that I read in one sitting and fully enjoyed. It actually made me laugh out loud and I can’t recommend it enough, especially to any teenager in high school/college because I think it’s just perfectly relatable.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Based on the fact that I haven’t reread any books this year, except for The Walking Dead Vol 1, I probably won’t reread anything!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Probably Geekerella. I love that this cover is purple and has sparkles.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Of course, my beloved Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell from Hunting Prince Dracula but I also loved Jules from Everless.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Honestly, I have no idea. There isn’t exactly one book that I thought was exactly beautifully written. I read some poems early on in 2017 so perhaps those.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Wolf by Wolf was fairly thought provoking as it looks at the world as if the Nazi’s had won WW2 rather than the allied forces. It’s definitely an interesting take on how life could have potentially been.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Diviners. I knew as soon as I saw this question that this book had to be the answer. I had the book for Christmas 2015 and it’s taken my just under 2 years to read it. I’m glad that I finally have and can now tick it off my long list of books read this year!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I never write down quotes or passages and I don’t tab my books either so I can’t really comment on this one!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
According to Goodreads’ Year in Books, the shortest book was Disney Princess comic strips at 95 pages and my longest was A Court of Wings and Ruin at 705 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Maybe Our Dark Duet just because I wasn’t expecting that ending at all!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Obviously Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Morven and Glen from one of my best friends book, The Changeling’s Journey.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Obviously, Hunting Prince Dracula, sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Probably Sofia Khan is Not Obliged. It’s an adult book but both my friends Nazima and Christine read this and loved it and so on our train to Milan, and in Milan, I read this book and fully enjoyed it.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
As I’ve mentioned a few times now, Caraval. Whenever I do these types of book surveys, I always end up answering with the same couple of books. I thought I’d read a lot this year, but apparently not.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Editing Emma was hands down the funniest book I’ve read this year. There were a couple of times when I read it and laughed and just honestly loved it.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
One of the first books I read this year was Everything, Everything which I’d probably say put me close to crying, but honestly, I just don’t really cry at all. I mean I do over a lot of things, but for some reason I never cry at books. They mostly just make me feel very sad.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I really enjoyed The Afterlife of Holly Chase. I found this one through instagram as a lot of bookstagrammers had been sent it. I probably had it in my basket for about a month as I couldn’t decide whether to get it or not, but I eventually went for it and din’t regret it at all. I gave this one 4 stars as I really enjoyed it. It’s a perfect Christmas/Holiday read that I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a Winter read before Christmas.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Maybe A Court of Wings and Ruin? Honestly, I have no clue. I feel like I read a lot of great books this year that I really loved but none really made me feel like a part of me had gone missing.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
I read a book on politics this year called This Book Will (Help You) Change the World which was different for me. For one, I have always been funny with politics. I was never taught in school about stand so I’ve never had a total understanding of it, but this book definitely helped. This was also unique for me because I never read non-fiction. Like, ever. Unless you count my text books of course..
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably The Hate U Give because it’s such a real and raw topic. It made me so mad to see Starr go through the trials and giving evidence about what had happened, just to see that despite the fact a police officer murdered an innocent, they never got anything. It’s very truthful to what we see happening in police brutality cases in the U.S. and it just made me so mad!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I’ve discovered and followed a lot of blogs this year as this year I started up my own blog. There are just way too many to say!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
I enjoyed writing my Hunting Prince Dracula review and tried to be a little creative with it.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Probably my Kindle post. I don’t have a lot of discussion posts on my blog but I do love my Kindle so I had to let the blogging world know why!
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I have only been to a few bookish events this year which include a Samantha Shannon signing and a Laini Taylor signing (where I met one of my besties, Mia). I also attended YALC in July which is by far, my favourite event of this year. I fully enjoyed myself and I got to meet up with two of my best friends, Nad and Christine, and meet a whole host of other people that I’m so glad I now get to call my friends. I already can’t wait to go back to YALC because it’s my happy place.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Reading 100 followers on my blog was pretty spectacular, especially as I only started this blog in March this year and my posts have been a little sporadic at times, especially over the last 3/4 months.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Relating to my answer above about my sporadic posts, I won’t lie, after my Europe trip and YALC, I felt a little slumpy and really struggled to read for most of August, which then affected my blog because I wasn’t writing content. Then my exams came along with two in November and one in December, so I focused all my energy on those. My blog has been a little neglected. I definitely want to become a much more consistent blogger and just all round reader in 2018.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My Kindle post (above) is my most commented on post, with my March wrap up closely behind.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Can I say all of them? As someone who started out this year, I just want my whole blog to have more love!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
On my interrailing trip around Europe this June and July, I got to visit 3 famous bookstores in Europe. I think my favourite of the three was definitely Shakespeare & Company, Paris. I would love to visit Cook & Book, Belgium again because it seems that we didn’t get to see the whole thing and so missed the books floating from the ceiling! You can check out my post about it in more detail here!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my Goodreads reading goal in June this year. It was only 20 books, but I assumed I’d struggle due to the fact that I spent the first six months of the year completing my final year at University, then I went inter railing round Europe for 6 weeks and then I came home and have been working full time pretty much ever since. I set a low goal to accommodate that, however, I’ve gone above and beyond that goal. I also quietly participated in Flights of Fantasy hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. I planned to read 10 fantasy books this year and I’ve literally just made it. I definitely want to be more involved in Flights of Fantasy next year to see how many Fantasy books I can read!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Oh man, I think The Book Thief. I do really want to read this and I’m hoping to have a historical month in February where, you’ve guessed it, I only read the historical books I own. No matter what kind of sub genre the fit into, I have a lot of historical fiction I want to read so this is when I’m planning to read them!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
AH. It’s got to be Escaping from Houdini, the third instalment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’ve already read Everless which I loved, so I think next on my list is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I’m definitely looking forward to Legendary by Stephanie Garber. It’s the sequel to Caraval. I’m excited to see where this takes the story next.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I’d love to read 200 blog followers by the end of 2018. I managed to hit 100 between March and October/November. We’ll see. Reading wise, I am going to set myself a target of 40 books as I start the next level of my accounting qualification which comes with 6 exams in 7 months. BUT, I would honestly just love to read even more than I have this year. I’m hoping to aim for 75 books in total, but we’ll see how that goes..
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Everless! Admittedly, I’ve finished it within the last 10 days of the year so I haven’t had much chance to recommend it, however if you are thinking of picking it up when it’s released (which is only in a few days as it’s released in January 2018), let me take this opportunity to recommend it to you. I gave it 5 stars!