It’s Christmas Eve! And it’s the first day of my Best of 2017 series! Today I am filling in the Annual End of the Year Book Survey which was originally created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner.
2017 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 107 (at the time of me writing this, at least)
Number of Re-Reads: 19
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy or Science Fiction, probably
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I just really cannot pick one book I found the best of 2017, so I’m going to skip this question and talk about the 20 best books I’ve read in a post tomorrow!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was quite excited to pick up You by Caroline Kepness, but I absolutely hated it. I’d also heard great things about Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods by Silvain Neuvel – it had been compared to Illuminae because of its unique format… Alas, they ended up being disappointments, and I ended up DNF-ing Waking Gods.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Can’t really say any book I read was surprising, but I do have to admit I was surprised at my opinion on Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I had loved her Divergent series, but ended up not loving this book, unfortunately.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
It’s not really like I pushed people to read this book, but I did recommend Illuminae to a bunch of people because it’s just one of my favourite books of all time and I listened to the audiobook again this year and I just love it so much more.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series I started is definitely either Renegades by Marissa Meyer or The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. The best sequel goes to Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton and best series ender definitely goes to The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – I loved that book so so much!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Jonathan Stroud is definitely one of my favourite new authors – he wrote the Lockwood & Co. books and I recently read the first book, The Screaming Staircase, and it was great!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I can’t say I read many books out of my comfort zone because I am quite sure what my zone is and I don’t often venture outside of that because I know I will not enjoy those books as much as I do books inside my comfort zone. That being said, there’s one book that jumps out at me and that’s All the Feels by Danika Stone. It’s a contemporary, but it’s about fandoms and I guess that’s kind of on the edge of my comfort zone.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Rogue One novelization was definitely unputdownable for me. I loved the movie to bits already, but that novelization made me have so much more feelings. Staying in the SW universe, Rebel Rising by Beth Revis was amazing too – I read this while on vacation on Lanzarote, and I believe I finished it in a couple of days!
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I will definitely reread the Rogue One novelization by Alexander Freed. I think I’m also going to reread Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee, so I can dive into the last book in the series right away. I also want to continue rereading all of Rick Riordan’s books (so Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase ánd Trials of Apollo).
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
As much as I didn’t like the book, I think The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson has a great cover! Renegades is amazing too, and of course, the illustrated Harry Potter books have the best covers!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Thanks to Rebel Rising by Beth Revis, I just love Jyn Erso so much more! I’m so happy Beth got to write this book, because I love Beth’s Across the Universe series, and I knew already she would write an amazing space story. It did not disappoint, and like I said, it made me appreciate and love Jyn so more than I already did!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
To be honest anything written by Leigh Bardugo is just magic on pages. Anything. Even her shopping lists.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
A Monster Calls was pretty thought-provoking and life-changing I guess, both the book and the movie. I loved this story so much and it made me sob – even though I knew how it was going to end. I still get a bit sad every time I think about that book and oh god I don’t ever want to be in that situation ever again.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.” from Shadow and Bone. Also, I really loved the “I don’t care if you danced naked on the roof of the Little Palace with him.” quote from the same book.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
The longest book I read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix if I count re-reads. If I don’t, it’s Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. The shortest book I read was Wolverine: First Class, vol. 1 by Fred van Lente (though I have a hard time believing that… Comic pagination is still a thing that needs to happen, imo).
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
There is one book whose ending literally made me gasp out loud, and that’s Traitor to the Throne.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I just have too many OTPs, to be honest, but I will definitely go down with the Romione ship. And the Rebelcaptain (Cassian Andor & Jyn Erso) ship. Fight me.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
My favourite friendship was definitely the one between Magnus and Samirah from the Magnus Chase series. I loved their friendship so so much and I was so scared of bad things happening in the last book, ahhhhh!
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Well, my queen, Leigh Bardugo brought out two books this year, Wonder Woman: Warbringer and The Language of Thorns and they were both great and two new favourites. Also, Marissa Meyer brought out Renegades ánd Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 which are also favourites of mine now!
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Can’t really say this was recommended to me, nor that I read it because I felt ‘the pressure’ but I finally read two books Goodreads has been raving about – You by Caroline Kepnes and Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I hated both of them. Then again I also read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness partly because I wanted to see the movie, and I loved that book so so so so so much! (Though the movie made me cry harder)
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Well, I refound my love for both Ezra Mason and Nik Malikov again, especially after listening to the audiobooks. In my opinion, Ezra sounds a bit like Evan Peters, and Nik sounds like Sam Claflin, and they are both 10/10 so yeah.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
There are maybe two or three debut novels I read in 2017, but I can’t say I loved any of them.. I did enjoy Caraval by Stephanie Garber, but it wasn’t a new favourite. I gave it three and a half stars, so yeah, it was enjoyable but not amazing. Also, graphic novel wise, I really loved Hawkeye vol. 1 by Kelly Thompson. Though I believe the first comic in this series came out in 2016 already, the TPB didn’t come out until this year, so it counts!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Honestly, the Grishaverse is still amazing and I loved reading some of the fairytales from that world. Also just – Star Wars man. Star Wars.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I loved reading the novelization of The Book of Life, which is one of my favourite movies, and it gave me all the happy feelings because I just love it so so much and I loved the characters and the story and ahhhh!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I listened to the audiobook of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich which for me was extremely thrilling and made the story so much better!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Yeah, see, the thing is – I have no soul. But Rogue One still managed to crush it.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Maybe This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp? Because as far as I can remember it’s the only book I’ve read that involves a school shooting (not that that’s amazing or anything, just really horrifying) – where you actually witness the shooting and aren’t just informed about it like with another book I read last year (or the year before that). Writing-wise, I really can’t think of anything.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Stolen by Lucy Christopher, but that was mostly because of other people’s reactions to it. I don’t understand how people could sympathise with a guy who drugged and kidnapped a girl from an airport, took her to the middle of the Australian Outback and kept her there because he was in love with her and was convinced she would fall for him too. Ridiculous.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I definitely want to read Warcross by Marie Lu and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, I’ve had both of them on my shelves for a while and told myself I wanted to read them in December, but then I decided to reread some of my favourite books and these two just gathered dust for a bit… Next year, I am definitely reading them!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Well technically Zenith could count as a debut for Sasha, though it’s not for Lindsay – for a 100% debut novel, I’m curious about Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann because it’s a book about an asexual character, which is what I am, yay!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I’m both anticipating and very scared for both Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, the third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy – and for Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the last book in the Illuminae Files!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I really hope to be able to write more reviews next year, and hopefully get more comments on my blog – by commenting on other blogs as well! I also hope I will finally make a good dent in my TBR, both the Goodreads one and my physical one!
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
The only 2018 release I’ve already read was Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor, and I’m sorry to say I can’t really recommend it.
So that concludes my End of the Year Book Survey! Did you fill in this survey? Let me know in a comment and I’ll check out your list asap!