Blogmas Day 22: 2017 End of the Year Book Survey

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Since 2017 is nearly over, I thought it would be a good time to do the end of year Book Survey, as a way to wrap up the year. This is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. It is a great time to look back on my reading and blogging year. I get to see all the books I have read, authors I have discovered, events I attended and so much else. I did accomplish quite a lot this year and I’m extremely proud of that.

Every year I struggle not to reuse the same books, but this year I will attempt to change it up a little bit… it probably won’t work though. Here’s my past End of Year Survey! Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017

Number Of Books You Read: 175
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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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)

YA Historical Fiction: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
YA Fantasy: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
YA Magical Realism: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Contemporary Mystery: Made of Stars by Kelley York
Middle Grade Fantasy – Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda

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

Antisocial

Antisocial was just so terrible for a lot of reasons, You can read my full review here.

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

Made of Stars
This book was definitely surprising. I’d never read anything by this author before, I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I read this book within 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down.

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

Gentleman

This one is a bit tough, because I rarely “push” people to read something. But the book I’ve been “pushing” on people the most would be the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. So, if you haven’t read it, go read it. It is hilarious and emotional, with incredible characters and a great story.

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

Series started: The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

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Sequel: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater & Lord of Shadows

Series Ender:  The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King

 6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017?

Too hard to narrow it down! Check out my New-to-me Authors I read for the first time in 2017

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

Quiet

I don’t typically read Nonfiction. I wasn’t planning on ever reading this, but I found the Audiobook of it, so I decided to give it a try and I really enjoyed it.

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

Gentleman

I could not put it down, and just loved it! I’d seen a lot of positive reviews of this and people talking about it. But it was so unexpected, it actually surpassed my expectations.

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

I don’t re-read books, but I will be re-reading these next month for the Manga Madness Read-a-thon that I will be hosting. Click on the link if you’d like to check out my Announcement Post.

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

There are lot of good ones, but I don’t want to keep repeating answers, so I’m going to say The Case Study of Vanitas. I love these Covers so much. They’re so pretty, I Love the colours!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Vanitas from The Case Study of Vanitas. Vanitas is such a bubbly character, but sometimes he seems like a psychopath. He’s such an interesting Character.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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I don’t know how I feel about this book yet, but the writing style is absolutely incredible! Very whimsical and fairytale-like.

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

Quiet

This book helped me understand myself better and made me feel better about myself in a difficult time. I once again learned that every path has a value, also a quiet one and a whispering voice is not less valid, just less loud. If you consider yourself an introvert and doubt your own worth in comparison with more outgoing or established people, this is for you. If you are in any way interested in the introvert – extrovert spectrum, this will give you some very good understanding.

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

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

“Even the stars are lies. They sparkle so brightly, but their shine takes years to reach us.” – Made of Stars, Kelley York 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 Capture17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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

Lord of Shadows

Just like the first book in this Series, this book has a lot of Plot Twists. There is one particular twist that I did not expect in this book and if you’ve read this, you know what I’m talking about.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

The Raven King

I don’t have too many ships, but when I do, I ship them hard. This year, my OTP has been Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle.  

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vanitas

I really love the developing friendship between Noe and Vanitas, their bickering is hilarious and in this volume, Noe decides he’s sticking with Vanitas and thus a bromance is born.

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

Flush

To switch it up a bit, I’m going to say Flush by Virginia Woolf. Last year, I read A Room of Ones Own and really enjoyed, so I decided to read more of her books this year.

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

If I was your Girl

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

I can’t say that I really have a fictional Crush on anyone this year.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Gentleman

I don’t think I read many 2017 Debut’s, so I’m going to say The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie.

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?

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Spirit Contract is the Cutest Webcomic ever!

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

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Guardian's Heart

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

This one’s hard. I don’t think I can actually pick anything for this one.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Gentleman

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

Illuminae

I wanted to love Illuminae, but I didn’t, I skimmed through most of it.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Books & Munches – I love her Monthly Challenges, I highly recommend everyone to check out her blog!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde | Part 1 – Prose & The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde | Part 2 – Short Stories

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

I’ve said this before but my favourite discussion post I’ve made on my Blog is probably My journey with Social Anxiety, as it’s the most personal post I’ve ever written on my blog so far. Also, Manga Madness Read-a-thon & Manga Madness Readathon Recommendations

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

This year, I went to the Jasper Jones movie preview, which  was followed by an in-cinema Q&A with the Director and author, then a book signing where I got the Book Signed.

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

1 Year Blogiversary

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

Finding the time to read and blog! I got through a lot of audio books this year, but physical and digital books didn’t happen so much. Also, I had a really hard time writing reviews this year, I am so far behind of where I want to be with my reviews.

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

Blogs I stalk & you should too! This post got the most comments and Views,

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m fine with everything.

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

I subscribed to the Never Never Subscription box and I love it. Also, this year I started using Canva to create Graphics and I love the way the pictures come out.

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

I Surpassed my Goodreads goal of 150 books this year and completed some of my 2017 Reading Challenges that I participated in.

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

I can’t choose just one. So, I’m going to say Anne of Green Gables. This one was on my 2016 End of the Year Book Survey for this question and I still haven’t read it, I really want to read this book. So, I’ll try to prioritise this next year and hopefully get around to reading it. Also, I wanted to read the rest of the Harry Potter series this year, I still haven’t read them. So I’ll try to read them next Year!

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

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Definitely, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I am so excited to read this one.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews  (Cait from Paperfury!)

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

Queen of Air and Darkness

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

Let’s see if I can commit to reviewing at least half of the books I read. I’ll try that. Read 250 books.

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Wow, this really made me think about the different books I have actually read this year; I really enjoyed looking back over all of the books that I have read. I know that the reading stats could change a little, so I’ll update them if they do, but that is my year in books!

What have you read and loved? Have you read any of the books I have listed, and what did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below, or if you’ve done this Survey, link it in the Comments below.

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10 Responses to Blogmas Day 22: 2017 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. Congratulations on the amazing year!! You read what looks like a lot of amazing books. Hope 2018 is even better:) -Zx

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  2. ChrissiReads says:

    Sounds like it’s been an amazing year for you! 🙂 I hope you manage to reach your 2018 goals. 250 books would be fantastic.

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  3. Aaawh, thank you for mentioning me! I’m honored! This really made my day, haha.

    Seeing the cover of The Cruel Prince gives me goosebumps every single time – but that’s my guilt-bumps since I have the eARC waiting for me but STILL haven’t started it. I don’t know whyyyyy.

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  4. My work colleagues pushed me into reading Harry Potter and I totally love it! (I’m a Hufflepuff!) That and Game of Thrones are my favourite series at the moment!

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    • Harry Potter is a really great and Imaginative series, and I’m really glad I started reading it, I just need to get up the motivation to finish them! (I’m a Ravenclaw!)

      I have not read Game of Thrones yet, I really need to get around to reading this very Intimidating series – maybe I’ll listen to the Audiobooks instead – either way, one day I’ll probably read them.

      Thanks for stopping by and Commenting!

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  5. I desperately nee to finish The Raven Cycle series. I loved book one but never got around to the rest, which is sad because I even own them all. lol Maybe 2018 will be the year. I hope you get to read the rest of the Harry Potter series!!!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. That Vanitas looks so pretty, I’ll have to look into that. I also filled out the survey if you’d like to see my 2017 End of the Year Survery.

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