It’s that time of year again – only feels like yesterday I was writing the 2016 one! This annual survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and is in its 8th year. I really enjoyed filling this out last year and reflecting on books that I had read throughout the year, so I decided to do it again for 2017!
So without further ado, let’s get started…
Number Of Books You Read: 66
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult / Fairytale retellings
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
There are so many that I could choose for this question, but I’m going to go with A Conjuring of Light as I thought that was a brilliant finale to the trilogy. I couldn’t have asked for more.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I thought that the blend of assassins and pirates would be perfect and it sounded right up my street, but the series just fell a bit flat. To be honest, it was a bit of a struggle to get through the books and I read them speedily to get them out of the way.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Queen of the Tearling series surprised me a in bad way. That last book. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m on about, and if you haven’t, well… it was a bit out there. I just found the last book to be a bit bizarre. Also, it’s worth mentioning Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring. It wasn’t what I hoped it to be either. I was hoping to read about ghosts, but it didn’t focus on that at all.
On the opposite to that, Gilded Cage by Vic James surprised me in that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I would describe the book as a dystopian Downton Abbey with magic.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t push people to read books, but I did recommend How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series started: Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Gilded Cage by Vic James.
Best sequel: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury. I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, but this one I loved! Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Chaol is my favourite character from the series, so I was glad that he had his own book.
Best series ender: A Conjuring of Light by V.E.Schwab and The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud. Both perfect endings to their series.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017?
Ashley Poston. I fell in love with Geekerella and I can’t wait for her next book, Heart of Iron, which is released this year.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (well, J.K.Rowling). I don’t usually read crime, but after I saw the trailer for the BBC adaptation, I was intrigued. I ended up really enjoying the first two books, although I haven’t yet read the third. I don’t think I’ll be converted to crime novels, but I’ll probably continue with the series.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
There were a few of these. V.E.Schwab’s books were definitely action-packed and unputdownable. Also, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – I couldn’t put this book down!
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t tend to re-read books, but I would like to read the Shades of Magic series back to back. I will also probably re-read Vicious as well since the sequel, Vengeful, will be coming out fairly soonish.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2017?
I have a soft spot for V.E.Schwab’s covers. I also liked the US version of They Both Die at the End purely for the detail of the Grim Reaper in the boys’ shadows. I also really like the cover for Scythe, if only because that’s the type of cover I envisioned for my own book (if it ever gets published!). There’s a bit of a theme for those last two books!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee because of the ace rep which we don’t see a lot of in books. I’m looking forward to the sequel. I also believe there’s going to be pirates in the sequel which is always a good thing.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. It was quite whimsical and brought me back to the mindset of a child. I would have really enjoyed this book when I was in primary school.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. Such an important book especially with how the world is at the moment. It’s a book that everyone should read, especially teenagers. On a similar note, I’m currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and after about 90 pages into it, I can see that this is also a very important book and is deserving of the (for want of a better word) hype around it.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Trick by Natalia Jaster. I had seen a lot of good things about this book on Tumblr, but was a bit put off because it was self published. I ended up loving it and have read a couple more self published books since then, and will do so in the future as well.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
From A Conjuring of Light:
“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.
Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”
I actually cried reading this, thinking that it was the end of this fictional world. Thankfully, another series set in this world will be published in the future!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
The Shortest Book: The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (208 pages)
The Longest Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (699 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James had a plot twist that made me HAVE to finish the book quickly. Also, Scythe by Neal Shusterman had a few plot twists that made me gasp aloud.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Percy and Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I just wanted to knock their heads together if only to get them to admit their feelings quicker!
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Fletcher and Ignatius from The Battlemage by Taran Matharu. A boy and his demon salamander – it’s like a new take on a boy and his dog.
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I really enjoyed both You’re the One that I Want and Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. I’m waiting for her next one to be published in paperback.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I’ve seen a lot of hype surrounding They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, and neither of them disappointed! I’m glad I didn’t put off reading them!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Darien Freeman from Geekerella is someone I would love to meet in real life and geek out with, and I also fell in love with Azriel a bit more from A Court of Wings and Ruin.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I didn’t read very many debuts this year. Ink by Alice Broadway was good and has a beautiful cover that looks fab on my bookshelf. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is also looking to be a very good book.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
V.E.Schwab is a queen at this, and I particularly love the worlds in the Shades of Magic series. In A Conjuring of Light, we got to go beyond London, and it didn’t disappoint! Red London is a place I would to visit, shame it’s only fictional. Guess I’ll just have to make do with regular old Grey London!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Geekerella was a cute little geeky Cinderella that was fun to read. If you like fandoms, especially sci-fi stuff, then this modern retelling is a good quick read. Also, All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher was a feel-good book with quite a bit of whimsy.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
A Conjuring of Light after reading the quote I mentioned above. I’m quite a hard soul (if I even have one) so for a book to make me nearly cry is quite a big achievement, so I may as well list them: One by Sarah Crossan, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Gilded Cage by Vic James. I won the book in a giveaway, and I was a bit unsure as to whether I would enjoy it or not. After getting a few chapters into it, I loved the book. As of writing this, the sequel Tarnished City is on its way to me. I think this book needs more love than it’s given.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud. It was the last in the series, so knowing you’re not going to get any more books is soul crushing in itself, but also stuff happened to characters which I was not happy about at all and was ready to fling the book out of the window.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
One by Sarah Crossan because it’s written in free verse, which I haven’t read before. Also, Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton as there were stories within stories and was a bit of a creepy read for an October night.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It has been a highly praised book, and I really wanted to like it but I couldn’t. A particular plot twist was predictable and overdone in fiction. There was also an aspect of the story which wasn’t fully explained, and the story could have progressed just as well without this. I found it quite frustrating because Jessie Burton is a good writer, but the novel was just lacking and could have been much better. On a side note, I did enjoy the BBC adaptation of it that was shown over Christmas.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Any book on my TBR pile. Some of those books have been there for years, so it’s really time to focus on them.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
To be honest, anything by V.E.Schwab.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Keeper by Kim Chance. I love her vlogs on Youtube and I’m so happy she’s achieved her dream in becoming a published author – it gives me hope!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
To read at least 50 books next year, as well as drastically reduce me TBR pile!