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End of Year Book Survey: 2017 ♡

I got the idea for this from the wonderful, Perpetual Page Turner blog! Check out her post here 🙂

 

2017 reading stats

Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo, WOW. Hands down one of the best series I’ve read. Everything in these books were beautiful, from the flow of the story to the writing style, absolutely amazing.

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

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. When I first heard about it, I was so excited, it had all the elements of a good YA fantasy, but unfortunately my expectations were so high and it just didn’t live up to them :/

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

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This was the first book I listened to in audiobook form, and I thoroughly enjoyed it so much. The book itself was beautiful, but when coupled with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice it was perfect.

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

I reckon it’d be both the Six of Crows duology and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Both are beautiful and I loved them, so I wanted people to be able to enjoy them too, and the people I recommended them to loved them!

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

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Leigh Bardugo! I mean technically I didn’t discover her in 2017 because I knew about her before, BUUUT I only read her books this year so I’m going to count it hehe.

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

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I don’t normally read poetry, but I enjoyed this a lot and I’m probably going to read The Sun and Her Flowers by her too.

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

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. This was literally the most unputdownable book of the year because I literally did not put it down, and kept reading well into the night and as the sun rose HAHA.

9. Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year? 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, because everything about that book is stunning and exquisite and wonderful and I can’t get enough.

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

This is so difficult because so many books have stunning covers, but I’m going to have to say Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS WOW.

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11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Feyre Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I love her so much, and my phone is actually named after her, haha.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

This is actually such a difficult question, and of course I can’t pick one, so I’m going to pick 3.

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017? 

Night Shift by Debi Gliori. Even though it’s a 32-page picture book, the message it sends is so strong, and the punch it packs is so powerful.

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

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I’ve always wanted to read this, but never got around to it, so I’m glad I finally got to it in 2017!

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017?

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2017?

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 17. Book that shocked you the most?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. For those who’ve all already read it, y’all already know why it shocked, upset and broke me.

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

Feyre & Rhys from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t think I need to say much about their relationship, becuase I’ve already gushed about them so much in my reviews, but I love them to pieces.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Lara and Kitty from Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I love how they’re portrayed and the relationship they have as siblings is beautiful.

20. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously? 

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. I’ve been reading Rick Riordan’s books for as long as I can remember, and they’ve never failed me.

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you had read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else? 

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. My school librarian actually recommended this to me, and I had heard absolutely nothing about it before. I was actually quite surprised at how much I liked it.

22. Most unique book you read in 2017?

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter. This was put together in a way that reminded me of a scrapbook, but it had lots of insights and song lyrics as well, and I really enjoyed it.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse. The book itself was pretty good, but it’s not one I think about often?? Buuut, I am excited to see what else Cecilia has in store for us!

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, 100%.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, the humour is always there and never fails to make me laugh.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu & Crooked Kingdom oml.

27. Hidden gem of the year?

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. I hadn’t heard much about this book, and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 😭😭

 

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1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I’m going to have to say the one I wrote for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Saraah J. Maas, I had to much to say about it and I also placed in a piece of fanart by an amazingly talented artist.

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

Probably when I received an Instagram DM from Date a Book (Hachette) inviting me to attend their YA Blogger night! I couldn’t go because of graduation though 💔

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

Keeping my platforms updated through Term 3! Not going to lie though, I didn’t do a very good job…

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

There’s a bookshop in the heart of Southport and it’s got these amazing antique books, and shelves and shelves of all types of books wow.

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

I finished my Goodreads reading challenge of 75 books! YAY!

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1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your #1 priority in 2018? 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, I started it in 2017 but only got through a little bit before I put it down and forgot about it, whoops.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3) by Cassandra Clare. I really, really want to know what happens next 😭

3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. The synopsis sounds so interesting!!

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018?

Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber! I adored Caraval and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life 2018? 

Be more organised and post more regularly, I also want to try and create different posts so it’s not all just reviews!

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