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2017 End of Year Book Survey

Today on this sweet, sweet snow day I’ll be filling out the 2017 End of Year Book Survey created by Jamie from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner. I love this survey because it helps me see my entire year through books.

Number of books read: 34

Number of re-reads: 3

Genre You Read from the Most: Historical Fiction 

Best Book of 2017: Definitely The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This was such a powerful and just overall amazing read. 

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Book You Were Excited About and Thought you Would Love but Didn’t? I really wanted to like When Dimple Met Rishi, but the romance just sort of fell flat to me. If you liked it, then that’s awesome. Just wasn’t for me. 

When Dimple Met Rishi

Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read? All We Have Left by Wendy Mills definitely surprised me…in a completely good way. It was an impulse buy, and I read it in only two hours because I was so engrossed in it. 
All We Have Left

Book You Pushed People to Read (And They Did) I didn’t really push anyone to read anything this year. 

Best Series Starter: Well…..this is easy.

 six of crows

Best Sequel:

Lair of Dreams

Best Series Ender: I did not read any series enders this year (unfortunately). Hopefully, I change this in 2018. 

Favorite New Author:

Adult: The Nightingale

Young Adult:

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Best book from a genre you don’t normally read? I don’t usually read poetry but I loved The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace. This poetry collection resonated very deeply with me and I highly recommend it. 

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book? Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. During the whole entire heist scene, I could NOT put the book down. I was so worried about my children {hugs them, even though Kaz tries to get away}

Book you read in 2017 that you are Most Likely to Re-read in 2018? A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I just received the entire trilogy from my fiance for Christmas, and I think I’m going to binge read the whole trilogy this year. I’ll also probably re-read Six of Crows before I read Crooked Kingdom, too. 

Favorite Cover of  a book you Read in 2017?

All We Have Left

Most Memorable Character? My baby son Kaz Brekker, Bastard of the Barrel from Six of Crows. Actually, all of the members of the Dregs hold a place in my heart. 

Most Beautifully Written Book of 2017? I’m going to have to go with The Nightingale. I really loved the prose. 

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2017? While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry, who survived the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four of her friends. This book was definitely one I will never forget. Reading about the survivor’s guilt McKinstry felt and probably still feels was gut-wrenching. I also thought a lot about how someone can hate so much that they could freely kill four little girls and not feel a shred of guilt. I am extremely happy to learn that justice was finally served. 

while the world watched

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited until 2017 to Read? Once again, The Nightingale. However, I had this one on hold for about two years, so it was well worth the wait. 

Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book Read in 2017?

“It’s also about Oscar. Aiyana. Trayvon. Rekia. Michael. Eric. Tamir. John. Ezell. Sandra. Freddie. Alton. Philando. It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first — Emmett. The messed-up part? There are so many more. Yet I know it’ll change one day…Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Shortest Book You Read in 2017: Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara(109 pgs)

Cast in Moonlight

Longest Book You Read in 2017: Winter of the World by Ken Follett (960 pgs)

Winter of the World

Book that Shocked You the Most: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. The plot twist at the end shook me. 

OTP of the Year? Definitely my babies Kaz/Inej from Six of Crows. I will go down with this ship. A special mention is also Starr/Chris from The Hate U Give. 

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship: Lucien and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved their banter. 

Court of Thorns and Roses

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 from an Author You’ve Read Previously:

Indigo

Newest Fictional Crush: Kaz effin’ Brekker. 

Best 2017 Debut? Once again…

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Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure? I guess I would have to say Six of Crows. So many of the Booktubers I watch gave it such high praise, so naturally I just had to pick it up. 

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting? I love how Evelyn Skye used Russia as a magical setting for this one. 
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Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Unexpected Everything

Book That Made You Cry/Nearly Made You Cry? The Hate U Give and While the World Watched

Hidden Gem of the Year? The Kiss of the Concubine by Judith Arnopp. It was a simple story about the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. It wasn’t anything too special, but I enjoyed how it didn’t portray her as a harpy or a shrew. 

The Kiss of the Concubine

Books that Crushed your Soul in 2017?

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Most Unique Book? Inherit Midnight by Katie Kae Myers. It was kind of like a cutthroat family version of Amazing Race, 39 Clues, and The Westing Game. I loved it. 

Inherit Midnight

Book that Made You the Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it): This book just gave me a LOT of feels….

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Newest favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? Thrice Read. I haven’t really been on WordPress enough to find more bookish blogs, but I really like this one and how they do reviews not only on their own, but with each other as well. It’s a fresh and cute idea. 

Favorite review you wrote in 2017? My review of Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? My favorite non-review post was the Things I Want to See More of In Literature post. I had a lot of fun doing it. 

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Unfortunately, I did not take part in any fun events and hopefully I will in 2018. 

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? Well, actually remembering to blog and having time to blog is definitely at the top of my list 🙂

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I got really sick this year and even now, I don’t exactly know what is wrong with me, but I have NOT had the motivation to do any reading or any blogging. However, I know that despite whatever is happening right now, I want to keep reading and sharing my thoughts. 

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? My book review of The Hate U Give. 

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? I don’t really know. I guess Things I want to See More of In Literature post since it only got a couple views. 

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I’m soooo happy I discovered that there’s a whole world out there where people have bullet journals solely for reading. I found a few videos on YouTube that showcased people setting them up. I now have a bookish bullet journal of my own. 

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Not exactly because of all the issues I’ve had this year, but I definitely plan to complete the goals I’ve set for myself this year. 

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

The Way of Kings

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

Dread NationThe Radical Element

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? I honestly can’t really say. I think I should probably focus on finishing the series that have been out since like 2006.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? I’ll cover most of this in my reading goals of 2018 post. One thing I do really want to accomplish is to read A LOT more than I did in 2017.

A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I have not read any 2018 releases yet, but I definitely can’ wait to read them!

And there we have it. The 2017 End of Year Book Survey. My reading year in 2017 didn’t go so well, and hopefully, I’ll get a lot more reading done in 2018!

Happy New Year

 

 

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A – Z Bookish Survey

This tag was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. And let’s get to it!

  1. Author you’ve read the most books from:  Probably Ann M. Martin. I was completely obsessed with the Babysitters’ Club series. I read 79 books in the main series, plus the mysteries, Super Specials, Super Mysteries, and the Little Sister and Friends Forever spinoff series.  I was hooked! An honorable mention is probably the Sweet Valley Twins series. Image result for stacks of babysitter's club books
  2. Best sequel ever: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I liked the first book in the series, but Catching Fire is the book that really sold me on the trilogy. It’s also when I first started hardcore shipping Katniss and Peeta, so it will forever be in my heart. 6472227
  3. Currently Reading: Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey and Disney after Dark by Ridley Pearson.
  4. Drink of Choice While Reading: I don’t really have a drink of choice while I read. I’ll drink whatever’s around: water, juice, coffee, tea, soda, wine. Any of those really. Odds are I’ll be too into a book to really notice what I’m drinking. (I almost drank baby oil that way.)
  5. E-reader or Physical Book? BOTH! I love the feel (and smell) of a physical book, and I also love carting around hundreds of books with the Nook app, Kindle app, Overdrive app, Hoopla app, and the Audible app. I’m in book heaven everyday!
  6. Fictional Character You Probably Would have Dated in High School: Peeta!!! He’s sweet and he can bake me things when I’m sad.
  7. Glad You Gave This Book a Chance: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. At first, I was kind of turned off by the IM format when it was advertised, but I quickly got over it and ended up devouring the book. 23395680
  8. Hidden Gem Book: The Keeper’s Vow by Francina Simone. 30625328
  9. Important Moment in Your Reading Life: Once upon a time, five-year-old Ashley was taken to the library and received her very first library card. That card opened up multiple doorways and she hasn’t looked back in 21 years.
  10. Just Finished: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey.
  11. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: Horror. I’m a big scaredy-cat and will not read any horror books. Especially horror books that include clowns…looking at you, It.
  12. Longest Book You’ve Ever Read: Chesapeake by James Michener. This book clocks in at 1,001 pages. 1212583
  13. Major Book Hangover because of…: Enough said.23437156
  14. Number of Bookcases You Own: Only one. I want more, but there’s no point in buying them now because I’m planning on moving out soon.
  15. One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Probably Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s my favorite book in the series and I’d read it everyday if I could. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve read the entire series at least 15 times.
  16. Preferred Place to Read: Once again, I don’t really have a preference. I’ll read anywhere that’s comfy!
  17. Quote that inspires You/Gives You Feels: “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity…You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful” – The Fault in Our Stars
  18. Reading Regrets: I regret that I can never seem to finish series, but I’m working on that flaw. I also pretty much regret being a really hardcore Twihard.
  19. Series You Started and Need to Finish: I have sooo many, but the one I’m trying to finish this year is The Mortal Instruments series. I’m planning to tackle this one when I have to go to Virginia for two weeks during the summer.
  20. Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books: How dare you ask me to choose between three of my babies?!! I guess I’ll choose Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
  21. Unapologetic Fangirl of: ALL OF THE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. Very Excited for This Release: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows. 28524058
  23. Worst Bookish Habit: I have two! One is (again) my not being able to finish a series and the second one is probably my ability to spoil myself accidentally on purpose…
  24. X– Marks the Spot – 27th Book on Your Shelf: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  25. Your Latest Book Purchase: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. 7969594
  26. Zzzz-Snatcher – Book You Stayed Up to Read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. 21853621

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this bookish survey yet! It was so much fun to fill out and already tag posts are becoming my favorite thing to do!

Until next time, bookworms!