What better way to ring in the brand spanking new year than complaining about how terrible 2017 was in terms of books?
(I mean, pretty much everything was terrible in 2017, but especially this.)
Today, I’m linking up with Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner’s Annual End of the Year Book Survey to talk about the (measly) amount of books I read this year! Because I’m a cheating cheater who cheats a lot, I cut a bunch of questions I didn’t really care for, but the end result is pretty freaking great, I think (totally not biased at all).
(Also, this post is already 2,000+ words, so you should be thanking me, to be honest).
1.) Best Book You Read in 2017?
Because I am a massive cheat, I shall present you guys with a massive graphic featuring twelve of my favorite books that I read in 2017! There are definitely more that I could’ve included (The Marriage Pact, Little Monsters, Warcross, Gemina, etc.) but there’s only so much space and too little I could shrink a book before it looks actually ridiculous.
2.) Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More, But Didn’t?
No competition, The Love Interest! I raved about this book for so long on my blog before its release, and my day was absolutely made when I received an e-ARC of it via Netgalley. I was super disappointed when I finished it and realized I just felt…meh.
(Going by the Goodreads reviews, I’m definitely not the only one.)
3.) Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Didn’t Read?
Left over from this year, I still have A Court of Wings & Ruin and A Conjuring of Light. It comes as no surprise that both of these books are dense fantasy series finales. Pattern, much?
(Also, is there a good way to end up not reading a book?? I seem to only have a bad way.)
4.) Best Series You Started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
- Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. Such a wonderfully twisty sci-fi thriller with an ending that definitely left me reeling!
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is actually the only sequel I’ve read this year, so, yeah? It was genuinely fantastic, though, and better than Illuminae (I SAID IT).
- HAHAha…me finishing a series. That’s adorable.
5.) Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2017?
Shaun David Hutchinson!! Tim Floreen!! E. Lockhart!! Angie Thomas!! Simon Curtis!! Sarah Pinborough!! Cristin Terrill!! Riley Sager!! Amanda Foody!!
6.) Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year?
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris!! Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough!! They Both Die At the End & History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera!! Warcross by Marie Lu!! The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel!! Boy Robot by Simon Curtis!! Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart!! Release by Patrick Ness!! I read so many!!!
7.) Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2017?
Once again, I shall cheat and present your eyeballs with a graphic featuring some covers of books in 2017 that were just absolutely stunning.
8.) Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2017?
A three-way tie between Caraval by Stephanie Garber, This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab, and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.
(I love how diverse these choices are.)
9.) Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2017?
No one is surprised when Mikaela chooses The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
10.) Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2017 to Finally Read?
I’ve been recommended Shaun David Hutchinson’s books left and right, and for some strange reason, I still!! hadn’t!! read!! one!! of!! his!! books!! I finally traversed into new territory, AND IT WAS SO WONDERFUL. I can’t wait to devour all of his work from now on
11.) Book That Shocked You the Most?
A three-way tie between My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, and The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.
(Honorable mention goes to Wonder Woman: Warbringer because that plot twist at the end about a certain character BLEW MY MIND.)
12.) OTP of the Year
Ozzie and Calvin from At the Edge of the Universe were absolutely adorable and made me feel all the feelings! Same with Mateo and Rufus from They Both Die At the End. EXCUSE ME AS I GRAB SOME TISSUES.
13.) Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Easily the one between Kate and August in This Savage Song. Hip hip hooray for platonic relationships between boys and girls in prominent young adult literature!
14.) Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas for sure! I read her debut novel The Darkest Corners last year and grew to adore it, and I wasn’t surprised when I fell in love with her sophmore novel. The Cheerleaders looks amazing, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it next year!
15.) Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read in 2017?
NIK NIK NIK NIK NIK NIK NIK from Gemina.
(Did you get that?)
16.) Best 2017 Debut You Read?
WoW, i WoNdEr WhAt It’S gOiNg To Be?*
(The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, duh.)
*That was much harder to type than you think it would be.
17.) Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
It doesn’t matter whether I finished the book or not, I will always want to visit The Night Court. ALWAYS.
18.) Book That Made you Cry in 2017?
I’ve actually never cried at a book before, but then came along They Both Die At the End to cure me of that. Thanks, Adam!!!
(No, really, thanks Adam Silvera, for blessing us with your writing talent; please never stop.)
19.) Hidden Gem of the Year?
- Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen. I can’t BELIEVE people are sleeping on this book. If you love YA that makes you think and gives you all the feels, you will love this book! The wheels were turning in my head, and I loved it!
- Boy Robot by Simon Curtis. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this book earlier in the year, because, holy crap, what an emotional rollercoaster! I loved the cast of characters, and it was a great balance between humor and seriousness. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE SEQUEL ISN’T COMING UNTIL 2019!
20.) Most Unique Book You Read in 2017?
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Between this masterpiece and Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, thrillers told backwards are fast becoming my favorite new thing.
- Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill. I thought it’d bother me to read a book with no chapters since I rely on them so heavily when it comes to reading, but this was actually so well done. It made the story even more tense than it already was.
- Release by Patrick Ness. Okay, I wasn’t really into the whole “magical realism” aspect of this book, but I did appreciate it, and the fact that the entire book was told that way made it interesting.
21.) Book That Made You the Most Mad?
I shall present to you all these books that I hated this year. I actually didn’t read too many truly bad books this year, which I think is pretty awesome! But, I still read some pretty bad books, and here they are!
(They made some very entertaining reviews to write.)
1.) Favorite Review That You Wrote in 2017?
- Frostblood by Elly Blake. I’m pretty sure this was the very first really rant-y review on my blog, and I enjoyed writing it so much!
- Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger.I HATED this book with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, and it was really nice to let my feelings out. NO REGRETS.
- Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith. I got the opportunity to interview this author, and I had so much fun doing so! An experience I won’t forget!
2.) Best Discussion You Had On Your Blog?
One hundred percent my discussion about the dilemma of being a diverse reader. It’s one of more personal posts, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s thoughts and seeing their points of view (also, I was deadly terrified that I would be hated for it, but I wasn’t, so good for me for overcoming my fears)!
3.) Best Event That You Participated In?
No one will be surprised that it’s Bookcon! I had so much fun, and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to go back sometime in the future!
4.) Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2017?
A tie between reaching 1,000 blog followers (which is a goal I was aiming for, but seriously thought I wouldn’t get for YEARS) and being a featured blog on WordPress (which wasn’t even in my periphery, but was so humbling, and my notifications blew up for days afterwards).
5.) Most Challenging Thing About Blogging Or Your Reading Life This Year?
Oof, definitely all the time I put into blogging. I’m spending even more time blogging now, but it takes SO MUCH TIME if you really want your blog to look good. And, sometimes, I’ll have really off days, but doesn’t everyone?
6.) Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
- In Terms of Views: [TV SHOW DISCUSSION] 13 Reasons Why. I wrote a 6,000+ word post analyzing all the episodes of the show because I loved it so much, and I just HAD to express my feelings! It actually didn’t do too well in terms of likes and comments, but it has 634 views, mainly because this was when the show was gaining popularity, and when it came to Google searches, my discussion was popping up!
- In Terms of Likes: 11 Tips For Growing Your Blog To The Point Where You Can’t Even. I’m SO proud of this post and really enjoyed writing it! I honestly didn’t think it’d get as popular as it would, but it did, and I’m so glad it helps people!
- In Terms of Comments: Is The Book Blogging Community Too Clique-y? I really enjoyed writing this discussion, and I was so happy when so many people signed up for my project! I also didn’t expect it to be this popular, but people had a lot of thoughts!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To in 2017, But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I have so!! many!! ARCs!! (both 2017 and 2018), that I really need to get to, so I really need to get to them in 2018. I AM DROWNING IN BOOKS.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (Non-Debut)?
From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.
Edited by Charlie Brooker, the creator of the hit Netflix original series Black Mirror, this book takes the very essence of the globally acclaimed cult TV show to create new, original, darkly satirical stories that tap into our collective unease about the modern world. This is Black Mirror in book form, allowed to roam through the imaginations of some of the leading names in contemporary fiction. This collection will challenge you to see the world in a different—and more disturbing—light.
You have been warned. . . .
If you listen really closely, you can hear me SCREAMING.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
A dark, wholly original YA debut about one boy’s refusal to fit in to a society where everyone has nine lives.
In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.
As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.
But the regime has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point—especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.
He has just eight more lives to uncover the brutal truth.
HOW CAN YOU READ THAT AND NOT BE SHOOKETH?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?VENGEFUL VENGEFUL VENGEFUL VENGEFUL.
(By V.E. Schwab.)
How did your reading year go in 2017? How many books did you read? What are some memorable moments of 2017 (whether good or bad)? Do you like the new post format (it only took me 2840284 hours)??