Mikaela & The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Reading Year ( Ft. The 2017 End Of Year Book Survey)

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)??

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23 thoughts on “Mikaela & The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Reading Year ( Ft. The 2017 End Of Year Book Survey)

  1. I loved this new format! I only read 35 books this year which is kinda sad because my goal was 50 but this year I’m just going to put my goal for 30 books to try not to stress myself. Memorable moments include graduating from high school to starting college. Hanging out with my friends and family. This post looks like so much fun! Can’t wait for your other posts! (By the way, a book that I can’t believe I waited until 2017 to read is Harry Potter XD)

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    1. Mm, my goal was 200 and I didn’t even reach 100, so don’t feel bad. 😂 Ooh, I’ll graduating high school next year and going to college (hopefully) next fall, so that’s crazy. I can’t believe it’s almost over! 😅

      Oh, I read Harry Potter late as well! 😂 I read it in the summer before sixth grade after all the hype. 😝

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  2. Ah, your 2017 sounds so great! I mean, I feel bad that you wanted to do better. But it looks really good!
    I’m also so happy your blog was so succesful! You deserve it! I love your discussion posts, too!
    And The Hate U Give was a spectacular book – I can’t wait for Angie’s book in 2018!

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  3. Here Lies Daniel Tate was SO GOOD that I was very creeped out and totally into it at the same time. I had the urge to look behind my back just in case someone was plotting to murder me or something.

    And, I was fangirling over Warcross so hard. HIDEO TANAKA WAS TOTALLY A CRUSH FOR ME. But, that ending though!!! I have high hopes for book 2. The representation was AH-MAZING and I even saw a Muslim female in there towards the end which added to its goodness ♥

    I haven’t read THUG or Illuminae yet and A LOT of the books you have on here as a matter of fact. *wails in the corner of shame* I’m definitely planning to read them soon!!

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    1. AH YES I LOVED IT. It was so incredibly tense and I couldn’t stop reading it (which I entirely blame on the fact that it had no chapters, so there was, like, zero stopping point). XD

      AH I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE ENDING. I’m so pumped for the sequel! I absolutely loved the diverse cast of characters; I can’t wait to see even more people!

      AH YOU WILL LOVE THUG AND ILLUMINAE. Illuminae is a “read the entire book in one day” book. I feel you, I have so many books that I need to read soon that I’ve been telling myself I’d read for years. Whoops.

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      1. I didn’t even notice that it had no chapters until I read a review. Maybe that was why it was so good?!? I could only keep reading when there was no pause xD

        YAAAAS! Warcross was AWESOME! And, the characters were legit the BEST! The diversity was gorgeous and totally needed ♥

        I’ve had people recommend Illuminae to me and recently, a friend of mine was reading it and now I know for sure that I need to go read it. Ah, there goes my ever-growing TBR, it looks so lovely, teetering as it is, threatening to collapse on me.

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  4. I’m so excited to see Daughter of the Burning City in one of your favorites list! I’m going to buddy read that soon.
    Also HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD OF 9 BEFORE?? That sounds so freaking cool omg!!

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    1. Oh, yeah, I hope you enjoyed it! It was so much fun and I thought the writing and characters were great!

      I KNOW RIGHT??? I only know about it because Epic Reads makes a whole post about their cover reveals, so I look at them for new releases every time they come out since I love HarperTeen books!

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  5. Honestly, I was a little disappointed this year too. Out of the 20+ books I read, only about 7 were memorable enough to look back and say “gosh, I loved those”. I think one reason for this was all the sequels coming out that I hadn’t started yet….so it was hard for me to find something good without committing to a series that was already on book 3+. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good series, but this year was especially hard to get into them. For whatever reason, I just wanted a really good standalone lol I did get to read Final Girls, which was AWESOME and made it to my top seven. So glad I wasn’t the only one a little disappointed. Got any recs for 2018?

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    1. Oh, yeah, I think I read 60 or 70 books (around that number), and I found a lot of new faves, so I don’t think it was TOO bad.

      Oh, yeah, I think I only read one sequel this year, and a couple of series starters? But that was basically it. I feel like I read series less and less as the years go by because I can’t finish them for the life of me. 😝

      Ooh, I’m going to be posting my Best of 2017 tomorrow, so I’d look out for that for recs! 😄

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  6. I love your “cheating” with the graphics showing the book covers. Half the time I have no clue what book bloggers are talking about, so a visual is nice (especially when it’s presented as prettily as here). Hopefully 2018 will be better than last year (both bookishly and everywhere else)!

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  7. Aaahhh that’s so weird that you liked Warcross’ cover!! I mean I think it’s a pretty good cover, but so many people hate it?? 😂 But I so agree with THUG being a thought-provoking book! I definitely knew that police brutality & racism was happening in America (I would’ve been absolutely ignorant if I hadn’t), but I didn’t know to what extent it was, so it definitely opened my eyes to more situations regarding the issue!!

    And aaghh, I actually HATED Little Monster?? It was my first 1-star ever since I started reviewing books in May. 😂 But everyone seems to love it, so it probably was just me. 🙈 And yes to Shaun David Hutchinson! I’ve only read We Are the Ants by him and need to read At the Edge of the Universe, but he’s an amazing writer. 😍

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    1. Yeah, so many people thought it didn’t look good, but I kind of liked it??? And then I got a physical copy, and it’s just SO PRETTY. And I’m shallow; when you take a picture of it and get the colors to pop when you edit it, IT LOOKS SO NICE. I want to own a hardcover copy. And, yes, THUG was so good! I AM SO TIRED OF POLICE BRUTALITY (I’m tired of so many things ugh).

      Ah, I love Kara Thomas, though! Her debut was pretty great, and it has a different feel than Little Monsters, so you might like it! Oh, I’m the opposite; I need to read We Are The Ants! I got a copy for my birthday, so I’m excited to read it this year! 😄

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  8. The Hate U Give was SO incredibly important and well done, I’m super excited to see how she does with her new book next year! Omg Strange the Dreamer was so beautiful and incredible… I need the sequel like STAT. Also my friend “borrowed” the book and hasn’t give back and I NEED IT. I finally picked up Gemina and This Savage Song at the end of the year and they were both so fantastic! I have a feeling Obsidio is going to be even better than the first two and I am SO here for it!! I have Our Dark Duet on hold at the library and I’m so excited to dive back in! Have you read ODD yet?
    I actually just read We Were Liars about a week ago (and it was fantastic), so I’m super interested in Genuine Fraud. I haven’t actually heard that much about it (whether people liked it or not) so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’ve read both of Adam Silvera’s previous books, but I’ve yet to pick up They Both Die at the End, simply because… my eyeballs are not ready to sweat that much. Such a work-out, am I right? I definitely need to get to it soon though! I hadn’t heard of Nine, so I just added that one to my TBR! It sounds awesome. 🙂
    Also, congrats on 1000 followers omg!!! That’s absolutely fantastic!!!
    Not that I know anything about the old layout, but your new layout does look fabulous. I love the look of your blog! XD
    Ooo, and by the way, I love the title of this post. A+. 😉

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    1. I agree; I’m very excited for how On The Come Up will play out, especially since it’s so different from THUG. I STILL NEED TO READ STRANGE THE DREAMER. I’m a mess, really. 🙈

      Ugh, I’m hoping to pick up Our Dark Duet this year because I need to finish some series, but I’ve only heard positive things! I CANNOT WAIT FOR OBSIDIO GAH

      Ah, I can’t wait to read We Were Liars this year! I actually haven’t been spoiled for it yet (a shock). I cried while reading They Both Die At The End, so yeah, it’ll be sad. 😭

      Nine sounds so good; I hope it doesn’t disappoint me! And thank you so much! Haha, thank you; I like to think I’m clever! 😂

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      1. I don’t actually remember what On the Come Up’s about? Oops? But I’M THERE. Because I’m totally game for supporting Angie Thomas.
        WHAT. For some reason I thought you had. WELL READ IT ALREADY. IT’S SO INCREDIBLE AND ORIHGFNJFEJWFIOABIJKLDJFNJIFEKL. I haven’t read DOSAB yet but I waaaaaant to (have you?).
        Same!! Everyone says it’s heartbreaking though? Which terrifies me? August is my baby and I love him? (that’s not a question, it’s a fact) YES OMG
        I know right! I hadn’t been spoiled either which was so cool. Good luck; I hope you enjoy the twist! XD
        AHHHHHHH I’m terrified but also excited. I feel like my relationship with They Both Die at the End (or any of Adam Silvera’s books, really) is exactly like the Harry Potter quote “you’re going to suffer, but you’ll be happy about it”.
        Me too! Haha absolutely! 🙂

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