What Did I Read In 2017? The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (Ft. Charts! Best Books! Worst Books!)

Was my reading year the BEST it could’ve been? Definitely not.

(Okay, that’s a bit of an understatement, but seriously.)

Despite that, I still thought it’d be fun to observe my reading year and such! At first, I was going to make my Best & Worst of 2017 lists separately, like I did last year, but I realized I had a LOT of books I loved, and not too many books I hated, so I decided to combine them into one huge post, along with some charts and graphs analyzing my year!

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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).

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End of Year Survey: 2016 Edition


It’s definitely not the end of the year, but, since I’ve basically checked out of reading until the next year, I decided that the best thing to do was to get this out of the way! Credit goes to  The Perpetual Page Turner for all the questions and coming up with this every single year. You totally rock!


Number of Books You Read: 163

Number of Re-Reads: 9

Genre You Read the Most From: Probably thrillers.


Best Book You Read in 2016? 


Haha, I’m expected to choose one. Fine, I’m going with Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter. I’m obsessed with this book, and now I have way too many of his books.

Books You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t? 


Peter Swanson’s The Kind Worth Killing, Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Trilogy, and Rick Yancey’s The Last Star are probably my top three on the list (though most of the books on my “Worst of 2016” list could also count). The Wrath and the Dawn can be a bonus book, since I thought I was going to love it more, but was highly disappointed that I was just left feeling “meh.”

Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Read? 





Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And They Did)? 

Unfortunately, I don’t think I pushed anyone to read anything (even though I did scream a lot about telling people read some of my favorite books on my old Goodreads account). Most of my fellow bookworms pushed me to read books, some for the better, and some for the worst.

Best Series You Started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? 







Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2016? 


V.E. Schwab is the definite winner. I read Vicious, ADSOM, and AGOS this past year, and I own This Savage Song (which I haven’t yet picked up), which all got a place in my favorite reads, and then I met her (and she’s awesome)!!!

Best Book from a Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone? 


I read three nonfiction books this year! Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, Johnny Anonymous’ NFL Confidential, and Susan Cain’s Quiet. I also started reading the Saga and The Walking Dead comic series, and finally delved into adult lit, specifically with thrillers and mysteries (which are now my favorite genres).

Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year? 


SO MANY. Dangerous Girls, Dark Matter, Night Film, Into the Darkest Corners, The Ice Twins, Reconstructing Amelia, Behind Closed Doors, etc. There’s more, but the list would be too damn long.

Book You Read in 2016 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year? 

Um…none of them? My TBR is way too long, I still have a lot of unread 2016 debuts/sequels/finales, and I’m not a huge re-reader in the first place.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2016? 


Most Memorable Character of 2016?  

Rhysand, Eli, Kell, Lila, Feyre, the whole Six of Crows gang, Gigi, Damen, Laurent, and probably a whole bunch of other characters whose names I just can’t recall at the moment.

Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2016?  

For Beauty


For Quotability


Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016? 


I haven’t read a life-changing book, but the entirety of the Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman are definitely thought-provoking reads (and my favorite reads).

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2016 To Finally Read? 


The Infernal Devices trilogy! Okay, I only read, like, the first two, but I’m working on the third! I read the entirety of the Mortal Instruments series back in the seventh grade, and failed to read the (much preferred) prequel series at the time. I’m so glad that I finally got to dive into them this year.

Favorite Passage/Quote From a Book You Read in 2016? 

“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much – no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)”   – Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2016?


So, I deleted my Goodreads before this, so this is definitely not in any way exact, but my shortest read was probably the Martin Weir short Annie’s Day and my longest was probably Lady Midnight.

Book That Shocked You the Most?  

I Let You GoAll is Not Forgotten, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things were some recent books that shocked me with all the plot twists.

OTP of the Year?  Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year? 

Pynch, of course! I think I smiled 183229 times during the course of The Raven King. And, for non-romantic, I have to go with Sevro and Darrow from the Red Rising trilogy. #Bros4Life

Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? 

A Court of Mist and Fury. Duh.

Best Book You Read in 2016 That You Read Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure? 


The Darker Shade series by V.E. Schwab, Six of Crows, Illuminae, and probably a whole lot more. In the first half of the year, I read a lot of YA that was recommended to me that I absolutely loved.

Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read in 2016? 

Rhysand. Duh.

Best 2016 Debut You Read? 


A tie between B.A. Paris’ Behind Closed Doors and Draw the Line by Laurent Linn.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? 

The Night Court and Red London, here I come!

Book That Put a Smile On Your Face/Was the Most Fun to Read? 


How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis. I cannot sing my praises enough for this beautiful book that made me smile and laugh so hard. It’s such an underrated read, and I encourage everyone to read it!

Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2016? 

A Monster Calls. I was drained of my feelings. DRAINED. And also Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon. Excuse me as I try to blink away the tears in my eyes.

Hidden Gem of the Year?  

Melanie Raabe’s The Trap, Danielle Vega’s Merciless series, Belinda Bauer’s The Beautiful Dead, Alexandra Sirowy’s The Creeping, and Gretchen McNeil’s Ten were all books that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. I don’t think these books get enough love, so I’m laying them out for you.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?  

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin and Animosity by James Newman can tie for this one. Both of the books were so utterly depressing, but absolutely fantastic.

Most Unique Book You Read in 2016?  


The Saga comic series, of course! Anyone who’s read them knows how crazy they are, and that’s why I love this series so much.

Book That Made You the Most Mad?


Dangerous Girls takes the cake. I was so angry at everyone for mistreating Anna the way they did. I’ve never felt so much for a main character in my life. Quite the emotional journey.


New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered in 2016?

I discovered Cait’s blog, paperfury, earlier this month, which really pushed me to start blogging! I also love Sparkling Letters, which has really gorgeous aesthetics and constantly makes me jealous.

Favorite Review That You Wrote in 2016?

I haven’t reviewed on this blog quite yet, but when I had my Goodreads account, I wrote this great rant defending Queen of Shadows (which got 60+ likes) and a rant defending A Court of Mist and Fury (which got 70+ likes). I’ll probably post them on here someday as a discussion of some sort because I still have them saved somewhere on my phone (I think)!

Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had on Your Blog? 

Well, I just started this blog, so none, unfortunately.

Best Event That You Participated In? 

I went to my first book festival this year, which was the Bookmarks Festival in North Carolina, my home state! I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and V.E. Schwab in person, which was absolutely amazing! And, even though this is next year, I’m going to be attending Bookcon (and maybe BEA), which is super exciting!

Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2016? 

When I started this blog. Good answer?

Most Challenging Thing About Blogging or Your Reading Life This Year? 

No challenges just yet for blogging, and my reading life went just fine this year (I mean, I ended up reading 163 books out of my original goal of just 75, so that was good). Probably my most challenging goal right now is bookstagram. I’m slowly learning how to take better pictures. If any of you have tips, feel free to give them to me; I need them.

Most Popular Post This Year on Your Blog?  

Well, I don’t receive many comments or likes since I just started out, so I’ll skip on this one.

Post You Wished Got a Little More Love?  

Again, I just started out, but I wish my Most Anticipated 2017 Releases (Part 2) got a bit more attention. I posted it on Christmas Day, which was a bad move, but it was one I was proud of.

Best Bookish DiscoverY?  

Bookstagram is my new favorite thing and obsession; someone send help.

Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges or Goals That You Had Set For Yourself At the Beginning of This Year?

I read way over my reading goal this year of 75 (I completed it sometime in June or early July), but I failed to read/complete 20 series. I only made it to 12, and I mostly blame that on the fact that most of the series I started were super long, I wasn’t in the mood to read them, and, unfortunately, thrillers are mostly stand-alones, and that’s the majority of the books I read in the second half of 2016.


One Book You Didn’t Get to 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? 

Literally all the 2016 debuts/finales I didn’t get to. #shame

(I did purchase most of them with my Christmas money, so, pat on the back!)

Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2017 (Non-Debut)? 

Anything with Sarah J. Maas’s name attached to it is MINE! Also, anything by Adam Silvera and V.E. Schwab.

2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?  


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. It’s being released in May, and I want it so bad.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? 

Both of Sarah J. Maas’s series are ending next year, and I am in no way prepared.

One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do in Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2017?  

Not quit! I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a natural born quitter; I do things, put my all into them, and then they become a chore and I get bored easily. I’m going to try to avoid doing that with blogging, but so far, so good!

A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone?


I haven’t gotten to that point where I’m receiving ARCs or anything, but I did pick Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons for my Book of the Month Club pick, and it’s not coming out till February. I haven’t picked it up yet though. #moreshame


And that’s it for my 2016 End of Year Survey! There will be one more blog post – my December Wrap-Up – left in 2016, and then I’ll be ringing in the New Year with my Goals for 2017! 


How did you feel about 2016 in terms of your reading year? Feel free to tell me in the comments!