The End of the Year Book Survey was created and is hosted annually by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. All questions and graphics belong to Jamie!
Although I didn’t read nearly as much as I expected to during 2017, I still read more than I did last year! I definitely had a dry spell for a few months where I just couldn’t get into anything and ended up not reading anything at all. BUT then around October I found my groove again and have probably read more since then than the first ten months of the year.
When I went to Belize for my honeymoon in November, I started and finished FIVE books in six days which is probably some sort of record (for myself, anyway).
I totally thought this post had already published at the beginning of the month, but apparently I didn’t schedule it right so it has just been here waiting! Oops…
Without further ado, let’s talk about the year in books!
Number Of Books You Read: 48
Number of Re-Reads: 2 (The Royal We and Wanderlove)
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I read so many books that I absolutely LOVED this year so this is a really hard question! THE HATE U GIVE (by Angie Thomas) is winning all kinds of awards and will probably be on just about everyone’s list, but for good reason – it really impacted me and changed the way I look at things. Aside from the social justice aspect of the book, it also had terrific writing and great characters. Even though it’s fiction, it taught me a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement and I’m so glad to have the perspective that I do now!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m going to have to go with THE FORTUNATE ONES by R.S. Grey. I loveeee her contemporary romances and usually eat them up – but this one left a bad taste in my mouth (ha ha). The love interest was super controlling and at times borderline abusive towards the main character and I was NOT ABOUT IT.
This was just one bad apple out of tons of books the author has written, so I’m hoping her next novel is better. It’s set in my favorite city (New Orleans) so I NEED IT PLEASE.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Maybe Love & Gelato (by Jenna Evans Welch)? It’s about a girl who goes to Italy for the summer to get to know her father (which is her mother’s dying wish) and meets a cute boy and probably eats some gelato. Everything about this book sounds right up my alley….but it just wasn’t. I technically DNF’d this one which is so sad to me because even re-reading the summary right now I really WANT to like it.
The main reason I didn’t finish it was because it seemed like nothing was happening for so long. Well, that and being annoyed with the main character NOT WANTING TO BE IN ITALY when that’s all I want? But to be fair I was listening on audiobook (thanks, library!) and I might like it better if I was reading a physical copy so I can go at my own pace, skip the boring bits, etc.
I haven’t thought about this book at all since putting it down but I may actually try to read it again. The companion novel (set in Ireland!) is coming out in March 2018 and I really want to like these books. There are so few good travel YA novels out there that I have to cling to the ones I find.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
I hardly ever read series because I always lose interest in between releases. The only series-related book I read this year was ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN (by Jenny Han). I absolutely LOVED this series and was so glad when Jenny announced there would be a third book (it was originally planned as a duology). It was the perfect send-off to Lara Jean and her family and I was really pleased with where everything left off.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Although I already talked about not liking her most recent book, I have to say R.S. Grey! I discovered her through Instagram, randomly enough, and read three of her books this year (with two more waiting on my shelf). Two of them I really loved and the other was a bit of a miss, but overall I like her stories and love that she releases a couple per year for just a few dollars as an e-book. Totally worth it! Follow her for updates @authorrsgrey on Instagram.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The more I read and blog, the more I realize that I definitely have a ‘type’ when it comes to books, and I am totally okay with that at this point! Looking over my books for the year, every single one was a contemporary so I don’t really have an answer to this question?
This is a good thing, though – in past years I have gotten sucked into hype in the blogging world and have bought or started books that were getting a lot of buzz but ended up not being for me. I’m happy to say I know what I like and I’m sticking to it!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Definitely LITTLE MONSTERS (by Kara Thomas)! I devoured this thriller in just a few hours. It kept me guessing and was really well-written — two things that thrillers don’t always have. I totally recommend this one to anyone looking for a YA thriller right now!
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m not a big re-reader because there are just so many new books out every year that I find it hard to make time for old favorites. When I do re-read, it’s usually more of a two-year break in between.
If I were to revisit any of my 2017 reads next year, it would most likely be either RAMONA BLUE or THE NAMES THEY GAVE US because I just loved those two SO MUCH. I’m also thinking about making THE ROYAL WE a yearly re-read!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
WE ARE OKAY (by Nina LaCour) has a gorgeous illustrated cover and it’s what originally drew me to the book. It turns out the words inside were just as beautiful!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Ramona from RAMONA BLUE really stands out to me!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord. She has SUCH a way with words and all of her novels make me cry, so there’s that.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Hands down, this goes to THE HATE U GIVE. It’s probably the most thought-provoking novel I have ever read, not just in 2017. If you haven’t read it yet….what the heck are you waiting for?!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Basically all of my books this year were from 2017 so I don’t feel like I can accurately answer this question
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I don’t save book quotes so I don’t know!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
The true shortest book I read was a novella by Andrea Dunlap called BROKEN BAY but Goodreads doesn’t know the page count. Per Goodreads, the shortest book was WE ARE OKAY at 256 pages. To be honest it felt way longer than that since I listened to it as an audiobook.
The longest was THE ROYAL WE at 454 pages (a re-read) and then RAMONA BLUE at 432 pages.
Nothing crazy long or crazy short this year!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Probably LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas – I was SUPER SURPRISED at the end to find out who the murderer was and how it all went down. That never happens (I always guess everything) so extra points for you, Kara Thomas!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
BEX & NICK 4 EVER! This is why I want to re-read THE ROYAL WE every year….I just love it SO MUCH and the romance is perfect. Plus royals, hello,
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Did I even read anything without romance? TBH there aren’t any friendships that are really sticking out to me right now so I will go with the entire Song-Covey family from FOREVER AND ALWAYS, LARA JEAN.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy was one of my favorite books of the year. I read her previous novel, DUMPLIN’, last year and loved that one too but not to the extent that I love RAMONA BLUE. There was just something about it that was so great! I got to meet Julie Murphy this year at Texas Teen Book Fest which made my heart so happy.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Prince Nick from THE ROYAL WE! Technically not ‘newest’ since this was a re-read but he’s who really stands out as the sweetest/most adorable/also happens to be ROYAL guy I read this year!
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Hate U Give was absolutely mind-blowing, and was SO especially good for a debut. I also really loved THE LAST THING YOU SAID, a quieter YA that deserves more attention than it received.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
MOXIE all the way! This book filled me with feminist joy and strength and I loved every minute of it.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
THE NAMES THEY GAVE US is probably the only one that made me actually cry this year. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I’m going to go with THE LAST THING YOU SAID by Sara Biren. I didn’t hear very many people talking about this one, but it was quietly fantastic. I loved the world-building in the small lakeside town in Minnesota. It reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen’s Colby – totally realistic and the place I might have visited during childhood summers. The characters were going through very realistic journeys of grief and dealing
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
What comes to mind is THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis. This was a really tough book to read. Not because it wasn’t interesting or well-written – it was absolutely both of those things. But because of the situations that the main character has to go to. Being inside of her head is a tough place to be and I was absolutely gutted by the final scenes.
1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
I really liked my review of MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu. I wrote the post immediately after finishing the book and I was super fired up about it, which I hope came across in the post.
2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I would like to think that my If We Were at Happy Hour post was interesting. I don’t talk about myself much on this blog so that was a good chance to.
3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
As always, I adored Texas Teen Book Fest this year! It’s the only bookish event I attended but it was well worth it.
4. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I had a huge reading slump up until like…October. I was still reading around 2 books per month at the time, but I was barely posting and really had no blog motivation. I gained my momentum back in October though and have been trying to catch up!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My review of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI was my most popular for the year!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I wrote a post suggesting that fans of RAMONA BLUE try reading the lesser-known HOW TO MAKE A WISH that I wish had some more views/comments, as I really enjoyed writing that post (and both of those books!).
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I was going to say THE SERPENT KING as I’ve been putting that one off for ages….but I finished it last night! It was phenomenal and I don’t know why I waited this long to read it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
There are SO MANY that I literally can’t pick just one. I’m super excited about STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett, because I love books about astronomy and really loved her 2017 novel (ALEX, APPROXIMATELY). I’m also eagerly awaiting Julie Murphy’s next PUDDIN’, sequel to DUMPLIN‘.
Jessi Kirby and Morgan Matson have new novels coming out this spring that I’m really looking forward to as well!
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m going to skip this question because I can’t think of anything that I’m sure is a debut.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I actually am not in the middle of any series right now, so this doesn’t apply this year. And let’s be honest…even if I WAS waiting on a sequel, how much do you want to be that I’d never end up reading it?
Although I just thought of LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, which isn’t so much a series as it is a companion novel to SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, which was one of my favorite books of 2016. I have this one pre-ordered and will certainly be reading it ASAP.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I would love to publish one new post per week. That’s my commitment to my travel blog as well, and in the coming year I would like to take that goal as seriously with this blog.