Hello bookish friends!
I somehow managed to read my increased goal of 100 books last year so I have plenty to talk about in this post! This wee survey was created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Note: Although some books will fit multiple categories, I’m not going to mention books more than once, otherwise it could get pretty repetitive!
Number of Books You Read: 100
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (in particular, urban fantasy)
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been banging on about this book since May so I’m sure this answer came as no surprise! I’ve never been on more of a rollercoaster during a book.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. I did still largely enjoy it – aside from the dense writing style – but I thought I was going to fall completely in love with it. I am still excited to finish this series though, particularly since I already know what the overarching plot is about.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I had quite a few surprising reads this year but I think the most surprising for me was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I thought it sounded liked an intriguing premise but I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. This book ended up blowing me away. I loved everything about it. The atmospheric setting, the gorgeous writing, the larger-than-life set of characters. I. Loved. It.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Probably two of my favourite series: Jackaby by William Ritter and Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud. I’m not sure if I managed to tempt anyone online but my Mum has read the Jackaby books and is currently reading the last one (which she also recommends!)
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Started: Monstress Vol. 1: The Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Sequel: Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
This is probably V.E. Schwab. All of her books’ plots appeal to me and I’ve really enjoyed her writing so far (I’ve read the first two in the Shades of Magic trilogy). Hopefully I can get to more of her works this year.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t really believe in ‘comfort zones.’ I read books from genres that I know I like and I doubt I’ll ever pick up a book from a genre that in no way appeals to me. Over time, I might be attracted to different genres. But, for now, it just doesn’t make sense to read something I probably won’t enjoy, just to say I read outside of my ‘comfort zone.’
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I was glued to these pages. I finished reading it a few days ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. I thought I’d love it but, somehow, I loved it EVEN more. I took note of so many quotes/pages – I literally loved every word.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m joining in with emmmabooks’ Shadowhunters readalong this year so I will be re-reading all of the Shadowhunter books, including Lord of Shadows (gods help me).
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. No contest. Gorgeous at every angle you look at it. Inside and out. I can’t begin to imagine the gorgeousness of the sequel too!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was quite the character! He was arrogant and selfish yet completely lovable. He also had some great one-liners. I’d love to read more from his perspective – fingers crossed we get more of him!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. These fairy tales were so well-crafted. I love that, with every book Bardugo puts out, her writing somehow gets better and better.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Okay, I know I said no doubling up BUT The Hate U Give has to go here, too. This book packed a lot of important topics surrounding race and class, including police brutality, racial micro-aggressions, white privilege and many more. Even if you’re not a huge contemporary reader (like me), chances are you will still love this book. Starr is an amazing character – she’s smart, she has a wicked sense of humour, she’s very close to her family and always feels comfortable enough with them to be vulnerable and I just really, really loved her character arc. Please read this if you haven’t already!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. To be fair, it is a MASSIVE book and I was catching up on all his other Cosmere books but I do still wish I read it sooner. I’ll be reading Words of Radiance in March and cannot wait!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I really don’t think I could pick! Probably something from Lord of Shadows, The Hate U Give or Strange the Dreamer though. I loved each and every word from these books.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen at 4 pages
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer at 823 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Okay, I’m going to have to break my own rules again but LORD OF SHADOWS. Those last 10 pages. RUINED. ME.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Abigail and Charlie from the Jackaby series are one of my all-time faves. They’re just so cute and adorable with one another and they’re always caring and respectful and encouraging of the others’ passions and beliefs. They’re just so great. I love them.
Honourable mention: KITTY.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Lucy and the Skull from Lockwood & Co. Their back-and-fourth is probably one of my favourite things about this series. They both kind of love/hate each other and are rude to each other and are sassy af. I’m currently reading the last book in the series right now and I’m already missing them and their one-liners.
Honourable mention: Starr and her parents.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge was just as great as Cruel Beauty. I love Hodge’s imagination and world-building. Her settings are always so creepy and atmospheric and I love how she always writes about morally-grey characters.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don’t really read books solely because of recommendations. I might be interested in a person’s recommendation, but then I’ll go research the crap out of something to make sure I have a good chance of enjoying it. I do remember, however, hearing about Monstress from Sam from Thoughts on Tomes first. And it’s probably my favourite ever graphic novel. So thanks for introducing me, Sam!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Literally the entirety of the Kholin family from The Way of Kings. I feel very protective over them. Which makes me quite terrified for Words of Radiance.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury. Each book in this trilogy got five stars from me which is very rare. I love Salisbury’s writing style and I fell completely in love with this fairy-tale-esque fantasy world.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I really enjoyed the world of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I haven’t read that many Mediterranean-esque fantasy settings so it was really interesting to read about. I’ll also be reading The Rose Society next month which I am very excited for! I really miss this world.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Definitely My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. This book is exactly my type of humour. I knew from the very first paragraph that I would be laughing my head off whilst reading this and I did! From the concept, you wouldn’t think this story would work but the authors really pulled it off. I love that they’re doing more books like this too!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Honestly, I tear up at most things. Anything remotely moving, I’ll cry. I’m in love with the characters, I’ll cry. I’m ridiculously happy reading, I’ll cry. So I don’t really pay attention to the books that make me cry, cause that’s a lot of them!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Probably The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig. I read this in one sitting on Boxing Day and enjoyed it so much. It was exactly what I was in the mood for – it was heartwarming, funny, Christmassy and cosy. An all around fun read that I picked up on a whim.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Honestly, quite a few books destroyed me this year. But, yep, you guessed it, Lord of Shadows crushed me the most. What a surprise!!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I honestly don’t know how she manages to come up with the worlds and stories she does. I’m always amazed at the scope and the creativity of her books but this one was so special to me. I think Lazlo being a fellow librarian might have helped with that!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Definitely The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. Since it was written by a white man in the 50’s, I did expect it to be a little misogynistic and racist (as a lot of classics are) but WOW was it bad.
I feel like I haven’t been the best blogger this year. I struggle to find the time to think of anything that creative and new to write and I find it so much easier to just make the same repetitive content with how my schedule has been since September. Hopefully this can change late June this year as I won’t have work or uni for the summer, just my dissertation (haha, ‘just’). I would really like to find this time somewhere though. I’m typing this up at work as I speak, so that’s something!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA. I actually started this too and was loving it but for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to put it down!?!? No idea why. I absolutely MUST read this one this year. Without fail!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Alice Oseman’s books! I’ve recently read Oseman’s webcomic, Heartstopper (the softest m/m queer romance you’ll ever read – and also the healthiest) and loved it! So I’d really like to read her two novels, Radio Silence and Solitaire. In fact, I plan to purchase them as a well-done for handing in my essays next week, which is a great motivator!
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann! It’s a story about a biromantic asexual black woman in college, working in a library and this will be the very first biroace romance story I read and my wee panroace heart is READY FOR IT. Apparently it’s really cute and adorable which is the only kind of romance I enjoy reading about. Sadly it doesn’t come out until March in the UK but I will (not so) patiently wait for it. OH AND IT’S OWN VOICES. My excitement levels are truly though the roof!!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
I’ve actually already read two of the three I was most anticipating this year and gave five stars to both. I have finished the Jackaby series and the Lockwood & Co. series which, if you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that these are two of my favourite series of all time so I am very sad that they’re over but they are so worth investing in if you haven’t already.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Make friends! I’m actually the worst at commenting on other people’s blogs and I really need to find the time to sit down and read a few posts in one go and interact with people. I’m really bad at talking to people online. So I’d like to work at this for the next year.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire!! I think everyone’s already read this one, but if you haven’t WOW. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the world asexual on a page in a book (and a fantasy at that!) and an explanation that doesn’t conflate romantic attraction with sexual attraction and, honestly, it was perfect. Also, these characters are perfect. And the story-world is perfect. Everything was perfect. Please read it!