I look forward to Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey every year (which she hosts over on The Perpetual Page-Turner) because it’s such a great way to look back at all the books (good and bad!) that I read over the last 365 days. The first book felt so long ago now… And for those that follow my on Instagram, you’ll have seen my annual countdown of fave 2017 reads taking place over the last 10 days! It was an interesting look back at the types of books I was reading this past year, and how so many of them were related to diversity and social justice. Pretty apropos of the world in 2017 if you ask me.
2017 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 74
Number of Re-Reads: none! No time for re-reading!
Genre You Read The Most From: Genre-specifically, I’d say either YA or graphic novels but, like I mentioned above, the “sub genre” would probably be books about social justice.
Best In Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
It’s a close call, but Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu wins out!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Hmm there were quite a few of them unfortunately but I’m going to have to go with I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for the sole reason that I hadn’t read it until now, and that it was such a short read! I always thought it was a longer story than that.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’d say it was both Moxie and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Like last year, I don’t think I’ve read too many books in a series in a while.. at least not intentionally. As for sequel/series ender, I’d say it would be Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brigid Kemmerer, author of Letters to the Lost
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I don’t often read poetry but I picked this up after all the hype surrounding her new poetry book and I loved it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
“Unputdownable” would be Letters to the Lost, but that doesn’t fall under the action-packed/thrilling category.. in that case, I’d say it was The Girl Before by JP Delaney. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t read as many thrillers as I did the previous year.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I rarely reread books, so I don’t anticipate any from this year but – like I say every year – I keep meaning to do a Harry Potter re-read at some point.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Oh there were so many great covers this year.. I don’t have one favourite.. I have several!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She felt like a real person when I was reading this book!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
I’d say it would be a toss-up between The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and What Happened by Hillary Clinton.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Brandy Colbert’s Pointe. My good friend Ardo has not steered me wrong with all her previous recommendations to me (such as Hawkeye and I Hunt Killers), and she was not wrong about this one either!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
There were so many.. here are some that I made note of:
“Boys will be boys, but girls are supposed to be careful: of our bodies, of our futures, of all the ways people judge us.” – P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
“I think I want more from life than my cup can hold.” – Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
“You have to find a job that makes your heart feel big instead of one that makes it feel small.” – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it means you go on even though you’re scared.” – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Juliet and Declan from Letters to the Lost – for sure! I was so ridiculously invested in that pairing.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Declan and his best friend Rev from Letters to the Lost.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Bang by Barry Lyga. Huge fan of his I Hunt Killers series and I thoroughly enjoyed his latest book as well.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Once again – Letters to the Lost! It was vaguely on my radar until Jessica and others were raving about it during book club one day, so I picked it up and finished it in under 24 hours.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Seth Acosta from Moxie 🙂
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. He manages to build a vivid environment full of revenge within a 60-second elevator ride.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. #MoxieGirlsFightBack!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Barry Lyga’s Bang.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Letters to the Lost!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. The poetry is so soulful and emotive, so much truth through those lines that were heartbreaking to read.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Possibly Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill – and, to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s in a good way or not. It was just really.. unique and bizarre.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Oh boy, this would definitely be I See London, I See France and it 100% means that I didn’t like it.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I feel like there’s a lot of new bookstagrams I’ve discovered in 2017 more than book blogs… But that being said, it’s hard to remember or pinpoint where/when I had found out about these accounts…
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Like last year, somehow my favourite review I wrote is on the book I liked the least… *shrug* 🙂
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
It would have to be my discussion on whether you DNF a book or push through and finish it.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
It would have to be my trip to London with Jenn! It was filled with Harry Potter, bookish goodness!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Like last year, finding time! Not so much reading necessarily, because I always find time somehow to get a few pages in but finding the time and motivation to sit at my laptop and actually write my reviews and schedule posts.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
It would be my post on the new Harry Potter-themed gift shop that opened in Toronto, Curiosa!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My post about feminist reads: #NastyWomenRead
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Famous Last Words, the book-themed bar in the West end of Toronto, and the previously-mentioned Curiosa
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Origin by Dan Brown!! I love his books, and I started it but didn’t get far into it yet…
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Brigid Kemmerer’s new book More Than We Can Tell
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Hmm… maybe Restore Me, #4 of the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Like last year… Get back on track with my review writing!
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None yet, but I have a handful of ARCs ready to be read, and if they’re as good as I think they will be, those will be the answer to this question!