The Annual End of Year Survey was created over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.
It is officially the last day of the year, and so it seemed like the only way to end 2017 right would be to look back at my entire reading and blogging year. I’ve done this survey for a couple of years now, and it is honestly my favourite post of the year to do, so I’m really excited to be doing it again in 2017. This year was by far the best reading year I have had in forever, and so I’m really excited to share some of the amazing books I read in 2017!
Number Of Books I Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre I Read The Most From: Contemporary
I tried so hard to pick just one book for this, but ultimately I just couldn’t decide between Turtles All The Way Down by John Green and The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Both were such beautiful and emotional stories, and are two books that I just can’t stop thinking about, and will likely stay with me for a very long time to come.
Unfortunately, The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, was a book that really disappointed me when I read it this year. I adored the first book in this duology when I read it last year, but this one really didn’t live up it for me. I just found the story so much more confusing, and really wasn’t a fan of the characters and where they went in this one, and so I didn’t end up enjoying this one anywhere near as much as I thought I would.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was definitely the book that surprised me the most this year. Somehow despite adoring Maggie Stiefvater’s other books, I went into this one with pretty low expectations, and came out of it with a new favourite book on my hands.
I started a fair few different series this year, but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has to be my favourite of them. I just adore everything about this book, from the amazingly action-packed plot to absolutely spectacular characters who truly make this book as fantastic as it is.
Again, despite reading so many amazing sequels this year, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is definitely the one that stands out the most for me. This book just stepped everything in this series up a level, and I just adored how much we got to explore and watch this world develop in this third installment.
2017 was also the year in which I read three out of the four books in the Raven Cycle, and so The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater has to be the best series ender I read this year. It ended this amazing series in the perfect way, and I can’t tell how much I loved everything about this final book.
Given how much I adored The Sun Is Also A Star, this one for me has to be Nicola Yoon. I first read Everything, Everything very early on in the year, and although it wasn’t a favourite of mine, I did really enjoy it. However, then I read her second book, The Sun Is Also A Star, and I instantly fell in love with both this book, and with her writing.
The majority of the books I read are YA, so Brooklyn by Colm Toibin was definitely a surprise for me. I adored this book and the beautiful way it was written, and it has definitely made me curious to pick up more adult fiction in the future.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh was so action-packed that I just could not put it down whilst I was reading it. It always kept me wanting to read more and more until I was completely sucked into this world.
This one definitely has to be Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, as not only was it one of my favourite books of the entire year, but it is also a book that means so much to me and is such an important read that I already want to reread.
Not only is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh one of my favourite books of the year, but it is also by far my favourite cover of all the books I read this year.
I read about so many amazingly memorable characters this year, but someone who really sticks out to me is Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I loved all of the characters in this book, but she is definitely the one that stuck with me the most, and is someone who I just fell completely in love with as soon as I started reading about her.
For this one, I’m going to have to say The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton. This was a book that really took me by surprise, and whose gorgeous writing style drew me in, and created the perfect atmosphere for this book.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green has likely the best mental health representation I have ever read, and so because of that it was a book that had such a huge impact on me after I read it. I honestly think that everyone should read this book because of how much of an important read it is, and can’t believe how much this book means to me now.
Despite so many people adoring this book, it took until 2017 for me to finally read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for myself. I can’t believe I didn’t pick this one up sooner, as it is such an amazing book with one of my favourite romances within it, and anxiety representation that I thought was done really well and that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing.
I can no more choose my thoughts than choose my name.
At only 95 pages, Animal Farm by George Orwell was by far the shortest book that I read this year. Then on the other end of the scale, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare was the longest book I read this year at a grand total of 725 pages.
I think this one has to be my most recent read, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, as this book shocked me in so many different, good, ways. Firstly, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, and I also didn’t expect this one to have as representation and diversity within it as it did. The ending of this, and the reveal of Blue, also really shocked me with how amazing it was, and just with how much it made me love this spectacular book.
There is only really one couple who could ever become my OTP of the year, and that is Ronan and Adam from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. As I have said countless times by now, this is one of my favourite series, with some of my favourite characters within it, so its no surprise that these two are my OTP of the year.
One of my favourite things about This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab was the characters and the relationships between them, so Katherine and August are definitely my favourite non-romantic relationship of the year.
This one has to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, as despite reading the first book in her Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone, two years ago, this is definitely my favourite book of hers, as well as being one of my favourite books of the year.
I had heard so many people recommending Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell before picking it up for myself, and it is definitely one that I don’t think I would have been anywhere near as inclined to pick up had I not heard all those amazing things about it.
This one just has to be Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved his quiet nature, and adored watching how much he cared for his horses, and just completely fell in love with his character throughout the course of this book.
Somehow I only ended up reading a handful of 2017 debuts this year, and so Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch has to be my favourite out of them. It was just such a cute romance with such a gorgeous setting that ended up being a perfect summery read.
There is only one book I could possibly say for this one, and that is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This book expanded this world so much and really created a setting that is so spectacular and one that I can’t wait to return and explore more in the next few books.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson definitely put a huge smile on my face. Morgan Matson’s books are always just the perfect summer reads, and this one was no different, with so amazing characters and such an amazing plot that was just the most fun to read.
I adore The Raven Cycle series with all my heart, and so The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater definitely made me quite emotional whilst I was reading it. Not only was it such a heart-wrenching book anyway, with so many things happening within it that made me so emotional, but it is also the last book in one of my favourite series, and so that in itself made this a very emotional read indeed.
This one definitely has to go to Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, as I have not seen anyone talking about this book. This is such a unique story, and has such an amazing format, and is just a book that I think so many more people should pick up.
Again, I adore this series, and so The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater definitely crushed my soul for so many different reasons.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler has one of the most unique formats I have read, as it tells the story of Min and Ed, as after their breakup, Min looks back and tells the story of their relationship through the objects she had collected during it. It is one of the most interesting ways to tell a story, and is a format that just works so well for this story.
For this one, I have to say There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. Not only did this one really disappoint me, as it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but there were also just so many different aspects within it that really irritated me and made me mad.
I have discovered so many amazing book blogs this year, but one that has become one of my firm favourites has to be Books & Wolves. I always adore reading her posts and would definitely check her out if you haven’t already!
My favourite review has to be my review for The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I just really loved wrapping up this series and looking back on it as a whole, as well as being able to discuss some of my favourite characters who will stay with me for a very long time.
This one definitely has to be my Five Star Predictions post, as not only did I really enjoy writing, but it was also something a little bit different to what I normally do, and so I really enjoyed giving something new a go.
I’m pretty sure I have the same answer for this question every year, but once again this has to be Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently hosted by The Broke and Bookish. I just love how so many people get involved with it, and so how many new blogs and people I am able to discover and interact with through this simple weekly post.
This is one isn’t really a moment as such, but by far the best thing about blogging this year has been connecting with so many more people. I’ve never really been the best at connecting with, and getting involved in the bookish community, but this year I definitely feel like I’ve become so much more involved, and have loved doing so.
In all honestly, probably the most challenging thing this year was trying to balance and ultimately just keep up with reading and blogging. This year I really tried to post more regularly, and although I definitely thing I did achieve this, it was also quite challenging to try and get posts up on time, as well as to try and make time to read.
My most popular post this year, both in terms of comments and views, is my fourth Top Ten Tuesday post, where I talk about my Top Ten Bookish Boyfriends.
I’d probably have to say one of my first ever reviews on this blog for this one, as I would love for my Flame in the Mist review to get just a little more love. It was one of my favourite books of the year, and I’m just really happy with how my review turned out.
Somehow before 2017 I had not known about Book Depository! Now it is the website were I buy most of my books from, and I honestly don’t know how I would have picked up anywhere near as many books as I did if I hadn’t discovered it.
The main reading challenge I set myself this year was my Goodreads challenge, which I set at 50 books for the third year in a row. However, this year is the first year I have actually achieved it, even if I did only hit 50 books today, and so I’m really happy that I managed to achieve that this year.
I also set myself the goal of reading 5 classics this year, something which I am so happy I managed to complete. In total, I actually managed to read 7 classics, and this year I really fell in love with reading classics, and can’t wait to read many more in 2018.
I’m pretty sure I am the only person who still hasn’t read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas yet, and so it is definitely going to be my top priority next year. I’ve heard such good things about this book, and know that it is also a really important book that I need to read in 2018.
I am definitely so excited for Save the Date by Morgan Matson to be released next year! I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson’s books, and can’t wait to be able to read another of hers next summer.
I’ve actually been really bad at exploring 2018 debuts, but one that I am definitely already excited about is To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I just love the sound of this book, as well as the fact that it is a standalone fantasy, and can’t wait for it to be released!
This one just has to be Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! I adored both Illuminae and Gemina, and so can not wait to see what happens next in this absolutely amazing series.
I’m actually going to be fairly nice to myself here, and just aim to keep up with blogging and reading. I know this is a very vague statement, but at the minute I don’t really want to set myself any huge goals. 2018 is going to be an extremely busy year for me, and so even being able to keep this blog going and posting regularly would be a huge achievement for me.
So that is my 2017 Bookish Survey which officially wraps up this year of reading! I’m really happy with both my reading and my blogging this year, and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!