Before we get to the survey, a few statistics for my reading year:
READING GOAL: 60
BOOKS READ: 106
January: 9 (favorite: East of Eden by John Steinbeck)
February: 11 (favorite: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee)
March: 10 (favorite: Bright Air Black by David Vann)
April: 8 (favorite: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid)
May: 7 (favorite: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell)
June: 7 (favorite: The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney)
July: 11 (favorite: Human Acts by Han Kang)
August: 9 (favorite: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne)
September: 6 (favorite: All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan)
October: 7 (favorite: Bird Box by Josh Malerman)
November: 9 (favorite: The Absolutist by John Boyne)
December: 12 (favorite: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis)
1 star: 6
2 stars: 11
3 stars: 25
4 stars: 35
5 stars: 29
Books by men: 38 (36%)
Books by women: 68 (64%)
Now here’s a survey that was created by Perpetual Page Turner, that I think is going to be a good comprehensive end of year review, so let’s do this.
2017 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 106
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: I think I would lose my mind if I actually tried to do an official tally of this, so I’m just going to go out on a limb and say literary fiction.
BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Runners up here.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Several. Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman, All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, Yesterday by Felicia Yap…
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way: Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge. This was such a simple book that had a really strong effect on me.
In a bad way: White Fur by Jardine Libaire. Ugh. I’ve talked about this enough.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Oh god, so many. I think The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne probably takes the cake, though…
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Series I started: the Alexander the Great trilogy by Mary Renault.
Best sequel: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin I guess, though I didn’t love it unreservedly. I just didn’t read many sequels this year.
Best series ender (also technically a sequel): Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
John Boyne, Agatha Christie… more here.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
A Fugitive in Grass Valley by I.M. Flippy. Before this year I would have said that I don’t read romance, ever, but then my friend wrote this book and I thought ‘okay what the heck let’s give it a go’ and I ended up loving it unreservedly.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I’m not sure why this has such a low rating on Goodreads, but I sped through When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn – I literally could not put it down.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. It’s a play, not a novel, but anyway, I think I’ll reread it in the next couple of weeks. I love it a lot.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
I know how lame it is that I’m not actually including an image in this post, but for some reason my browser keeps freezing when I go to the ‘add media’ thingy, so whatever. Human Acts by Han Kang.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
I can’t possibly pick one… Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Tristan Sadler from The Absolutist by John Boyne, Cyril Avery from The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, Pyrrhus from An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis, Melody Shee from All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan, Edmund from King Lear, Ryan Cusack from The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Ava Antipova from Dead Letters by Cate Dolan-Leach, Noa from Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Cathy Ames or Cal Trask from East of Eden by John Steinbeck…
Do you think that’s enough?!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
… East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This is easy.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
— David Mitchell, Black Swan Green
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: Medea by Euripides.
Longest: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
I just finished Confessions by Kanae Minato, and the end of the first chapter made me yell “OH MY GOD” out loud, which I think is a new one for me.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Kaz/Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or Tristan/Will from The Absolutist by John Boyne (though their ‘relationship’ was not really what I had expected).
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Maybe Oliver and Filippa from If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously.
Human Acts by Han Kang and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure.
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen, which was a lot of fun – thanks, Hadeer!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Hmm. I’m not big on book crushes, but I’ll say James from If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Anything by Martin McDonagh because I am a very morbid individual who only enjoys black comedy as far as humor is concerned.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Human Acts by Han Kang, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, The Absolutist also by John Boyne.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Translations by Brian Friel.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, hands down. It’s told in Joycean stream of consciousness prose, and it is… interesting to say the least.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. Explanation here.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
This is actually the year I started blogging! This is so difficult because I literally love all of you guys, but the two blogs that stand out to me are Steph‘s and Callum‘s. Steph has become a good friend outside of blogging (we got to meet up in October and see depressing theatre together, friendship solidified) and her blog is wonderful; and Callum has been the source of many of my most interesting bookish conversations this year, and has provided me with nothing but excellent recs! Go follow them both.
(For the sake of simplifying this answer for myself I’m not including people I already knew before blogging, i.e., Chelsea, Hadeer, Patrick. All of whom have excellent blogs as well.)
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Don’t ask me why, but maybe my review of Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I’m very partial to my Top 5 Wednesday Fancasts post.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Hmm, pass, I think?!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Does starting my blog count? I think it does.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Pushing myself through War and Peace when I was so unenthusiastic about it.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Um, apparently it’s my 3-star review of Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson. I… have absolutely no idea why.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I have no idea, but I’ll take this opportunity to say that I did work very hard on my Greek and Roman Mythology recommendations post.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This bookstore in Montreal where you literally need to inch your way around overflowing towers of books was quite interesting. I don’t actually remember what it’s called, but I remember what street it’s on so I could look it up on google maps.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I only participated in the Goodreads reading challenge, and I set my goal for 60, which I think I completed as early as July!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Hadeer lent me The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ages ago but I haven’t gotten around to it – definitely soon, though!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Circe by Madeline Miller – I loved The Song of Achilles so I can’t wait to read this! I actually have the ARC, I just need to make time for it.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi sounds excellent.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Hmm, pass, not a big series reader… though I guess I’ll finally get around to reading The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin at some point, so let’s go with that.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I’m working on a resolutions post, but one of my resolutions is to read more books I already own. My shelves are overflowing.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee was a lovely and thoughtful book about mental illness and the toll it takes on the relationship between two Chinese-American sisters. It comes out in January and I recommend it very highly.
Happy New Years, everyone! I hope you all have fun tonight if you have plans, but if not, I hope everyone has a really excellent 2018! I’m very happy that I joined this community this year and met so many absolutely wonderful people.