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2017 End of Year Book Survey

I know this is late. This is way late. But hey, better late than never? Anyhow, this is a book survey I found. I filled out a similar one for 2016 and really enjoyed it. So, even though it's nearly March, I'm filling this one out. Please be aware that these are just my opinions based on my own personal enjoyment of the books I read in 2017. I never claim to rate or recommend things objectively. Also, this is so long. And I even skipped some questions near the end.

Stats:

Number of Books You Read: 35 (counting audiobooks & graphic novels)

Number of Re-Reads: 6 (mostly Harry Potter)

Genre You Read the Most From: Fantasy/Paranormal

(Also... here are my Goodreads stats. Including all the books I read in 2017.)

Questions:

1. Best Book You Read in 2017? I've been listening to all the Harry Potters in audiobook since May, but I'm going to answer this with a new book. Or two new books. I'm torn between Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Both were great starts to series... that I have not continued yet. Apparently, I still haven't broken my bad habit of starting series and not continuing them. Even if I loved the first book.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t? Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, so I had high expectations for Scarlet. And unlike many series I start - as previously stated - I actually continued this one within about a year. Scarlet was not a bad book by any means, but I didn't like the main characters as much as the first book. And even the chapters that focused on Cinder were not as enjoyable to me. I still love the world and plan to continue this series.

3. Most Surprising (in a Good Way or Bad Way) Book You Read? Since I already mentioned my surprising disappointment, I'll go with my biggest pleasant surprise. The Griffin & Sabine series by Nick Bantock. I've had the first book for ages, but I hadn't done more than glance at it in 10+ years. Until near the end of 2017, when I spotted it in a storage bin full of books. This series is told through postcards and letters, that you take out of their own envelopes. It's a very immersive and tactile experience, packed with interesting and sometimes creepy art. The books seem to be out a print, and I had quite the time trying to track them all down. But I'm so happy I finally was struck with the desire to dive into this unique storytelling experience.

4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (and They Did)? I don't often recommend books to people anymore, because I think stories can be such a personal experience. There are lots of books I love that I know many can't stand, and there are popular books that just didn't pull me in. But I have been recommending Griffin & Sabine. And since I ended up with extras of some books in my quest to own them all, I'm planning on spreading the G&S love to my artsy friends. My therapist has already read and enjoyed the first two.

5. Best Series You Started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? So many questions in one. Okay, best series I started is, again, either Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi or Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Best sequel I read is probably Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which is a continuation of The Covenant series. And I didn't end any series in 2017, because I'm really bad at finishing things.

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2017? Lauren Oliver. Since I loved Delirium and also really enjoyed Before I Fall, in spite of some issues. But Tahereh Mafi and Charlie N. Holmberg are honourable mentions.

7. Best Book from a Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone? If you know me well, you'll know I'm a big advocate of the "comfort zone". I don't think it's this horrible growth stopper as most people preach. I do my best growth when I feel safe to do so. But okay, back to the question at hand, Griffin & Sabine is both a very different genre than I've ever read and a series aimed at adult readers, so I was quite surprised I enjoyed it so much. I'll also mention Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which is much closer to my normal genres, but I don't typically read SciFi with spaceships. Across the Universe turned out to be more dystopian than spaceship adventure, and that suited me just fine. But I wasn't expecting this book to become an almost 5-star rating for me. (Where are those half stars when you need them?)

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year? I think I might put Before I Fall in this category. I had issues with this book, but I was also riveted by it. I needed to find out what happened next.

9. Book You Read in 2017 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year? I don't re-read nearly as often as I used to, and I'm highly unlikely to re-read something less than two years later. So, instead, I'll tell you about some other books I plan to re-read in 2018. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The movie is coming out soon, and I haven't read this one in about 4 years, so I'll be starting it very soon. I also want to continue re-reading The Mediator series by Meg Cabot so I can get to the newest edition. (Which is already 2 years old! What am I waiting for?)

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2017? Across the Universe. Easily. Did I mention I basically bought this book based on the cover? Though those Olly Moss Harry Potter covers are pretty cool, too.

11. Most Memorable Character of 2017? I'm going to exclude re-reads and old friends, and say Ceony Twill and Emery Thane from The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Which I feel like I like I haven't mentioned enough in this post yet. The Paper Magician was also a book that was recommended by a friend, and I passed that recommendation on to at least one happy reader. So, I should've mentioned it there, too. Anyhow, I really liked Ceony and Emery and their slow-building relationship.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2017? Probably Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I enjoyed the crossing out. And I really related to the intensity of Juliette's thoughts. I think this is, in general, why I like dystopian YA so much. As an extremely over-sensitive person, I relate to emotional intensity much better than thoughts from everyday life.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2017? I would not call this book "life-changing", and I had some issues with it, but the most thought-provoking book I read was 13 Reasons Why. It was a very difficult book for me to read, and I wasn't able to handle watching the entire Netflix series. But they did make me think.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2017 to Finally Read? Griffin & Sabine. Because I had that first book since about 2006. I'm also surprised how long it's been since I last experienced the Harry Potter books.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book You Read in 2017? I wish I had kept better track of this! The only book I remember saving quotes from is Bird by Bird. Because even though most of that book did not work for me or my writing style, it did have its brilliant moments. “Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act - truth is always subversive.” or “In this dark and wounded society, writing can give you the pleasures of the woodpecker, of hollowing out a hole in a tree where you can build your nest and say, "This is my niche, this is where I live now, this is where I belong." And the niche may be small and dark, but at last you will finally know what you are doing. After thirty years or more of floundering around and screwing up, you will finally know, and when you get serious you will be dealing with the one thing you've been avoiding all along - your wounds.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2017? Griffin & Sabine was definitely the shortest, but I'm not so sure about the longest. Goodreads says Order of the Phoenix, but that was an audio book, so I'm not sure it should count the same. Page count-wise, probably Scarlet or Before I Fall.

17. Book That Shocked You the Most? 13 Reasons Why. I knew what subject matter I would be dealing with, but it still upset me.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR? (You Will Go Down With This Ship!) I didn't get hit as hard with the relationship "feels" last year. At least in terms of reading. Can I count my own books? But I'll say Aiden/Alex from The Covenant series, because I still love Aiden so much. Or Emery/Ceony from The Paper Magician, though I already mentioned them. Or Olly/Maddy from Everything, Everything, even though parts of that book let me down. Or Syaoran/Sakura from CardCaptor Sakura, because I will love them forever. But as a whole, I already feel way more invested in the relationships I've read in 2018 so far. A/Rhiannon and Simon/Blue, anyone?

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year? Harry and Hermione, maybe? Except I totally used to ship them so much.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 from an Author You’ve Read Previously? Other than re-reads, Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

21. Best Book You Read in 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation from Somebody Else/Peer Pressure? Technically, Griffin & Sabine was a recommendation from ages ago, but I'll go with The Paper Magician.

22. Newest Fictional Crush from a Book You Read in 2017? Newest. So, I can't say Aiden. This is tough, because I don't fall for characters that aren't my own very often anymore. I liked Kent from Before I Fall. Or Emery Thane from The Paper Magician. Or maybe Griffin from Griffin & Sabine, a little.

23. Best 2017 Debut You Read? Did I read I single book that was actually newly published in 2017? Because I don't think I did. Closest is Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, which was new in paperback.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? I still like The Lunar Chronicles world a lot, even if Scarlet didn't impress me as much as Cinder. I love the magical lore from The Paper Magician, though.

25. Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Mostly manga. CardCaptor Sakura. Fruits Basket. Or Love & Gelato, for novels.

26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2017? It might be easier to list books that didn't make me cry? I honestly cry so much that I can't remember. But okay, probably cried the most reading Before I Fall.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year? The Paper Magician, because I feel like not many people know about that series. And Griffin & Sabine.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? 13 Reasons Why.

29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2017? Griffin & Sabine.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Didn’t Like It)? 13 Reasons Why. (And Everything, Everything made me sad because I was really loving it until the twist at the end.)

31. One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? The Hate U Give.

32. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2018? This is almost cheating because I hadn't even read the first in the series until January 2018, but Someday by David Levithan.

33. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do in Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2018? It would be cool to hit 40 books on the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year. But I'm more focused on getting my second book completed by the end of the year than any reading goals.

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