The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie and The Perpetual Page Turner. You can read more about the End of the Year Book Survey over at Jamie’s blog, but basically you just answer a bunch of questions about the books you read this year!
2017 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 252 (this includes everything from graphic novels to kids books, to audiobooks to physical books.
Number of Re-Reads: 16- mostly due to book club selections and Harry Potter.
Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery and YA
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
You know I can’t just pick one, right?! It was soul damaging just to get it down to 9. But if I had to pick a personal favorite, These Things I’ve Done would be it. I re-read it immediately after finishing it, and I actually have re-read bits of it since then. I used to read like that, but most of the re-reads I do now days are for specific purposes- book clubs, challenges, readalongs. I don’t know what it was about the book, but the characters really took up residence in my heart. The rest are books that I also loved, and ones I would recommend to any reader!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
What Doesn’t Kill Her by Max Allan Collins- it was on my audio and ebook tbr for awhile, but I didn’t really enjoy it. The plot sounded totally up my alley, but it didn’t really pan out for me. 🙁
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders- the book is so weird, and the audiobook has over 100 narrators. I was not expecting to love it so much, but I would totally re-read this book, especially the audio!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Because I work at a bookstore, I really do get a chance to put books in people’s hands. The book I did that the most with (and one I actually read this year) is The Hate U Give. But other books include, As You Wish by Cary Elwes, Books for Living by Will Schwalbe, Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
5. Best series you started in 2017?
The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne! He came to our store for a signing, so I just meant to read the first book in the series, Hounded, but I ended up binge listening to the audiobooks. I spent pretty much all of July reading this series. And the final book comes out in a few months, so I didn’t have to wait super long!
Best Sequel of 2017?
Probably One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.
Best Series Ender of 2017?
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
I’ll have to go with Kevin Hearne, but I’m also looking forward to reading more by Rebecca Phillips.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Collapsing Empire (#1) by John Scalzi- my first Space Opera!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
What the Hell Did I Just Read? (John Dies at the End #3) by David Wong. But IQ by Joe Ide was also really fast paced!
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Mister Tinder’s Girl by Carter Wilson- it actually belongs on my Top Reads of 2017, but it doesn’t come out for awhile still, and I really want to promote it in 2018, so I’ll definitely re-read it. I got it way back during BEA, and read it immediately, and it’s felt like I have been waiting for a giraffe to get born! I can’t wait until it’s out and I can sell it at the bookstore. It’s a thriller inspired by the Slender Man case (the two girls who tried to kill their friend to appease a fictional creepy pasta character whom they became obsessed with)- only Mister Tender is so much cooler!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater- her writing is always lovely and magical.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I am not normally a fan of books that are written with an agenda. Thomas wrote this book because of the Black Lives Matter movement. I knew going in that it would be emotional, but I still can’t get over that this is a debut novel. There is so much to Starr’s story, and her family and friends are fully realized people (honestly, character just seems too shallow a word to explain what Thomas has captured). Thomas made the people behind the news story more than just a soundbite on the evening news, and The Hate U Give is a book people need to read. I can’t recommend it enough! Similarly, Young Jane Young is also on my top reads of 2017 because it deals with the people behind political sex scandals. The one thing I really think books can do is to open our minds, to give us experiences outside of our own, and if an author can do that and still entertain? Win!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle- another book that belongs on my top list! I read this in mid January for book club, and I had picked it because it had been on my radar for awhile. I’d probably also add Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie- I haven’t read much by her, but I was familiar with the story. Christie’s books haven’t aged so well though.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
Happy New Year!