January 2018 Archive

2017 Book Survey

I saw this neat book survey over on Lacee Little’s tumblr (though it originated over on Perpetual Page Turner) and had to give it a try.

2017 Book Survey (I tried hard to keep from cheating, but be forewarned, I couldn’t stick to just one book on some of these. Also, most of the titles listed here are Middle Grade 🙂

Number Of Books You Read: 58

Number of Re-Reads: 0 (this might be the first year in a long while that I haven’t re-read either Howl’s Moving Castle or The Thief!)

Genre You Read The Most From: Middle Grade Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi; Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge; The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman (Best THREE! I don’t even care. I can’t choose.)

 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Cuckoo Song–in a good way!

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)? Everything Frances Hardinge

5. Best series you started? Stoker & Holmes by Colleen Gleason (YA title)
Best Sequel? Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (cheating, I know. This isn’t a sequel but a series continuation)
Best Series Ender? The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

6. Favorite new author you discovered? Frances Hardinge (I’m sure this list will clearly show my adoration of Hardinge, but truly, 2017 will forever be marked as the year I discovered her writing. I highly suggest picking up her work! She writes dark, evocative stories that look like they should be fairy tales, except you’re peering at them through broken glass. The Lie Tree is an excellent first book of hers to try out!)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Hmm, I don’t think I read anything out of genre, this year! I’ll have to work on that in 2018.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

9. Book You Read That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Cuckoo Song

10. Favorite cover? Furthermore

11. Most memorable character? Theodosia from Theodosia by RL LaFevers

12. Most beautifully written book? Furthermore

13. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book? Furthermore

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to finally read? Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

15. Favorite Passage/Quote? “Narrow-mindedness will only get you as far as Nowhere, and once you’re there, you’re lost forever.” —Furthermore

16.Shortest & Longest Book? I…have no idea. I read most books on my kindle and rarely pay attention to length!

17. Book That Shocked You The Most? The Lie Tree

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)? Evaline and Pix from Stoker & Holmes

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? The sister-relationship between Triss and Pen in Cuckoo Song

20. Favorite book you read from an author you’ve read previously? Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Thanks, Lacee!!)

22. Newest fictional crush? I’ll say…renewed admiration of Jaron from The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

23. Best 2017 debut you read? I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t read any debuts. But I have a few already planned for 2018!

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year? Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry? Ghost by Jason Reynolds. I couldn’t handle how breathtaking the ending pages were.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? The Boy at the End of the World

28. Book that crushed your soul? How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle. This book devastated me.

29. Most Unique Book? The Boy at the End of the World

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Nothing! I stayed anger-free this year!