Just for Fun, Year In Review

2017 End of Year Book Survey

Welcome to my Big Book Survey for 2017!

Number Of Books You Read: 80 (goal of 75)
Number of Re-Reads: 12 
Genre You Read Most: Literary Fiction/Classics + LGBT Fiction

Best Book You Read In 2017?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Mackenzi Lee

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

 

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

American Gods by Niel Gaiman

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

American Studies by Mark Merlis

Origin by Dan Brown

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read) / I was not as enamored this time. 

Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut / Far deeper and more complex than I expected.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson / Fun, painful, insanely creative. 

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Re-read)

 

Best series you started? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series started: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

Best sequel: A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet #2) by Madeleine L’Engle

Best series ender: The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman

Favorite new author you discovered?

Shaun David Hutchinson

Lorraine Hansberry

James Hanley

 

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Politics)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain (Psychology/Self-Help)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Mystery)

 

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Secret of Spellshadow Manor by Bella Forrest

 

Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Handmaid’s Tale by Marget Atwood

 

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 

 

 

 

Most memorable character of 2017?

Henry Montague from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Charles Wallace Murry from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (re-read)

Jamie (and Peter) from Lost Boy: A True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read)

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag

 

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” -Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (78 pages)

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (796 pages)

Everyone’s An Author, with Readings (1,050 pages — education text)

 

Book That Shocked You The Most

The Boy with the Red Hair by Chancery Stone

Boy by James Hanley

A Scarlet Pansy by Robert Scully

 

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Monty and Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Meg and Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time (re-read)

Upsher and Doff from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

 

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Matilda and Ms. Honey in Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Lisbon Sisters in The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

James Whale and Clayton Boone in Gods & Monsters by Christopher Bram (re-read)

 

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 

 

 

 

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Alyosha Karamazov and Nikolai Krasotkin from The Brothers Karamazov

Best 2017 debut you read?

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (re-read)

 

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchison

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

 

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

 

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

 

Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

 

 

 

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Angels in America by Tony Kushner (re-read)

Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? 

Oops – none…. Haven’t had much time to explore! Any recommendations?

Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? 

5 Mini-Reviews

Recent Fiction Reads

Three Fan Favorites

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

What Do We Mean by ‘Literary’?

1 John 3:17-18

Roof Beam Renaissance

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Austen in August

Classic Book-a-Month

The Classics Club

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Return of the Official TBR Pile Challenge 

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Announcing: The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Recommended Reading: Bending Boundaries

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

It’s not exactly a new discovery, but I’m obsessed with Litographs

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I re-introduced the TBR Pile Challenge for 2018. I hosted a year-long monthly classic reading event called the “Classic Book-a-Month” club (which, sadly, will not be returning in 2018). I hosted Austen in August again this year, and it was another big success. Lots of good things!

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

 

 

 

 

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

 

 

 

 

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Anything Andrew Smith puts out! 

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I am hoping that J.K. Rowling releases the screenplay for The Crimes of Grindelwald, as she did for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I want to read all 14 books on my TBR Pile Challenge list. I want to read at least a few books from my Classics Club challenge list. And I would like to post new content more regularly, not necessarily just book reviews. 

A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Hmmm…. Don’t think I’ve gotten any 2018 releases!

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11 thoughts on “2017 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Looks like a great reading year, and yay for Monty and Percy! I adore them and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I still haven’t managed to finish listening to What Happened, as I’m afraid it will “crush my soul” too much. I just got a copy of The Hate You Give and will definitely be reading it asap. Happy 2018 reading, Adam!

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  2. McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer is definitely a gem. I haven’t seen it mentioned often on blogs I follow though. And I plan to join that TBR challenge next year. I seriously need to put a dent in mine.

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  4. Hi! Stopping by your blog by way of My Reader’s Block…

    Wow! This was an incredible list. I’m taking in some of these book titles, considering some for my 2018 reading.

    I’d be interested in the Austen in August event, if it will be happening again. It’s too bad I found your blog too late to participate in the Classic Book-a-Month club. It sounds like it would have been right up my (reading) alley… so I’ll just keep a watch in case it has a surprise comeback. 😉

    Tarissa
    http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/

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