2017 Year-End Survey

Happy New Year!

I’m a bit late with this, but here’s my obligatory book stats of 2017.  Admittedly, 2017 was not the best year for me in terms of quantity, but I’m pretty happy with it with regards to the quality of some of the books I read.  I’ll be combining my goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge stats with the Year-End survey from The Perpetual Page Turner, just so I’ll have something more interesting to say about books I read last year.

Ok, so here goes:

Number Of Books You Read: 14
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (I think)

 

That’s actually really just 14, but for some reason, goodreads added Of Human Bondage on my list of read books even though I have not finished it yet….and nothing I do will remove the book from the list.

 

Technically, the longest book I read last year was probably Anna Karenina because I didn’t read everything on Rick Steves’ Spain 2017 – I just read about the places that we were planning to visit.

The first review I wrote last year was A Conjuring of Light, the final book of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy.  Goodreads puts The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as the last review I wrote last year, but that’s also incorrect.  The last review I wrote in 2017 was about The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin.

And apparently, of all the books I read last year, N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky is the highest rated on goodreads.  The highest rating I gave last year was 4 stars which I gave to the Shades of Magic books, and the books from the Broken Earth Trilogy. 

Best Book You Read In 2017?

It was probably the two books from the Shades of Magic Trilogy:  A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.  I consider the three books that make up this series as one story, rather than 3 separate works.

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

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.  It’s really just a lot of this usual style, but I think the main reason why I didn’t enjoy it was because I had read 1Q84 first, and the two books are very similar.

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

The Vegetarian by Han Kang…though I’m not sure if it’s surprising in a good way or a bad way.

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

A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light, but I don’t know if they actually read them.

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

Best series started in 2017:  The Broken Earth Trilogy – N.K. Jemisin

Best sequel of 2017:  A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab

Best series ender of 2017:  A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Keigo Higashino, author of A Midsummer’s Equation, Malice, and The Devotion of Suspect X, among others.

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

Technically it’s not from a genre I don’t usually read, but Han Kang’s The Vegetarian was definitely out of my comfort zone.

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

A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.

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

I don’t usually re-read books, but when I do, it’s usually not that soon.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Most memorable character of 2017?

Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic Trilogy.

 Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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

I’ll go with The Vegetarian as the most thought-provoking book I read in 2017.

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

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.

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

He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. From Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.  This was probably also the saddest book I read in 2017.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy as the longest (maybe not in pages count, but it certainly felt like the longest!).

Book That Shocked You The Most

The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

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

Kell Maresh and Lila.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Hoa and Essun from the Broken Earth Trilogy…but…is that considered a romantic pairing?

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

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.

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

A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.  I first heard about this series, and the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic from an article on npr.org.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic Trilogy.

Best 2017 debut you read?

I think The Sellout was the only debut novel among the books I read in 2017.  It was also probably the funniest book I read in 2017.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

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

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

I think The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, but I’m not sure if it actually made me cry.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

The Broken Earth Trilogy (The Fifth Season; The Obelisk Gate; The Stone Sky) by N.K. Jemisin.

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

A Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.  I think I was mostly mad at how boring the book was.

 

I’m going to skip the section about blogging and go straight to “Looking ahead:”

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

Oh, where to start?  Hmmm, let’s see…

  • Dear Mr. M – Herman Koch
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • An Unkindness of Magicians – Kat Howard
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

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

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin…I hope!

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know of any yet…

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

I’m currently not reading an ongoing series, except for Game of Thrones…

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

To finally accomplish my goal of reading and finishing 50 books.

Thanks to everyone who continue to follow and read my blog.  I will strive to read more and review more books in 2018!  Happy Reading!

6 thoughts on “2017 Year-End Survey

  1. Because of this, I’m more excited to see On Chesil Beach’s film adaptation. I haven’t read any of McEwan’s novels yet, but I loved Atonement (I saw the 2007 movie). Well, that and I’m a big fan of Saoirse Ronan.

    • Oh, it’s going to be made into a movie? Ian McEwan is a great writer…you should definitely read his novels. Maybe start with “Atonement” though or “Amsterdam.” His stories are very surprising and thought-provoking. His latest novel, “Nutshell” is a modern retelling of Hamlet, from the perspective of Hamlet as a fetus inside his mother’s womb….yeah….sounds crazy right??

      • They already did, though I don’t think it has been released widely in cinemas yet. It hasn’t received the same buzz as other films in this awards season.

        Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll look into ‘Amsterdam’.

        Indeed! I like how in Atonement, it’s all so old-fashioned and the storytelling very traditional, until the ending when it suddenly jumps in time and becomes self-referential. Clever stuff.

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