2017 End of the Year Book Survey

Best books of 2017

So this tag was created by Jamie from Perpetual PageTurner!! All of these questions refer to books that I’ve read in 2017. I had to delete a couple of questions because I didn’t have answers to them/haven’t been active in blogging, but I hope you enjoy this post! Be sure to check out Jamie’s blog!

2017 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 98! I originally thought it was over 100 but miscalculated it, so I’m definitely aiming for 100 next year! My target was only 52 though so I exceeded my target by far!

Number of rereads: 0 – I rarely ever reread books!

Genre you read the most from: Definitely YA, but if I was to more specific, YA contemporary. I read a lot of non-fiction too.

Best in Books

Best book you read in 2017? I had quite a few favourites from this year but either Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini or Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield.

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison. I found the book okay but I thought it was going to be one of my favourite reads this year but sadly not.

Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read? Lion by Saroo Brierley. I’ve never cried whilst reading a book before and this was the first one EVER that I did!

Book you ‘pushed’ the most people to read (and they did)? Moxie! I loved loved loved it!

Best series you started in 2017? Best sequel? Best series ender? I don’t read many series because they tend to be fantasy/sci-fi which I don’t really enjoy reading.

Favourite new author you discovered in 2017? Jennifer Mathieu and Lisa Heathfield

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I don’t tend to read a lot of mystery/crime books but I really enjoyed Death Plays a Part and Rubies in the Roses, both by Vivian Conroy!

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls! Loved this so much and I couldn’t put it down.

Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year? I plan on rereading Harry Potter, but not any that I read this year.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2017? I really liked the cover of It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, just because it’s so simple, yet so unique.

Most memorable character of 2017? Caitlin from Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine or June from Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield.

Most beautifully written book read in 2017? Secrets for the Mad by dodie! I loved her writing style, and her lyrics are always so meaningful!

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017? Certainly not life changing but What Happened by Hillary Clinton gave a fantastic insight into what it’s like to be running for President! It made me think of the huge responsibility and power they have.

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to finally read? Private Peaceful by Michael Murpurgo! A lot of my friends read it when they were younger but I never got the chance – I really enjoyed it.

Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017? I actually had loads of quotes of books saved but my phone broke and I lost all of the ones from 2017 😦 I’m planning to write them out this year!

Shortest and longest book you read in 2017? Shortest: Some essay pieces by Gloria Steinem – 10-50 pages. Longest: Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm – 768 pages.

Book that shocked you the most? Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women! It shocked me just how atrocious the living conditions were in the concentration camps.

OTP of the year? (You will go down with this ship!) I hate reading romance books so I don’t have an OTP.

Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year? All the girls in Moxie! It was great to see girls sticking together!

Favourite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously? Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. I love all of her books!

Best book you read in 2017 that you read solely based on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter. It hasn’t been released yet but I saw so many people talking about it that I had to request it on NetGalley!

Best 2017 debut you read? A Change Is Gonna Come! Not all of the authors were debut, but I really enjoyed reading this anthology.

Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year? A bit hard because I don’t read fantasy/sci-fi, but when reading It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, it felt like I was there!

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla – it made me constantly smile because I was so glad that a book has finally covered the issues that many immigrants face.

Book that made you cry in 2017? Like I said earlier, Lion! The only book I have ever cried reading!

Hidden gem of the year? The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long! I haven’t seen many people read this book but it is definitely one of my favourite YA books ever!

Book that crushed your soul? Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – I realise I’m very late in getting round to reading this book but that ending though *crushes my soul*

Most unique book you read in 2017? Bridget Jones’ Diary – purely because I’ve never read a book that is written purely in a diary format.

Book that made you the most mad? Illuminae! I was more mad at myself for not enjoying it when so many people have said how fantastic it is – but I just couldn’t get into it!

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding time to read and blog during term time! I’ve created a better schedule this year so I’m going to try to stick to it!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year? I managed to complete my 52 Goodreads target so I’m happy!

Looking Ahead

One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your #1 priority in 2018? THUG by Angie Thomas! I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read it yet but I will definitely get to it soon.

Book you are most anticipating for 2018? (non-debut) How Do You Like Me Now? By Holly Bourne! I’ve managed to read it already but I can’t wait to get myself a physical copy!

2018 debut you are most anticipating?  I can’t think of any, but I’m sure there are loads.

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018? I’m hoping to post on my blog more regularly, as well as not reading books purely because they are popular – I want to read books that I know I will enjoy!

A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? (if applicable) This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter and How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne!!! YES YES YES YES YES!


Got any suggestions for books I should read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Marie x

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  1. 98 books is an achievement!!! I just started doing Goodreads this year, and I’ve never kept track of how many I typically read per year, so I had no clue what a good goal was. I went with 50. I hope I have similar results as you did!!!! A happy surprise ❤

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