2017 End Of Year Book Survey – TAG

Hey Book Lovers!

Today I am doing a tag video and HOLY F, it has been so long since I have done a tag on my blog! But, one of my new year resolutions was become more active on my blog and within the blogging community so I thought here would be a good place to start!

That being said I saw this amazing tag on Brandon @ BrandonTheBookAddict ‘s BookTube channel, and I thought YES this is doing to be first tag for the year! I might also do this on on my BookTube channel, so definitely click the link and subscribe if you want to know when I post new videos!

This tag was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and is currently running in it’s 8th year which is INCREDIBLE! Definitely go check out Jamie’s blog, I highly recommend it! That being said, let’s get into the 2017 End of Year Book Survey!

 

2017

Number Of Books You Read: 56 books
Number of Re-Reads: 1 re-read
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

2017 (1)

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – Review

I cannot believe I took this long to get to A Court of Mist and Fury, and it was my first read of the year, so it is very fitting that it is still my favourite!

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

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie!

This book left me severely underwhelmed. Not only could I not connect to any of the anthologies included, I felt this book was significantly over-hyped.

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

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Review

WOW Down Among the Sticks and Bones really surprised me, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did considering Every Heart A Doorway didn’t sweep me off my feet. I definitely fell in love with the Wayward Children series with this book, and cannot wait for Beneath the Sugar Sky.

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

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Review 

I did not stop pushing Red Rising, ask any of my Bookstagram friends, if I recommended a book, it was this one! It was such a great read for me that mixed dystopian with space and it was all kinds of fantastic!

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

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Review! A Court of Mist and Fury – Review! Morning Star by Pierce Brown – Review!

These three books are the absolute GEMS of my reading in 2017. All these books were interesting, unique, beautifully written and a whole lot of EPIC!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give – Review

I read The Hate U Give this year, and honestly Angie is now one of my new auto-buy authors. Her writing was beautiful, emotional, raw and REAL! I loved it so much, and cannot wait to read her new 2018 release.

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

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodi Meadows – Review

My Lady Jane was out of my comfort zone because it is a twist on historical fiction, and I am not a historical fiction reader. This book was such a surprise for me, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but this historical retelling was all sorts of amazing!

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

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Review

I cannot believe how fast-paced and action-packed Golden Son was! Compared to Red Rising, this novel stepped it up! I struggled to put down this book, and it definitely was paced incredibly well to keep the reader engaged.

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

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – Review

I will be re-reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses series to prepare for A Court of Frost and Starlight which releases in May. If you have been here for a while, you know the ACOTAR series is one of my absolute favourites, therefore a re-read is always necessary!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – Review

I am someone who is a huge cover buyer, so I had heaps of options for this but the only cover that blew me away that I read this year was Traitor to the Throne. I think the UK covers are brilliant, but don’t get me started on those US covers.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Taylor from Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – Review

Taylor from Queens of Geek was such a wonderful character to follow. She was a diverse shy character, trying to fly under the radar but when she visits SuperCon she is pulled from her shell and the character development was just YAAASSSSSSSSS!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Review

This one takes the cake for most beautifully written! Patrick Ness has such a way with words, and I believe it was on a whole new level as he was writing this on behalf of Siobhan Dowd. This story is beautiful, emotional and deals with tough topics such as loss and grief.

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Review

This book not only provoked a lot of thoughts within me, but also a lot of emotions. Reading The Hate U Give made me think about the world and why stupid shit like police brutality and shootings happen still in this day and age. It makes me think that it’s not good enough, and the human race isn’t good enough because we aren’t doing a damn thing to stop it.

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

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Review

I am a huge dystopian fan and sci-fi and Red Rising came out in 2015… Why had I not read it until 2017? No idea but I am glad I have rectified it!

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

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… The wait was worth it.” – Rhysand from A Court of Wings and  Ruin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 – 31

A Court of Wings and Ruin – 699 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – Review

That ending… HOW DARE YOU MR. KRISTOFF!

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

Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin.

FEYSAND FOR LIFE!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Darrow and Sevro from The Red Rising Trilogy

This relationship warms my heart, I cannot rave enough about their dynamic together!

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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Review

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

The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune – Review

Recommended by G from Book Roast and holy it was amazing read. I definitely recommend this on audio book, it is inappropriate and amazing!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 

I don’t need to gush, I am sure you already know how I feel.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Review

Angie Thomas is one of the best debut’s I have ever read. It was powerful, raw, real and emotional AF.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab – Review

Victoria Schwab is the QUEEN of world building. That is all. No more needs to be said.

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

The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune – Review

An apprentice wizard, a horn-less unicorn, a half giant, a sexually frustrated dragon, and a heartthrob knight commander… This book couldn’t be more fun to read.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Review

This one starts out with a punch to the heart, and I was in tears within the first fifty pages.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson – Review

New World: Rising was such an unexpected surprise for me. Received as a second book in my OwlCrate box one month, I read this one and was shocked that I had not heard of it. It’s a must read for any dystopian fan!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Review

It crushed my soul in all the best ways, I was so emotional within Golden Son and that ending was just brutal! I definitely do not recommend reading Golden Son without Morning Star in your hands already.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Lui – Review

The whole concept behind Monstress was amazing, and I haven’t ever seen such beautiful illustrations within a graphic novel. Everything about it was so intriguing, and the story really grew within volume 2!

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

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – Review

This book made me so angry, not only did I dislike the book something shocking, the main character enjoyed making bad decisions and not learning from them. That is my absolute pet peeve in books!

2017 (2)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I found some amazing book blogs in 2017, but I am going to go with Gretchen from Chicnerdreads. I enjoy her bookish content and I love reading her poetry as well!!! I definitely recommend checking her blog out!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

… Uhmmmm I don’t really have a favourite. I feel like my reviewing has developed as the year has continued, but there isn’t one review that stands out to me.

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

My favourite posts are my Cover Wars! I love doing Cover Wars, and especially my last one of the year which was Cover Wars #5 which I also used the poll function on instagram to get other peoples opinions as well!

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

I encouraged myself to join more ReadAthon’s during 2017, and one stand out for me was #ReadersCrossing by Aentee from Read At Midnight. I live too far away from any events, so to me joining ReadAThons is the way I interact and all of Aentee’s ReadAThons are FANTASTIC!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

I think this year it was meeting my target of 50 books read within 2017. That is quite a lot of books for me, but I was really excited to give myself a challenge! When 2017 finished I had read 56 books, and I am excited to keep up the pace in 2018.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

The most challenging thing this year was keeping up to date on all the platforms I use. As you may know not only do I run this blog, I also run a Bookstagram and BookTube, and the workload to keep all up to date is insane. I do all three of these platforms because I love them, but sometimes its overwhelming and I need to remember that I need to give myself a break.

Please note there were more questions in this section however I got very lazy to continue… #Sorrynotsorry

2017 (3)

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

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – Review

Spoiler alert, I read this on the 6th of January and it was a huge let down.

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

I have so many anticipated reads, which you can find in my Highly Anticipated Reads of 2018 (Jan to Mar). However, here I am going to mention The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I think the premise is intriguing and I have heard great things already!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely, this is on my highly anticipated reads for 2018, and I am excited to see what Lyndsay Ely does with this story!

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

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, obviously I don’t need any explanation on this one because I have gushed about Pierce Brown all post!

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

Continue to review every book I read in 2018!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is an advanced reader copy that I have been recommending recently. It was such a surprising read for me, and I enjoyed the take Holly Black took with the Fae.

That is all!

That is all the questions on this massive End of Year Survey! I hope you enjoyed, and if you spent the time reading the whole thing THANK YOU SO MUCH! Let me know your favourite book for 2017!

Talk to you soon book lovers!

Happy Reading.

Bex

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One thought on “2017 End Of Year Book Survey – TAG

  1. I LOVE how much you love the Red Rising Trilogy cause this Howler lives for that series & Darrow/Sevro Bromance is A+! haha! I am counting the days left til the 16th. The Hate U Give was also my most impactful read in 2017. Seems like you had a pretty AMAZING reading year & I hope you have a equally EPIC 2018…also, GRETCHEN ROCKS! haha 🙂

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