A Year in Review

I borrowed this post from Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. I thought about doing something like this I just couldn’t think where to start. So many thanks.


2017 READING STATS
Number of Books You Read: 117 (but there’s a few that aren’t on my master list so the reality is probably >120)

Number of Re-Reads: 24 across 18 books.

Genre you read the most from: Historical Fiction (35)

BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer
This book was really good and might just be helped slightly by the fact I read it recently and thus actually still remember what happened in it.
Highly Commended: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Hoping To Love More But Didn’t?
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I don’t really like fantasy but they were marketed as heists so I thought ‘yay’ but I just never connected with them.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Good – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordian

I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would.

Bad – The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordian

The ending. How could he do that to his readers? I couldn’t even wait five minutes. (Just to clarify this was ‘bad’ because I’m impatient.)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People to Read (And They Did)?
Actually no one I know reads like me so I haven’t really recommended anything. Except Wonder to one person and I don’t know if they read that.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Series – Percy Jackson and company by Rick Riordian
Sequel – Fall of Hades by Richard Paul Evans
Ender – Take the Key and Lock her Up by Ally Carter

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Probably Lauren Oliver. A great find in a little bookshop and then public libraries.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I don’t really like classics that aren’t children’s classics but I loved this and it was just too well written to judge based on its genre.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I was consistently attached to this book for the twenty-four hours it took to read it.

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

Technically . . . Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

I’ve booked a week out of my life to finally re-read the entire Anne series.

But . . . Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

I need more time to fully appreciate them.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Actually all the covers in The Great Library Series are beautiful.

Highly Commended: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Rilla Blythe (so it was a re-read but she stands out)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer 

This was why it was my favourite book.

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner 

It was beautiful and heartbreaking and just flowed once you were in the groove.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Thought-Provoking – Hitler’s Daughter/Pennies for Hitler/Goodbye Mr Hitler by Jackie French

This trilogy (of sorts) was a standout to me because it war is heart breaking for the living and survivors but also a reminder to how people are blinded because of their circumstances.

Life-Changing – The Crucible by Arthur Miller

It made me realise that the world always faces the same problems but that doesn’t mean we don’t try to change them. It also showed me how quickly this can change.

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

Agatha Christie’s work because she’s incredible with a brain that could only be described as a genius’s.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer deserves special mention although I’ve only known about it for a year. I just can’t believe it took me twelve months instead of twelve days to read it.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
When I thought you couldn’t walk, I wanted to make sure you could fly. … I told you stories to give you wings, Raami, so that you would never be trapped by anything – your name, your title, the limits of your body, this world’s suffering. 

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
All numbers from Goodreads

Shortest – Six Words That Wreck Your Life by Cecily Anne Paterson (13 but is a short story) or Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (87 but a play) or Dark Wind Blowing by Jackie French (122)
Longest – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (592 but as an audiobook) so All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (531)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Plot Twist – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Character Death – My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Mouth Open – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
To explain why to any of these would be a spoiler.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

Okay they’ve been an OTP for a while but they are just so sweet and re-reading made me ship them all the more.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Everyone who featured in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer I just want friends like them and if I had them I would never leave them. 


20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Being Jazmine by Cecily Anne Paterson

I loved this book and I think it wrapped up the series nicely (not that I’d complain if there were more books).

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner 

and honestly, I’m so glad I did.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Ken Ford from Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

Gilbert Blythe is still my favourite but Ken is pretty sweet.

Highly Commended: Dawsey in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

I think because it went against all my expectations of the genre.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I re-read this book a lot this year and because of that and it’s detailed descriptions this is the one that stands out for me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Smile on my face – Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery  it was catching up with old friends. I’d forgotten how much I’d missed them.

Most Fun – The Hidden Oracle and The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordian just for the haikus

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I normally only cry that much when TV show characters are killed.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Divided Loyalties by Dennis Hamley

So funny story.

  1. I was given Without Warning for Christmas

  2. I came across Ellen’s People and Divided Loyalties at the library and borrowed them. They looked familiar but I’d never read them. I sat them on my TBR shelf and forgot about them.

  3. I discovered that Without Warning had a sequel called Divided Loyalties

  4. I tried searching the library catalogue to see if they had a copy and they did, but it was checked out. (I may have let out a sigh of frustration that I couldn’t read it.)

  5. I happened to look over at my TBR shelf about a week later and saw it sitting there. It turns out Ellen’s People and Without Warning were the same book.

So Divided Loyalties was literally hidden gem and also a pretty good book.


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The book was just heartbreaking because you knew how it ended.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Replica and Ringer by Lauren Oliver

I’ve loved getting the story from two perspectives.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
A List of Cages by Robin Roe

There’d be spoilers if I told you why, but it made me sad and thus mad that things like this happen.



YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I think I discovered Paperfury this year but if not then I’m lost. I’m still new to the book blogging world.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society check it out here (it’s near the bottom) because I was so excited when I wrote it and wanted to make the world see it as I did.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Currently non-existent on this blog (although in my defense it has literally been a month).

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to two writer’s festivals this year. At the first I met my favorite author and got a signed book. I walked away from the second on a high from the community.


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

Bookish – closing books going ‘wow they can write’

Blogging – my first comment (I’ve only been blogging for a month).

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding time to read. This year was crazy. And I would have been crazier if I hadn’t.


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Comments and Views – Top Ten Tuesday  .  Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My weekly recaps. But that will come in time I hope.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
A new bookstore has just come to town and my money will soon disappear. I’d forgotten how cool it is to step inside a physical store.


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

✅ Read classics

✅ Read non-ya books

LOOKING AHEAD
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This has been on my TBR for years but I finally have a copy sitting on my shelf so I’ll get cracking. (Goal: end of January)

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
What if I Save You First by Ally Carter

I need another edge of my seat book and no one does it like she does.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (Cait @ Paperfury)

I’ve already raved about this already and so many others have raved. I need not say any more.

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

Sequel – The Burning Maze by Rick Riordian

I think Apollo is my favourite character to read in these books even though he’s not my favourite character (and no, threatening me with eternal punishment will not make me change my mind).

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Reading – get better at judging what I’ll like and picking the best books

Blogging – be consistent (both here and over at my dying blog)

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

Not applicable unfortunately. I’m hoping one day it will be.

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