Monday, January 1, 2018

The 2017 End of Year Book Survey: 4th Edition

Hey everyone!  I am participating in a new book survey called the "2017 End of Year Book Survey," which is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner and hopefully, I'll be involved in this survey every year!  

Number Of Books You Read: 65
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Family and Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

Romance: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Science Fiction: Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Horror: Alice by Christina Henry
Children's Book:  Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert
Graphic Novel: All-Star Superman Volume 1 by Grant Morrison

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

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry.  When I first saw the cover of this book and heard some interesting things about it, I thought that it was going to be interesting.  But, after I've read it, I was a bit disappointed with how confusing and boring this book was.

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

Alice by Christina Henry.  This book was surprising to me in a good way because I never would have thought that I would actually enjoy a darker retelling of "Alice in Wonderland" that has rape and gory violence in the center of the story.

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

Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day by Dave Croatto.  I've been encouraging people to read this book, especially Superhero fans and fans of parodies, and most people ended up adding this book to their TBR shelf!

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

Series I've Started:  Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Sequel:  Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Series Ender:  I've haven't read any series enders for this year.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Stephanie Garber.  I just loved the creative world she woven in Caraval and I loved the way that she wrote the relationships between the characters!

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

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.  I had never read a book that dealt with mental illness before, so I was excited to read this book and I think it handled the main character's schizophrenia extremely well!

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

Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas.  Wow!  This book was so full of adventure, horror and romance that I just couldn't put this book for anything!

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

Afterlife with Archie Volume 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.  I have really enjoyed this book and I would definitely try to re read it again during Halloween sometime next year!

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

Such a gorgeous and magical cover to a exciting story!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Celaena Sardothien from "Throne of Glass."  She is such a strong and independent female assassin that I have taken a liking to this year!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman.  This is such a beautifully written book about whether or not you should give up your life to save another life and it was quite emotional to read through!

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

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz.  This book is about how to deal with worrying about various things in your life and to have a positive outlook on life.  I must admit that I felt much more positive about myself after reading this book!

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

It was a threesome this year. The books I've chosen were Throne of Glass, Alice and Made You Up and I've had these books on my TBR shelf for years before I finally read them this year!

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

From "Dark Triumph,"

"Hate cannot be fought with hate.  Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both."

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Of course, going by my Goodreads 2017 Reading Stats:
Shortest: The Gingerbread Man by Rana Giglio (8 pages, and man, was this a short book)!
Longest: Golden Son by Pierce Brown (696 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  There was a huge plot twist towards the ending that really threw me off and it was so shocking yet invigorating at the same time!

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Alex Ridgemont and Miles Ritcher from "Made You Up."  Those two are perfect for each other! They can never separate from each other. EVER!!!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Gregory and the Grimbockle.  They have such a cute friendship with each other and I just loved how close they were throughout the whole novel!

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

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I had read "The Assassin's Blade" by Sarah J. Maas a few years ago and her book "Throne of Glass" is definitely just as good if not better!

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

I will admit that I probably wouldn't have read this book if my book friends didn't urge me to read this book!

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

Miles Ritcher from "Made You Up."  I just fell in love with his snarky yet protective nature!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

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

I just loved the surreal yet magical setting of the Caraval world!

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

Another question where I can't just pick one book, so I went with a threesome yet again which were, "Fowl Language," "Bloom County," and "Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day!"  All of these books were so hilarious to read and I was constantly smiling every time I've read them!

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

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman.  The fact that this book is about learning the importance of life itself really made me tear up inside.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Gingerbread Man by Rana Giglio. I felt that this book isn't quite as well-known as it should be and it definitely was a fun book to read!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman.  Once again, this book was so sad that it crushed me on the inside!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert. I had never read a children's novel that had so much creativity and adventure since Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl!

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

Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  I must admit that I got a bit mad by the actions of one of the characters (I can't really tell you about it without spoiling the book for you, but it's like that character put the main character through so much grief for no reason)!

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Cait from Paper Fury. Cait is such a friendly and fantastic person and her book blog is one of the most creative and energetic book blogs I had ever seen from this year!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

My review on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.   I really enjoyed writing about how I felt about the story and the characters in the book and it was one of my most popular reviews on Goodreads this year!

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

My most favorite discussions for the year were ARC Books…How do you keep up with them? and My Trip to the Soda City Comic Con!

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

I've really enjoyed doing the Book Photo Sundays posts and the Sunday Posts!

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

I've actually managed to win two gift cards for this year: one from Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the other one from the author herself, Robyn M. Ryan, which was such an honor and the first time I had ever won a gift card from the author themselves!

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

Trying to read over 10 books per month. I've been trying like crazy to read more than 5 books a month, but either I'm too busy to read so many books or I wouldn't have the energy to do so.

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

I'm was surprised to see my post on Stacking the Shelves #34: November 4, 2017 get over 200 views, which is a first for me on this blog.  I like to thank everyone who commented and viewed that page!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

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

I had just joined Edelweiss last year and I'm having so much fun with that site!  I also started ordering books from Owlcrate and so far, I've been loving the books they've sent me!

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

Unfortunately, I haven't met my goal of reading 80 books this year (and it had something to do with my lack of reading in November).  

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read this book last year, despite the fact that it is such an important book. I'm going to make it my priority to read this book in 2018!

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

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown.  I've read both Red Rising and Golden Son and even though I haven't read the third book yet, I'm really excited to read this book!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.  Not only is this cover so gorgeous, but I just loved the content in this book and I can't wait to read it soon!

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

Legendary by Stephanie Garber.  I had really enjoyed Caraval and I can't wait to read Donatella's side of the story!

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

For one thing, I really hope to read over 80 books in 2018 and try to get more guest posts on my blog!

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

I've read Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen and that's set to be released in March 2018.  If you are a fan of Sarah Andersen's books, then you'll like this one!


  1. It looks like you had a successful reading year. I still need to read Made You Up. I’ve heard great things about it. Good luck with your goals! Happy New Year!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I love these survey posts. :-) It sounds like you had a good reading year, Ronyell! I can see why you've been pushing Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day. It sounds hilarious. I hope I love Caraval as much as you did when I get to it. Have a Happy 2018!

  3. Really enjoyed your post! Alice is actually one of my favorites and I was so excited when I saw it featured! I feel like it's not getting the love it deserves. Caraval and Dark Triumph have been sitting on my shelves for a while so, I definitely need to get to them soon. As for Throne of Glass, I read it as soon as it came out but never moved past Crown of Midnight. I'm really behind on the series. The Hate U Give is also a book I was hoping to read in 2017 but didn't manage to so, hopefully, I'll get around to reading it sometime in 2018! As for Children of Blood and Bone, I just started reading it and I couldn't have been happier! Hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year and accomplish your goals!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

  4. I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who was disappointed with The Love that Split the World. I read a couple chapters and ended up putting it down. It just wasn't working for me.

    1. I agree. It was sad that the book was quite disappointing in the end.