End of the Year Survey

Perpetual Page Turner has created a survey that covers an entire year of reading! This is deff one of the more thorough surveys that I have seen floating around, but I kind of like that! The fact that she created this for herself 8 years ago, and it has taken off since then is absolutely amazing.

Without further ado…

Number Of Books You Read: 47
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Unsure

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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by Angie Thomas

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

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

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 by Angie Thomas

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Love Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Angie Thomas

Jenny Han

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

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Suspense/Thriller)- Ironically, this has now become a genre that I adore, and seek out!

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

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

or The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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

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11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved before series- Jenny Han

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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

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by Angie Thomas

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

“Look around you” he says, waving a hand at the surrounding tables. “Not one of them even has an inkling of the things that are possible in this world, and what’s worse is that none of them would listen if you attempted to enlighten them. They want to believe that magic is nothing but clever deception, because to think it real would keep them up at night, afraid of their own existence.”

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“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”

Both taken from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (spoken by Alexander)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 Ghost World by Daniel Cowes (80 pages)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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

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

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Lara Jean and Peter K.

from To All the Boys series by Jenny Han

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ada and Susan

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

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

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To All the Boys series (Jenny Han)

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

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by Angie Thomas

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

ALL OF THEM! I just joined the book blogging community in October, so really, I discovered EVERYONE in 2017!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series

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

My end of the year wrap-up was one of my favorite posts that I composed this year.

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

I went to Book Expo NYC for my job this summer. I wasn’t blogging at the time, but thinking back on the experience has me SUPER excited for next year!

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

Reaching 50 (+) followers on my blog!

That and being featured on Alwaysbooking’s New Friend Friday!

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

Finding balance between Work/Life/Blogging.

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

Blogger’s Choice Awards (tag)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My reviews in general. They have the lowest views of anything I post.

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

Book Depository!

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

I completed my Goodreads Challenge for the year: set at 30 books (finished 47)

Participated in some of Popsugar’s 2017 Challenge, did NOT complete. Wrap-up found here.

 

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

I featured a whole list of books at the end of my Annual Wrap-up. I plan on attacking that list first, before anything else this year.

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

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw &

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely

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

I haven’t started any series in a while so in turn, I do not have any sequel that I am looking forward to (at the moment)

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

Reach 100 followers

Host a giveaway (or a few)

Find balance

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

None yet! I have a few ARCs that need to be read, and I have had The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet.

 

 

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Final Book Haul of 2017

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As the title suggests, this post will highlight my final bookish purchases/gifts of 2017. With Christmas and my birthday (12/28) so close together, it is no surprise that I would have a book haul at the very end of the year. Surprisingly enough, I was only gifted three books during this time period! 

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That was just not an acceptable way to end the year, so I took matters into my own hands and gifted myself some additional books. I was going to wait and take pictures of all these books, but some of them haven’t even shipped yet, and I don’t want to be halfway through January with a Christmas book haul…

 

Christmas/Birthday gifts

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All the Light We Cannot See- I received this book for Christmas from my brother’s girlfriend. She actually works at Simon and Schuster (which if you ask me, is pretty flipping awesome) and got me this from there! It was a Pulitzer prize winner, and was widely acclaimed when it came out, but I never got around to reading it. I am extremely excited to get to this one early on in 2018.

The Disaster Artist- I got this as a gift from my brother for my birthday. The Room has always been a running punchline for my brothers and myself, and when the movie adaption of this book came out, obviously we saw it right away. I am really excited to have this on my shelf, to revisit when I need a little reminder that things are not as bad as they seem, or, that I am definitely not as weird as I think I appear. 

The Night Circus- My brother’s best friend gave me this book for Christmas this year. He also gifted it to my brother’s girlfriend. It was his hope that the three of us could read this on our own time, and have something to chat about together the next time we saw each other! How sweet, right? Needless to say, I started reading this right away, and while I intended this to be the first book I read in 2018, it is looking more and more like I might be finished before the ball drops! Regardless, this was one of the sweetest book gifts I have ever received.

 

Book Depository Purchase

Happy Birthday to me, from ME!

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Man, that site is dangerous! This is my first purchase on Book Depository, and I know it is no where near close to my last. 

Murder on the Orient Express- I mean it is a classic. So that alone is reason to have a copy on my shelf, but with all the recent “re-hype” with the movie coming out, it has put this particular classic back on my (and everyone else’s) radar. 

Wonder & The Hate U Give- I have actually read both of these, and LOVED them so much that I felt it was absolutely necessary they have a spot on my shelf for the long haul. I plan to reread them sometime in the near future.

A Man Called Ove- This is one of those books that I have heard absolutely nothing but amazing things about. From all the positive reviews, it really sounds like a must have book, so I added it to my cart. I am hoping to get to it early in 2018.

Fangirl- This is another one that everyone seems to love. This is extremely high on my list for 2018.

 

Amazon

Guys, I got a Kindle for my birthday! I have recently been approved for about 7 NetGalley books, and since they are all ebooks, I thought it might be time to bite the bullet and finally get an ereader. To celebrate this new addition to my bookish life, I purchased a few ebooks to keep the ARCs company.

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It certainly helped that these were (almost) all featured in a huge Best of Goodreads 2017 sale on Amazon.. I got each of them for less than $5, which is a huge score if you ask me!

Watching Glass Shatter– This is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I follow the author, James Cudney, on a lot of platforms (mainly WordPress and Twitter) and I am super interested in a lot of what he puts out there. The story sounds like it is right up my alley, and even though I really wanted a physical copy of this book, I think this is at least a good start. I can’t wait to get into this one so I can buy a physical copy and see if I can get him to sign it for me!

Geekerella– This was a surprise for me honestly. It was one of those books everyone kind of mentioned in passing, but really stood out to me once everyone was posting their wrap-ups and favorite lists for the year. Against all odds, this book ended up on a TON of favorite lists. I am intrigued, and for $2, I had to have it.

Bear and the Nightingale– This is another one I have heard a lot about. The sequel, the Girl in the Tower came out this year (2017) as well and it definitely sounded like something I wanted to read, however, because of my need for order, I must read this one first. The third and final book in the series (the Winter of the Witch) is due out sometime in 2018; all the more reason to start this series!

Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn too– This is an odd one for me. I think I saw it reviewed on youtube and it seems unique and different from anything else that I am reading, or have read in the past. I thought I would give it a try.

 

Also- while checking out ebooks on Amazon, I found myself on the physical book side, and somehow ordered myself these two in addition to the ebooks..

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer– I have seen this on several booktube channels now, and every single person has said this was such a badass book for women. It makes you feel like a badass for being a woman, and just really has some fulfilling moments throughout. I know a lot of bloggers love this author, and her Six of Crow duology (which I eventually plan to read) and since I am already on a super heroes/ Wonder Woman kick, it seemed like a good time to try this out.

Batman: Nightwalker– This is the second book to come out for this series (DC Icons). I love that they are trying to breathe new life into these DC heroes, especially since they are getting stomped on by the Marvel movie kingdom at the moment. Batman has always had significance for my family. My brother Tom has been drawing Batman specifically since he was 5 years old, and is the main reason why he went to art school, and is trying to get a graphic novel published at the moment. So Batman will always have a place in my heart. The fact that this book is written by Marie Lu, author of Warcross and other bestsellers, also adds to the intrigue. I actually just started reading Warcross today- my first Marie Lu book, so I am hoping that it sets me up nicely for her writing style. 

 

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Wow, that got a little out of hand… The good thing about all these books is that many of them were either featured on my TBR for the early part of 2018, or were must haves. I have been trying not to buy too many books anymore, and I am hoping this will be my last (purchased) haul for a long while- at least until summer. I am already a monthly subscriber to Book of the Month club, so in the very least, I get one new hardcover book per month. I guess that is why I feel this splurge was justified. That and the fact that this will be the first year since 2009 that I have no classes to split my free time with. I will have so much extra reading time, that I intend to be flying through books. The closer books are to my hands, the easier it is to keep a consistent flow of reading. 

What books are you guys heading into 2018 with? Have you read any on this list? 

I just want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! I am really looking forward to starting my first full year of blogging. I look forward to interacting and chatting with you all year long! Please let 2018 be a good one!