2017 reading stats

2017 Reading Stats

It’s time for the Annual End of Year Reading Survey! Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner puts this together every year. I’ve been participating for 3 years now, and it’s safe to say I look forward to this survey almost as much as I look forward to setting my new Goodreads Challenge goal!

When I first joined Goodreads (waaaay back in 2010!), I set up a shelf for all the books I’d read that year. I’ve kept it going, and it makes this survey super easy. It’s also really cool to look back and see how many books I read in a given year. Since I started keeping track, I’ve read 711 books. Isn’t that nuts?! Some years were bigger book years, some not…2012 was a rough one, as I only managed 41. 

As usual, I’ll try to limit the number of repeats here, and I’ll link to my reviews whenever I can.

If you’re interested, here are my stats for 2015 and 2016.

2017 reading stats

Number Of Books You Read: 106
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Cozy Mysteries

2017 best of books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

This is tough. They weren’t my highest rated, but I think it comes down to Sleeping Giants or American War. Truthfully, they both probably deserve 5 stars.

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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Artemis

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

My Name is Lucy Barton. A lot of people hate this, and I actually did for most of it, but then it sucked me in at the end and I loved it.

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

That’s easy, The Bookshop on the Corner

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

Series started: Sleeping Giants, Darker Shade of Magic

Sequel: Potions and Pastries

Series Ender: Snow Blood (it was also the only ender I read, but…)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Bethany Blake, Sylvan Neuvel, Jenny Colgan

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

I don’t read a lot of horror, typically, so let’s go with that and say Bird Box.

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

Bird Box or Dark Matter.

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

I don’t reread, EVER, but if I were going to, it would be The Little Book of Hygge.

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

Blue’s Prophecy

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Sarat from American War

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Stars Are Fire or The Opposite of Loneliness

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

How to Be Everything

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

Moloka’i

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

“We are all migrants through time.” from Exit West, and “One of the plainest truths about both towns and individuals is that they usually don’t turn into what we tell them to be, but what they are told they are.” from Beartown.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Puppy at 80 pages

Longest: American Gods at 635 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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

The Woman in Cabin 10. I had three possibilities, and all of them were wrong.

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

Oh that’s easy. Jest and Cath from Heartless. (OTP = one true pairing)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Abi and Patrick from Single Malt Murder and Death Distilled

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

Norse Mythology

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

Behold the Dreamers

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

Uh, Jest from Heartless. Duh.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Bear and the Nightingale

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

Sorry, I have to repeat here. Bird Box, The Bear and the Nightingale, and The Gracekeepers.

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

Ronaldo or Lilac Skully

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

Several, but definitely the winner of this one is A Monster Calls. We’re talking ugly crying, here.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

All the Tomorrows

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Caraval. I wanted it to be soooo good. And it just…wasn’t.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Definitely Lincoln in the Bardo.

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

The Hate U Give. I thought Angie Thomas missed a huge opportunity.

2017 book blog

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Amy’s Bookshelf.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Hmmm. Probably Sleeping Giants, or maybe Dark Matter.

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

I’m partial to The Great West Virginia Pepperoni Roll Trail and My Favorite Moments from Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. I was also pretty proud of the 10 Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit.

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

I hate to say it, but I’m not much of a participator…

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

I think it was probably when Cara Brookins tweeted to me.

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

Learning WordPress, for sure. I’m still finding things I’ve screwed up.

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

Sneak Peak: Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun (2nd Trip!)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Haha all of them? Hmm, maybe one of my travel posts.

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

The Overdrive library app and Netgalley.

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

I did! I finished my Goodreads Challenge (blew it away, actually).

2018 looking ahead

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

I started Gone With the Wind, but didn’t get very far, so that’s probably #1. #2 is The Daughter of the Pirate King.

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

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I have no idea.

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

I don’t want it to be the ending, but I really hope Heather Blake adds another Wishcraft Mystery book next year!

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

Hmmm. Do a better job managing review requests, for one. Otherwise, just continue learning and growing and improving!

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

Nope, I’ve got nothing. Sorry, guys!

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