I am almost afraid to review my reading year because I really didn’t feel as though I had an especially good one. Usually I have no trouble getting upwards of 50 books in a year – an average of about one book per week. I know there are scads of people who read a lot more than that – like a hundred books and more. I am not sure how they accomplish that unless they read for a living. In any case, I didn’t get nearly as much reading done during the summer as I would have liked and I think I spent wayyyy too much time on my phone. My kids gave me an iPad for Christmas this year and I am going to have to be super careful not to fall into a technology hole. Truthfully, I’d rather be reading, but sometimes at the end of a long day at school it’s just easier to turn on the TV or troll through Facebook. But 2018 is a new year. (And good riddance, 2017. You sucked.)
Every year for the past few years, I have participated in The Perpetual Reader’s year-end survey. It’s a fun way to take a look back at the reading year that was. Here’s my 2017 edition.
Number Of Books You Read: 46
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: YA
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
Everyone was talking about this book, and for good reason. I fell in love with the characters in this book and appreciated a glimpse into a world of which I know nothing.
Runner- Up (for book that was the most fun to read)
The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson
A total page-turner by a new-to-me author.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
I know I am in the minority here, but I HATED the ending of this book with a fiery passion.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I started my 2017 reading year off with Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight, which I was sure was going to be a great beginning because I thoroughly enjoyed her book Reconstructing Amelia. Not so much for this one.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I didn’t really push any of the books I read this year other than The Hate U Give. I intend to encourage a lot of people to read that one in my YA Lit class next semester.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Peter Swanson. I will definitely be adding more of his books to my tbr shelf.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t tend to read outside of my comfort zone. Is that bad? Occasionally I read some YA dystopian or fantasy stuff…just so I can talk about those books with students…but I’m not really a fan. (Unless it’s Patrick Ness. I will always read him.)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Ohhh. The Kind Worth Killing was pretty thrilling. I also recently finished The American Girl by Kate Horsley and it was pretty un-put-down-able.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
In its simplicity, Thornhill. It is a beautiful book all around.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
No question: Starr Carter from The Hate U Give.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Probably Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
The Hate U Give. Do you see a theme emerging? I also really got a lot from Jen Waite’s memoir A Beautiful, Terrible Thing. It wasn’t life-changing because in some ways it merely reflected back to me a life I had already sort of lived; however, I did find it thought-provoking.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. I read Heart-Shaped Box pretty much when it first came out and loved it. I bought 20th Century Ghosts not long after, but it has languished on my tbr shelf for ages…like years. Finally got around to it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
Nothing stands out…and half of the books on my list are at school. So, I got nothing.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You – Todd Hasak-Lowy (656 pages)
Nutshell – Ian MacEwan & This Gorgeous Game – Donna Freitas (tied with 208 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Sandra Brown’s Seeing Red shocked me with how BAD it was.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Can’t say I have one this year.
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
100% the Carter family in The Hate U Give.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Of the books I read in 2017, several were from previously read authors:
Of those titles, I probably enjoyed I Found You the most enjoyable.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I never feel pressure to read any recommendations – except for book club picks, I read what I want.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I got nothing.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Hate U Give.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Probably Salt to the Sea.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Geesh, looking over the books I read this year – most of them were pretty grim. Maybe that’s why I had such a hard time reading this year. Chopsticks was fun to read because it was a story mostly told with pictures.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Not even a lump in the throat this year.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Truth Commission – Susan Juby
Quirky, funny and Canadian.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Ask the Dark – Henry Turner
The narrator’s voice was super unique and memorable. Creepy story, too.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Behind Her Eyes pissed me off. A lot. Even as I kept turning the pages.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
Didn’t spend too much time reading blogs this year. I keep saying that that’s something I am going to change. Yeah. I’m going to get on that.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
I like the review I wrote for Billy Idol’s memoir Dancing With Myself.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I don’t think I posted anything that wasn’t a review this year.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Still really enjoy my occasional chats on CBC’s Information Morning. Here’s one I did in May 2017.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Meeting Fantasy Chick from Litsy. I participated in a #secretsantagoespostal event and I got matched up with someone who lives about 15 minutes away from where my son attends university. Instead of mailing her gift, I was able to arrange to meet her and hand it over in person. That was cool.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I felt sort of lethargic this year – in all aspects of my life. I wonder if it was the political climate…or too much work…or I dunno. I am hoping 2018 will be better.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Other than a visit to my home page, my page “What is a ludic reader?” got the most love.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t really keep this blog for the ‘love’ although it’s always nice when people interact with the posts.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I enjoy Litsy. I love Book Outlet just a teensy bit too much.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I always say I am going to read x amount of books…but I think I will give myself a pass this year. I’m just going to read.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Too many to name but top of the list: John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. It’s been on my bedside table for six weeks.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Don’t follow this stuff, really.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Nothing. I have an aversion to series.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I would like to try vlogging.