I was thinking about ideas for new posts in December when I came across this end of the year reading survey. It seemed like a neat idea to look back over the books I read this year and share my results with you!
If you’re looking for more, head on over to Perpetual Page Turner’s blog for her linkup. Lots of other bloggers will be adding their results over the next month. Join in with a comment here too!
(Update – I’m halfway through and having a ton of fun deciding on my answers for each question. Also, thank goodness for Goodreads keeping track of my 2017 titles)
Number Of Books You Read: 86
Number of Re-Reads: 13 (Half are Harry Potter, naturally)
Genre You Read The Most From: Literary fiction?
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (books, letters, WWII, romance – so many features I love all in one book)
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Hidden Figures – I can’t believe I’m saying this but the movie is much better.
3. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Out of the books I actually read this year, Ready Player One. A whole two people! This is an nerd’s dream. Keep an eye out for the movie coming in March 2018.
4. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Garden Spells (#1) and First Frost (#2)
5. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Jenny Colgan – I’m currently devouring everything she’s ever written. I can’t get enough of the sweet stories and bakery/café/chocolate shop settings.
6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
V for Vendetta – graphic novel!
7. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Stardust – This was my first Neil Gaiman and still my favorite. I had no idea what to expect, but this adult fairy tale was enthralling.
8. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Bookshop on the Corner (picture of bookshelves)
9. Most memorable character of 2017?
Britt Marie – from Britt Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman
10. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
I’m usually not a fan of books described as “beautifully written” since I associate them more with long-winded and unnecessarily descriptive. However, I’ll fit I Capture the Castle into this category. It felt like reading a Jane Austen story but through the eyes of a teenager.
11. Most Thought-Provoking Book of 2017?
The Big Short (also highly recommend the movie)
12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Emily of New Moon – By the author of Anne of Green Gables, I wish I had discovered this as a kid.
13. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Longest – The Wise Man’s Fear (Book #2 of the Kingkiller trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss – clocking in at 994 pages)
Shortest – A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams – only 102 pages
14. Book That Shocked You The Most
Ken Follett – Winter of the World. Aptly portrayed the horrors of WWII.
15. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Harry Potter series – I can’t have a book list without giving HP some love. I’m probably upward of six times through the series, but I’ll keep coming back to it again and again.
16. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Simmon – From The Name of the Wind (he’s sandy haired, hopeless with women, smart, sweet, and a wonderful friend to Kvothe. I’m 100% rooting for him and Fela)
Lennox – The grumpy Scottish farmer from The Bookshop on the Corner
17. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Name of the Wind – Rothfuss created a fascinating fantasy world and I want nothing more than to jump in and start studying at the University.
18. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Little House on the Prairie Series – Nothing like the nostalgia of returning to books you read as a child.
19. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin – Oh man, big fat tears at the end of this one
20. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Delicious by Ruth Reichl – Reichl is probably better known for her autobiographic foodie memoirs, but her novel is wonderful.
21. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Reading People by Anne Bogel – I’ve followed Anne over on her blog Modern Mrs Darcy for years now, so I was thrilled to see she wrote a book. I’m not normally a nonfiction read nor do I have much interest in personality types, but her book is fascinating! I particularly found the introvert/extrovert and Myers Briggs sections insightful.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
High Shelf Esteem – Kristen always finds fun bookish articles around the web and mixes in book lists and posts with general lifestyle posts.
2. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I wish! Someone tell me how to find these…
3. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Book Club Suggestions – Great if you’re looking for next year’s reads!
4. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I can support my library through AmazonSmile! If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, check out whether you’re library is one of the nonprofit organizations available. A small portion of each purchase is donated directly.
Share your answers to some or all of these book survey questions in the comments below!
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