2017 End of Year Bookish Survey

If my blog was a book, it was DNF'd in 2017. Forgotten. Sat on a shelf collecting dust. I will be the first to admit that this blog was majorly neglected in 2017 (cough, and 2016), but that's going to change this year. I've given the blog a little revamp, and I'm really happy with the design. It's not quite perfect yet, but it's getting there. To celebrate dipping my toes back into the blogging pool, I'm here today to do the End of 2017 Book Survey, created by Perpetual Page Turner. I actually spotted this because Sofia from The Reading Fangirl shared her post on Twitter, so thanks Sofia!

Number Of Books You Read: 44
Number of Re-Reads: One, which was Menagerie by Rachel Vincent. I'm not much of a re-reader, if I'm honest. (Check out my Menagerie Review!)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy. What a surprise...

1. Best Book You Read in 2017?
Hands down it had to be Feversong by Karen Marie Moning, it was the perfect conclusion to the Fever Series. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I know it's a firm favourite for so many people but for me it was pretty average, and I expected to be obsessed with it given that these latest installments focus a lot on the Fae. 

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia definitely surprised me, it wasn't my typical kind of read but when Sam from Thoughts of Tomes loved it despite it not being her kind of read either, I had to pick it up and I'm really glad I did. (Check out my review!)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?                                    
Ha, let's be honest it's always going to be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. If I've earnt any title throughout my years of being on Booktube, it would be "Fever Pusher" - I can't help myself. And honestly, it's not everyones cup of tea so I'm surprised as many people have loved it as much as I did. 

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender?
Started: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. 
Sequel: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent
Series Ender: Feversong by Karen Marie Moning.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Laure Eve, without a doubt. Not only was The Graces one of my favourite books, Laure is badass and I LOVED listening to her at YALC 2017, she spoke to my heart when she discussed writing. 
7. Best book from a genre you don't typically red/was out of your comfort zone? This year I discovered poetry, more specifically modern poetry and I fell in love with the genre. I would say my favourite was Stripped by Cara Alwill Leyba, it's a poetry book for women on the edge of change, for women who are finding their strengths, their voices, and I adored it. 
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Spectacle by Rachel Vincent all the way. (Review)

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Honestly, probably none of them. I'm not much of a re-reader.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Agneiskha from Uprooted. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?Stripped by Cara Alwill Leyba. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Why did I take so long?! (Review)

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

“Things never stop going wrong. Life isn't about waiting for peace to arrive, it's about learning to thrive in the midst of war. There's always another one on the way” 
― Karen Marie MoningFeversong

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?Shortest: The Chaos of Longing by KY RobinsonLongest: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
17. Book That Shocked You The Most?Spectacle by Rachel Vincent. I had no idea where the plot was going and it was fabulous!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)Eh, honestly I didn't experience any new OTPs this year. So, I'll go with my classic all time faves Mac and Barrons as I adored them in Feversong. I hope 2018 brings me some new OTPs!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
All the friendships within Spellbook of the Lost and Found, but especially Olive and Rose. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Everyone told me to read this book, and I'm so glad they did. 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I have nobody.  That's disappointing. Urgh. 

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Graces by Laure Eve. (Review)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The world of Everless by Sara Holland. I had an ARC of this book and it's truly unique and very interesting. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I ended up having a lot of difficulty with the sequel but the first book had me giggling at the back and forth between Matthew and Diana.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley had me in bits, which I didn't expect. The ancestor timeline broke me. (Review)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Honestly, none. I clearly had no soul in 2017. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Everless by Sara Holland. 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad? 
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. Although I knew the first book had problems, I still loved it for the entertainment value, but this book was so, so disappointing. 

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?
For this I'm going to pick YouTube channels, and I'm going to say Ish from ReadingRealm, I only discovered her channel this year but she's great, I love watching her videos. 

2. Favourite Review You Wrote (or in my case filmed!) in 2017?
The Graces by Laure Eve, I had so much fun filming that review. 

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?Definitely my most recent discussion video titled "Booktube, We Need To Talk" where I talk all about the pressures of having a channel/blog, taking responsibility for your channel, and really looking at what you're putting out there when you're frustrated about what you're getting back. I honestly expected at least some negativity but the support was amazing. 

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

YALC (young adult literature convention) and Comic Con 2017, both held together at Olympia in London. It was so difficult health wise to manage but I did it with the support of my friends, and it was so, so much fun. Unfortunately I have no vlog footage to show as my camera broke, and the footage went corrupt.

Me & Sian from ReadersRambles 
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?There are many, but I have to say seeing the support for the GoFundMe has been truly touching. Both me and Sam from Thoughts on Tomes are desperate to meet, and seeing the support from the community has brought me to tears. Knowing people want this for us as much as we want it is incredible. Fingers crossed it happens and we can bring you guys those collabs!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?Reviews, definitely. The brain fog, confusion, headaches, lack of concentration etc that I deal with as part of my ME/Fibromyalgia means filming reviews is very difficult. Remembering lines of a synopsis, or getting my thoughts out in an articulate, coherent way is very difficult for me, so while I enjoy filming reviews, they are very challenging. The end product doesn't show the struggles I have throughout filming. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?According to my analytics, my most popular post is my bookish room tour!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?Definitely this DIY bookish ring display, it took so long to film.  9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?I found some AMAZING Etsy shops for my Christmas Gift Guide, I'd recommend checking it out even though Christmas is over - it's never too late for a little treat for yourself or an upcoming birthday!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?I actually didn't set any reading goals number wise in 2016, I think the only thing I really wanted was to read more diversely, and I can safely say I need to continue with that this year because I didn't read anywhere near as diversely as I intended to. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. I was desperate for the sequel when I read Three Dark Crowns! 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning, because I get to go to the launch and meet her in Dublin Baby! 

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.  

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?The Curses by Laure Eve, I need it in my life! 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?I want to film both writing and readings vlogs for my YouTube channel, the writing vlogs will be monthly and the writing vlogs will be as and when I can. I also want to create more blog content, and review the books I can't review on my YouTube channel on here. 
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):I would definitely recommend Everless by Sara Holland, it's a very interesting concept and I will be reviewing it on my YouTube channel very soon!

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