Hello Bookish Buddies, and welcome to my one year blog anniversary post! A year ago today, I created Bella Blogs Because Books and wrote my first post: The 2016 End of the Year Book Survey. I thought it was only fitting to do this survey again to celebrate my anniversary, even though I still have three books to finish before the year ends. I’m just gonna complete the survey as though I finished those three, because I’m pretty sure I will. Anyways, let’s get into the books!
Number Of Books I Read: 55
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre I Read The Most From: YA Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Okay, so if you read my last years post, it was basically just an SJM appreciation post, so I’m only going to allow myself to use each book once. So that being said (update from future me writing this post, it isn’t possible to use each book only once, but I tried), the winner is…
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. No competition there. It honestly tore my heart to pieces in the best way possible and I need more from this world immediately, or I might cry.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Town Built on Sorrow by David Oppegaard was my lowest rated read of the year, and I was really disappointed because the synopsis was epic, but the story was a flop. My review is here, if you want to read more of my thoughts.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Fire by Kristin Cashore definitely surprised me in a good way, because I had no idea how much I would love it. It’s one of my all time favorites now.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I like to believe that y’all have been listening to my preaching and have picked up Wolf by Wolf by now, because I literally mention it in every post. It’s just that wonderful. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and read it. My review is here if you want to read more of my thoughts.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series started: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – This story was fun and satirical in all the right ways.
Best sequel: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson – Walk on Earth a Stranger started off on a not so good note, but improved 1000% by the end. Like a River Glorious was just a continuation of the epicness.
Best ender: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – Blood for Blood tore out my soul. It was so heartbreaking, heartwarming, and satisfying all at the same time.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Rae Carson. Her stories are just so epic and complex. They take a while to set up, but once you’re in, you’re hooked. And extra points for all of the badass female characters.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton is an example of one of the rare contemporaries that I like. It blew me away. Read more about my thoughts here.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (and the rest of the series) is so epic. It’s packed full of badass characters and epic alien battles.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I loved it, and it’s just calling to me to reread it.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Six from the Lorien Legacies. She was really badass and always super over your shit, and that’s what I like about her.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I read both of his books this year and fell in love with his writing style.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
They Both Die at the En by Adam Silvera made me have an insane existential crisis. I’m saying that like I’m not still in it. I finished it last night and I’m actually having nightmares because of the existential angst that this book caused me. I still loved it though.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Even though his books break my heart, I’m sad I didn’t find them sooner.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“Fear can’t hurt you,” she said. “When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”
― Maureen Johnson,
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Pivot Point by Kasie West. I thought I would hate it, and I did up until the last few chapters, but everything fell into place so perfectly that I couldn’t help giving it a 5/5 stars.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Percy and Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I want to see more Percy/Monty fluff in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Aza and Daisy from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I’m currently reading it, and it’s pretty wonderful how Daisy supports Aza. I probably totally jinxed that now and she’s gonna turn out to be a terrible person. Oops.
UPDATE: I was right. Daisy has pissed me off. I’m really trying not to repeat books here, but I have to give this one to Matteo and Lydia from They Both Die at the End instead.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Warcross by Marie Lu. It’s clear how much she’s grown as a writer since the Legend trilogy.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I read The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan because everyone has read it and recommended it and I thought it was about time. This is the closest answer I have to this question.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Mor from the ACOTAR series. I recently just realized my love for her.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller was awesome, because all of (and by all of I mean a small fraction, but still) the queer representation!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The worldbuilding in A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge was like no other.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I loved reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, because Bitterblue was a fun and interesting character to follow and I loved how everything from the companion novels came together.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
There were actual tears last night when I finished They Both Die at the End. I think I may have also cried at Blood for Blood, but I can’t remember.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Read this series!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I know I wasn’t going to mention A Court of Wings and Ruin again, but I used these exact words long before I read this question, so I thought it was the only fitting answer.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. It was unique because it explored the true story of a side of Auschwitz that isn’t very well known.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold. I, in fact, did not like it, because it promoted a conformist agenda and also was not very accurate to real life experiences with overcoming mental illnesses.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
This is too hard. I’ve discovered so many, since this is my first year of blogging, so I’m going to give a cop out answer and say all of them.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Honestly, I think my best one was my Judge a Book by Its Cover Tag with my dad. That was fun to do.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I didn’t really participate in any events this year, but I’m hoping to join in on some read-a-thons next year.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Any time I get a comment from one of you lovely people 🙂
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Just applying to college and dealing with my anxiety surrounding it. I’m glad that’s over!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My This or That Book Tag was surprisingly successful!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Overdrive! I love it so much!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
As I’m writing this, I’m pretending I achieved my goal of 55 books, so yes. I have. Sure.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It sounds like a super important book, and will be one of the first books I get to in the new year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, because duh. I miss this world so much already!
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I really have no idea. I’m not up to date with my debuts.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Alright, time to talk about SJM once again. Throne of Glass Six is my answer, which is funny, because it was the same answer as last year, because it got pushed back because Chaol apparently needed a story. NO HE DIDN’T, SARAH. GIVE THIS TO ME NOW!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I hope to have a more consistent blogging schedule/designated reading time.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I am currently reading one 2018 release that I’m currently loving, which is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Definitely pick it up, if you can.
Before I go, I want to thank you all for an amazing first year of blogging, and here’s to many more to come! Don’t forget to fill out this survey by The Perpetual Page Turner yourself, and link me to your post!