2017: The Year-End Book Survey

This Year End Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I love this opportunity to look back over the last year of reading.
Going through my list of what I’ve read usually makes me smile as I remember some of the great stories and characters I’ve encountered over the last 12 months.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of books you read:  35

Re-Reads: 3

Most Popular Genre: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

I’ve read so many great books this year that I’m definitely going to choose more than one, so here are (a few of) my favourite 2017 releases…

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

And from the Backlist…

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
All of the Harry Potter books that I managed to re-read this year.

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

Origin by Dan Brown.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?

The Muse by Jessie Burton. I really loved the two timelines and the way it was bought to life.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

I don’t usually recommend books to people I know, mostly because no one seems to read the genres that I like to read.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Series started – Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan. I loved his Powder Mage series, and seeing some of the characters from that feature in this new series was great. I loved the viewpoints of those who’d only had secondary roles before, and I can’t wait for the next book.

Sequel – Any of the Harry Potter books by J. K.. Rowling

Series Ender – The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan. I don’t mind admitting it all got a little bit emotional as the conclusion drew near. Those characters had been through so much it was a shame to leave them behind.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Laura Purcell (The Silent Companions) and Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale).

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

Hm, tough question, because I’ve found that straying from my comfort zone recently hasn’t actually yielded any positive results, so choosing a ‘best’ book would be pretty hard.

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

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan was pretty action-packed.

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

I doubt I’ll re-read something that I only read this year, but I am slowly making my way through my first ever Harry Potter series re-read, and that will definitely be continuing next year. The next one I have to read is Goblet of Fire. I’m reading the book then watching the movie again too, and it’s really good so far.

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

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (and I got the tiger on the inner cover, which was the one I really wanted).
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.

11. Most memorable character of 2017? 

Tamas from the Powder Mage books by Brian McClellan. Without giving anything away, I cried at the end of The Autumn Republic.

I also really liked Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris was very lyrical and the beautiful illustrations were the perfect accompaniment to good writing.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

According to Goodreads Needful Things by Stephen King clocks in at 933 pages and is the longest book I’ve read this year.
Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar has 171 pages and is the shortest books I’ve read this year.
Coincidence that Stephen King features in both categories for this one.

14. Book That Shocked You The Most

Still thinking about this one.

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

I loved all the scenes between Vasya and Morozko in The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (I know I’m mentioning that book a lot). Are they OTP? I can’t decide at the moment, but they’re about as close as I can think of.

16. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vintage, Noon and Tor from The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. They’re a great trio and I cant wait to find out where their adventures will take them in the next book.

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

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.

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

Can’t think of anything at the moment for this one.

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

Morozko from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Okay, he’s a frost-demon, and he’s dangerous, and it probably isn’t a wise choice, but then these things usually aren’t, are they?

20. Best 2017 debut you read?

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Both of these were really well written.

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

I loved The Bridge in The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. A spooky, mystery-shrouded mansion house out in the country? Great stuff!

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

How bad is it that I can’t actually recall reading anything that uplifting this year? Perhaps I should aim for a little more variety in my book choices for next year.

23. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I only came across this book by chance when I saw the paperback and thought it was a pretty cover. I had no clue what I’d been missing out on! Such a great story, with a wonderfully strong central character in Vasya. I loved the magic and the myth, the folklore and the danger, and Vasya herself is one of my new favourite characters.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Here are a few of my 5 star reads for the year…

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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

I’ve no doubt said this before… I really need to try and write more discussion posts. I’ll have to go for my Top Ten Tuesday Winter TBR post, as that seemed to produce the most interaction with other people.

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

As always… Bout of Books. I love a good readathon.
If there’s one thing I would like to do more of with my blog in the new year, it would be to know about readathons before they take place so I have time to get some books and participate. They’re great fun.

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

Taking part in readathons.

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review posts.

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

I did. I participated in the Goodreads Challenge. I set myself the total of 20 books and in the end I managed to read 35 books.
I also did Beat the Backlist, to try and encourage my to stop neglecting my own books and my massive TBR pile. I managed to read 15 books, which I thought was quite good.

Looking Ahead

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

Just one? How can I only list one when I have so many? I’ll limit myself to two…

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Artemis by Andy Weir

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

I believe Stephen King has a new book coming out, possibly in the middle of the year, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that one.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin Looks like it might be a great read.

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

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. I know it’s already out, but I don’t think I’ll get around to it this year now. I can’t wait to get back into Vasya’s world and share another adventure with her.

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

As usual I’d like to read more books that I already own. I think I might sign up for Beat the Backlist again, and give myself an incentive to pick up the books I’ve been neglecting.


7 thoughts on “2017: The Year-End Book Survey

  1. Kristilyn says:

    See What I Have Done sounds so good. And I didn’t realize Needful Things was so long! I remember trying that one out years ago (like, 20) and I couldn’t get through it. Maybe the length is why! Now I love Stephen King books – I’ll have to give it another try! Have a good 2018!


    • pagesandtea says:

      See What I Have Done was an intriguing book, definitely worth a read.
      Needful Things was good too. I’ve got so many King books still to read but at the moment I feel SO tempted to re-read The Dark Tower series 😀


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