It’s official, 2017 is over, can you believe it? I was trying to come up with a way to wrap up my reading that was a bit more interesting than just listing off all the books I’ve read, so today I’m going to be completing the questions for the 2017 Reading Survey (I saw this over on BooksandLala and thought it was the perfect solution).
I really have tried not to double up books where possible so that I can talk about as many as possible, but you’ll soon see that it was easier said than done.
Anywho, we have lots of questions to get through so let’s get started!
How many books did you read?
I read 73 books this year.
Did you meet your goal?
That’s a difficult question. If you look on Goodreads you’ll see that my reading goal was 70 books, and thus it would stand to reason that I surpassed my goal.
However, in my original Reading Goal for the year I had said 100 books, a goal that I didn’t even come close to completing and changed in September time.
So no, I didn’t meet my goal from January 2017, but I still feel like I read a lot!
Most read genre?
Well, realistically it would be classics due to all my uni books, but aside from that, I’d say probably contemporary romance or at the very least contemporaries with romance in them!
Longest and shortest books you read.
According to Goodreads, my longest read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 870 pages, and my shortest read was Dr Faustus (a uni read), but I had to read both the A text and the B text of Dr Faustus, so I effectively read it twice, meaning the shortest book I read was actually Queens Song (a Red Queen novella) by Victoria Aveyard coming in at exactly 100 pages.
Favourite book published in 2017?
I didn’t hear much about this book in the bookish community, but I absolutely loved. If you’re a fan of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han I’d highly recommend I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo this year, it’s very similar in tone but with new and exciting characters.
Favourite debut book in 2016?
I know that every YA booktuber and book blogger has been raving about When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon but it deserves it… it’s so cute! I can’t wait to read more from Sandhya in 2018.
Favourite book not published this year?
This year I finally got around to reading the entire Harry Potter series, so I have to mention it in my favourites somewhere. My favourite book from the series was either Chamber of Secrets or Prisoner of Azkaban – I can’t decide!
A book that lived up to the hype.
As I mentioned in my review, I’d heard so many things about Kazuo Ishiguro that I was prepared to be pretty disappointed when I finally got around to reading one of his books for myself. However, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro did not disappoint, thank goodness!
A book that did NOT live up to the hype.
It has to be A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, I won’t get into the details of my disappointment (we’d be here all day) so I’ll just refer you back to my original review and leave it at that.
Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?
White Teeth by Zadie Smith had to take the top spot not only because it’s a honking 448 pages, but also because it’s so talked about in both the book blogging and academic communities. Even though I didn’t particularly enjoy it, I still feel super accomplished.
Jaz from Artemis is the obvious answer, especially because I was so scared Andy Weir was going to fail at writing a good female protagonist, so let’s go with her. Jaz is an unbelievable badass, she’s essentially a female version of Mark Watney, and who wouldn’t love that?
Least favourite character.
Is it too general if I say all the characters in Turtles All The Way Down? I mean, really I’m talking about Daisy, but I wasn’t dying about Aza or Davis either, so it’s difficult to pick one. John Green truly has a talent for writing pretentious, dislikeable characters.
Most shocking book/moment.
So, I guess I’m taking a few liberties with this question, but I’m going to go with Down Among The Sticks and Bones. If any of you remember my review for Every Heart A Doorway, you’ll know I was less than impressed, so you can imagine how shocked I find myself quite enjoying this instalment, it felt like Seanan McGuire had read my review and took all my points into consideration (even though I know she didn’t).
I’m trying not to double up on books here, and it’s proving tricky. I love Dimple and Rishi as a couple, but I think I’m going to go with Steffi and Rhys as my favourite couple this time around, they’re unique and incredibly adorable, but I’d consider myself relatively easy to please in this department!
The best-written book you read this year.
I’ve read a lot of Shakespeare and Chaucer this year, so I’m not really sure how to name a specific book. If I were to name something from the last century, I’d have to go with Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, it’s a harrowing but wonderful read.
Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2017.
Quite probably my favourite book of the year was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, so it’s safe to say I forced most of my family and friends to read it. I even bought a physical copy so I could lend it out to people!
Favourite book cover of the year.
There’s a very specific version of Under Rose Tainted Skies that I absolutely love, and unfortunately it’s not the edition I own, but it definitely takes the spot of my beautiful cover in my mind.
The BBC did a really wonderful adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s 400 year anniversary. It takes a lot of liberties, but it captures the comedy of it very well.
What book made you cry the most?
I honestly don’t think I shed a single bookish tear this year, but one of the most moving books I read has to be The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It was a very illuminating story that got its message across very well.
What book made you laugh the most?
Again, I rarely show real emotions when I read, but the funniest book I read was probably (and I’m sorry for doubling up here, but there’s no way around it) When Dimple Met Rishi. I don’t read a lot of funny books, it’s normally subtler humour than actually guffawing, but this one had me in equal measures happy and giggly, so it has to take the prize.
A new favourite author you discovered this year.
J.K Rowling is an obvious choice and Mark Haddon deserves a mention even though I only read one book from him this year.
Guilty pleasure read of the year.
Resurrection by Derek Landy – I used to love the Skulduggery Pleasant series so much, how could I miss this new instalment even if it is meant for a reader half my age!
Favourite book you re-read this year.
I honestly don’t think I reread a single book this year unfortunately, so I’m going to have to leave this one disappointingly empty.
Were you happy with your reading year?
Yes, I think I was on the whole, I wish I’d had the chance to read more books for pleasure rather than just for school, but it happens, only one more year of it to go!
What will you do different in 2018?
The main change I’m going make is to set my goal lower so that I can read whatever book I desire regardless of length and not to feel so much pressure, so I’m starting out 2018 with the goal of 70 books, one that I think I can fairly easily achieve… hopefully.