End of Year Survey 2017

Best books of 2017

Number Of Books You Read: 313 (WOW)
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) Posted by John David  Anderson Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)

Adult: Three way tie between: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, and Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Young Adult: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Middle Grade: Posted by John David Anderson

Graphic Novel: Giant Days by John Allison

Audiobook: How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell (amazing!!!)

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

Faith, Volume 1 by Jody Houser

Faith vol. 1 by Jody Houser

I really thought I’d love this graphic novel and it just fell a little flat for me. Not terrible in all means but a disappointment.

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

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

So I loved the story of this book but I’ll admit I didn’t like the graphics in it and the character designs. I’ll still be reading and buying the following volumes but the actual illustrations in the book were not what I expected.

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

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

I pushed my husband into read The Greatcoats series and he loved it. I buddy read it with a friend and am pushing her to continue on, since she has only read book one so far. I even chatted with my gifted students about it, even though it’s not appropriate for them, they always want to hear about what I am reading.

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

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats... Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats... A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Series: The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell

Sequel: Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats, #2)  by Sebastien de Castell

Series ender: Too bad I didn’t finish Greatcoats lol.. ummmm A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)  by V.E. Schwab

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Sebastien de Castell – only he needs to write more books, I’m on the last one!

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

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 I can see now why everyone raves about this author. This book was amazing!

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

Saint's Blood by Sebastien de Castell

Saint’s Blood (Greatcoats, #3)  by Sebastien de Castell – I didn’t think he could top the first two books, but they literally fight the GODS!

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by John Tiffany

I don’t often reread. But I finally read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I will definitely be rereading all the Harry Potter books next summer and every summer from now on. 🙂

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

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

I love illustrated covers and this one is very eye catching.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Brasti from the Greatcoats series. He’s so amazing, I just love him.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Stay with Me by Paul Griffin

Stay with Me by Paul Griffin

I read this after I had adopted our dog and man this story crushed my soul. Such a great story.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

I had heard of this one when it came out but never paid it much interest, I remember thinking it was a guide book, not an actual story.

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

“Words matter. Without words you can’t have stories and without stories we would never have heard of the Greatcoats.”
― Sebastien de CastellKnight’s Shadow

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Daniel Finds a Poem  Harry Potter and the order of phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer (32 pages)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J.K. Rowling (reread – 870 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Slight spoiler: Shocked that no one important died. Seriously, you have a huge battle and not one MC dies????

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

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Danny & Colton from Timekeeper by Tara Sim

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Brasti, Kest and Falcio (the bromance is real)

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

Posted by John David  Anderson

Posted by John David Anderson

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

Eon by Alison Goodman

Eon by Alison Goodman

My old blog partner gifted this to me years ago and I finally read it. She insisted I would love it and I did!

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

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Kai (so dreamy) from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Weep (or whatever its real name is)

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

Lumberjanes by Mariko Tamaki

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Auggie & Me by R.J. Palacio

Auggie & Me by R.J. Palacio

Such a great set of stories!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Buddha by Keiron Moore

Buddha: An Enlightened Life by Keiron Moore

This book has 22 ratings on Goodreads and it was beautiful and well done.

A graphic novel that everyone should read!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow by Katie Green

Wow. This book just really hit me hard. A great graphic novel but will really crush you a bit.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Animosity, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

Animosity Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

When animals take over the world, set in the eyes of a hound protecting a child. . . this book blew me away. Loved it so much.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Slight spoiler: Shocked that no one important died. Seriously, you have a huge battle and not one MC dies???? It kind of made me mad. I was prepared to have my heart ripped out cause I loved all the characters and then it just wraps up all nice and neat and everyone is happy/alive. I mean someone dies but so unimportant and literally a character we barely see in the books.

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I failed at blogging so I’m just going to answer a couple.

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

ALA Annual and ILA – two conferences I went to this past summer where I met tons of authors and other librarians/teachers and really enjoyed! I also got to travel to Orlando for ILA for free and enjoyed that immensely!

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

I was accepted onto our Illinois Readers Choice committee called the Monarch Award (for our state butterfly) and that really made my year!

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

YES! I read over 300 books, which is a goal I’ve had for years and have never actually reached. I completed most of the challenges I signed up for this year as well!

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

Tyrant's Throne (Greatcoats, #4)

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell – which I will hopefully finish soon!

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

Tess of the Road Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)

Can’t just choose one! SO here’s two: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman and Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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

The Lost Plot  (The Invisible Library #4)

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

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

I think it’s time I found another blog partner so I can get more motivated to blog again. 

 

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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