This is a 2017 End of the year Survey made by ThePerpetualPageTurner
I know that the past year already feels ages ago and I posted my 2018 resolutions before I did this because I’m impatient, but here it is. A more-or-less comprehensive summary of what 2017 was in reading terms.
Number Of Books You Read: 54
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (I’m not really much of a re-reader)
Genre You Read The Most From: Comic books (because I had little time for novels)
Best in books
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I read some really great books but if I have to choose it’s be THUG by Angie Thomas, it was so intense and real that it takes precedence. Here’s the review
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The opposite of loneliness by Marina Keegan. I took sometime to pick it up but everyone had hyped this book SO much. Maybe it was the high expectations that ruined it for me but I ended up DNFing it
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Symposium by Plato. I have talked about this book A LOT already but it deserves it. It’s a book written over 2000 years ago but it has relevance today too. The story is simple, a bunch of guys get together one evening to drink and talk about gods and love.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Vigo es Vivaldi by José Ramón Ayllón. This book I read a long time ago. When I was in high school and I loved it. It’s about a boy living in a little town in Galicia, Spain. He dreams of being an author and writes a diary on his last year of highschool. It’s sweet and poetic and funny. This year I brought it to class and made sure it passed through as many people as possible.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Three questions in one? That’s cheating! Anyway:
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim. Steampunk London with clock towers that control time, a boy who has to fix them and a curious clock-spirit.
- Crooked kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. (I’m picking it as both the best sequel AND the best ender) I thought that, after Six of Crows, this would live up to my expectations, but it did! It was a perfect ending for the doulogy. Although it had a really sad part in there I loved the ending and how everyone got some kind of closure.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Guess who?? I’ll give you a few hints: She’s already been mentioned. She wrote my favourite book of 2017. She made me cry my eyes out. And finally: her name starts with A and finishes with ngie Thomas
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed. I just don’t read poetry, this was a first attempt at the beginning of the year and I absolutely loved it. It was raw and made me feel a lot of thing that I normally supress (like a semi-functioning adult). Later on I read Nejma by the same author and liked it as well, though not as much.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The All for the game series by Nora Sakavic. I read the three books in under a week. It was so intense. The characters were constantly growing and the action didn’t stop. It also had a sport very similar to hockey (which I play) so it even had me on that front.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Again, I’m not much for re-reading but if I had to pick: SQ从你的名字开始 [Tamen de Gushi] by Tan Jiu. It’s a chinese comic about the lives of two girls in highschool who fall in love with each other. It’s super cute and drama-free (my fave kind of queer narratives). Since it’s ongoing it’s possible I will reread it after a particularly good update.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
This was hard, since I’m trying NOT to repeat books but I will pick these two beauties anyway because look at them!
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Inej Gafah from CK. She was such a strong character, with a really difficult past but she managed to stay positive and have her own goals, that she got to achieve. That’s a strong and inspiring character to end a hard year. I have one of her quotes written in my bedroom wall
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
I’ll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It was a fast read but that doesn’t take from the fact that it was beautifully written (REVIEW) The way it took you though each character’s feeling and reasoning was perfect and the little bible excerpts and paintings in between were beautiful as well.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
It was the best book precisely because it was thought-provoking, THUG by Angie Thomas. I loved it and recommended it to everyone I know so that they can also benefit from it.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The book thief by Markus Zusak. I mean, everyone has read this already. My little cousin read it for school but I didn’t pick it up until January 2017.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I have it written on my wall and I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of this amazing part from Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked kingdom:
What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: The summer palace by CS Pacat. This is a side story from her series Captive Prince. It’s set after the books, when everything is mostly peaceful and shows us the characters living happily-ever-after. Which I just loved, it was fluffy and unnecessary but perfect and comforting to read.
Longest: Injustice: Gods among us by DC comics. I’m counting all the issues together for this one. I read this because it was one of the most important story lines by DC and wanted to know more about what would happen if Superman snapped and realized that humans are trash and prone to violence. I didn’t disappoint.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
We were liars by E. Lockhart. I mean, if you read it you know. We buddy read this with my classmates and the ones who had already finished were all: Don’t talk to me until you know it. You are gonna flip. And I did. It was an ending that I kind of expected but not to that degree.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Malec (Magnus Bane and Alexander ‘Alec’ Lightwood) from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
I started shipping them, not because of the books but because of the TV show, and it was glorious. I read the first book years ago and didn’t like it enough to keep going but a friend convinced me to watch the TV show instead. I fell in love with both of them on the spot. They were so well written and had so much chemistry that they made me try the books one more time. I didn’t like them this time around either. They were too focused on Clary (understandable) and I couldn’t make myself care about her so I DNF. Instead I read The Bane Chronicles and that one Tales of the Shadowhunter’s academy one. And that was enough for me.
Still it’s my OTP and I may read CC’s new series just to see them as a family.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
August and Kate from This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab. They were the two main characters, a boy and a girl and they didn’t have a romantic relationship!!! WHAAAT? It was such a pleasant surprise that I loved it even more. They have opposing personalities and still manage to make the other person grow with their friendship. I don’t know about the second part of the series (Our Dark Duet) but I really hope they remain friends.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I had read the first two books of the lunar chronicles so I thought I knew what to expect. I did not. It was far more magical than I thought. The main character was lovely and you find yourself sympathising with a “villain” most of the time. You GET why she’d turn into a woman who want heads to roll and you kind of want to make heads roll yourself at some points
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
We were liars by E. Lockhart. As I said before I read it because we all were. I don’t think I’d ever had read it on my own since it isn’t the kind of story I usually go for. Still I really enjoyed it and peer-pressured other people to read it as well.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I… don’t really get crushes? Hello, my name is Consu and I’m ace.
Let me talk to you about Tim Drake aka Red Robin from the comic book Red Robin (2009), He was the third boy to become Batman’s Robin (there are a few) and he was by far the most like Batman. In this series he is isolated from the rest of the bats since Bruce died and Tim believes he’s still alive, while his family believes he is dead and also think he’s delusional. He also deals with the new Robin enforcing his feelings of inadequacy and the league of assassins trying to “help” him find Bruce. It’s a great character to follow as his powers are mostly his logical thinking and not so much his fighting (though he can do that too). Ra’s al Ghul himself wants him to become his successor.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I have a feeling a lot of my answers will be the same but I don’t really mind since THUG by Angie Thomas was a superb book that everyone should read
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I didn’t particularly like this one since it had too much exposition and not as much action but if I can say one good thing about it is that the world building was perfect and you got to see it. The traveling system was different from what I’d already seen. The way the characters developed in this world was fascinating and just the way I’d imagine they would.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles, #1) by Sarah Andersen. This is a compilation of comic strips that talk about adulting in real life. How we can’t always deal with the things life throws at us but we can manage to pretend we do. It’s funny and has a cute style, also bunnies
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
BOY, WHERE DO I START? I read few books this year but those I read made me extremely emotional for some reason. The year started with me crying on the beach with The book thief (January is summer time here) more into the year I almost burst out crying on the train with We were liars (and cried when I got home). I read THUG only when I was home since this whole book turned me into a mess for the majority of it. And the end of the year saw me in bed crying my eyes out for the ending of Crooked Kingdom.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Raising Dion #1 by Dennis Liu. This is the firs issue of a series about a black woman raising her son alone. That’s already kick ass but the trick is that Dion has super powers and she has to figure THAT out. It’s amazing and with really good style, there was talk of Netflix picking it up for a show soon. You can watch the trailer on YouTube and it’s all I wanted it to be.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Re:question 26 ALL OF THEM
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
I don’t think I read anything particularly unique this year but I’ll go with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell because it read like an actual fanfic. I read a lot of fanfic on a daily basis and beta-read for some authors so I would know. The pacing and events on the book, as well as characterization, were spot on.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I don’t like it when I DNF books, if I got it then I try to read it. BUT I couldn’t get through A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas and that made me mad enough. It wasn’t even that it was a bad book (excluding those sex-scenes wtf?) It just wasn’t strong enough for me to bother finishing. I wanted to read it so I could also read the third one but I just stopped reading it one day and there was nothing really pushing me to pick it back up.
Listen my dude… I started this blog at the very end of the year so I’m gonna go and skip this section.
Looking ahead books on 2018
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Rivera. I started it the last few days of 2017 and really liked it. It’s about a young queer latina so it’s right down my alley. I have wanted to read it for a while so now that I have it I will read it as soon as possible
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
What if it’s us? by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. Listen, I’m queer and these two haven’t let me down yet, so the two of the together on a book has my full support (also my hopes and dreams but let’s not go there yet)
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, I’ve been following Sasha for a long time on YouTube so her first published novel is a big event for me! Though I’ve seen some dissapointing reviews so now I’m not so sure. We’ll see
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
There are a lot that I could have picked, I made a whole post on sequels that I want to get on 2018, all of them LGBT+ but I’m sure there are SOME straight novels that may caught my eye? If I had to pick one, though, there’s no doubt:
Chainbreaker by the wonderful Tara Sim. It’s the sequel of Timekeeper and it came out january 2º. I love this universe, and the characters and everything and people are crying all over my tl about it.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Actually have a blog first of all. Also my bookish resolutions that I talked about last week
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1) by Claire Legrand. I haven’t finished it yet but I got an ARC (thanks Netgalley) and I’m loving it right now
That was my year! As I said, I read only 54 books and most of them were comicbooks and required reading for class but I’m proud of what I got and hope to get way more reading done this year!