End of Year Book Survey 2017

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Happy New Years Eve! I seriously cannot believe that 2017 is hours away from ending. But, I am super excited for 2018 to start and for a new reading year to begin. In honor of the year ending, I thought I would do a little recap of my reading and blogging year. I found the “End of Year Book Survey” on Fangirl Fury‘s blog  and knew it was the perfect way to showcase my year! It was originally created by The Perpetual Page-Turner, who has been doing these for 8 years now! That’s insane. Anyways, let’s get started.

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Number of books you read: 65
Number of re-reads: 10
Genre you read the most from: Paranormal/Fantasy

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Best book you read in 2017: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Definitely wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did!
Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did): Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Best series you started in 2017: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Best Sequel of 2017: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Best Series ender of 2017:
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017: Sabaa Tahir
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Adult Contemporaries – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017: We Own The Sky by Sara Crawford
Most memorable character of 2017: Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs
Most beautifully written book read in 2017: Room by Emma Donoghue
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017: “To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.” Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Shortest book you read in 2017: Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey
Longest book you read in 2017: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Book that shocked you the most: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
OTP of the year: Rhys and Feyre from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Cassian, Rhys and Azriel from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017: Julian Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Best 2017 debut you read: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Hidden gem of the year: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book that crushed your soul: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Most unique book you read in 2017: Room by Emma Donoghue
Book that made you the most mad: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017: Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Favorite review that you wrote in 2017: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog: Haha, the post is literally titled “Jennifer L. Armentrout is releasing a new Lux book?!?” You can tell how much I love her books.
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.): Well, since we don’t have any author events where I live, I’m going to have to go with the Top 5 Wednesday meme!
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017: Hitting 100 followers, my 2 year blog anniversary and hitting 5,000 views
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year: Definitely balancing out reading and blogging with school and my social life.
Most popular post this year on your blog: Jennifer L. Armentrout is releasing a new Lux book?!?
Post you wished got a little more love: Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.): Definitely Book Depository. I still have yet to buy anything off there, but I definitely will in the future!
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year: Yes! I originally set my Goodreads goal to 40 books, but was able to read 64.

LOOKING AHEAD

One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your #1 priority in 2018: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut): Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2018 debut you are most anticipating: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2018: Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Something you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018: Maintain a good reading/blogging to school and social life ratio.

Whew! Almost a thousand words later and I am finally finished with this post! It was so much fun answering all of these questions, and a perfect way to wind down the 2017 blogging year! If you shared any answers with me, definitely share your thoughts in the comments. Also be sure to like and follow this blog to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog! For today’s post, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite books from 2017! Everyone seems to post about their favorite, and least favorite books around this time of year, so why not join in on the fun. I’ve read my fair share of great books throughout 2017 and I am so excited to share them with all of you today! Let’s get started!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)#10 – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I’ve got to say, this book was filled with everything a vampire lover could ever want! Fierce females, hot men and oh boy, drama galore! I originally read this a few years ago and passionately hated it. To this day, I still believe that it was because I was in a huge reading slump. Oh, how stupid those things are. But I absolutely adored this book when I reread it this year and am happy to have it on my favorites list! Definitely let me know in the comments if the 4th and 5th book are worth reading, since those are the only ones in the series I have left.

Check out my review HERE!


Just Listen#9 – Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
This was one of the most surprising books I picked up this year, and one of few contemporaries that made it on to this list. I had heard very mixed reviews about Sarah Dessen’s novels prior to reading any of them. Some people hated them, while others absolutely loved them. Well, I absolutely loved Just Listen. It is such an inspiring novel and definitely worth the read. If you are a music lover, I would definitely recommend picking up this novel!

Check out my review HERE!


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)#8 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I also ran into the same situation with Six of Crows as I did with Vampire Academy. I just couldn’t find myself enjoying it during my first read through, no matter how hard I tried. It just wasn’t working for me. But, I really wanted to love this book, so I gave it another chance later in 2017. And let me just say, this book was AMAZING! Seriously, all of the characters and plot twists were written so well. If you are someone who likes a book with lots of violence and humor, Six of Crows is perfect for you! And if you have read it, let me know how good Crooked Kingdom was!

Check out my review HERE!


If There's No Tomorrow#7 – If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
So, if you have read at least 5 posts on my blog, you probably already know that I am a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I am constantly raving about her Lux series and have read in loved a bunch of her other novels. After reading The Problem With Forever, I was hooked on her contemporaries and made If There’s No Tomorrow my most anticipated book of 2017. And it definitely didn’t disappoint. This book was extremely relatable and made me both laugh and cry more than any other book. But I would highly recommend NOT reading this book if you hate ACOMAF, because you may start yelling at the book within 100 pages.

Check out my review HERE!


The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)#6 – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I really don’t pick up adult books often. I swear, they intimidate me 10 times more than an 800 paged YA book. I always feel like they are going to be filled with words I don’t understand and unreadable small font. But, The Bone Season is one of those adult books that are written as if it is a YA book. This book literally felt like it was a YA book with older characters. Everything about this book surprised me and I was so happy that I gave it a chance. But, the other books in the series are all over $20, even for a paperback, and I just don’t have the money to buy them.  Definitely let me know if they are worth buying!

Check out my review HERE!


Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)#5 – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, so this was actually the first book I read in 2017! It honestly feels like forever since I read it, and not as if it was almost a year ago. But I remember that this book was one of my favorites in the series. It was filled with sexy romance and violent fights that there was not one moment that I wasn’t fully into this book. And that ending totally wrecked me. I don’t think I have ever cried in a book as much as I cried in this one. And although I still have yet to read Tower of Dawn, I can’t wait to see where Sarah J. Maas takes this series with Throne of Glass #7!

Check out my review HERE!


Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)#4 – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Guys… this is seriously a must-read if you are a sci-fi lover! I remember loving Illuminae back in 2016, I think it might have even made it on to my favorites list. But, Gemina was even better than Iluminae! Now you may be thinking the same thing that I was, how could this possibly beat Illuminae?And truly, I still don’t know. But it just did. I loved the characters, the totally tear-worthy plot and absolutely everything about this book. I am beyond excited for Obsidio to release in March and you better know that I will have my hands on that book on release day!

Since I never posted a review for this book, you can check out the Goodreads page HERE!


Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)#3 – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Now, I’ve always been a fan of Cassandra Clare’s books, but never a hardcore fan. I read and enjoyed her two previous series: The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, but I still have yet to read ALL of her companion novels. But, after loving Emma and Julian in City of Heavenly Fire, I just knew I was going to love Lady Midnight. And I was so right! I loved everything single thing about this book: the characters, the epic plot twists, and even the setting (oh how I wish I lived in sunny Los Angeles). You definitely need to read this book AFTER Cassandra Clare’s previous two series, but trust me, it is so worth it!

Check out my review HERE!


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)#2 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, I think everyone has heard about this book, whether or not they have started the series. But I have to say, ACOMAF is topping the list of having the MOST mixed reviews. There are hardcore fans who absolutely loved this book to pieces and there are people who complain about how problematic it is. As a huge Sarah J. Maas fan, I fell head over heels for this novel. There was not one moment where I found myself tipping towards a 4.5 rating. It was written so well with TONS of romance and violence to satisfy me.

Check out my review HERE!


Obsidian (Lux, #1)#1 – Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
YOU GUYS, if you expected anything else from this post, it is clear that you have never read my blog before. I am a die-hard fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s LUX series and have a habit of constantly re-reading them, especially Obsidian. I could’ve actually also put some of the other books in the series on this list, but I thought that one would be enough to include. Overall, I am pretty sure that I read this book 3 times throughout 2017, and somehow it is still my favorite book EVER! Maybe something else will beat it in 2018.

Check out my review HERE!


And that is all for today’s post! Have you read any of the books listed above? Definitely leave your thoughts in the comments section! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina