This year was a fairly good one for me in books. There were a lot of highly-anticipated releases, most of which lived up to my expectations (or beyond!), and I had a few good surprises and discoveries along the way. I don’t expect to finish any more books this month, so it’s about time to wrap up the year! Let’s start with a short accounting of the year’s reading stats, then move on to the traditional End of Year Book Survey from The Perpetual Page Turner, adapted slightly to work for me.
Total Books: 72
Abandoned after the 50% line: 3 (The Shadow Rising, Fellside, and Beasts Made of Night)
Translations: 1 (French)
Book Type: 62 fiction – 9 nonfiction – 1 other
Fiction Type: 43 speculative – 19 realistic
Media: 27 text – 39 audio – 6 visual
Audience: 41 adult – 30 YA – 1 children’s
Authors: 51 female – 20 male – 1 both
New-to-me authors: 28
Most Read Authors (excluding rereads): Brandon Sanderson (4), Liane Moriarty (3), Robert Jackson Bennett (3)
Fun facts from the year: I had four titles from two series that began “City of” and I’m about to begin a fifth from a third series. Ten of my reads were the third in a series (I had a lot of series end this year!). I also read two books that involved sin-eating.
Best Book-Related Discovery: Sometimes it really is fun to read books in installments over weeks and weeks! I’ve never had that pleasure/experience before. Yay Oathbringer!
1. Best Book(s) You Read In 2017?
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson was always going to be my number one this year. Others that ended up in my top five include A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Wine Isn’t Rocket Science by Ophelie Neiman, and Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. Runner-ups (not pictured) include Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, and Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin (in good ways!)
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I kept pushing A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, but sadly only got one person to actually read it. So I’ll keep pushing!
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Started: Strange the Dreamer
Ender: The Empty Grave
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
And I Darken; Now I Rise – the two Conquerer’s Saga books by Kristen White (historical fiction)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Oddly, this was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. It’s not action, but I really just could not put that book down. I also couldn’t set down Night of Cake and Puppets, but that one was super short so it hardly counts.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Oathbringer. That’s a given.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Mulaghesh from the Divine Cities trilogy, Mak Genggang from Sorcerer to the Crown, and Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
All the Crooked Saints
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Case Against Sugar (thought-provoking: yes. life-changing: hopefully)
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Half the Sky
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.” (Oathbringer, one of many quotes I adored)
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest physical book: White Sand Vol 1 (160 pages)
Shortest audio: Twelve Angry Men (1:50).
Longest in both categories is Oathbringer, with 1235 pages and 55:02 audio play
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Oathbringer – in so many ways, but I talk about the biggest (no spoilers) at that link
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship between Shara, Sigrud, and Mulaghesh in the Divine Cities trilogy; also Jasnah and Renarin (cousins) in Oathbringer
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Wine Isn’t Rocket Science (thanks Candace!)
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
A Face Like Glass, followed closely by that in the Divine Cities trilogy
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Wires and Nerve
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Oathbringer, multiple times
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
A FACE LIKE GLASS – Come on, people, read it!!!!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Once again, Oathbringer. Oh MAN it was soul-crushing, one of the biggest soul-crushers ever. (see link above)
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
A Face Like Glass (do I sound like a broken record yet?) and All the Crooked Saints
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Husband’s Secret (and sadly, I didn’t like it)
That about wraps up the year for books! See y’all on the other side!