Hi Virtually Readers! It’s the end of another year–a somewhat tiring and also exciting year–where, among other things, we read a lot of books. This year, our reading tastes evolved a little–we read a lot more adult books and non-fiction (this growing up thing, it’s terrifying). Anyway, we’re linking up with The Perpetual Page Turner’s end of year survey to tell you about it. Shanti is italics, Shar is normal, questions are in bold. Let’s go!
Number Of Books You Read:
Shanti: approximately 240 (I need to add the most recent ones up)
Shar: About 136, unless I read anything tomorrow
Number of Re-Reads:
Genre You Read The Most From:
Shanti: Definitely contemporary–my shelving is a bit dodgy but goodreads says that 123 of the books I read, so more than half, were set in this day and age.
Shar: I’m guessing contemporary, even though it’s not my favourite, because it’s a very prolific genre.
Number of comments:
1,357 (though half of these are us replying)
Number of posts:
About 100 (the stats page wasn’t cooperating, and I’m tired of counting stuff)
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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Shar: You In 5 Acts (contemporary) by Una LaMarche, Radio Silence by Alice Osemand (contemporary) , Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor(fantasy), the Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James(sci-fi), The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit (classic), and Other Minds by Peter Godfrey Smith (Nonfiction)
Shanti: the best contemporary was Untidy Towns (Dramatically Ever After was a runner up), the best non fiction was Landmarks (runner up: Sense of Style) and best reread (which tbh most of my five stars–all but five–were this year) was The FitzOsbornes in Exile.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Shanti: Probably The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano. Basically I realised that I’ve fallen out of love with Lauren DeStefano, alas.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Shar: I read quite a few books by famous people that I didn’t know much about, but which sounded good. Namely, How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling and Bloom by Estee Lalonde. I didn’t really enjoy any of them, which was sad and surprising.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Shanti: Probably A Sense of Style. Too many people I know need it (it’s an A+ writing book)
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Shar: Series I started: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Ender: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab maybe ? Sequel: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon.
Shanti: Start is Strange the Dreamer, Ending is probably Crooked Kingdom, Sequel…The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie, maybe?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Shanti: Probably Kate Atkinson! She writes these complex family sagas and I want to read more of her books.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Shar: Other Minds was a biology nonfiction book that I adored because OCTOPUSES plus it was really well written. I also adored Girl Code by Sophie Houser and Andy Gonzales which was very inspiring re: computer science.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Shar: I think I read Gemina pretty fast. It was an exciting yet stressful read. Also very fast paced.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Shanti: probably the books I already reread a lot–The Montmaray Journals especially. I really want to buy my own copies.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Hate U Give had an amazing US cover, and I really liked Strange The Dreamer’s UK cover, and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is gorgeous.
Shanti: I really liked the cover of A Million Junes.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Shar: Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, who was just so interesting and basically me.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Shanti: I loved how The Names They Gave Us was written!
Shar: I totally agree! I also liked The Love the Split the World
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Shanti: Maybe Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane–it made me notice both language and landscape more and I would love to reread it. Also Into The Woods by John Yorke, which I finished yesterday.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Shar: Radio Silence. I’ve read it twice this year and absolutely adored it. I don’t know why I didn’t read it earlier.
15.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: A Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. I didn’t like this one much but I’ve liked some other contemporary poetry, like When I Grow Up I Want to be a list of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen. Longest was the bindup of His Dark Materials, at 936 pages.
Shar: I expect Girl Code or Because of Winn-Dixie was the shortest (excluding picture books, which I didn’t keep track of), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or Strange the Dreamer was the longest.
16. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because OMG. Also I was very stressed all of Gemina.
I second Loneliest Girl!
17. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Shanti: Probably Em and Kris from the fabulous Dramatically Ever After. (Shar: ew. Was not a fan of this book)
18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Shanti: Lou and Sam and Lou and Sibylla from Six Impossible Things and Wildlife by Fiona Wood.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Shanti: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne. This is brilliant and suited my feminist media critiquing heart to a T. (Shar: Totally!)
20. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Shanti: I bought The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because everyone was raving about it and it was SO WORTH IT.
21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Shanti: I really liked Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi.
22. Best 2017 debut you read?
Shar: I quite liked When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Also, THUG was really well written.
23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Shar: In Strange the Dreamer… just YES.
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Shar: Wires And Nerve was enjoyable and light.
Shanti: Take Three Girls was SO ANNOYING (the characters were all idiots, as fifteen year olds are wont to be–sorry fifteen year olds) but also so delightful and fun and friendship focused. (Shar: Yes, read it because it’s super empowering!)
25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Shanti: So many books made me cry this year. Untidy Towns probably wins though–I cried four times!
26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Shar: You In Five Acts basically was stunning (it could also answer number 26 and 28)
27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Shanti: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. I’m so terribly confused but also surprised and impressed and sad.
28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Shar: I would say Gemina, but that seems a bit mainstream, so I’ll go for Brooding YA Hero instead, even though I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I haven’t read many books like it.
29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Shanti: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You. I disagreed with the central premise of the book and felt that the author was really confused in what she was trying to say. The characters didn’t feel real either–they were just there to dispense an idology.
30. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Shanti: I really want to read more Gabriel Garcia Marquez and older ‘light’ books in general–like Nancy Mitford and maybe some Georgette Heyer?
Shar: I want to read more classics and nonfiction and adult! Also, I really want to read Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas and finish the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, which I’ve been meaning to do all year.
31. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Shar: MUSE OF NIGHTMARES by Laini Taylor. (Shanti: if it publishes! I’m hopeful!) also Obsidio, mainly because I just want to know what’s going to happen.
Blogging and looking ahead
What’s our plans and hopes for the blog next year?
Shar: Basically to manage two blogs + university and not failing + having a life I guess + having time to read + reading other people’s blogs without dying, having to take a massive hiatus, or just plain failing. Also meeting some other bloggers irl! I also want to improve our blog graphics… is this too much to ask?
Shanti: I want to do more discussion posts. I’ve enjoyed doing this survey but tbh I think I’d rather have written a meditation on the evolution of my reading habits this year (which will probably come this week). I want to challenge myself in reading, only read books that I’m genuinely excited about, and not make reading be a stressful thing (I’m doing an English degree so I’ll have enough of that with uni). I want to mix up my reviewing style somewhat and I’ll probably review less. Hopefully we’ll talk about this more at some point, but this blog is probably going to shift away from having such a heavy focus on YA. (Shar: This is probably true. We’re changing, as are our tastes) I just really want to keep reading as a sacred thing which can be genuinely relaxing for me.
Did you enjoy this? What were your best/worst books of this year? What are your New Year’s bookish resolutions? Have you got into any new genres this year? And congratulations on getting through this post!