2017 End of Year Survey

Yay! 2017 is almost completed! It was another great reading year down in the books. See what I did there? Huh? Haha!

This survey was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. I liked all the questions she provided and I think it’s a great way to look at the reading as a whole. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much reading done–at least, that I kept track of–until after college so there might be some repeated answers but I’ll try to keep it interesting!

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 18
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Surprisingly Mystery Thriller


1. Best Book Read in 2017?

Language of Thorns

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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


Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

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

Final Girls

Final Girls by Riley Sager

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


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The “and they did” part is a little questionable but I did recommend it a lot!

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


The Collector’s Trilogy by Dot Hutchison with The Butterfly Garden  being the first and The Roses of May being the second. The series ender will not be out until May but I am so excited for it!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Taylor Jenkins Reid was new to me and I really want to read more of her books.

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


I don’t usually read speculative fiction but River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey was a treat!

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

Final Girls by Riley Sager kept me turning until the very end!

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

Language of Thorns

I don’t usually reread until it has been a while since I read originally but The Language of Thorns was short and had so much to offer. I was so excited I flew through it so I think I would take my time the next time around.

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


Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Daughter of the Burning City

Sorina from Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody was very memorable.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

All The Crooked Saints

Maggie Stiefvater for the win on this one! All The Crooked Saints.

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

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende really made me think. I was reading at a time when I really needed it I think.

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

I haven’t finished this but the only one that qualifies is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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

“Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ” – The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?


Longest (489 Pages) A Face Like Glass by Francis Hardinge

Shortest (112 pages) Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge by J. Marin Yonker

17. Book That Shocked You The Most


You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando shocked me because I expected it to be a lot less complex.

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

I didn’t read any super swoon worthy books this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

All The Crooked Saints

I think the relationship between Beatriz, Daniel, and Joaquin was the best non-romantic relationship.

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

Language of Thorns

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


A lot of people I followed on twitter or through blogs were reading River of Teeth

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Daughter of the Burning City

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

A Face Like Glass

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


It helped that I read this on the beach!

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


I’m not finished with The Book Thief but when I do, I feel like it will also fit into this category.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

the roses of may

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?


And I Darken crushed my soul in a bad way.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?


A Million Junes by Emily Henry had elements that I’d never heard of before.

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


I think The Child by Fiona Barton made me the most mad. It was just so much less than it could be.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I really enjoy the blog The Orangutan Librarian. Great and thoughtful posts!

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2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I liked my review of Daughter of the Burning City and my movie review of Jungle.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I loved writing the post Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud.

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

Before I started blogging, I went to the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, WV and saw Maggie Stiefvater. She signed my Raven King book.

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

Starting my blog! It has been a pleasure getting the hang of blogging!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

The most challenging part of my blogging and reading life this year has been balancing all of my creative pursuits. I usually only have a specific amount of time for creative things and I have had to choose between blog writing, story writing, and reading.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The most popular post on my blog has remained My First Blog Post.


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My first and only discussion post thus far, Reading Life Then vs. Now.


9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I’ve been following blogs for a while but this year I discovered Booktube! I recommended a lot of my favorites in my post My Favorite YouTubers.

Youtube Round up

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

Kind of? I participated in NaNoWriMo and I won for me! My original post about my WIP can be found here.


 Happy 2018

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

Currently reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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

Restore Me

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Thousand Perfect Notes

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

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

I would like to do more discussion posts, take more/better bookish pictures for instagram and the blog, and also create even more original and interesting content. I have some great new features that I want to try out. I also want to pick up a different variety of books, namely titles that motivate creative pursuits. I also want to read books that are about faith and nonfiction books about things I don’t know a lot about. Basically I want to read a lot of books that will make me a better person!

Let’s chat! What are you planning on doing differently this next year? Any reading resolutions you plan on completely knocking out? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading this blog!

If you’ve ever looked/commented/recommended/liked/ read or even scanned this site, you mean so much to me! I hope your 2017 was amazing but your 2018 is even better!


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

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