End of the Year Survey 2017

I debated whether to wait for the actual end of the year before doing this but I figured I won’t be able to finish that many books between now and the 31st. I’m currently almost done with Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. I see myself squeezing in a few more manga volumes to round up my final number to, hopefully, 130 but I will only be continuing series I’m already reading. On the audiobook side, I borrowed All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka but haven’t even started it. I actually got an hour into A Long Way to A Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers but it failed to keep my attention for longer than 5 seconds. I guess that’s one of those books that you have to actually read.

I think I did well with my Better World Books Reading Challenge. Basically, it was fitting in books I already read vs reading those titles that I chose at the beginning of the year. So it’s a fail in that aspect but still, I’ll give myself that. I may do something like this again just for a guide or inspiration to broaden my interests.

My consumption of manga and audio books were definitely more than last year. I mean, I read (as of this posting) 126 books (including Deathless). Twenty-six of those are audio books and fifty-nine are manga or graphic novels. That leaves 41 novels/books. Not bad considering I did read some big books this year. I’ve grown to love my library apps, Hoopla Digital and Overdrive a lot. They are an awesome source of audio content. In my 20some years, this is the most I’ve gotten use out of a library. XD

Overall, 2017 was a crazy reading year. See you on the other side!

Once again, thanks to Perpetual Page Turner Jamie for this tag.


2017 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 126 (as of 12/29)
Number of Re-Reads: (I did read Jane Eyre this year but in manga form.)
Genre You Read The Most From: manga (format) and fantasy.

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson owned 2017. All of the books are amazing. Despite their lengths, I look forward to reading them.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Let’s see… I was excited to finally see what the fuss is all about over The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it from the first few pages of the first book. I did finish the trilogy only by the combined forces of Nikolai, Genya, and David. Mal and Alina actually made me dislike the trilogy even more.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  In a good way, New Adult! If ever I said in the past that I dislike NA, I take it back. I’m so fascinated by it. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy changed my opinion on the genre. Then I read Priest by Sierra SimoneOh lawd! Now, I have a sizable collection of NA romance on my many e-readers just waiting to be enjoyed.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Japanese fiction in general. I’ve amassed quite a collection and read a good amount and I tend to love most of them. It has a different vibe from Western writing even though it is translated into English. I recommended the Ring series by Koji Suzuki to those who loved the movies but never knew they were originally books. Same with Keigo Higashino translated works.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? I finished quite a few series this year and wow, it’s an awesome feeling to cross those out finally. The best that I started is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer with Cinder. Best sequel is a toss up between Spiral by Koji Suzuki, from the Ring series; and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, from Him. And the best ender has got to be The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? I want to say Brandon Sanderson but I started reading The Final Empire late December of last year. I say… Laini Taylor. The word to describe her writing is magical. Yes, it’s a bit purple prosey but it works with the theme of her books. At least with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? From the YA Contemporary genre, When It’s Real by Erin Watt. I listened to this on a whim and oh boy, I was hooked so much that there were times when I would stop typing (at work) so I can savor the story better.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It’s The Hunger Games on steroids. And as an honorable mention, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Totes serious.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I should just come out and say that I’m not one for re-reads. Yeah, those days are behind me.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? The UK editions of the Mistborn trilogy.

11. Most memorable character of 2017? Two characters, one a positive reason and the other is not. I loved Azriel from ACOWAR. He reminds me of Otabek from Yuri On Ice. On the other hand, Mal from The Grishaverse is memorable for all the wrong reasons. I really just want to forget him but he was in that series so much. DX

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? Definitely NOT Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’ll go with A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I haven’t read any of her other work so I don’t know how this stands but in this one book, it was beautiful.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. Words are insufficient to describe this book. Just read it.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreI kept putting it off because one name pronunciation was bothering me until I had the idea to audio book it. I enjoyed it so much. The Graceling Realm trilogy is a win!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017? “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” – Blake Crouch, Dark Matter.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? Shortest: Warm Up by VE Schwab, prequel to Vicious with 15 pages. Longest: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, 781 pages.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most? I was shocked at how awful the writing was in Caraval. I mean, “periwinkle curiosity”, “berry-colored foolish”, and my personal favorite, “No longer white, the untouched snow at Scarlett’s feet winked up at her with periwinkle sparkles, as if it were in on some private joke.” — this doesn’t even make sense.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Yuuri/Viktor from Yuri On Ice. I’m sorry, I’m not much of a book shipper. 😉 But if I have to choose, it’s Train_Man/Hermes from Train Man.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? I was going to say something from Haikyuu but we all know that nothing on that show/manga is platonic. LMAO. No really, the friendship between Karou and Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is quite amazing. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously. Looking at my list, I realize that I read a lot of new-to-me authors this year. I want to say a VE Schwab book but I have to give it to Spiral by Koji Suzuki again. That book is just brilliant.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure. A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Hello, booktube! There was a time when everyone was talking about this OwlCrate book. When that happens, I don’t usually buy into that hype. I don’t trust hype, especially from booktube. But when I was looking for a book to listen to, this called to me. I’m glad I heeded its call.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Azriel from ACOWAR. Please give this boy a little bit of love and happiness in his immortal life.

23. Best 2017 debut you read? Hmm, I don’t have an answer for this one.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Mistborn trilogy. Hello, it’s so rich and that magic system is one of the best I’ve ever encountered.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Haikyuu and Sweetness & Lightning manga! And oh, Train Man by Hitori Nakano. I’ve always wanted to read that but my brother gave away his copy. I’m so glad I have my own copy now.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? None this year. Fanfiction, so many.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Japanese fiction. It’s not as if it’s actually a hidden gem. I just don’t see a lot of people talking about it. I mean, that’s one way of “diversifying” your reading — reading a book, albeit translated, by a “foreign” author. Chances are, their books are set in their country of origin, dealing with problems within their own culture. I mean, you can’t get any more “own voices” than that.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I don’t have a soul. 😉 A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima. It just goes to show that there are awful people out there and they never really change.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? Definitely Train Man. It’s stranger than the Illuminae format. Think Reddit. Or 4chan message boards.

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

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? No specific blogs but a booktube channel. Adriana from Perpetual Pages has the most insightful and eloquent content anywhere.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? I didn’t post much but Ring by Koji Suzuki. I just couldn’t be bothered with reviews this year.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I love doing Top 5 Wednesday posts. Especially those where I include anime topics.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? The release event for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones where I met not only JJ, but also Roshani Chokshi and Marie Lu. I then met Marie a second time for her Warcross event.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? When I made a conscious decision to comment as much as I can not only on my blog but on others. I don’t really have friends who read (at all) so it was refreshing to have conversations with like-minded people.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Same as last year: writing reviews. I just can’t be bothered. Also, it’s hard finding the next audio book once you’ve finished one. XD

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? I thought my Slytherin Pride recommendations post did well. I’m not really a stats person. Really, thank you so much for taking time to read my rambles.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? My Kobo Aura ONE post. I love it, the e-reader, so much that I hope more people take notice of it.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Overdrive. I mean, I’ve known of it since its inception but I never got it working on my devices until a few months ago. Also, Etsy for anime-themed bookmarks.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Yup, completed reading 25 books and finished a lot of series. I also managed to read quite a few Japanese fiction.

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? I keep saying this but Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. I remember being so curious and excited to read this. I still am so I’m going to make it happen next year. Also, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. Surprise! I didn’t drop everything when I got this in the mail.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? I am recycling my answer from last year since the release date got pushed back — Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. The new trilogy in the Red Rising universe.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? I don’t really care of that.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? The sequel to Warcross by Marie Lu.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? Heh, reviews? I don’t know. Take more bookish pictures. At the moment, my Instagram is overrun by Japanese food and anime figures. And I haven’t been buying that many books so my hauls work better as lists.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I tend to stay away from ARCs. I don’t want to feel “obligated” to read something that I might not enjoy.


Starting January 2 onward, I will be posting my December 2017 wrap-up, 2018 Reading Challenge, 2017 Reflections/2018 Resolutions, and oops, possibly a Fall 2017 wrap-up. I totally forgot that seasons change in December. You can rely on my on lists but never with reviews and discussions. Also, I blog mostly at work so depending on how busy I am at the time…

Oh well, that’s it for me. 2017 was rough but it had its moments. See you all in 2018!

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4 thoughts on “End of the Year Survey 2017

  1. It’s cool that you decided to read more translated fiction! This year exactly half of all the books I read were in translation, and you’re right that it immerses you in another culture and perspective; I really enjoyed diversifying my reading in this way.

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