Hello, everyone! It is I, Ely, here to do the 2017 End-of-Year Survey! As usual, it’s a big ‘un so let’s just start.
Number Of Books You Read: 140
Number of Re-Reads: 17
Genre You Read The MostFrom: Poetry.
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Okay, really I could say anything by Atwood but this is the one that kept me up at night.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Sabriel by Garth Nix. I had high hopes for this because of Val’s love for it. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t blow me away either.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel. I can’t participate in sport or exercise much, but this book made me want o go out and start running or something to that cause. In that way, it totally surprised me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I always struggle with this question because I can’t remember who I recommend what. I know that I’ve sold lots of copies of Nevermoor (The Trials of Morrigan Crow) at work!
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series I started and series ender are the same for me—MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Best sequel has got to be Lord of Shadows though!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
I wonder if anyone can guess. Spoiler; it’s Margaret Atwood.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I gave non-fiction a chance this year. I’d have to say that either Eat Sweat Play or The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking top that list.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Maybe it’s not action-packed, but like I mentioned Alias Grace actually kept me awake at night thinking about it. It’s been a month since I read it, and I still think of particular scenes at times.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I think this will end up being Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I meant to get to Crooked Kingdom in December, but it just didn’t happen.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Lace Bone Beast by N.L Shompole. This is a stunning poetry collection, but the cover is almost more beautiful. I love the abstractness of it, and also the colours.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Frankie Vega from Frankie by Shivaun Plozza instantly comes to mind. Frankie is full of sass and heart, and is just an all-round amazing character.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
I was obsessed with the writing style in Alias Grace. I can’t explain why exactly, but I can tell you that I was constantly thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Maybe this is a weird one but Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel made me think a lot of about sport and exercise and my relationship with it as well as other women’s.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
A Handmaid’s Tale, but also I’m kind of happy I did wait. I don’t know that I was mature enough as a reader to really appreciate it until now, but also OMG MARGARET ATWOOD IS BAE.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
I’ve mentioned this before—I’m not a passage/quote person. I like it when reading, but most the time I never think about it again.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Not only did this have quite the twist, it just blew me away in how much I enjoyed it. I bought this on a whim at the start of the year, and it turned out to be one of the best books I read in 2017.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I think this is still Emma/Julian. I read Lady Midnight last year, but I can’t think of a couple I ship as much as these two.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
This is cheating because it’s another re-read but Amber/Lottie/Evie from Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. I just love these girls and their friendship.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. With every book, it just becomes more and more obvious that Leigh Bardugo deserves to be on my list of favourite authors.
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
This was a hard one to find one for, but I’m going with Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I was never really interested in this, but people kept telling me to read it so I finally did…it was alright.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I don’t know that I have a new fictional crush, but I definitely have literary ones—that is, Margaret Atwood and Lord Byron.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Did I read a 2017 debut? Maybe a few poets, but I don’t think any fiction.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
So Six of Crows, of course. But also, Nevermoor and (predictably) A Gathering of Shadows.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I reread the first four Series of Unfortunate Events books at the start of the year and as dark and depressing as they are, they are the books that got me into reading. So picking these back up always brings me a little bit of happiness.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
I wanted to go with yet another poetry answer here. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace is the first poetry collection to ever make me cry. I related to a lot of the poems in here and I was bawling my eyes out for hours.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I know it’s making big waves in Australian publishing and bookselling, but I’ve seen very little hype for Nevermoor outside of that. Please people, READ IT.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Hitler’s Forgotten Victims: The Holocaust and the Disabled by Suzanne E. Evans. I mean, just read the title of the book, if that doesn’t depress you then you probably need to see a doctor.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. So I didn’t completely love this, but I have to admit that it was unique in the way it included so many different pages—so photographs, typography etc.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Again, Hitler’s Forgotten Victims. It made me mad in the way that most disability books make me mad and that is, the fact that no one seems to care about these books. In this case, I was also really mad about the way the disabled were treated during the Holocaust and the lack of knowledge people have about it now. I could go on for hours about how society has brushed the mistreatment of the disabled under the rug, but let’s stop here for now.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I suck at keep track of which blogs I discovered in which year, so instead I’ll tell you two bookstagrammers I discovered this year. Firstly, Lauren or @laurenlolareads who is super lovely and posts beautiful photos. Secondly, Maddi or @maddreads, so Maddi and I actually went to high school together and then this year she started a bookstagram account. Her photos are insanely beautiful, and she’s lovely too.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Maybe my review of Eat Sweat Play. I guess it was partly review, partly discussion.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I was really proud of this post, in which I talk about what I’ve learnt about disability this year. Also, this post I did detailing Percy’s adoption story.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I got to attend some publisher roadshows as part of my job, which I loved. It made me feel like I was finally in the right industry and made me more determined to get into publishing.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
I got a job in a bookstore! And then I quit…and got a job in another bookstore! But really, the bookstore I work for now is the most wonderful place I’ve ever worked. My co-workers are great, my manager is super lovely and I finally feel like I belong.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I struggled a lot with time management this year. There was a lot going on, especially towards the second half of the year and the blog kind of got left in the dust.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Unsurprisingly, it was our #MakeMeRead sign-up post. These are always crazy popular, bringing in hundreds of views each day alone.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All of my posts in our disability tag. You’ve all been super supportive of those posts, but I wish I could drum up a little more support for disability in books (and other media) in general. This is something I’m hoping to work on in 2018.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This is more of a publisher, and that is—Button Poetry. Not only do they post amazing spoken word poetry on their YouTube channel, but they also publish some of my favourite poets.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only one I set was the usual Goodreads goal. My goal was originally 200 but I bought it down to 150, and still didn’t make it. I feel okay about not winning this year though.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
A Conjuring of Light is very high on the list right now.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Truly Devious instantly comes to mind. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of Maureen Johnson, and I am SO ready.
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Honestly, I don’t usually read debuts in the year their published. I just forget about them!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. OH BUDDY.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Read ALL the TBR books. Okay, not all…but a significant amount!
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Lol. I still haven’t read books from 2015.