2017 End of Year Book Survey

Friday 5 January 2018

As per usual, I’m taking part in The Perpetual Page Turner’s end of year survey. For 2017, however, I’ve modified it a little bit in order to focus solely on the books. That means that I’ve taken out the ‘blogging/bookish life’ and ‘looking ahead’ sections, as my blogging life…. Died…. In 2017, and I want my hobbies in 2018 to be as stress free as possible. So, without further ado – onto the survey.

Number of books read: 77
Number of re-reads: 1
Most read genre: contemporary

Best book read in 2017
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Most surprising book
Feel Me Fall by James Morris

Book you pushed other people to read the most
Blaze by Stephen King

Best series started in 2017/best sequel of 2017/best series ending of 2017
Monsters vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

Favourite new author discovered in 2017
Will Hill, Louise Gornall, Meredith Russo

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sarah Barnard

Most action-packed book of the year
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Book you read in 2017 you’re most likely to re-read in 2018
Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Favourite cover

Most memorable character
Amy Dunne from Gone Girl

Most beautifully written
After the Fire by Will Hill

Most thought-provoking
No Virgin and No Shame by Anne Cassidy

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to read
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Favourite passage/quote
"See, anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave. It lurks in the background like a shadow, like that important assignment you have to do but keep putting off or the dull ache that follows a three-day migraine. The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stops being intrusive. Am I coping? Yes, but it’s taking a monumental amount of effort to keep the dynamite inside my stomach from exploding."
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Shortest and longest books
It by Stephen King and Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Book that shocked you the most
Gerald's Game by Stephen King

Favourite non-romantic relationship
The Carter family from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Favourite book read in 2017 from an author you’ve previously read
Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Best book read in 2017 based solely on a recommendation/peer pressure
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Best 2017 debut
After the Fire by Will Hill

Best worldbuilding
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Book that was the most fun to read
Snotgirl vol.1 by Lee O'Malley

Book that made you cry/nearly cry
Gerald's Game by Stephen King

Hidden gem of the year
After the Fire by Will Hill

Book that crushed your soul
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Most unique book
Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey

Book that made you the most angry
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


  1. So glad you loved Under Rose-Tainted Skies as much as I did!! I think I really need to read After the Fire because I keep on hearing good things about it! Also v glad I'm not the only person who found Finding Audrey frustrating...

    1. I'm so, so glad I loved it! I haven't connected with a book that much so it was such an amazing experience. I highly recommend After the Fire! It's a really compelling story and handles PTSD in a really sensitive way. Ugh - Finding Audrey was such a bad representation of anxiety, in my opinion. Made me so angry!

  2. The Hate U Give was definitely the best book I read because of other people's review. This book is 100% deserving of the hype. But I have to say that I was surprised by how much I loved the family element, since not a lot of people mentioned it on their reviews. To me, the Carter family was the best part of the book! They're so loving, carrying and funny!

    1. I completely agree with you! If I could change anything about it I would have perhaps added a bit more plot to it, as I prefer that over character based novels, but I don't know what could have been added to it and I adored their relationships!


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