End of the year survey – 2017

This bookish survey was created by Jamie @ http://www.perpetualpageturner.com. I’ve wanted to participate for years, since it seems so fun. Now that I have a blog I can partake and not sit on the sidelines. Ok! that’s enough blabbering from me, let’s get into it.

 

 

Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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

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

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

I didn’t push any books to family or friends this year, though I am trying to get my mom to read The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.

 

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

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Francesca Zappia, Victoria Schwab & A.G. Howard.

 

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

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

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

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

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11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Eliza Mirk from Eliza and Her Monsters.

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Molly Peskin-Suso from The Upside of Unrequited.

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 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? & 13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?7

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

Grave Mercy

 

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

“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”

– J.K. Rowling

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest

Fat Cat Finds a Home

 

Longest

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

 

Mark and Cristina from Lord of Shadows

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Eliyana and Ky from Unblemished

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19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Lucy and Anna from The Names they Gave Us.

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

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

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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I don’t have crushes on fictional characters, so I’m going to change this to favorite male protagonist. My favorite male protagonist of the year is Julian from A List of Cages.

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23. Best 2017 debut you read?

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

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

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

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27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I didn’t discover any new bloggers this year.

 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

My favorite review to write was Things I’ve Should Have Known.

 

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

My favorite non-review to write was the top ten Tuesday post for my favorite authors.

 

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

I got to meet Lesley Livingston this year and got a copy of Valiant signed. I just haven’t got around to reading it.

 

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

Reaching out to comment on other blogs and having other bloggers comment back. It’s nice to be the blogging community and discuss books with others who have a shared love of reading.

 

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

The most challenging thing about blogging for me is that, it’s a little bit scary for me to share my opinions online for others to read, but I am trying to work past it.

 

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

I don’t think I have any popular posts on my blog.

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Beauty and the Beast movie review. I’m really proud of it, not only because it’s my first movie review, I feel that I put effort into it and I’m able to learn from it to structure future reviews.

 

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

Swoonreads.com. You can submit manuscripts that others can read and they give feedback on improving your novel. It’s also free and you can read as many as you want.

 

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

I did pass my goodreads goal of 53 books. I failed my blogging goal of posting more frequently, considering my last post was July and last update in May.

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

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

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

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

I want to finish The Harry Potter series.

 

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

No, sorry.

 

 

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Summer Tbr Wipeout Update #1

I haven’t completed a whole lot since my TBR post, I have read a few things though. The two books I’ve completed were Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Missing by Kelley Amstrong, which wasn’t on my TBR. I did read the first few pages of Illuminae, I read enjoy but I would prefer to take my time with it, probably not the best choice for a read-a-thon. I also started The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell which I hope to finish in the next week and I want to have finished Our Dark Duet by the end of next week too, or else it will return to my library unread.

In my last post I forgot to thank Jesse @ https://booksatdawn.com/2017/06/29/summer-tbr-wipeout-2017/   Or I wouldn’t have found this challenge. So thanks so much!

 

For those participating in this challenge how are you doing with reading so far? Please let me know in the comments!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I just finished this book a few hours ago, it was crazy and absolutely epic with a shocking ending that will leave you reeling.

What I love about this series is the Blackthorn family, they are so close-knit, accepting and trust each other tremendously. After the events of the prior book, Lady Midnight, is that it brings them even closer together.

Emma is great main character, she’s strong, reckless at time and brave. I love the dynamic that she and Julian have, not just as parabatai, but the blossoming feelings they have towards each other. The banter between Julian and Emma made me laugh out loud at moments, and Mark’s dialogue was great as well. Mark and Ty are by far my favourite of the bunch. I am definitely rooting for Cristina and Mark to be a couple.

Lord of Shadows is not only great as a fantasy, though it is set within the Shadowhunter world, it was able to tackle LGBT and transgender issues. We also get appearances from Magnus, Alec, & more. If you loved any of Cassandra Clare’s other works, or are just interested in seeing cross-overs of prior characters. I definitely recommend giving this series a go.

I can’t wait for the next instalment, and am hoping it will be just as action packed.

 

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Official TBR|Summer TBR Wipeout

This may be a bit ambitious, I will try my best to read of these many as I can. I totally will get caught up with rest of The Throne of Glass series, before the next book releases and it shames me to admit that I have not yet read the Twilight series. Guilty 😦! I do however love all the movie adaptations.

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Update from a sucky absent blogger

Hi, I’m back!

I haven’t posted in a few months, because I’ve been busy with assignments. Now that school’s out I have more time to blog, and to read of course. What I think this blog needs it more organization. I want to carve out a schedule and posting at least two posts a week, I’m thinking Monday and Thursdays, which could be a review and a tag, or two book reviews. I will be keeping track of post ideas in some sort of planner or even just the notes app on my phone. I want to get better at replying to comments on my blog and also within the blogging community on other blogs. I am very serious about blogging as a hobby, and want to blog consistently for a really long time. Since my last post, I have not completed a single one of those books, not really a shocker! I have gotten further into A Court of Mist and Fury, though. Some potential blog posts I’ve thought about doing was a Booktuber recommendations post and I want to take part in the Summer Tbr wipeout hosted by The Candid Cover. I will be posting a Tbr and update for that, so keep a lookout for it.

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May TBR

These are some books that I absolutely want to finish before the month of May is over and quite possibly early June. With only ten days left I hope I can complete my goal. Here are the books:

1. & 2. Burntown by Jennifer McMahon and One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

I am putting these two together because I won them both through goodreads giveaways. I will have a dual review up as soon as a finish them.

2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I have seen a lot of #ReadADessen blog posts going around that really have inspired me to read more of her works. The only Dessen book I’ve read was Saint Anything, and I really enjoyed it.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I want to finish this one, before I get the last instalment in the trilogy.

4. & 5. Literally by Lucy Keating, And Bitter Is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

I find both of these books to be quick, fun and enjoyable reads.

6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I am hoping to fly through this book, even though I will miss these characters when I’m done.

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Today I thought it would be fun to discuss some pet peeves I have with books and plot points.  I don’t mean to offend authors who use these tropes or readers that enjoy them. 

1. Love triangles

I know that this is a fairly common hated trope of most book bloggers and booktubers. For the most part in YA fiction, the love triangle is between the main character, who is usually a girl and two boys. One is the typical bad boy and the other is the  good guy, who is absolutely perfect in the eyes of the main character. I am not a fan of this trope, because adding a side plot of angst and drama takes away from the main plot of the adventure.

2. Bitchy mean girl

This one is over used completely, the only time this trope isn’t used is in YA fantasy. I don’t think this is very realistic in terms of real life. This is a digital age where bullying is more prominent through social media, I understand that bullying is important topic in YA for teens to learn about. It seems that in every YA contemporary there is a bitchy mean girl. I am tired of seeing this trope in every single book I read. a few titles that come to mind with this trope are:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Splintered by A.G. Howard, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I am in no way bashing these books or authors, I do love all these series mentioned.

3. AP classes/extremely smart students

I don’t know if this one bothers anybody else? This is another commonly over used trope, I don’t know if it’s because authors have a cookie cutter idea for their characters. I mean that in the way lIke for example, how characters are always described as petite, skinny with blonde hair and blue eyes. Well I find that book characters always have similar skills and attributes. Just like the bitchy mean girl trope, It seems like every YA character, whether they are male or female is extremely smart and in AP/honour classes. I am in no way saying that being smart is a bad thing, or insulting people for being smart. I just don’t see this as being realistic, I want to read books about teens who struggle with certain subjects or are more athletic  and better with their extracurricular activities. It’s ok to not be good in every single subject, nobody is perfect. I feel that this would be a better representation of teens.

Do you agree any tropes discussed? I would like to hear your opinions, why you agree/disagree in the comments!

 

 

 

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