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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stefanie's 2017 End of the Year Survey

Hey everyone,

It's 2018 and you know what that means; time for me to participate in one of my favourite blog posts of all time: the Year End Survey, which is hosted by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. I did this last year and it took me four hours to pick which book(s) I wanted to feature in each category. I've already challenged myself to not take that long again. 

So here we go! 

Number of Books Read: 248

Number of Re-Reads: 27

Genre You Read the Most From: Contemporary 

Best Book you Read in 2017 (well I always cheat here and pick one book from the major genres I read...because I can't pick just one!)

Best Young Adult: The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Best Adult: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Best Children's: Royal Crush by Meg Cabot


Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love but Didn't: 

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I loved her first couple books, wasn't that much of a fan of Isla's tale, but I was so pumped for this one. It fell flat and I was actually severely disappointed. 

Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Read: 

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

For some reason I had this one originally shelved as DNF, but went back to it when I saw it at my library: and finished it within the day. I am officially in love with Laura Dave's writing and can't wait for her next book. 

Book You Pushed People To Read: 

I can't pick just one, because outside of blogging I work in a junior high library, so on a daily basis I'm getting students to read books outside their comfort zone and pushing books on them..ok well not pushing, but nicely suggesting them to try certain books. I did convince one of my friends to start reading the Harry Potter series, when she really wasn't that fond of reading. 

Best Series You Started? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017:

Best Series I Started: Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Best Sequel: Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay
Best Series Ender: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han


Favourite Author You Discovered in 2017:

Laura Dave

Best Book from a Genre You Don't Typically Read: 


Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

I normally don't read romances, but this one was hilarious! I'm tempted to continue with the rest of the series

Most Action Packed/ Thrilling/ Unputdownable Book: 

My entire re-read of the Harry Potter series, which I think I did in two and a half weeks (I really had no life that entire time)

Book you Read in 2017 That You Are Most Likely to Re-ReadNext Year: 

A New Model
by Ashley Graham and Rebecca Paley 

It's already in my shopping cart to purchase

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read: 

Most Memorable Character of 2017:

Can't really say I have one: I read a ton but one really doesn't stand out.

Most Beautifully Written Book: 

This I can't really answer, I don't know if one book I read would be considered the most beautifully written. 

Most Thought Provoking/ Life Changing Book:

Can't pick one again; I read a lot of books that really spoke to me when I read them and when I really needed them (after the pitfalls of online dating, ghosting, self confidence, all that drama), but to say they were beautifully written might be a stretch for most people, but for me these were what I needed! 


Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2017 to Read: 

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Favourite Passage/ Quote from a Book You Read: 

"You don't need anyone's permission or acceptance to go out there and do you. All you have to do is begin. The most beautiful thing in the world is someone living to their fullest potential." 

from Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling

Shortest and Longest Book You Read: 

Shortest: Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling (64 pages)
Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (800 pages)

Book That Shocked You the Most: 

I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies by The Betches

This surprised me by being so honest, raw and downright funny, because every word in this book was right in your face brutally real. It made me laugh throughout as well, because it really was an eye-opener at times.

OTP Of the Year:

I really don't ship anyone, call me old, but I just don't get attached to characters like I used to.

Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship: 

from Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland 

Becca and Marisol's friendship; it was adorable! 

Favourite Book You've Read from an Author You've Read Previously: 

In This Moment by Karma Brown

Best Book You Read Based Solely on a Recommendation:  

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Newest Fictional Crush from a book you Read in 2017: 

from Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourne

Believe it or not I can answer this one! I actually fell for Wesley; his actions were just the best throughout the book and it was one of those moments that I was like why can't this be me.

Best 2017 Debut You Read:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Best Worldbuilding/ Most Vivid Setting: 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Book that Put a Smile on Your Face/ Most Fun to Read: 

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms

The short review I wrote on this on Goodreads even reads: Ended this book by having a smile on my face, that's how good it was. 

Book That Made You Cry: 

The Choices We Make by Karma Brown 

I BAWLED reading this. It was so emotional that I honestly couldn't keep it together, but I loved every page. It was a wonderful trip through my emotions. 

Hidden Gem of the Year:

Myths and Mistletoe by Tera Lynn Childs

Book That Crushed Your Soul:

Same as Book that Made me Cry

Most Unique Book You Read in 2017: 

Doing It by Hannah Witton 

Book That Made You the Most Mad: 

Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino 

New Favourite Book Blog You Discovered:

Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday

Favourite Review You Wrote in 2017:

The Myths and Mistletoe one, since Tera Lynn Childs is one of my all-time favourite authors

Best Discussion/ non-review post you had?

Probably the one where I talked about how much I loved Oliver Wood....

Best Event You Participated In: 

The campaign to review Maggie Hall's third book, and after reviewing it you got a signed bookplate (which happily sits in my copy of Ends of the World) and bookmark. 

Best Moment of Blogging:

Unofficially celebrating my first year of blogging on here!

Most Challenging Thing About Blogging:

Attempting to learn HTML coding and stuff like that. Turns out: I suck at it, as I expected; good thing I never went into computer science. Then again I could use it. 

Most Popular Post This Year: 

My review of Girl Online. 

Post You Wish Got a Little More Love: 

I don't have one; honestly I'm happy if only one person were to look up one of of posts!

Best Bookish Discovery:

Finding out I had enough Harry Potter books and collectibles to have a fully dedicated Harry Potter bookshelf in my apartment. 

Did You Complete Your Reading Challenges/ Goals you Set for Yourself:

Yes to the reading challenge. My goal to re-read one book a week full short, by about half but I at least got to push myself to re-read more and realize that I really do need to pick up the slack when it comes to re-reads. 

One Book You Didn't Get To in 2017, but will be a Priority in 2018: 

The Regulars by Georgia Clarke

Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2018 (Non Debut): 

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating 

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Series Ending/ Sequel You Are Most Anticipating

Royal Crown by Meg Cabot

One Thing You Hope to Accomplish Or Do in Your Reading/ Blogging Life

Knock off more from my TBR list, instead of what I usually do and add way too many instead of getting that backlist tackled. 


Honestly it always feels good to do these! Gets me excited about the New Year and all the time for books I have. I hope everyone had a great New Years and I hope you all have a great 2018!! 


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