Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a wonderful 2018! Today, I decided to feature some of my reading stats from 2017 where I feature things like the amount of books I read and which was the shortest vs. which was the longest and other fun things like that! I hope you enjoy this little wrap up!
Total # of Books Read: 104 | Total Page Count: 33, 395
Shortest Book (not including comics & graphic novels): One Of The Boys by Daniel Magariel (168 pages)
Longest Book: A Court Of Wings & Ruin (699 pages)
Average Length: 321 pages
Most Popular: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (578,030 people also read via Goodreads)
Least Popular: School Spirit by Kate Leth (58 people also read via Goodreads)
Top Genres/Categories: Fiction, Contemporary & Young Adult
My Average Rating: 3.9 out of 5 Stars
Highest Rated on Goodreads: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman (4.60 Star average via Goodreads)
My first review of the year: Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
My Last Review Of The Year:
Reading Challenge: 60 Books (Goal Over-Achieved with 104 Books Read)
Favourite book published in 2017? Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Beartown was hands down my favourite book this year. It was just so powerful and thought provoking. I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to check out more of Fredrik Backman’s work…especially the SEQUEL to Beartown which should be coming out soon!
Favourite debut book in 2017? The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Adult debut)
This isn’t Amy Engles first debut ever, but it is her first adult debut. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I really ended up enjoying how uneasy it made me feel. I know, I’m strange.
Favourite book not published this year? I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Yasssss. This was the biggest surprise for me! I have had I Hunt Killers on my TBR for a while now and I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I absolutely hate the covers for this trilogy. Anyway, I was finally persuaded to pick it up and I’m so glad that I did. It was phenomenal and I read the sequel almost instantly! I’m trying to savour the last book because I really don’t want this series to end!
A book that lived up to the hype. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
It felt like everyone and their dog was talking about this book when it was first released! I hadn’t even heard of it prior to its release, but the hype was real! I think I read it a month or two after its release and it definitely lived up to the hype! I absolutely loved this story and I cannot wait for its sequel to be released in 2018!
A book that did NOT live up to the hype. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
What an absolute shame. I really enjoyed This Savage Song and I was super excited for Our Dark Duet, but it unfortunately fell short for me. I really didn’t like this conclusion to the story and I’m still HIGH KEY disappointed in one particular scene that ruined what I loved about the first book so much.
Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment? American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I really didn’t think I would ever pick up American Gods, but then the television show was being released and I figured I’d like to read it before I watched the show. Wanna know something funny? I’ve finished the book and I still haven’t watched the show. This book is definitely a tough one to get through therefore it felt like the biggest accomplishment of the year for me!
Favourite character. Benji from Beartown & Suwa from Orange
I absolutely LOVED Benji while reading Beartown. He wasn’t a major character, but he was definitely one that I wanted to learn more about! I can’t wait for the sequel to be released soon so I can (hopefully) continue to learn more about him and see more of his coming of age story. I also really loved Suwa from Orange book 1 & 2. He was just an all around great guy and great friend which made him extremely likeable
Beartown Review | Orange Book 1 Review | Orange Book 2 Review
Least favourite character. Dana from Fireworks
So petty. That’s really all I care to say about Dana and this book in general. Everything felt like useless petty high school drama. It really wasn’t good at all.
Most shocking book/moment. The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
I feel like this whole book was a shocking moment. It was one of the strangest books I’ve read all year and maybe ever? I really don’t know how else to describe this book other than it was so weird that it was amazing?
Favourite couple/OTP. Percy & Monty from A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I can’t. These two were so cute and while there were moments I wanted to grab both of them by the collar and make them communicate with one another, they turned out okay haha! I love both of these characters as individuals and together as a couple.
The best written book you read this year. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
As you can probably tell, I really LOVED this book! I can’t stress enough how much I need everyone to read it! Everything about it was perfect, including the writing (obviously) and I just need everyone to read this one ASAP.
Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2016. I Found You by Lisa Jewell & Beartown by Fredrik Backman
I got 3 co-workers to pick up I Found You by Lisa Jewell and they all absolutely loved it as much as I did! I still highly recommend this one to everyone who loves a good thriller! And obviously, on my list once again is Beartown. If you couldn’t tell from the above paragraph, I really need everyone to read this book okay?!
I Found You Review | Beartown Review
Favourite book cover of the year. Want by Cindy Pon
I won’t lie. The cover is what initially drew me to pick up Want by Cindy Pon! Of course, the synopsis sounded fantastic so I quickly picked this one up, but there’s no denying that this book has a beautiful cover!
Favourite adaptation. Orange
I hadn’t watched an anime in a while and I had just finished reading Orange and I figured what the hell, let’s watch the anime. I must say, it’s one of the most beautiful anime I have ever seen. Definitely worth watching even though I had literally just finished reading it.
What book made you cry the most? Orange
I usually don’t cry while reading, but Orange really did tug on the heartstrings. It was emotional and heartfelt and just so beautiful. I highly recommend this one.
What book made you laugh the most? Quiet Girl In A Noisy World
How relatable is this book? There were moments that I just couldn’t help but laugh as it was basically describing my life. I still can’t get over how accurate this book is. I highly recommend it for all the introverts out there!
A new favourite author you discovered this year. Francesca Zappia (Eliza And Her Monsters)
I absolutely LOVED Eliza and Her Monsters! So much so that I quickly picked up Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. Now…I haven’t read that one yet, but I plan on picking it up very soon! I can’t wait to see what else Francesca Zappia comes out with soon!
Guilty pleasure read of the year. Ten Count by Rihito Takarai
Yeah. This one is definitely problematic. However, there’s an underlying story there that is really addicting and I just can’t help but want to read more! We’ll see how this story progresses.
Were you happy with your reading year?
Yes! This was the first year I have ever read over 100 books in one year! Yes, a handful of them were graphic novels, but I’m still extremely proud of myself! Here’s to an equally succesful 2018!
What will you do different in 2018?
I think I need to think more about the ARCs that I request as I am not a quick reader and sometime I fall behind. I also would like to make room for more backlist titles on my TBR next year! I have so many books that I bought but haven’t read yet! It’s time to cross them off the list!
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading my stats and my survey answers! Feel free to answer these questions yourselves too! I’d be really curious to see how your 2017 was! Thank you for reading!
2 thoughts on “A Bookish Year In Review: 2017!”
Hey, I am currently reading Beartown and yes I am liking it so far