#2017RoundUp: End of the Year Reading Survey

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Hello and welcome to the first part of my #2017RoundUp! This year has been a big one, both in terms of highs and lows, so I thought I'd take this time to look back at the more positive parts of the year - the books. Sometimes you just need a media and real-life blackout whilst you curl up with a good book and pretend everything is hunky-dory, do you know what I mean? So these are some of the books that have starred in the 2017 slideshow of my bookish life and if you want to check out a more defined list of my least and most favourite books of the year, be sure to keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks!

How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal?
I read 63 books this year and yes, I did meet my goal but I only set it in September so it kinda feels like I cheated.

Most read genre?
I have no idea, but I'd probably guess either mystery or historical fiction.

Longest and shortest books you read?
The longest was IT by Stephen King at 1,116 pages whilst the shortest was Trump's Christmas Carol by Lucien Young at 106 pages.

Favourite book published in 2017?
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan.

Favourite debut book in 2017?
Shocking, I know, but I don't think I actually read any debuts this year. I definitely plan to prioritising reading more in 2018.

Favourite book not published this year?
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, duh. AKA my favourite book published in any year.

A book that lived up to the hype.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. What a book.

A book that did NOT live up to the hype.
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's elite serial crime unit by John E. Douglas. After the series I was just expecting so much, and the book definitely did not live up to it. I think this is definitely one occasion where the adaptation was far superior to the source material.

Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?
Probably IT by Stephen King. That thing is a beast.

Favourite character.
Eddie from IT. My precious baby.

Least favourite character.
Jack Torrance from The Shining. I just don't understand how someone can simultaneously be both so self-sabotaging and yet refuses to take the blame for any of the shit he pulls. That guy is a douche.

Most shocking book/moment.
When John E. Douglas said that if Charles Manson would be harmless if he was ever released from prison. Let us just say that his is one celebrity death I wasn't mourning this year.

Favourite couple/OTP.
Elio and Oliver from Call Me By Your Name.

The best written book you read this year.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I kept having to pause to reread and fully take in the majesty of some of the lines. 

Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2017.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan. I don't even know how many people I practically ordered to read it.

Favourite book cover of the year.
Not really this year, or even a singular cover, but 2017 was the year I fell in love with the Penguin English Library Collection. I mean, have you ever seen a set of books more beautiful?

Favourite adaptation.
Hands down Call Me By Your Name. It has wholly deserved all of the nominations coming its way.

A new favourite author you discovered this year.
Celeste Ng? Stephen King? Andre Aciman? God, so many.

Guilty pleasure read of the year.
I re-read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, so probably that. There's just something about the popular girl/outcast boy dynamic that I really love - in YA, it is normally the other way round and by god, does it get boring reading about the plain, totally normal girl being noticed by the most popular boy in school. Bleurgh.

Favourite book you re-read this year.
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory. What can I say, I love me some Richard III?

Were you happy with your reading year? What will you do different in 2018?
I was actually. I mean, I read some pretty terrible books but overall I think the diamonds amongst the rough definitely outnumbered them in the end. 2018 will be the year of debuts, classics, the Alphabet Challenge and no reading goal number on Goodreads. After all, there's point adding all that pressure and taking all of the fun out of reading, right?

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