Holy molly! Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! I know that I’ve been a sloppy blogger this year and I have nothing to blame for that other than my awful time management skills. Heh. I’ve already asked the book Saints and dear old Santa for better time management skills, but alas, this year is the year for sloppiness and procrastination. But hey, I’m trying. And I’m starting with this amazing survey hosted by the equally amazing Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. This would be my first participation and I hope it wouldn’t be the last as I really had a lot fun answering the questions (although some were difficult to answer given the fact that I’ve only read 40 books this year). Yikes.
Book blogging aside, despite being somewhat an uneventful year (no moments that will make you “OMG!” or “WOW”), 2017 is still great a year for me. Throughout the year, I’ve done a lot of reflection about myself and my faith, of the decisions that I’ve made and will be making, and writing up goals for the years to come. I’m fairly a spontaneous person but sometimes, I just gotta sit down and figure things out in paper and pencil. Otherwise, I’d really go astray and I’ll just woke up some day wondering what the hell did I do with my life? Thus, 2017 is a year that I can call as the “ME” time.
Anyway, I will write more about myself (narcissistic much?!) in my December roundup post that will go up some time in January 2018 (hopefully!). But for now, let’s enjoy Jamie’s survey.
Number Of Books You Read: 40 (as of December 27)
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Despite the reading funk that I’m in, I’m really surprised that I was still able to come across books that surely made a place in my heart. I didn’t expect it to be that awesome but Ready Player One by Ernest Cline really blew me away. I only read it because I really want to prepare for the live-action film but wow, every page of the book was gamer’s dream come true. Another one that really made my year was (expectedly) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the 3rd book of the Stormlight Archive series.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m really trying my best to read a lot of LGBT books this year but it seems that no LGBT book can come up to the awesomeness level of C.S Pacat’s Captive Prince. I picked up the The Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles thinking that it would be a gem but it was a sore disappointment that I couldn’t even bring myself to write a review.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Must you ask the obvious? It’s no other than Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany. WHYYYYYYYYY? Yes, yes, yes, I know that it’s not written by J.K. Rowling but it has her approval so here I was, thinking it’d still be awesome. But dear heavens, the book was bad. It seemed that our beloved heroes and heroines suddenly got a full character overhaul. I. JUST. CANT.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
None. I’m so lame, I know.
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Her books were not that awesome (Flame in the Mist and The Wrath and the Dawn series) but they were addictive so I’ll go with Renee Ahdieh.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan. It’s a YA horror that really took me by surprise. I really really liked it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I remember reading the book during office hours.
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Easy mucho. It’s Harry Potter again.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Wade Owen Watts, the protagonist of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. His geekery totally amazes me.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
It’s not the best book of the year but I’ll go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
I think The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan would fit the category.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
Hmmn…. Maybe these:
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
― Ernest Cline,
“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
― Ernest Cline,
“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.”
― Ernest Cline,
“To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.”
― Brandon Sanderson,
“You tried to help the people of the market. You mostly failed. This is life. The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me, I’ve practiced”
― Brandon Sanderson,
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest- Mating in Flight by Christie Sims (For only 16 pages, I’m really astounded at how authors can be so creative. Dragons mating with humans)
Longest- Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (a whooping 1,243 pages!)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Dino Eroticas (Taken by the T-Rex, Mating in Flight, and Sacrificed to the Demon) by Christie Sims. Mating with a dragon, or T-rex or Pterodactyl, anyone? As they’ve said, whatever floats your boat, man!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The men of Bridge Four ( Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson)
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I can’t remember the blog that recommended it but it’s definitely Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Wade Owen Watts, the protagonist of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I know he’s not your typical #husbando material but boy oh boy, I really have a soft spot for geeks/nerds/dorks.
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. WHAATT?!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Hmmn… I think it’s Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not really a cryworthy book but hey, I’m a crybaby so…
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
You’ve probably haven’t even heard of this book but it really surprised me, it’s Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Those revelations tore me apart. How are the Radiants going to fulfill their oaths when they’re facing that kind of truth?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Will Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman qualify?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany. It made me REEEAAAALLY MAD THAT I JUST WANT TO BREAK THINGS!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
None. I’ve been inactive and was practically living in my own world.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
I’ve reviewed my reviews for the year and they all made me cringe so none.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Ahmm… this survey, I guess…? And window shopping for books if that would qualify…?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
I wish I could give you 3 paragraphs of answer but alas, I could only assure you that this blog will run (technically speaking) for 2018 as my GoDaddy account auto-renewed my DNS and hosting subscription.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
To actively blog again and interact with the other bloggers.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Nope. I targeted 100 books but only read 40.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. Aren’t you excited as well?
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler. I was really hoping to get an ARC for this book so I wouldn’t have to wait for 2018. T_T
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018
Complete at least 2 completed series that I’ve been following.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):