Annual End Of Year Survey- 2017

Best books of 2017

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore  thinking about my reading in the year.

Number Of Books You Read: 110 (thus far… writing on 21st December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Young adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Tough one. I think if I had to pick one it would be Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence for adult fiction and Letters To The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

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

Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I think the hype got me!

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

As I Descended by Robin Talley. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did!

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

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m still pushing that one!

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

I loved Charlotte Says from Alex Bell. A wonderful prequel to Frozen Charlotte.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ali Land! I loved Good Me, Bad Me!

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

I can’t say I’ve read a book from a genre I don’t typically read this year. I must change that this year.

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Loved that book.

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

I’m not a massive re-reader. I think I’ll probably reread a children’s book like George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl to my new class (when I get them!)

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

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Lucy from The Names They Gave Us

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Tough one. Really tough one this year as I’ve read some beautiful books. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord touched my heart.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. A book about a girl with cerebal palsy that can’t talk and hears about a horrible crime.

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

Awful Auntie by David Walliams. It was fabulous!

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

“You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.” – Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Hortense and the Shadow– Natalie O’Hara- 32 pages  (picture book)

Habibi– Craig Thompson- 672 pages (graphic novel)

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. It was so dark and twisted!

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

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

Lucy and Jones!- The Names They Gave Us

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jemma and Sarah from I Have No Secrets.

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

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

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

I Have No Secrets

This might not be a shock, since I keep mentioning it, but definitely this one!

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

I don’t have one this year! Shocking!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.

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

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Such an intriguing, engrossing reading experience.

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

Noggin by John Corey Whaley for its pure weirdness.

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

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence. I absolutely loved this one and I highly recommend it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Has to be either Noggin or The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.

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

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel I couldn’t work out whether I liked it or not and the characters drove me mad!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Geybie’s Book Blog

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Indigo Donut– by Patrice Lawrence

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

This is kind of a review, but a review as a discussion with my sister. Good Me, Bad Me

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

I didn’t participate in much this year. It’s been an incredibly busy one for me!

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

Going over 100,000 views very early on in the year. Very proud of that!

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

I’ve had some periods of not posting on the blog. One period was a stomach bug and the other was me being in hospital mid December! (I’m on the mend!)

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

Banned Books #32 The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Chrissi Chat- Consistency– I thought people would have a lot to say about this. I did love the interaction I did get though.

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

No new ones this year!

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

  • Banned Books- another 12 books are about to be complete (delay on book 12 due to my illness last week!)
  • Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- another 12 books will be complete by the end of December!
  • Goodreads challenge- It was 100 books (I knew my year was busy!) and I set it to 115. I’m currently on 110 and I’m sure I’ll make the extended challenge.
  • British Books Challenge- 12 books as the challenge- 61 read… challenge smashed!

 

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Click on book images to get to the Goodreads page!

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

 

A List of Cages

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

Leah on the Offbeat

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

People Like Us

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

I’m looking forward to Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi.

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

Catch up on some 2017 debuts! I failed miserably on that one this year!

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

I haven’t this time! I am looking forward to reading Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed which I’m reading soon!

So that’s my bookish year! 🙂 What’s yours been like? If you have completed this survey please link yours because I’m super nosey and love to read about your reading years!

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Wrap Up Post- 5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

Welcome to my first wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!

Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!

The Friend

This book got 4 stars from me. It was a little slow in places so I couldn’t give it that 5!

The Names They Gave Us

Ahh, Emery Lord didn’t let me down. I thought this was an incredible, touching read. 5 stars!

Girl in Pieces

I felt like this book was the biggest let down, because of how slow it was. 😦 3 stars!

The Trophy Child

I love me some Paula Daly. This book was incredible, but not quite a 5 star for me. 4 stars!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

This is such an important book with stories from authors that have been bullied or have bullied themselves. I gave it 4 stars.

So only 1 5 star read out of my predictions! I’m pleased that I did get one right though! I shall do this again as it’s been a lot of fun! 🙂

The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave Us

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Emery Lord’s writing. I think it’s a lot deeper than you might expect. Nearly every book of hers has broke my heart in one way or another. They’re emotional and character driven. What more could I want?

It centres around Lucy Hansson. Her life has been going well, until her mother’s cancer reappears. Lucy then starts to question everything in her life. She questions her steady faith, her boyfriend who is practically perfect in every way and her long term summer church camp job. Her mother asks her to work at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. Lucy thinks it’s all too much for her, but then she begins to know her coworkers and they help her learn a lot about herself. She learns more about her family and her faith than she ever expected.

There’s something about Emery Lord’s characters that really pull me in. With this story, I was completely rooting for the main character, Lucy, she had such a beautiful relationship with her parents. I loved how even though she had strong faith, it never felt pushed upon you. Instead, Lucy’s faith was never a stereotype that you can quite often see in books involving characters with strong faith. As well as Lucy’s relationship with her parents, the friendships with her coworkers was absolutely heart-warming. Lucy’s character growth throughout this book really is astounding. You can see her changing as the story continues. I loved that she questioned her faith and also that she  realised at times, she prejudged others. She is by far, one of my favourite characters in recent reads.

As usual with an Emery Lord book, it had incredibly diverse characters. There were all different types of representation including sexuality and those suffering with a mental illness. It really was a well thought out, beautifully character driven story.

This story really packed an emotional punch for me. I have read other stories with characters suffering from cancer, but this book was so much more than that. It’ll stay with me for a while!

I don’t often do this, but here are some of my favourite quotes from the story…

“You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.”
“Hasn’t Daybreak shown me, day after day, that people can outlast unbelievable pain? That human hearts are like noble little ants, able to carry so much more weight than you’d expect.”
“I believe in people. In their resilience, in their goodness.”
“But if I can walk through the fire and, with blistered skin, still have faith in better days? I have to believe that’s good enough.”

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A stunning read. One I won’t forget in a hurry!

Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit. I decided to go for some books that have places that I really would love to go to!

Paris- Anna and The French Kiss

I’ve been to Disney Land Paris but never proper Paris.

Indiana- The Start Of Me And You

This book made me want to visit Indiana!

San Francisco- Lola and The Boy Next Door

I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco. Something about it really appeals to me.

New York City- Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares

I love the look of New York.

Tuscany- Love & Gelato

Italy is just so beautiful. I’d love to see more of it.

Mississippi- The Help

I’m totally intrigued by Southern America

Miami- The Mara Dyer trilogy

🙂 Beautiful weather… it looks stunning too.

Some fictional settings I’d love to visit…

Hogwarts- Harry Potter

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Neverland- Peter Pan

Who wouldn’t want to visit these places?

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR (2017)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my Autumn/Fall list I managed to read them all! 🙂  These books aren’t necessarily seasonal, just books I want to get around to this Winter.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

I have loved everything that Emery Lord has written so far, but for some reason hadn’t got around to this book yet! That must be rectified!

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I’ve heard amazing things about this book too. I need to read it this winter.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoy Sara Barnard’s writing!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

I have heard wonderful things about this book seeing it raved about all over the blogosphere.

Wait For Me- Caroline Leech

Wait for Me

I’m intrigued by this book!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I had to have a thriller in there somewhere. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I really like them!

Windfall- Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall

I haven’t read Jennifer E. Smith in a while, so I’m intrigued to see if I still enjoy her writing.

All That She Can See- Carrie Hope Fletcher

All That She Can See

I hear that this is a little magical. I like magical reads.

Literally- Lucy Keating

Literally

Not one I know a lot about, but I’m intrigued!

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

Another thriller. I like to mix genres in a TBR list.

What are you hoping to read this Winter? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

This post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predicts were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video! But here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

The Friend- Dorothy Koomson

The Friend

I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her books thus far have either got 4, 4.5 or 5 stars… so I’m quietly confident.

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

Emery Lord is one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. I love how her books often have much more depth than you might expect.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I have heard amazing things about this book! It looks intense, but I think it could be important.

The Trophy Child- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

I’m a massive fan of Paula Daly’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one soon!

Dear Bully- Various Authors

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

I have wanted to read this book for ages and I’m hoping it’s worth the wait!

I shall let you know if these books did become 5 stars! Has anyone read any of them? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #166

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Received from publishers

Truth Or DareNon Pratt– I’ve enjoyed all of Non’s books so far. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Love & GelatoJenna Evans Welch – I’ve heard really good things about this book!

PiglettesClementine Beauvais– It sounded cute!

Follow Me, Watch Me, Trust MeAngela Clarke– I’m almost halfway through the second book in this series. It’s dark and intriguing to read.

Bought:

The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord– She’s an auto-buy author for me. I don’t even know what this book is about!

Gift:

SpontaneousAaron Starmer– I recieved this book as part of my Mr B’s Reading Year gift from my mum and sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!