Annual End of the Year Survey | 2018 edition.

Copy of Surprise!

This fantastic survey is hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. I was part of the 2014 and 2015 edition, so I thought it was time to join again this year. I know  I haven't been the best blogger, but I'm still trying to find a good balance that works for me.  February 2018 will mark my 6th year of blogging and I hope to keep it up no matter how busy I get.

My year of 2017 was filled with amazing events. My boyfriend asked me to marry him, I got my permanent contract, I had my first flight and a I had a lot of quality time with my family and friends. I can only hope 2018 will be just as amazing and blessed, with happiness, health and time with my loved ones.

I will post my November/December wrap at the start of January, so keep an eye out for that if you are interested. I'm also in the progress of writing some bullet journal posts about setting up a new bullet journal and I can't wait to show you some of my new spreads!

Enoug rambling, without further ado, my 2017 in books:

Number Of Books You Read: 
70, but I still have some free days left where I hope to finish 5 more books.

Number of Re-Reads:
6 and I have no plans to have any more re-reads this year.

Genre You Read The Most From:
Fantasy, with 42.9%, followed by fairytales with 18.6%. No one is surprised.


1. Best Book You Read In 2017? The years before I had to cheat and break it down in many genres to include all my favorite books. It was easier this year, which is actually sad, because it means I didn't read many mind blowing books.
Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer was definitely my favorite book this year. Samantha Shannon – The Song Rising was also really good and I LOVED the conclusion from A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab –> one of the best fantasy series for sure.
Meagan Spooner – Hunted is now one of my favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is, hands down, the best anthology with short stories I have ever read.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Renee Ahdieh – The Flame in the Mist was disappointing. I thought I was going to love it as much as I love The Wrath and the Dawn, but it didn't impress me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington. This was a random buy at the bookstore, because I liked the cover, and I really enjoyed it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Like I said, I wasn't really active on my blog, so I didn't push any books. I did recommend Hunted a few times and I hope people will read it and love is as much as I do.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Starter: Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor.
Sequel: The Song Rising – Samantha Shannon.
Ender: A Conjuring of Light – V.E Schwab!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? Meagan Spooner with Hunted. Most of the books I read were from authors I already know.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I don't read many thrillers, but I really liked Mindy McGinnis – This Darkness Mine.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Sarah J. Maas – Tower of Dawn. Despite all the negativity surrounding the author and all the flaws in this series, I couldn't stop reading Tower of Dawn. It had the same feeling of Throne of Glass to me and I loved it (CHAOL IS EVERYTHING)

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Strange the Dreamer in anticipation of the sequel.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Holland by V.E Schwab. His story broke me.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Language of Thorns, because Leigh's writing is made for fairytale like stories.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
I don't read many books that will fit this category, but I learned a couple of things from Queer There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, because this book has a lot of elements I look for in fantasy.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
There are many quotes/passages that I loved this year, so I will just pick one as a highlight:
“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.
Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”-
 A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
The Boy – 6 pages.
A Court of Wings and Ruin – 699.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Neil Gaiman – American Gods, because IT IS SO WEIRD AND HORRIBLE. I am amazed by all the reviews.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
All the ships on A Conjuring of Light. My precious characters. 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Wires and Nerves, because I love Iko's friendship with all the other Lunar Chronicles characters.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously Yeah, Strange the Dreamer. I am a big fan of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so I'm not surprised.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
No pressure, but for the book club we read Attachments and that's not a book I would have picked up by myself.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
No new crushes, as far as I can think of.. A lot of characters I adore, but no crushes.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
As far as I can tell I didn't pick up any debuts published in 2017.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I have to pick Strange the Dreamer, again. The whole concept with the Gods was fabulous.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Tales of the Peculiar was fun! I liked all the strange stories he came up with.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
No crying over here.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
That is definitely The Shadow of What Was Lost.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
That honour is also for Strange the Dreamer. THAT ENDING.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
This edition from Beauty and the Beast, with interactive elements. It gave a new dimension to the story.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I went to the Dutch version of Yalfest and I was invited by Ditmar for the HarperCollins Book Bonanza.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding a new hobby, haha. A lot of my time is now divided between reading/blogging and bulletjournaling.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I got a subscription for Fairyloot and it has been the best! Every box is a new present and I love all the little trinkets we get every time.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes and No. I started this year with 100 books on Goodreads and quickly set it on 70 – which I completed.
I also participated in the Popsugar challenge. This was meant as something low key and I have 34/52 books so far.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? I vow that I will finally get started in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
SO MANY BOOKS. I have an entire spread sheet dedicated to all the books I am curious about (will make a post about this) One of the first I can think of is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Again, hard question, but one I can think of right away is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? I can't wait to read The Traitor Prince.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I want to be able to post around 5 posts every month.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): If I was on top of my review copies I might have been able to answer this question, but I am behind.. so no recommendations this time.


  1. Eee, awesome post Mel :D I loved reading all of this. You read so many awesome books this year :D Yessss for Hunted. <3 It was SO GOOD. Thrilled that you loved it too :) And just, gah. Loved reading this post. You are awesome sweetie :) I really hope that 2018 will be even more amazing for you. <3 All the hugs. (Also, psst, I have read The Traitor Prince, and it was SO GOOD :D You'll love it. I hope :D)

    1. Yeees! I wasn't expecting anything less from The Traitor Prince, since the other two books were so awesome too :D

  2. Ohhhhh I need to get my hands on that gorgeous copy of Beauty & the Beast! And also the retelling by Meagan Spooner, because I've read good things about it.

    I also really enjoyed The Song Rising, and I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next book! I'm hoping it gets a title and cover soon...

  3. I loved ACOL too and still need to read Hunted! Tower of Dawn was so much better than I expected, definitely unputdownable.


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