Every year I participate in Perpetual Page Turner’s Annual End of Year Book Survey. You can find my 2016 recap here: End of Year Book Survey 2016. I like being able to recap what I read while also looking ahead to 2018. This year, I found myself reading more comics than books. I do love my comics, but in 2018 I want to read more books. I started the year strong, but graduating from college, moving to the cities and starting my new job kept me from reading. Since I now have stability, I’m hoping to make reading a priority next year. I recommend any book worm to fill out this survey because it’s incredibly detailed. I also ended up cutting out questions I didn’t have an answer for to keep this post from getting too long. Here are my answers:
Number Of Books You Read: 46
Number of Re-Reads: 2 < This is really great for me because I usually never do re-reads.
Genre You Read The Most From: Comics & Graphic Novels
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I nominated this book because it was thrilling and one of those books I ended up finishing in 5-6 hours. Five boys went hunting and only four returned. The murder of Grant seems to be an accidental shooting, or is it? Kate Marino is determined to uncover the truth of the shooting that day in the woods. This is one of the best mystery books I have read.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I thought I would enjoy this a lot more, but I thought it was okay. Granted I’m not a huge Black Widow fan so I think that’s why I didn’t really enjoy it. If you are a fan of the character, I think you will enjoy this series. Personally, wasn’t my favorite.
3. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I usually don’t read non fiction, but this book caught my eye at Barnes & Noble. Andrea & Sophie were two teenage girls enrolled in a coding class in NY. They created a game titled Tampon Run to help alleviate the stigma behind periods. This book detailed their process with learning how to code the game. I have always been intrigued with code and I liked how they used their final project to bring awareness to a huge issue.
4. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Any female who identifies as a geek should read this book. It’s a geek girl re-telling of Cinderella and in many ways I identify with Elle and her obsession with her favorite TV show. This book is so endearing.
5. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
I’m nominating Geekerella again for this award. What’s cooler than a princess leaning up against a food truck? Absolutely nothing.
6. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
David Charleston & Megan from the Steelheart series by Brandon Sanderson. Every time I talk about books, I bring up this series. Seriously, this is my favorite book series I have read in a while. I’m currently reading Calamity the third book in the trilogy and I’ll genuinely be sad once I finish it.
7. Best Comic Book Series in 2017 < I added this question it doesn’t appear in the original book survey
I cannot narrow it down so I nominate these series as any comic book fan should read them.
- Paper Girls (Image Comics)
- Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics)
- Cassian & KTSO One Shot (Marvel Comics)
- DC’s Rebirth (DC Comics)
- Moonstruck (Image Comics)
8. Worst Book Read in 2017 < I added this question it doesn’t appear in the original book survey.
Killing Kate by Julie Kramer. This book was so incredibly boring, as I mentioned I do love a good mystery book, but I struggled so heavily getting through this book. It was somewhat depressing. Plus this book took place in Minnesota which made me more intrigued to read it. What a mistake.
9. Worst Comic Book of 2017 < I added this question it doesn’t appear in the original book survey.
I’m tied between Moonshine shown above and an Iron Fist comic book I borrowed from the library. Moonshine wasn’t meant for me, I think it was written to appeal to men. Maybe I’m biased, but I’m not a fan of Iron Fist as a character. I think this comes from the fact that I’m not a fan of the Iron Fist TV show, but I was hoping to be impressed with the comic book instead and I wasn’t.
10. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
My Dietland Review is my favorite review of 2017. I liked that I reviewed the book and talked about an important topic which is not assuming someone’s health status based on their weight. I was watching a series of videos from a vlogger and she was so toxic with saying that “fat acceptance” is promoting obesity. That’s not the case at all. It’s just saying you’re allowed to feel proud of your body even if it’s not where you want it to be. The diet industry can be toxic and dietland is a book that discusses this in detail.
11. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I didn’t participate in anything book related, but I did attend three comic conventions where creators were selling comics. I brought around $80 of spending money so I could buy as many comics from creators as I could.
12. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
My biggest challenge with reading is fitting it in. I usually would read before bed, but I ended up being too tired and falling asleep before reading my book. Now I make a point to set a time to go to my bedroom and read before I get so tired where all I can think about is sleep.
13. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Absolutely! I always set my good reads goal at 10 books and increase it every time I finish a book. Instead of feeling disappointed at the end of the year, I’m elated because I increased my goal each time I hit it.
14. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I don’t have a specific book, but my bookshelf is overflowing with books I bought and haven’t read yet. I have even banned buying any more books until I read what I already have. That’s what I’m looking forward to in 2017.
15. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Making reading a priority again. This year wasn’t my strongest reading year because of so many big life changes occurring in a short amount of time. I have been bringing a book to work to read on my break and that helps me fit in reading.