2017 End of Year Survey


It’s the most wonderful time of the year: reflecting on 365 of great books with Perpetual Page-Turner’s 8th Annual End Of Year Book Survey! Thank you Jamie for the post and for the graphics. It’s always one of my favorite posts to write 🙂

reading stats
Number Of Books You Read: 73
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: equal amount of fantasy and contemporary

best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Fantasy: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Contemporary: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Historical Fiction: Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

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

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George- I’ve loved most of her previous books and I love reading about Ancient Rome but this was unfortunately tedious and I didn’t care for the narrative style.
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3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas surprised me simply because I loved it and because it recalled the strengths of the early books in the Throne of Glass series. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan surprised me in every good way possible because it was so unique and hilarious and unexpected.
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4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I’m not sure whether people read it on my recommendation but I loved Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust and pushed it every chance I got!

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

Best Series Started: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Best Sequel: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
Best Series Ender: Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Stacey Jay through her book Princess of Thorns, which encompassed everything I love in fantasy and fairy tale retellings.

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

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gaby Rivera was very different from the normal contemporary books I reach for but I’m glad I read it because it was enlightening and enjoyable. And even though I love sci-fi, Illuminae‘s format really intimidated me. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down!

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

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is the definition of action-packed and unputdownable, while A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab was an unbelievably thrilling trilogy conclusion.

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

I plan on rereading lots of books next year but I’ve been wanting to reread Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay because I enjoyed it so much.

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

Something about Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum is really aesthetically pleasing and adorable to me. I love it.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic trilogy is terribly memorable, everything from his appearance to his attributes to his introduction- “Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust was gorgeously written, lyrically and narratively.
wonderful story

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

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gaby Rivera made me examine a lot about my own feminism and assumptions; Juliet and I might be very different but she voiced a lot of questions that I could relate to.

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

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I mean really, how dare I.

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

“Maybe I don’t think the first part is the best part. Maybe I like the part later on. Hearing a song so many times you know all the little ins and outs of it. Experiencing something so many times that you can just … live in it. Maybe I like that better.” Claudia in Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills.

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16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular by Melanie Gillman (25 pages)
Longest: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (784 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff shocked me in almost every way- the major plot points I didn’t expect, the direction of said plot, and a dozen jaw dropping moments.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
gal and chris
I always cheat the most with this question- not including rereads: Kell and Lila (ADSOM), Gavin and Noah (Illegal Contact), Gideon and Claudia (Foolish Hearts), Elliot and Luke (In Other Lands), Lara Jean and Peter K (Always and Forever, Lara Jean).

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

More cheating, sorry not sorry: Desi Lee and her father in I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Lila Bard and Alucard Emery in A Gathering of Shadows, Iris & Claudia in Foolish Hearts, Vix and Annia in Lady of the Eternal City, Charlie, Taylor, & Jamie in Queens of Geek.

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

In Other Lands was full of Sarah Rees Brennan’s trademark wit, originality, and shippiness.

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

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, recommended by Ellis of course! I’m not sure I would have read it otherwise but I really enjoyed it even though it’s darker than most contemporary I go for. I loved seeing characters from Saving Francesca.
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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I really loved Miller from The Truth About Happily Ever After– he was such a genuinely good guy, funny and sweet- someone I could picture myself hanging out with and having a crush on in my college days.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston was everything I had been looking for in a fandom book, and it was a Cinderella retelling to boot! I loved it so much.

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

Best Worldbuilding: the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I haven’t been so swept up in a new fantasy world and thought so long and hard about it in quite awhile.
Most Vivid Setting: The Blazing Star by Imani Josey made ancient Egypt come to life.

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

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo made me smile so much and In Other Lands by SRB was by far the most fun I’ve had reading all year. It was hysterical!
i love it so much

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

This might be silly but the acknowledgments in Geekerella by Ashley Poston made me tear up.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee was incredibly sweet and unique, with wonderful characters and meaningful relationships of all sorts. A “modern California fairy tale” indeed.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May was without a doubt a soul-crushing finale. It’s a great finale but it’s intense and weighs heavily on the characters and the reader!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Definitely Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff- the formatting alone made it unique but so did its AI character AIDEN.

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

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May made me really mad for Reasons. It knows what it did.
blogging life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I’ve followed a lot of great blogs this year so it’s hard to choose just one! And some favorites I’m not clear when I started following so it could have been this year, it could have been last year.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I really love my review for Girls Made of Snow and Glass, both the way I expressed my feelings on the book and the gifs I chose 😉

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

Favorite Top Ten Tuesday post: Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books
Favorite Discussion Post: Cont Rom 2017- Favorite First Kisses
Favorite Book Tag: Hamilton Book Tag

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

I participated in a round of OTSP Secret Sister this year and got the most wonderful sisters to send to and receive cheer from! I also love my fantasy football league Game of Throws, which is made up entirely of female bloggers & readers. We’re extremely competitive!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Starting my own solo blog! It will be one year in February and I can’t believe it.
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6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Consistency with posting, keeping up with engagement, and reading enough- I always seem to be caught up on reviews so if I read slowly I don’t have reviews to post! Figuring out a schedule that worked for me, that kept blogging fun and didn’t make it feel like a chore or make me feel guilty was a challenge as well.

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

Besides my intro post, my most viewed post was Back To School: History of Fictional Worlds Syllabus, which makes me SO happy! I worked really hard on it and I’m glad other people found it fun to read and engage with.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Mini Review Monday post of Fireblood and Illegal Contact- I really liked both books so much!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Nothing comes to mind unfortunately.

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

I completed my Goodreads goal (73/70 books), and a bunch of my reading challenges: Flights of Fantasy (25/20 books), Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (25/10 books), and a personal goal of rereading more (9 books).
big deal alert

looking ahead

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

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston- one of my 2018 goals is to read more historical fiction!

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

Adult: Circe by Madeline Miller
YA: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Adult: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
YA: The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

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

Sequel: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Series Ending: Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas. I need to know how it ends.

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

Post even more, keep up with comments, grow my blog views, give myself more reading freedom, read more books that I already own. Hopefully go to ALA in June!
just you wait

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

I haven’t read one yet but I plan to read Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk shortly!

I hope you all had a wonderful 2017! What was your favorite book? Did you complete an End of Year Survey? Happy reading in the new year!

18 thoughts on “2017 End of Year Survey

  1. Kel says:

    I’m super impressed with your reading count, and congratulations on almost a year of blogging! I really liked ADSOM too, though I still haven’t read the rest of the trilogy. (I’m sometimes weird with continuing series if I really like the first book. ^^) Happy New Year, Morgan!


  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Ahh this was an amazing recap!! Congrats on completing your reading goal and reading so so many epic books. I loooove Princess of Thorns so so much and never hear anyone talk about it so SQUEE I’m glad you love it too! And I’m really excited to read Foolish Hearts so I love that it made your top list.🎉 I hope you have a great 2018!!


  3. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says:

    I’m going to have to read Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I keep hearing about how wonderful it is. Juliet Takes a Breath sounds incredible. Another book I must add to my library list! I’m so scared of The Fallen Kingdom, but I need to get my act together and read it already. Hope you have a wonderful 2018, Morgan!


  4. Lara @ Words With Lara says:

    I didn’t do an end of year survey because I totally forgot it was a thing, but I will definitely do one at the end of this year! Wow, over 70 books, that’s amazing!! Also I just read your review and looks like I’m going to have to read The Girl of Snow and Glass!!


  5. Jessie says:

    73! Amazing! Yay Morgan!
    I loved all of your picks for best of the year but I am SO HAPPY you loved Lady of the Eternal City. It was so so good. I feel like I need a reread, haha.
    YUP — also disappointed in Young Nero. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SO GOOD. Y SO BORING MARGARET?!
    Yeah In Other Lands shoutout!
    I also love the cover for Tell Me Three Things. It also always makes me think of Leslie Knope, ngl.
    I am so excited for new Londonverse books but I will miss having Kell as the main character for sure.
    Man I also love Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I really hope that it gets a cover change so I can buy it lol.
    DESI LEE AND HER DAD! I looooved that. Some parts of that book are so cringey bc the secondhand embarrassment is real but I loved that part.
    SECOND IN OTHER LANDS SHOUTOUT, morgan doin’ it right.
    I also really liked The Truth About Happily Ever After — it was so cute and fun and made me want to go to Disneyland.
    Almost one year! Your blog is fun and I love your reviews — congrats!!
    I am def reading the Valiant soon — probably right before the Defiant comes out so I can marathon both!
    I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO LIST CIRCE. We only have to wait until Apriiiiiil!

    Happy reading in 2018, lovely friend!


    • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says:

      Thanks!! SO GOOD. I need a reread of the whole series, it would be the best binge! hahah yes, Leslie and waffles always go together, it’s a must 😀 Let’s cross our fingers for a pretty paperback for Girls. Oh man, that book was a little too much for me but I loved her dad! So sweet. Truth was SO cute, more people need to read it. Thank you so much Jessie, that means a lot to me 🙂 Did you end up reading The Valiant? I’ll have to look for your review if so. HAVE YOU READ CIRCE YET BC I HAVEN’T WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. Maybe I’ll start it this weekend ahhhhh. Happy 2018, delightful friend 🙂


  6. Laura says:

    73 books! Holy cow, Morgan, well done!

    Your love for GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS prompted me to keep it at the top of my reading list for this year. I know the editor well, and I love her taste and enthusiasm, but sometimes it can be hard to get into a book if a friend hasn’t read it either. (If that makes any sense at all…)


    Look at you, almost a full year on your own solo blog and it’s gone SO WELL! I loved your History of Magic post. It needs to be a real college course, PLZKTHX.



    • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says:

      Thank you! Oh yes, that definitely makes sense- I think it’s a Laura book so I hope you enjoy it when you read it! Let me know what you think 🙂 YESSSS YOU MUST IT IS SO WONDERFUL. Thank you thank you for all your support ❤ I wish it was real too.

      I KNOWWWWWWW. I know. No excuses this year.


  7. bookbakeblog says:

    Yay for Illuminae! 😀 I can’t wait to read Gemina! Love your gif use, as always. 😀
    You did so well on your reading goals! 73 books, wow… I’m impressed!
    I hope to get to Tower of Dawn soon (first gonna read The Handmaid’s Tale, though). I’m so curious now! And I’d completely forgotten that the series ender will come out this year. I’m apprehensive yet excited? I think?


    • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says:

      Same here, I was just looking at the library for it! Hahah why thank you 😀 The crazy part is I feel like I took breaks between reading too, I tried not to pressure myself too much. I feel the same way! Need to know how it ends but I’m nervous. Let me know what you think of Tower of Dawn!


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