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6th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2017 Edition!


Number Of Books You Read: 62
Number of Re-Reads:1
Number of Reviews Posted: 46
Number of ARCs Read: 19
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult


~Best in Books~


1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Dystopian: The Lunar Chronicles Series (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) by Marissa Meyer

Paranormal: Book 1 & 2 in the V Games Trilogy by Caroline Peckham

Contemporary: Without Merit // It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Fantasy: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson // The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

New Adult: The Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover

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

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017? 

Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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

The Lunar Chronicles Series (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Marissa Meyer, Caroline Peckham, Jay Crownover, Yumoyori Wilson, Jannat Bhat

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

Tie between The Dorothy Must Die series and V Games, and Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

 8. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Honestly, I would re-read any of the 59 books I read this year again, next year!

9. Favorite cover(s) of a book you read in 2017?

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Tie between covers…

10. Most memorable character of 2017?

Makoto in Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

 11. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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

“Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes. That was what Atlas was telling me when he said “I love you.” He was letting me know that I was the biggest wave he’d ever come across. And I brought so much with me that my impressions would always be there, even when the tide rolled out.”  – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

“Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.” –Confess by Colleen Hoover

“It annoys me when people try to convince other people that their anger or stress isn’t warranted if someone else in the world is worse off than them. It’s bullshit. Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.” – Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.” – Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

“I looked up and caught Adam staring at me. Again. He seemed quite focused on keeping track of me all day. I had a feeling he wanted to make sure I didn’t get into trouble again, but maybe it was more than that. Our eyes locked for an instant, and I felt certain he’d been thinking about the kiss, too. It made one thought enter my head and simply refuse to leave. If kissing him was so spectacular, what would sleeping with him be like?” – Delayed Departure by Abigail Drake

15.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer (827 pages)

Shortest: The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer (23 pages)

 16. Book That Shocked You The Most

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand and Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

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

Makoto and all 5 of her Knights! (Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson ) // Kalen + Lark (The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger)

18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Rhett and Clementine before they started dating // Kalen + Lark from The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

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

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, Confess by Colleen Hoover

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

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, was pretty good, also, they only book that I read that was recommended to me

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

Daniel, Ryder, Marcus, Elias from Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson // Kalen from The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

22. Best 2014 debut you read?

V Games by Caroline Peckham

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

The Lunar Chronicles for sure! Marissa Meyer is soo amazing

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

Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

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

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris ColferLooking for Alaska by John Green

26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson // The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

V Games by Caroline Peckham ,Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson and The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

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

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


~Blogging/Bookish Life~

1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? 

Hmm, would probably be both books in the V Games Trilogy

Book 1~ V Games by Caroline Peckham

Book 2 ~ V Games: Fresh from the Grave by Caroline Peckham

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

I’ve been a part of soo many fun Blog Tours this year, I really couldn’t just pick one!

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

Reaching my 6 year blogging anniversary.

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

Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

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

Yes! My yearly reading Challenge, of which is reading 50 books, and I read 59 books! Also, another goal was to review most of the books I read this year, which I reviewed 46!


 ~Looking Ahead~


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen

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

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi & Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) by Veronica Roth

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

Be more active on my Instagram! I started posting more these last few month but I’m trying/planning on posting everyday! You should Follow my instagram ~ to see what I post!

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Tell me if you loved any of the books I loved this year! Give me a recommendation for something I NEED to get to! Link up!!

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{Review} Turtles All the Way Down


Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Hardcover, 286 pages

Published October 10th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

~Review~

“You’re deflecting.” I just stared at her. “You’re right that self isn’t simple, Aza. Maybe it’s not even singular. Self is a plurality, but pluralities can also be integrated, right? Think of a rainbow. It’s one arc of light, but also seven differently colored arcs of light.”

Where do I begin? John Green is one of those authors that always brings the feels. Turtles All The Way Down is the latest YA Contemporary from best selling author, John Green. I’ve read other books by John Green, you know the typical ones, TFIOS, Looking for Alaska, & Paper Towns. Which were all really great, so I kinda had expectations going into this one. And let me tell you, WOOOW, what a novel. This is a book about mental illness, it’s a book about the power of lifelong friendship, and there is a bit of romance thrown in the mix. 

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Aza’s character felt super realistic and I am so impressed now. This was honestly one of the best depictions of anxiety or any mental health battle I’ve ever read. It didn’t sound like someone trying to write the concept… John Green has clearly lived this. It was incredibly raw, honest, and beautiful at times. Aza’s story isn’t the easiest to read, and she probably won’t be a relatable character to all people. There were things about her I could relate to, and I loved her voice. I also adored her friend, Daisy. Their friendship was actually my favorite part of this story. I also liked Aza’s mom and the Davis story-line, even though it wasn’t the focus.

“The problem with happy endings is that they’re either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse. And then eventually you die.” 

I think everyone will relate to this on some level because the story grapples with the types of realizations we all face while growing up (so it’s kind of reassuring that we’re not alone in those thoughts). Aza spends a lot of time examining to what extent we author our lives and what our definition of “self” involves. But then she gets stuck in obsessive, infinitely tightening thought spirals that are SO well depicted.

“It’s getting sucked into a whirlpool that shrinks and shrinks and shrinks your world until you’re just spinning without moving, stuck inside a prison cell that is exactly the size of you, until eventually you realize that you’re not actually in a prison cell. You are the prison cell.”

This wasn’t the typical John Green romance with quirky teens, but that ended up being a refreshing change for me. Overall, I really enjoyed it and totally recommend. I am actually looking forward to whatever John Green writes next. I recommend it! Let me know what you thought!

*Quotes were taken from the book*

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~Author Bio~

John GreenJohn Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

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{Review} Looking for Alaska by John Green


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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Paperback, 221 pages

Published December 28th 2006 by Speak (first published March 3rd 2005)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

~Review~

I’ve been wanting to read this since one of my friends recommended it to me a few years ago, and I never got to it until now… Although I did buy it the same week it was recommended but… it was just been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.  haha.. Last week I finally picked it up and read it. I’ve only read two books by John Green, which are of course The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns-which are both sooo amazing btw. Sooo… I had a lot of expectations coming into reading Looking for Alaska.  I’m finding it really hard to review/summarize this book. Love, friendship, life, death, before, after, finding meaning in life and learning to forgive.

Miles Halter’s moves to Alabama to go to boarding school. This is his big adventure. A chance to make some friends, live a life bigger than the one he’s been living in Florida. On his first day there, Miles quickly becomes friends with the group and we get to know Colonel, Takumi and Lara. He also meets a girl that enamors him; her name is Alaska Young. Their group is so much fun to read about and all their adventures are so funny and amusing. The second half of the book was..wow…  I just didn’t see it coming, I was completely unprepared and I was just walking through all these feel good moments and characters until *BAM* I bashed into a wall of emotional wreckage.

It was hard writing a review about this book. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either, in fact, I kinda like it. It is a good book with a lot of quotable quotes and an interesting premise. This has got to be one of my favorite books because it is just so amazing. I recommend it 😀

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~Author Bio~

John GreenJohn Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

~Author Links~

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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