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A Bookish Wrap-Up for 2017 // end of year book survey!

Hello, fellow bookworms of the internet!

I CANNOT PICK A FAVOURITE BOOK. (I mean I probably can if I think about it long enough but agh just roll with it.) The reason why it’s so hard for me to pick one single book is because 2017 was such a good reading year for me?? I read the most wonderful books of ever and was introduced to contemporary!! A genre I had no interest in before blogging!! But which I now love!!!

Anyway I saw Ilsa do a bookish round up tag thing and decided to do it too!! (Originality.) So I’ll be linking up with Perpetual Page Turner’s 2017 End of Year Book Survey and I’m so so excited to do it!

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BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2017?

*flails* the one question I said I didn’t know how to answer.

Probably Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This book is wonderful and so so beautiful. (Redundant.) It made me feel so much and it opened up my eyes to so many issues and it was also my first queer contemporary so yay!! Not to be dramatic but I would die for Ari Mendoza (and Dante Quintana). Their relationship is just so adorable ALL THE SHIPPING.

Also, Legs.

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BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT AND THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

Definitely Shadow and Bone. I ADORE Leigh Bardugo and absolutely loved the Six of Crows series so I figured I’d love this too?? But I found it kind of boring and cliched, to be honest. I was so excited to meet the Darkling but he,, bored me. He was like Edward Cullen, minus the sparkling and the vampiricity. (Is that a word?) Anyway I was really sad about this 😦

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MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

Two of them: The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. They’re both books from the 50s and the 80s, respectively, so I was expecting to be bored and uncaring throughout: bUT WHOA HO HO. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. Catcher in the Rye was just so amazing?? I don’t understand how a book written decades ago could say exactly what I thought. And the Perks of Being a Wallflower left me in complete awe. Like honestly, when I finished the book I didn’t know whether I should cry or mull over everything I learnt. (I did both.)

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BOOK YOU PUSHED PEOPLE TO READ THE MOST?

I guess The Mortal Instruments series?? I was really broken up after Lord of Shadows, okay, and I needed someone to vent to!! The good news is that literally everyone I told read the books and now I have five new fellow fangirls 😀

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BEST SERIES YOU READ IN 2017?

Again, two of them: The Raven Cycle and All For The Game(I hate calling it All For The Game it sounds so weird sksksk) The Raven Cycle was so so very magical and beautiful and interesting and the amount of foreshadowing omg. I ADORED all the characters (Ronan!!!!) and the way they were portrayed and written was so realistic,, it’s a really great series okay.

And The Foxhole Court (All For The Game) was SO UNIQUE. Look, this was the first book after like five years that has me so invested in a fictional sport. (The first was Harry Potter. Duh.) Other than Exy, it also has drugs and realistic descriptions of abuse and cars and gays and psychotic midgets. (There’s lots of triggers though, so be a little wary while reading it.) My only complaint is the ugly as hell covers for All For The Game, The Raven Cycle has beautiful covers ❤

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2017?

I’m going with Becky Albertalli: I love both her books (LOVE, SIMON IS COMING OUT PLEASE FANGIRL WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS) and her characters and the diversity. Also her tweets are hilarious?? I’m so so excited for Leah On the Offbeat aND OH MY LORD DID YOU GUYS HEAR ABOUT HER BOOK WITH ADAM SILVERA. I’m so excited??? I s2g if it’s a disappointment I will actually riot.

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BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ?

I don’t normally read non-fiction/biographical books, but Counting Stars by David Almond was one of the sweetest and most poignant short story collections I’ve ever read. It’s essentially a bunch of stories about his childhood and life in general; I loved his writing style and the messages he conveyed through the stories. It was really sweet ❤

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FAVOURITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2017?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

LOOK AT IT. Just  l o o k. My eyeballs are very pleased with me right now 🙂 A nice cover with a nicer inside!! #blessed.

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MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2017?

From the Foxhole Court, ANDREW MINYARD. ANDREW ANDREW ANDREW. This psychotic midget is my most favourite of ever and I love everything about him and his complexities and the fact that no one can understand him fully, even Neil. He developed so beautifully and so realistically as the series progressed, and I loved seeing him grow out of his bad habits. His relationship with Neil was also so fulfilling ahhh THE FEELS.

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BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST?

~ spoiler alert ~
skip over the next paragraph if you don’t want spoilers for the dark artifices series!

Lord of Shadows. I mean, wow. That ending. I still haven’t fully processed it?? But so much stuff went down in those last few pages: Livvy’s death, Robert Lightwood’s death, Anabel escaping… I had to reread them a few times to actually understand it. I cried so much. And now I cannot WAIT for Queen of Air and Darkness!!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY/ALMOST CRY?

hahaha all of them. but to be more specific, these four had me practically bawling:

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SEQUEL YOU’RE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2018?

QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS. I swear, I will die without that book. Especially after the cliffhanger ending of Lord of Shadows?? Honestly Cassandra Clare is skilled in the art of making me (and several other fans) hurt. I need so many answers and hopefully QoAaD will answer them?? The cover is really pretty and I’m hoping for character development (MARK) and relationship development (KIT AND TY).

I mean it’s Cassandra Clare I bet it’ll be awesome. (And soul-wrenching. But that goes without saying for any Shadowhunters book.)

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BOOK YOU’RE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2018?

WHAT IF IT’S US. Two of my favourite authors teaming up to write a book?? Hell yes. I’m kind of nervous because Becky’s books are known for making you feel happy and laugh while Adam’s books are usually soul-crushing and will rip your heart out. Hopefully this reaches middle ground?? AHHH.

aLSO A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES HOW COULD I FORGET?? I’m so excited for this because it’s Cait so it must be amazing?? Our queen can do no wrong??? agh 2018 is just going to be freaking great.

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shall we chat

How was your 2017 in books?? Can you pick a favourite? What was your most disappointing read?How did you do with your Goodreads challenge? What’s your most anticipated book for 2018? Let’s talk books!

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hi i'm aris just your everyday trashcan who fangirls over everything • fangirl • book blogger • reader • ravenclaw • indian • ambivert • i try to be cool but fail miserably

22 thoughts on “A Bookish Wrap-Up for 2017 // end of year book survey!

  1. What a cool post!! And I am so excited for Love, Simon!!! I haven’t read the book (yet… I promise I will before the movie), but I love Nick Robinson and I can’t wait to see him in another movie!!!

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  2. !!!!!!!!! i love andrew !!!!! he’s my boy!!!!!!!! that series is like,,,,, my favorite thing ever, i’m so invested in the characters and the books (did you finish the series?) and i agree trc is also high quality

    i need to re-read ari and dante because i loved dante so ,,,,, much ,,,,, so much.

    and i don’t know any books coming out in 2018 so???

    great post!!

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    1. yezz andrew ❤ i did finish the series and it was so good,, the ending of trk was awesome.

      dante is so sweet :') i love him :')

      haha there are wayy too many 2018 books coming out to keep track of them

      thank you!! 😀

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  3. ARI AND DANTE I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART. UGH. my pure bois, so beautiful :’)

    and ughghh I really did not like History is All You Left Me??? I felt barely any connection to the story :/ but More Happy Than Not was SO beautiful and I just !!!! I can’t wait for What If It’s Us — it’s bound to be SO GAY ❤

    and yeah, same! Shadow & Bone was SUCH a disappointment for me!! I mean, I ended up rating it 3 stars, which isn't a HORRIBLE rating, but the next book was worse and I just can't believe my queen Leigh wrote such a mess like that :/ but I mean, it was her debut sooooo

    great post!! hope you have a great 2018 ❤

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    1. YES THEY ARE SO PURE AND I LOVE THEM TOO ❤

      yeah I heard lots of people say that?? But I adored it all the same :')

      yeah ikr?? I cried ;-; but it was so amazing asdfghjjk AND YEP THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT!!

      I'm sad it was such a disappointment but the worldbuilding was amazing though and that's the only reason I gave it 2 stars; the other characters just bored me??

      yeah that's true,, you can't expect authors to be perfect from their first book :))

      thanks!! you too ❤

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  4. Ah, I absolutely loved Ari and Dante! I read it a long time ago and it was the first book I had read in one day! SO GOOD. I think there’s supposed to be a sequel coming out, AND I AM EXCITED! I feel you on the Shadow and Bone disappointment! I read it before Six of Crows, and didn’t enjoy it either. And I still don’t get the hype around The Darkling; I don’t like him at all, tbh. XD The Raven Cycle is absolutely wonderful, AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR LOVE, SIMON THIS YEAR GAH.
    History Is All You Left Me almost made me cry, but They Both Die At the End actually made me cry so there was that. I AM UBER EXCITED FOR WHAT IF IT’S US GAH. And I still need to read Lord of Shadows; I’m way too behind on too many series.

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    1. I KNOW I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL and there’s also a movie being made?? I’m so happy ❤ yeah, the Darkling is pretty boring. I tried reading Shadow and Bone before SoC but I got bored and left it. When I came back to it after Crooked Kingdom, I didn't like it much either :/ YESS LOVE SIMON COMES OUT IN LIKE TWO MONTHS AND I AM BEYOND EXCITED

      Adam Silvera is so good at ripping my heart out 😦 I love it 😦 YES SAME I AM READY TO LOVE IT. Lord of Shadows is great, you should read it when you have time!

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