2017 End of Year Book Survey


Best books of 2017


I came across this survey on Book.Blog.Bake, and I thought I’d give it a try. The survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner. I love a good survey. Reading other book bloggers’ surveys is really fun, I hope you enjoy this one.

Number Of Books You Read: 57
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Best Book You Read In 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed was a huge let-down.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders shocked the heck out of me by how different it is from every other book I’ve ever read. It blew me away.

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read: I have tried to push Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright on everyone I know. I loved that book.

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them


Best series you started in 2017: The York series by Laura Ruby (The Shadow Cipher). 


Favorite new author you discovered in 2017: George Saunders and Courtney Maum.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone: How to Think by Alan Jacobs 


Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: I flew through A Discovery of Witches. I’m kind of embarrassed how fast I read it. For 2017 books, Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke was suspenseful.

Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: There is a 99.9% chance I will re-read A Christmas Carol.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017: I reviewed a picture book called Mr Crum’s Potato Predicament and I love the cover and the art for this book.


Most memorable character of 2017:  Mark Watney of The Martian.

Most beautifully written book read in 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017: For books published in 2017, the one I think about the most recently is There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk. I have been getting my kids out of the house more.


Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?  Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I would have loved this book when it came out in 1986 or at any point afterwards. How did it take me so long?

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017:

I read Chapter 4 of Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright twice. It covers the dancing plague, and she marvels over the kindness that was the cure for the plague. That’s really it, people were kind to the people dancing and that was the cure. Also, this zinger from that chapter on doctors who are jerks, “It’s perfectly possible to be smarter than everyone else and still be polite, and even deferential. Women have been doing it for centuries.”



Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Abraham Lincoln and his son in Lincoln in the Bardo. Heartbreaking.

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, Gulp by Mary Roach, and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. My husband recommended this book and I loved it, especially the narration by Wil Wheaton. So good.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017: Mark Watney, for sure. What a guy.

Best 2017 debut you read: I think I only read one book by a 2017 first-time author and it was Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year: The Martian by Andy Weir.

Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson was a thrill ride.

Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017: I don’t remember crying over any of them! I did cry over a New Yorker article I was reading yesterday, in case you think I’m callous.

Hidden Gem Of The Year: Touch by Courtney Maum. Can more people please read this book so we can talk about it? (I found out about it via a NY Times recommendation, so it’s not that hidden, but still.)


Book That Crushed Your Soul: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy crushed my soul in the “what is wrong with these people?” way. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was full of soul-crushing despair. But in a good way.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2017: I’m going to have to say Lincoln in the Bardo AGAIN sorry.

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it): Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me was so good and made me so angry.



In 2018, the question on my mind is…. will the next Robert Galbraith book come out?

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