Monday, January 8, 2018

Annette's Book Spot 2017 End of Year Musings and Statistics

Best books of 2017

Once again, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner has provided us with an end of year book survey. Thanks! As usual, I'm skipping some questions and adding some more statistics and comparisons. I like to do these summary posts mostly for me, so I have a record, but if you are interested, here's my reading accomplishments and thoughts for 2017.

You can see the detailed list of all my reviews on my 2017 Review Archives Page.

Here's a link to my Goodreads Year In Books, if you want a more visual representation.

Number Of Books You Read: 80 (up from 77 in 2016, but still way behind the 124 from 2015). First year I've had an increase in a long time!

Number of Re-Reads: 2. One inadvertently, and one for book club.

Genre You Read The Most From: I read mostly YA, but read more adult books this year, since I'm retiring and looking forward to having time for those.  Historical fiction is my favorite, but not what I read most.  Probably fantasy/adventure.

If you look at number of pages, I read 31,025, which is about 3,300 pages more than the 27,745 I read last year. Average book length: 388 pages, which is always pretty consistent. Two thousand fifteen's 56,824 is my all-time record for number of pages.

Forty-five books read were eBooks and 11 were audiobooks.  Also pretty consistent.

Average book rating (out of a scale of 5) was 3.94. This may seem a bit high, but I never give a "1" rating -- if a book is that bad, I don't finish it. I DNF (did not finish) 9 books this year, almost the same as last year. And I rarely give "2" ratings (this year I didn't give any "2" or "2.5" ratings!) But, only 6 books got a 5/5 rating this year, compared to 11 last year.  I must be getting tougher! 

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer (I didn't finish it, that's why there isn't a link.)

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

Love May Fail, by Matthew Quick

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

The Empress, by S. J. Kincaid. Mostly to my teens, since we read The Diabolic for book club, and there wasn't supposed to be a sequel.  Boy am I glad there was! 

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

Started: Nyxia, by Scott Reintgen
Sequel: Other than The Empress that I just mentioned, The Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas
End: Wayfarer, by Alexandra Bracken

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Well, I'd have to say Laura Creedle, author of my favorite book of the year!

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

The Thirty-Nine Stepsby John Buchan. I'm leery of classics, and I picked this one totally at random.  A very short book that I enjoyed.

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

The Empress, by S. J. Kincaid (again.)

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

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz book cover and review
I'm not a big re-reader, so none.

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

The Midnight Dance, by Nikki Katz

11. Most memorable character of 2017?


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

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
Longest: Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles
 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Empress, by S. J. Kincaid (again.)
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
March: Book One, by John Lewis. This is on our list of nominated titles for the Teen Choice award in Illinois.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, by Laura Creedle (of course.)

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

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas

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

Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber

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

Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Perez. This book elicited many emotions of all kinds.  Mostly anger.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Odd & True, by Cat Winters. I've loved all of her books and never think she gets enough attention!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I'm not sure what that means, but this book just...well, it's so weird...and emotional, so I'm putting it here.  (as well as in the next question.)  Confessions, by Kanae Minato

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Confessions, by Kanae Minato
Genuine Fraud, by e. lockhart

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

Out of Darknessby Ashley Hope Perez. 

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  1. I enjoy reading these end of the year lists, I always get books to add to my TBR. I love the cover of The Midnight Dance!

  2. March is on my TBR list. Everybody keeps telling me to read it, and it’s winning all the awards, so it’s probably time to read it. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. It is harder than it seems like it should be to do this yearly update. I had a lot of trouble making my list and then found myself mentioning the same books over and over again without even knowing that they were theat important to me. Happy reading in 2018.


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