End of Year Book Survey 2017

CL: End of Year Book Survey 2017

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:

Number of Re-Reads: 7
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, Emperor Mage all by Tamora Pierce
1984 – George Orwell
Storm Front – Jim Butcher
Love and Decay: Revolution, Volume One – Rachel Higginson

Genre You Read The Most From:
Looks like most books were Sci-Fi, but close on that’s genre’s heels was Fantasy

Best in Books 2017

1 Best Book You Read In 2017?
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E Taylor
Dumbest book name ever. In fact, I passed it over for a year because I thought the book title was that dumb. Turns out even though the name is dumb, the book, and the other two in the trilogy, are fantastic.

2 Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
It’s been turned into a television show, and I know a lot of people who love it. I just didn’t get it. It was slow, and it felt like big parts of it went nowhere.

3 Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E Taylor
I wasn’t expecting much, even though I love geek culture references and 3D printing, but this blew me away.

4 Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E Taylor
It was my unexpected favorite book of 2017, and I must have pushed a dozen people to it, and probably 5 or 6 did read it.

5 Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Terms of Enlistment – Marko Kloos
Bought it on audible years ago and never listened. Decided to give it a shot, and was not disappointed. I went through all the books that were out in 2017, and am waiting on an audible credit for the one that just came out

6 Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Dennis E Taylor. He’s a lot like Ernest Cline, but much tighter writing. Plenty of geek/pop culture references

7 Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture – Kathy Peiss
I don’t usually read about the beauty industry, especially not non fiction, but this was recommended by a Youtuber I like. It was pretty dry.

8 Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Dogs of War – Jonathan Maberry
The Joe Ledger series doesn’t disappoint. There’s quiet moments, but lots of action, and lots of crazy action. Given the world we live in, it’s becoming realistic action too, I swear.

9 Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E Taylor
I keep wanting more, and keep going back to the trilogy, because they were just that damn good.

10 Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11 Most memorable character of 2017?
Bill, from the We Are Legion (We Are Bob) trilogy. One part Bob, one part mad scientist, all fun. He creates all these fun things.

12 Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
One Hundred Ablutions – Jacqueline Carey
Technically it’s a short story, but it’s beautifully written. Carey uses a similar style to her Kushiel’s Dart books, and it’s just a beautiful read.

13 Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Undeniable – Bill Nye
All about evolution and how we’ve gotten where we are. I’ve always had a vague understanding about evolution, but this book talked about different kinds, the genetic bottleneck, and gave some great explanations. My understanding was greatly improved by reading the book.

14 Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
The Martian – Andy Weir
I’d heard about the book for several years, and wanted to read it, mostly because Weir was a self published author. But then I saw the movie and stepped up wanting to read it.

15 Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

16 Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: To Serve Man – Damon Knight, a whopping 12 pages
Longest: Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas at 693 pages

17 Book That Shocked You The Most
Seed – Lisa Heathfield
Pearl lives in Seed, a religious commune, and has only left to sell vegetables at the local market. It covers this bizarre cult and how the members are treated. I didn’t expect it to end like it did, and it was pretty shocking.

18 Favorite Romantic Relationship of the Year
Howard and Bridget in the We Are Legion trilogy. The books aren’t romance, but the romance that does pop up is super sweet, although it can also be a little bittersweet.

19 Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Bunny and Top from Dogs of War by Jonathan Maberry. They’ve been members of Echo Team for so long, they bicker like an old married couple. They also watch each other’s backs, and know what each other are thinking. I <3 these guys.

20 Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Shameless – RG Alexander
I love all the Finn Factor books, and this was the first one I read in 2017. She put out another, and a spin off in 2017, and I loved them too, but this was my favorite. I devour all her Finn Factor books.

21 Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure.
Symbiont Seeking Symbiont – Jennifer Foehner Wells
It was one of the few recommendations someone else gave me this year. It’s a short story, but I saw another Carpe Librum member has read it (Hello Ksenia!) and so I checked it out. It’s a fun short read.

22 Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Not really anyone, although I’m fond of Bob and all the Bob clones from We Are Legion. No crushes, just I’d really like to go to a BobMoot.

23 Best 2017 debut you read?
Didn’t read any debuts this year, sorry.

24 Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E Taylor
There’s a lot of world building in this trilogy. You have Bob, and his VR. Then you have all of Bob’s clones, and the VR each one comes up with. Then there’s the solar systems they explore, with all of their assorted planets and asteroid belts, and suns. Then, there’s each planet! Every system is different, and you learn a lot about the planets each set of colonists settles. And, there’s still Earth, and it’s terrible mess that humans got it into. It’s all really rich and detailed.

25 Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The IT Newbie – Selben
I didn’t ever officially work in tech support, but I went to school for computer engineering, and I am the family tech support. Hearing about the idiot users Selben had to deal with put a smile on my face.

26 Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
All These Worlds – Dennis E Taylor
There’s some deaths in this book that upset me. In one case, a chunk of Earth gets hit with gamma radiation and kills a whole group of survivors. Plus, there’s the character I know and like that get killed, and those deaths are sad too.

27 Hidden Gem Of The Year?
FU: Fixer Uppers – Devon McCormack
Wasn’t expecting it to fun, but I did enjoy this one. I enjoyed it enough I went for Faking It, also by Devon McCormack, shortly after. M/M romance is my guilty pleasure

28 Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Revolution of Ivy – Amy Engel
Of all the ways for that duology to finish, the way it ended was not how I would have guessed. I mean, I realize that’s really the only way to end it (in hindsight), but man, what a downer.

29 Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Annhilation – Jeff Vandermeer
What a strange book. It’s almost a stream of consciousness, and it’s based on a series of journal entries. People venture into Area X, and they don’t come back right, or sometimes at all. They’re making it into a movie, which is why I read it. The movie doesn’t look anything like the book, but I’ll wait and see.

30 Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here – Ryan Estrada
It wasn’t anything like the first Poorcraft, and it really seemed like it was aimed at a much smaller audience than the original, and I wasn’t part of that audience.

Looking Ahead to 2018

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

Royal Captives – Michael Pierce
We’re 20 days into 2018, and I still haven’t read it, but it’s on my list. I enjoyed Toyal Replicas enough I want to keep going.

2 Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
The Kremlin’s Candidate – Jason Matthews
The last book in the Red Sparrow Trilogy, which is being released as a movie in February. I saw the trailer, was really curious about the books, and went through the 2 in a week, but in 2018. Now I want to read the third.

3 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Nothing comes to mind right now. I can’t think of any debut authors I’m following.

4 Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
The Kremlin’s Candidate – Jason Matthews
Same reasons as above

5 One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
60 books! I hope to actually get past that, like I have the last couple years.

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