Sunday, December 17, 2017

Quest Reviews' Year in Review

For progressives in the United States, 2017 has been a garbage fire. We've all been dealing with the crisis in our own ways, and many of us, when we're not busy protesting or calling our elected officials, have retreated to our books to escape reality.

Without further ado, I give you the Perpetual Page-Turner's 2017 End of Year Book Survey.

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 126 (as of December 17)


Number of Re-Reads: I don't count my re-reads. They just happen.

Genre You Read The Most From: Romance

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? 


The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare



 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee 

I gave this book four stars, but I was really expecting it to be my favorite book of the year.

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

Ride With Me, by Ruthie Knox

 This book was so, so enjoyable, and it was written in a different style than Knox's other books. 

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

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green

I told my mom to read this book, and she actually did. 

 5. Best series you started in 2017? The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) Best Sequel of 2017? Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) Best Series Ender of 2017? Slightly Dangerous (Slightly #6)

All historical romances...


 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? 
Lucy Parker (Pretty Face)This new author, writes SO well, and so intelligently. I can't believe she doesn't have more books under her belt, for being such an accompished writer! 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Ironically, I was assigned this book in college, but never read it until this year.


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

The Promise of Jenny Jones, by Maggie Osborne

Do yourself a favor and read this romantic, Western adventure!


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

The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare

Let's be honest, I've already re-read it this year about six times, MINIMUM 

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

The Afterlife of Holly Chase, by Cynthia Hand

11. Most memorable character of 2017? 

Jessica Trent (Lord of Scoundrels)


 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? 

Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor


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

The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

I became an atheist this year, and this book actually made me stop feeling guilty about that. 

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

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase


15. Favorite Quote From a Book Read in 2017? 

"I let go of the wheel halfway home and Jesus drove me the rest of the way." — Love Me Never (This book had too many fantastic one-liners to pick a solid winner, but this will do.)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? 

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas and Silent Blade, by Illona Andrews


17. Book That Shocked You The Most: 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase, by Cynthia Hand

You just have to read it to see what I mean...


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

Jessica and Dain (Lord of Scoundrels)


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: 

Domino and Wilson (Violet Grenade)


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

The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare


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

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase 


22. Newest crush from a book you read in 2017? 

Mary Jane Wells, the audiobook narrator of The Duchess Deal


23. Best 2017 debut you read? 

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller


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

Harper's Bride, by Alexis Harrington


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

The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare 


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

Forever Right Now, by Emma Scott

The big reveal in this book absolutely slayed my heart in the BEST way. (They were happy tears.)


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? 

Violet Grenade, by Victoria Scott


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? 

Forever Right Now, by Emma Scott


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? 

Love Me Never, by Sara Wolf

The humor of this book was SO out there and perfectly imperfect. It wasn't studied or practiced. The author just lobbed joke after joke at us.


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

Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

I can't say why because of spoilers, but there was one character who I wanted to kick off the island.

Your Blogging Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? Sierra?! Sierra?! Save me here!


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? My Pride and Prejudice discussion post.


3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? Discussion posts are kind of my thing, but I'd say... my Asexual's Guide to Romance Novels 


4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Sierra went to BookCon and brought me back an entire BAG of gifts! It was almost like I was there, especially since we were on the phone a lot during her time in NYC.


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? Coming out as asexual in a blog post.


6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? It has been SO HARD to stay motivated with writing posts and to keep in touch with other bloggers.


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Same as last year! The infamous It Ends With Us post. 


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? I LOVED writing my Pride and Prejudice post. Only Sierra and I have read it, I'm pretty sure.


9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I subscribed to three months of OwlCrate and LOVED it.


10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Not yeeeeet. I'm aaaaaalmost at my Goodreads reading goal.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? I have an entire Goodreads shelf devoted to this. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black


3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Not Even Bones, by Rebecca Schaeffer


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? The Governess Game, by Tessa Dare


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? Get everything back on track. Everything.



  1. Loved reading your post. I love this survey. It looks like you've read some great books this year! I need to read Turtles All The Way Down...

  2. Hi, Chrissi! Thanks, girl! Definitely read TATWD. It's not perfect, but I really enjoyed it!

  3. That's pretty much how my reading felt this year--a lot of escapist reading. I have a feeling this year will be much the same.

    I think I am going to have to give The Duchess Deal a try. You are the second person to list it as a favorite. It does sound good! The cover for The Afterlife of Holly Chase is gorgeous! No wonder you like it so much. I am glad you enjoyed Strange the Dreamer. I just bought a copy!

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  4. I couldn't get through The God Delusion (though I plan on trying again in chunks rather than all at once) but Penn Jillette's "God, No!" was the book that helped me with guilt and such. Very good and funny too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I actually haven't made it through The God Delusion entirely, yet, but I put it down because what I've read so far has been awesome. I'm going to look into God, No! Thanks for the rec!