End of Year Book Survey 2017

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Hello Everyone!

Today, I'm going to complete the End of Year Book Survey - created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner blog! I love reading book-tuber and blogger responses to this survey every year and thought I'd start completing it myself, so here we go!

Before I start and so I don't forget, check out the survey creator, the wonderful Jamie over at her blog, which I love - she posts some amazing content which I'm sure you'll all love a lot!

Number Of Books You Read:

All in all, I've had a pretty disappointing year, book-wise. I read THREE new releases, and literally all within the last week or so, and re-read a variety. I've purchased a ton of new reading material in the last month or so though and hope to read as much as I can of what is published in 2018! 

Altogether, I believe I read around 13 or so books!
My goal for next year is 30! I can do it...

Number of Re-Reads:

10 ish!

Genre You Read The Most From:

Definitely thrillers - they are just my favourite, although finding one which is suspenseful and surprising enough is becoming impossible.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

The best book I read in 2017 was without-a-doubt The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. That book will stay one of my favourite books of all time, probably for a long time!

This was one of the only thrillers which kept my attention throughout, had several shocking, scream-out-loud moments and a surprising end! I would thoroughly recommend Swanson if you've not checked out his novels before!

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

I See You by Clare Mackintosh was a book I tried earlier this year, hearing brilliant things about the author. I'm not sure what it was about the book, but it just wasn't working for me, or keeping me interested enough or in enough suspense. I haven't officially DNF'd it though, and plan on trying some of Clare's other books and seeing if they give me a better experience. 

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

Again, you're probably bored of me raving about it by now but, The Kind Worth Killing was absolutely brilliant. I assumed it would be interesting enough, because it was recommended and had average reviews - but it SHOCKED me. An all-time favourite for sure. 

4. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Are you bored yet? Peter Swanson! 
Also, Shari Lapena, Riley Sager and Ruth Ware - authors whose books I loved and I will continue to read their new work!

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

*Cough* *Cough* You get it...

6. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

I believe the shortest book I read was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, which was 340 pages. 
The longest book I read was IT by Stephen King, which was 1116 pages long. It was worth it though!

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

I really didn't read any contemporary/romance etc. books this year, and need to get back on that bandwagon in 2018, I want a true OTP! 

8. Favourite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I didn't read much from authors I'd read previously - as I was trying to check out more new authors in 2017. However, I really liked Peter Swanson's 2017 release, Her Every Fear

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Do I get extra points if I say The Perpetual Page-Turner! But seriously, I love Jamie's blog updates, and knowing that she didn't read too much this year either makes me feel a bit better!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I really liked a lot of reviews from this year but my favourites were probably for The Kind Worth Killing, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Collector and Final Girls. This is because these are books I loved and were all 4/5 stars. I love raving about books I loved and ranting about books I hated. Books that were average are boring to review! Live dangerously people!

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

One-hundred-percent the ReadbyZoe readathon - I think she is maybe the happiest person in the world and she brightens up my day with her humour! That readathon was long, it was hard, but it was SO much fun!


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Almost every 2017 release - especially in contemporaries. I just didn't read enough in 2017, and I really want to catch up with the best reads in 2018. 
Specifically I think - The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

4. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

There's a lot more than one. If you want to, you can read all of my 2018 goals: here.

But the main one would be to read at least 30 books in 2018.

Book Bingo

Friday, 29 December 2017

Hello Everyone!

Last week I set my 2018 reading goals, this week I want to set myself up well for reading in 2018.

Since I set my reading goal as thirty books, I have created almost a bingo sheet of books which I want to read in 2018. I believe there are around thirty-five books included, most are 2018 releases, some are prior releases which I am planning on reading anyway. These are mostly releases from the first half of 2018 which I am planning to read. I want to check of these books as I read them, and complete book bingo by reading all of the books by next December. If anyone else is doing anything similar let me know - I'd love to see similar ideas from other people!

What books are you looking forward to delving into in 2018? Let me know down below!

This idea was inspired by Lala's reading goals for 2017. 

2018 Reading Goals

To help me start my book-blogging journey, I have decided to set goals for myself for 2018 in terms of my reading.

Goal One: Blog Consistently 

I want to make sure I am posting content online consistently throughout 2018. I have a long, intense placement at the beginning of the year, but after I graduate in June, I'm hoping I will have more time to focus on blogging. Content-wise, I'm hoping to be posting more reviews on here and on Goodreads, book hauls, author reviews etc.

I also want to be consistent in updating my goodreads account, making sure I have reviewed and star-rated books etc.

Goal Two
Read Thirty Books

This goal is a HUGE commitment for me. Last year, I read three books. THREE. Albeit, I read all three within one week.

I had a hellish year in terms of reading, had a lot of other priorities and was also just un-focused and lazy. I think committing myself to thirty will allow me to not read too much during my stressful placement, in the first months of the year, and then read a weekly book throughout the year, which is a doable pace for me, I think.

Goal Three: Read More Broadly

I want to read a lot more broadly in 2018. This includes reading more diversely, reading more own-voice stories, reading more books from different cultures and just reading more widely in terms of genre and author.

However, although I want to read more widely, I also am still reading for pleasure, and so will continue to read my favourite authors, and most of my reading will probably still involve thrillers, since that is my favourite genre. Sorry-not-sorry.

Goal Four: Buy Less, Library More

This year, I have been on a book-buying spree, which is hurting my bank-account somewhat. Next year, I want to re-visit my local library and fall in love with it again. I used to visit the library almost every day when I was little, and haven't set foot in it now, in years. I think it's so important to support your local library and my goal is to support mine next year.

Goal Five: Listen to More Audiobooks.

This is a bit of a weird one, but I think that's just because my OCD-like self can't leave this list at only four goals. 

I always read physical copies of all of the books that I read. I don't like e-readers and also don't have one currently, and so only read physical books. However, next year I want to get into listening to more books, even just a few books during the year, on my commute or whilst I make dinner. I feel like this will be a good experience for me, and could be useful in getting through particularly long books. 

What are your reading goals for 2018? Let me know down below!

This has been inspired by many a book-tuber, who have uploaded similar videos, check some of them out: 

Sarah's Goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-qKVasTvQ 
Joce's Goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4c7Wiv_LlQ
Kate's Goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G45w-V1yOA

And then some fellow book-blogger goals, check them out too! 

Anushka's Goals: https://goingthroughbooks.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/2018-reading-goals/
Helen's Goals: http://www.helensbookblog.com/2017/12/2018-reading-challenges-and-goals.html
Lisa's Goals: https://mybookshelfdialogues.com/2017/12/19/my-2018-reading-goals/