2017 Reading Survey

I did this survey last year, looking back at my reading “life” for 2016. The template comes from ZeZee With Books though it originated at The Perpetual Page Turner, apparently. Here we go for my 2017 stats, though I’ve removed a few things that didn’t apply:

Reading Stats:
Total books read: 100

Authors:
Canadian 59 – 59%
USA 19 – 19%
UK 13 – 13%
Other 6 – 6%

Male 38 – 38%
Female 62 – 62%

Fiction 95 – 95%
Non-Fiction  5 – 5%

Paper books 13 – 13%
eBooks 86 – 86%
Audio 1 – 1%

Graphic Novels – none
Books not finished – 1
Books I’ve reread – 3
Classics (including Canadian classics) – 10

Best Books read in 2017
Prairie Ostrich – Tamai Kobayashi
First Snow, Last Light – Wayne Johnston
Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay
The Break – Katherina Vermette
Garbo Laughs – Elizabeth Hay
The Best Kind of People – Zoe Whittall
Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold – Margaret Atwood
The Town that Drowned – Riel Nason
The Visitors – Catherine Burns

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t.
Alone in the Classroom – Elizabeth Hay

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way).
Rankin Inlet – Mara Feeney
Rockbound – Frank Parker Day
Both in a good way

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did).
Prairie Ostrich – Tamai Kobayashi

Best series you started in 2017. Best sequel of 2017. Best series ender of 2017.
This Was a Man – Jeffrey Archer (series ender)

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017.
Elizabeth Hay
Zoe Whittall

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone.
Only read a small number outside my comfort zone and all of them were not highly rated.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book.
Company Town – Madeleine Ashby

Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year.
I likely won’t reread anything next year. I tend to wait 5+ years to reread anything.

Favorite cover of the books you read.

Most memorable character.
Frank, the 9 year old boy in Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Egg Murakami from Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi

Most beautifully written book.
First Snow, Last Light – Wayne Johnston

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book.
The Break – Katherena Vermette
Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neill
Bellevue Square – Michael Redhill

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read.
The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017.
I didn’t write anything down.

Shortest and longest books you read in 2017
Longest:Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson
Shortest: The Grownup – Gillian Flynn (novella/long short story)
Others (< 200 pages):
The Next Sure Thing – Richard Wagamese
Ru – Kim Thuy
Fifteen Dogs – Andre Alexis
I Am A Truck – Michelle Winters
Twenty One Cardinals – Jocelyn Saucier
Prairie Ostrich – Tamai Kobayashi

Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously.
First Snow, Last Light – Wayne Johnston
The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman

Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure.
The Break – Katherena Vermette
The Diviners – Margaret Lawrence

Best 2017 debut you read.
All is Beauty Now – Sarah Faber

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting.
Company Town – Madeliene Ashby
Slammerkin – Emma Donoghue
A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All – Jonas Jonasson
Poles Apart – Terry Fallis

Book that made you cry or nearly cry.
Be Frank with Me – Julia Claiborne Johnson
Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neill

Hidden gem of the year.
The Town that Drowned – Rial Nason
Rockbound – Frank Parker Day

Most unique book.
Bellevue Square – Michael Redhill
Fifteen Dogs – Andre Alexis

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it).
The Break – Katherena Vermette

Best book title.
Garbo Laughs – Zoe Whittall
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it all – Jonas Jonasson

Best event that you participated in.
I think the Cross Canada challenge worked the best for me due to finding a few new gems.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017.
The best moments are being able to blog and write about things I like to do and read.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year.
Blogging wasn’t a challenge. I started it to post my book reviews and other bookish musings but it’s still only really meant for people’s amusements, not for profit.

Most popular post this year on your blog.
Canada Reads got the most views

Best bookish discovery.
Netgalley! Free books (which expire after 60 days), many of which are brand new ones.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Met and surpassed a goal of 90 books on Goodreads
Finished the Bingo 2017 challenge
Finished #20BooksofSummer
Finished a “Read Across Canada” challenge
Read some classics (like to try to read a few each year)
One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your number 1 priority in 2018.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut).
Was going to be Macbeth – Jo Nesbo but I snagged an ARC at the end of October!! Woot!

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018.
Hoping to see the next book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon by end of year.
I’ve received the next sequel in the Ken Follett series that started with Pillars of the Earth. The new one is called A Column of Fire and I can’t wait to get started!

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018.
Read all the books in the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, started this year with 2 books (Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood, MacBeth by Jo Nesbo)
Read all of the remaining Jane Austen novels, too.

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2016 Survey

central-library-20141213-032I’m a bit late with this, a look back on my reading in 2016, the template comes from ZeZee With Books though it originated at The Perpetual Page Turner, apparently.

Reading Stats:
Total books read: 107

Authors:
Canadian  43   40.2%
USA         25   23.4%
UK           31   28.9%
Other       8   7.4%

Male        40   37.4%
Female    64   59.8%

Fiction     97   90.7%
Non-Fiction 7   6.5%

Paper books 16  15%
eBooks        91   85%

Graphic Novels   3
Books not finished   2
Books I’ve reread   3
Classics (including Canadian classics)   13

Best Books read in 2016
Ragged Company – Richard Wagamese
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thu
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson
The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t.
The Night Stages – Jane Urquhart
The History of Us – Jonathan Harvey

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way).
Walt – Richard Wangersky (unexpected. quirky.)

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did).
I don’t know if there was any

Best series you started in 2016. Best sequel of 2016. Best series ender of 2016.
Unseemly Science – Rod Duncan

Favorite new author you discovered in 2016.
Richard Wagamese
Val McDermid (been around awhile but I’ve never read her)

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone.
Daydreams of Angels – Heather O’Neill (short stories, don’t usually read them. Might start reading more)
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood (graphic novel)

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book.
Wire in the Blood – Val McDermid
Arctic Drift – Clive Cussler

Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to reread next year.
I doubt I will reread any of the books in the next year.

Favorite cover of the books you read.
Mainly all ebooks and I don’t really get the full impact of the cover as it’s black and white

Most memorable character.
Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger from Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
Nao from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Wayne from Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Most beautifully written book.
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyn Saucier

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016.
I didn’t write anything down.

Shortest and longest books you read in 2016.
Longest: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, over 1100 pages
Shortest: Mary’s Christmas – Laurie R. King (really just a short story)
Other Novellas:
The Hand of God – James Craig
Virgins – Diana Gabaldon
A Highland Christmas – M.C. Beaton

Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously.
Unseemly Science – Rod Duncan
The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald

Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure.
The Birth House – Ami MacKay

annabelBest 2016 debut you read.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting.
Against a Darkening Sky – Lauren B. Davis

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read.
The Stupidest Angel – Christopher Moore

Book that made you cry or nearly cry.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Ragged Company – Richard Wagamese

Hidden gem of the year.
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson

Most unique book.
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it).
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro (bored me to tears)

Best book title.
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood
The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

New favorite book blog you discovered.
A Year of Books
 746 Books

Favorite review that you wrote.
Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards

Best discussion/non-review post.
Doesn’t apply. I’ve only just started this blog in 2017

Meeting Ami MacKay at the Halifax Central Library, October 27, 2016

Meeting Ami MacKay at the Halifax Central Library, October 27, 2016

Best event that you participated in.
Went to hear Ami MacKay read from The Witches of New York at the library, got the book signed, met a fellow Goodreader.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016.
Deciding to start a reading blog in 2017, I guess

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year.
Finding books to match all the squares in the Bingo challenge I participated in.
Reading more Canadian authors

 

Most popular post this year on your blog. (N/A)

Post you wished got a little more love. (N/A)

Best bookish discovery.
BookRiot
Richard Wagamese, Ami MacKay (2016) and honourable mention to Michael Crummey (2015)

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Met and surpassed a goal of 90 books on Goodreads
Finished the Bingo challenge
Read some classics (like to try to read a few each year)

One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017.
I have a stack of To Be Read books.

Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut).
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017.
Last of the series Jeffrey Archer read about the Clifton/Barrington families, “Cometh the Man”

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017.
Borrow more from the library