Since 2017 is nearly over I thought hmm maybe I should focus on the things I’ve read instead of the ones on my TBR and feeling bad for not reading more. I’m going to be a positive bean for a bit here and not screech every five sentences.

Also this post features categories and pie charts! I went full on overly-prepared nerd on this!

(I borrowed this idea from the marvelously fabulous Cait @ Paperfury who does this kind of thing every year because I liked how it looks so much? It’s so clear, so understandable? Amazing??)

I love pie charts (and any other kind of pie ok it’s not nice picking favorites and other should’t feel left out please give me pie I’m not picky) and I loveee making graphics so here we are. And yes all my bookish pictures are MESSY LIKE MY LIFE.

 Note: Most of these books weren’t published in 2017. I just read them this year because I’m slightly rebellious like that.

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WHAT GENRES I READ THIS YEAR?

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I am usually a very fantasy loving lizard (it makes for a rather nutritious diet) but somehow this year contemporaries melted my icy heart. Now excuse me but I shall prepare for the end of the world for it is neigh, the first sign of our impending doom being me not reading 100% fantasy.

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WHAT STAR RATINGS I GAVE?

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Hmmm….I guess I am rather fond of those 2-3 star ratings, am I not?

(and if you didn’t know this about me: I RARELY GIVE 5 STAR RATINGS! I am a very critical reader lizard and I’m not afraid to spit some fire beware)

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….thanks Goodreads for reminding me what basic math is (because pfft who’s got time for that between complaining about 2017 and fighting my dog certainly not I)…

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016?

Top 5 aka Top “Books Ioana fangirls about without providing good summaries or making anyone excited about reading them except herself and she has already read them”. And you know what? I’m perfectly ok with that.

1.Lord of Shadows

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HAVE I NOT FANGIRLED OVER THIS BOOK ENOUGH? I probably haven’t because I cannot ever fangirl enough. Damn you human body limitations!

This is now my absolute all time favourite series and that should tell you enough*.

*yes above Harry Potter we’ve been over this John

2.Spellbook for the Lost and Found

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This is such and underrated book so I hereby AM SCREAMING AT ALL OF YOU TO READ IT! I have lost my chill, my mind and also probably my bookmark and that is because I respect this whole books #aesthetic and not because I am a forgetful bean.

3.Strange the Dreamer

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Cute story about this one: I read 80% of it in the airport and on the plane back from London. Once I got into it the outside world became annoying because how dare it exist and interrupt my reading? #rude

(ALSO LAINI TAYLOR LIKED THE AESTHETIC I TWEETED?! AND I DISSOLVED INTO A PILE OF MUSH?!?!)

4.The Raven Boys

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I’ve been bribed with various desserts to read this book for ages now and I can say IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was beautiful and weird and I love Gansey and Blue and Noah and I HAVE TO FINISH THE SERIES NOW.

5.Crooked Kingdom

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 Wow isn’t it so rare that a book I’ve read in January made this list? Well it’s because LEIGH BARDUGO IS QUEEN and she can achieve anything. Round of applause. I am now crying because I don’t want to leave this characters my crow babies.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

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BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS?

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GOOD SURPRISES?

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHORS DISCOVERED IN 2016?

Well this year I’ve definitely found some new all time favorite authors that I want my eyeballs to enjoy their amazing writing forever and stare at their beautiful words. Also HOW COME I’VE NEVER READ ANYTHING BY THEM BEFORE where have I even been?!

These are the amazingly weird Maggie Stiefvater, fantastically stabbtacular V. E. Schwab and the absolute queen Moïra FowleyDoyle!

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BEST BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE SOMEONE RECOMMENDED IT?

That would be The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

(if you listen closely a single person in the distance can be heard gasping in surprise)

As previously mentioned I have been bribed (with Ice cream AND cake like wow I can open a bakery here), shouted at (in a mildly polite manner) and my eyeballs had to endure seeing these books EVERYWHERE. And now? NOW I finally UNDERSTAND! (ok not so much a fan of the 2nd book BUT HEY THIS FIRST BOOK IS GLORIOUS).

I am starting to see a trend here: if you liked The Raven Boys then we’ll most likely be best friends that make flower crowns and take over the world together. Side effects. Us people that somehow liked this book? We’re a weird bunch. Did you ever see us without our hats?? No it’s weird we’re weirdos we don’t fit in. Ahem.

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BEST PROTAGONISTS?

  • Anya from Anya’s ghost : Ahh her character is so reletable? She struggles with body image and she’s such a good representation of actual teens in highschool.
  • Gansey and Blue from The Raven Boys : The cutest and quirky-est persons award goes to these two. I have to appreciate Gansey’s artistic side when it comes to making notebooks about the supernatural and Blue’s fashion style.
  • Ty and Kit and Mark from Lord of Shadows : AND DON’T YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE this isn’t how parenting works you’re allowed to love all your children equally

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MOST GORGEOUS COVERS?

(desclimer: these are all 2017 releases ergo I haven’t read all of them…YET)

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MOST ORIGINAL WORLDS / SETTINGS?

This one HAS to go to Strange the Dreamer because I’ve never read a book with a more rabidly creative world EVER. It’s so interesting and weird and unique? AND VIVID? Floating statues, blue gods, alchemy and dreams? I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN PROPERLY!

ALSO A LIBRARY!!

I would read Laini Taylor’s grocery list and I’m sure I’ll be drooling.

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BOOKS THAT MADE YOU BREATH FIRE IN RAGE?

(linked all extra my salty reviews in case you are fond of sodium)

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  • Caraval : Let’s just throw in casual suicide as a shocking plot device.
  • Let it Snow : So much girl hate that I have the urge to climb a building and shout that it’s ok to be feminine, masculine, both, neither!
  • Love and Gelato : Not enough gelato so #falseadvertisement.

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RELEASES THAT ARE STILL ON YOUR 2018 TBR?

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…basically I haven’t read many of the most hyped up books this year…just ignore me crying in the corner for being horrible at bookworming…I SAID POSITIVITY DAMN IT get back in there tears I am not failing at being positive AT THE LAST QUESTION!

(If you’ve felt bad about how big your TBR still is just remember that I haven’t even read The Hate you Give this year and then feel better about yourself.)

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How has YOUR reading year been (in varying levels of horrible)? What were YOUR favourite and least favourite books? Am I the only one that hasn’t read any of the popular releases (please don’t shout at me I am fragile)?

LET ME KNOW.

 

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56 thoughts on “2017 Bookish Wrap-up

  1. LORD OF SHADOWS AOSJDBKSKAIWJSHDOWKSJEI LOVE IT SO MUCH AHHHHHHHH. AND YESS I READ RAVEN BOYS CUZ OF LU AND I LOVE IT NOW OMG AND YESSS STRANGE THE DREAMER AND YES TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN AND YES THIS POST. Do you mind if I steal the format?? I love ittttt

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    1. LORD OF SHADOWS WAS THE BEST OMG I AM STILL FANGIRLING ABOUT IT AND I’LL NEVER STOP AHSKL. Omg Lu changed your life BEST DECISION EVER TO READ THE RAVEN BOYS (and huh isn’t it so strange how many people just decided to read The Raven Boys this year wut 😂)!!

      Go right ahead (but I actually stole it from Paperfury?? Sooo…check her posts out first because they’re like a bazilion times better then mine is lol).

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  2. I read Spellbook of the Lost and Found as well! Although I was pretty darn confused at first because of the character-overload, haha. It took me a while to figure out the “who’s who?” but once I did, it definitely was worth the read!

    As for Warcross: You have to read that book like now. I expected to like it; but I ended up LOOOOOVING it!

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    1. Yeah it took me a bit to get who was who and from who’s perspective I was reading BUT IT ENEDED UP BEING SO AMAZING?!?! At first all the names are so confusing though.

      I own it!! And I can’t wait to start it ahhhh I’ve heard so many amazing things!!

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    1. Awww mg fiction is the actual cutest. No ansgty relationship drama aka my dreams coming true. I didn’t read that much this year but there are some on my evergrowing TBR that i need to get to.

      This year contemporary ROCKED. I am a fantasy lover but man contemporaries won me over this year.

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    1. Awee yes that’s kinda true. I mean TMI is also amazing…I didn’t love it AS much (first 2 books are actually 2 stars from me ups) but you fly through them!! And it’s so worth it and you’ll want more from the world!! And then you’ll become absolute Cassie Clare trash…come join ussss it’s nice here in the fandom 😂.

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      1. Ughhh school work’s the absolute worst. I wish it didn’t get in the way of me and my beautiful books.

        Best advice I got : read them in publishing order!
        Or you can always do like I did (because I didn’t know any better) and read the first 3 TMI books then TID (because it so much better and I kinda needed the extra motivation 😂) and then the last 3 TIM books.
        Is that helpful? Probably not I just winged it and it turned out ok.

        I do admire the dedication though with how big my tbr is now I would be too intimidated to keep any series longer then 6 books on it 😂. Too much commitment.

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      2. Hmmm…I take your advice about thr publishing order. 😁 Maybe TID is a good jumpstart! Thanks for that.

        I am aiming to read more this 2018 but Ibhave to agree with you. A 6 book series? I pass… for now. 😂😂

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  3. Where did you make your pie charts????? Cuz I need to make them for my stats post but cannot find any good website for them!

    Oh no, sorry you had so many 2 stars! Honestly, if I followed the GR description for ratings, I’d have mostly 2 and 3 stars too, but my personal scale differs a bit. And don’t feel bad, I only gave two books 5 stars, and a few others got 4.5 stars.

    I’m so happy to see Raven Boys and Crooked Kingdom on your best list because I still need to read those! 2018 damn it. I WILL READ THEM.

    I agree, those are some beautiful covers!

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    1. Um…is it bad that I don’t know??? I DIDN’T LOOK 😂! Just google pie chart maker and first thing that pops up. (Ok I cheked and the watermark on the pictures says meta-chart so try that)

      I don’t think 3 stars is a bad rating. I think it the avrege “it was ok”. So I don’t feel too bad about giving 2-3 stars.

      YOU HAVE TO!! THEY ARE AMAZING!!

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  4. This is totally unrelated to this post but about your bio: I am writing two books, one about space and the other about dragons, and am also a socially awkward book-devourer teenager? Um, is that a recipe for friendship?? I love your blog!

    The only hyped book I read this year was The Hate U Give, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype! I want to read more fantasy…I mostly read contemporary. That being said, I want to read Starfish too! Not to judge by a cover, but that cover is gorgeous…

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    1. TOTALLY UNRELATED IS WELCOMED!! Also yessss we can be absolute bffs here seriously!!! And thank youuuu ❤!!

      (And good luck with those books of yours they sound absolutely amazing and fantastic!!)

      I need to read THUG ahhhh. It seems like everyone and their pet have read it and I’m here in the shame corner alone and weird.

      Not to judge by the cover but the gorgeous cover helpsss. Nevermind that it has a jellyfish and not starfish on 😂.

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  5. YES! The Raven Cycle deserves all the awards and you 100% need to finish the series. I rated most of the books in the series 4 stars because I constantly wanted more from them but when I finished the last book I cried so much and I was on a reading high for a week (which never happens to me for more than half an hour).

    I am waiting until 2017 ends to figure out my statistics because I am still holding out hope I’ll read a few more books in the days left to come. And the only book on your “books from 2017 I still haven’t read” list that I’ve read in The Hate U Give so we’re basically in the same place!! I am so bad at keeping up to date with recent releases.

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    1. AFGJAKAL THE RAVEN CYCLE!! It’s some kind of torture for me since I own the last book but not Blue Lily Lily Blue and I can’t read it and ahhhhhh. This is how I die.

      I haven’t been reading these past few weeks (I’m taking a break people…also the books I WANT to read are not here so I can’t read them so I’m sad) ergo I could make these beautiful stats. Good luck on your challenge though.

      Yesss I am THE WORST at keeping up with new releases! By the time I get to them they aren’t new anymore 😂.

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      1. Ahhh that must be so painful!! I listened to the audiobooks for all of them and I didn’t finish Blue Lily, Lily Blue and had to return it and then someone else borrowed it and I had to wait WEEKS until I could finish it and I was just constantly screaming.

        I am totally the same. And even if I buy the book around it’s release date I don’t end up reading it for months later.

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  6. I LOVE THE PIE CHARTS, this looks amazing and how do you have the patience to do this haha. I admire you 😛
    Spellbook was so great, I am SO happy to see it on this list, and di you read The Accident Season yet?? I can’t remember now, I’m sorry haha. Happy that Turtles and We were liars made it on your honorable mentions 🙂
    Did you read The Color Project? If not, you HAVE TO. I loved it SO MUCH.
    Great post! 🙂

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    1. Thank youuu ❤!! It’s just calming to make graphics I have a bazilion saved in a folder and I’ve waited since I made my blog to make these muahaha.

      I HAVEN’T READ THE ACCIDENT SEASON YET!! It was supposed to come for Xmas with other books but the shipping takes ageees here. And I’m so sad I’ve ordered it in November to make sure it’ll come on time. By this point I’m hoping they’ll come THIS YEAR.

      Yess look a John Green book made it on my faves list. I am proud of myself.

      Is The Color Project good?? Should I make it a priority for next year??

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      1. OH no! I hope it will be there soon, I can’t wait for you to read it 😀
        THE COLOR PROJECT WAS GREAT. I loved it a lot, loved the characters, they were so adorable, the family vibes, the feelings and emotions. I hope you’ll read it soon 🙂

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  7. I love how much you love fantasy! But it’s not so good that most of your ratings were 2 or 3 stars! I hope there are more favourites and books you love in this new year. Also, I really liked We Were Liars when I read it as well. Hoping 2018 is a good reading year for you!

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    1. FANTASY IS THE BEEEST. I love to love fantasy too 😂.
      For me a 3 star rating is fine actually. Sure I would loveee all my reads to be 5 stars but I think that would get a bit overwhelming after a while.
      I wish you a fantastic reading year as well ❤!! Just looking at the releases makes me excited!

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    1. Ahh it’s not that it wasn’t a good book (I mostly don’t say that a book is legitimately bad unless it has grammar mistakes or it’s superficial) it’s just that I didn’t like it…at all. Not my cup of tea, I didn’t like the characters or the world or the writing style. And that’s fine these things are very subjective so it comes down to what YOU enjoy.
      Yess I liked We Were Liars so muuuch (it was a surprise BUT A GOOD ONE)!! Thank you for commenting ❤!!

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  8. This was such a great post! Mind if I borrow your idea? Although I don’t plan to do pie charts because I do too many at work.

    I am with you on the 5 star rating… But I give 4 stars pretty easily.

    I have yet to read The Hate U Give too (just started it last night). But I loved Giant Days. It is just so fun and silly and the characters are so lovable and the art is awesome, and I just have so many feels.

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  9. May I first just say that I am in awe of your amazing blog title? I have just gotten here and I am not over it yet.
    Fantastic post! You are quite funny and pie charts are the best. I assure you dear bean that you are not the only one who has not read all the popular releases because I have read exactly none of them. I have not read any of the books in this post, in fact. Please forgive me.
    I did read approximately 60 books last year, but most of them were relatively ancient and therefore not on most peoples’ brains. My favorite discoveries of the year were Momo by Michael Ende and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The most frustrating reads of the year include the All the Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket and the Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy.
    Again, splendid post, and happy reading in 2018!

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    1. Thank youuu ❤!! I too am quite fond of my blog tittle even though it makes me kinda hungry and crave waffles ok I’ll stop because now I reaaally want some waffles.

      Ahh I’m glad you like my silly sense of humour AND YES PIE CHARTS ARE THE BEST I wish everything was just represented in pie charts because they are so pretty and clear.

      HA I’m glad I’m not the only one kinda slaking in my bookworm duties! We can stay in the corner togheter then.

      I had to read Momo for school and it was absolutely amazing!! I’m so glad my teacher made me pick it up!! Also A Monster Calls is heartbreaking I DIDN’T NEED THE FEELS YET HERE WE ARE.

      Thank you for commenting and a very great reading year to you too ❤!

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  10. OMG. Finally someone that I can rant about ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’. I was honestly expecting SO much MORE. T.T . the summary was really good and then I started reading and literally forced my way tooth and nail through half of the book hoping it would get better. I couldn’t finish it 😦 and I ALWAYS finish books

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    1. YESSSS!!! OMG YES I LOVEEE RANTING. The summery was great ok victorian London and murder is pretty much a recepie for success in my book and everyone seemed to be raving about how good it was (honestly I saw some people say it was their favourite book of the year???) AND THEN THE BOOK BETRAYED ME. It was so bland I felt like eating dust and the romance…THE ROMAAANCE….ugh. So yeah we can suffer togheter in our unpopular opinion corner.

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      1. Yes exactly!! Victorian anything and murder is my jam!! lol but honestly i don’t understand why people enjoyed this so much–not to enforce my opinion or anything–but the romance was sooo bad haha. lol yeah at least we are suffering together ❤

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  11. DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY PLEASE LIKE IT SO MANY PEOPLE HATE IT AND WHYYYYYYYY. But the MC is bi and and Luca is on the ace spec AND ITS ABOUT A CIRCUS and its SO MAGICAL and plot twisty and pleassse read it soon? ALONG WITH THE ACCIDENT SEASON. also here’s ice cream to bribe you with.

    AND YOU HAVEN’T READ THUG?! *shakes head in disappointment* I can’t believe this.

    BUT YOU HAVE READ STRANGE THE DREAMER> which is beautiful because lazlo is such a kind little hufflepuff and I ADORE HIM SO MUCH and he has a broken nose because he bumped into a wall when he was reading and seriously? RELATABLE. Can we just appreciate how dorky he is seriously.

    AND ALL THOSE COVERS ARE GORGEOUSSSS. I love cover aesthetics to be honest. And the covers for 2018 are?? even?? better? wow.

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