My Favourite Books of 2017

I read a lot of books in 2017- so here are my Top 17 books of 2017!

These are the books I rated 4/5 or 5/5 stars and they are as follows:

  • A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards
  • Inferno by Catherine Doyle
  • Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
  • A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: 20th Anniversary edition by J.K Rowling
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  • Doctor Who: Time Reaver
  • Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History #7

Quite a mix there!

Thanks for reading!

~Katie

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End of Year Survey- 2017

It’s that time of year again to participate in Jamie over at The Perpetual Reader’s end of year survey! I love doing this as I feel it works really well to reflect on my reading year!

Number of Books you Read: 58

Number of re-reads: 2

Genre you read the most from: I’m not overly sure….as I read of range but I’m probably going to say either crime or contemporary fiction.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

It’s really hard to choose one book but one that I think is most memorable to me is The Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

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

I thought I was going to love The Understudy by David Nichols considering I’d loved One Day but it turned out to be mediocre in comparison…

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

Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis was a surprise! Usually when I get paranormal books for free from authors or websites I end up not liking them too much but I really enjoyed this one!

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

I don’t really push people to read books, I just recommend everything I read in case it would interest someone.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I read a few series in 2017 so I can answer this question with a complete series and it has to be the Blood for Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Laini Taylor, Catherine Doyle, Non Pratt…

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t tend to read a lot of science fiction or crime (which changed this year) so I’m going to say Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. It was a brilliant debut science fiction novel.

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

Ooh, a hard one….probably Timebomb by Scott. K. Andrews because I really wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters as each chapter went on.

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

Can I cheat and say Harry Potter? I always re-read Harry Potter.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Again this is a hard one, as quite a few stand out- but probably Karou from A Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I think it’s her blue hair.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Either the series mentioned above or Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is a fab writer and I always love myself in his books.

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

A Boy Made of Blocks- it really demonstrated to me as a reader how difficult it can be to have a child who is on the autistic spectrum

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

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It was hyped up when it first came out but the TV show bought it to my attention.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.

Until all that’s left is us”

Amie Kaufman, These Broken Stars

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Doctor Who: The Complete History #7 by John Ainsworth

Longest: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Caged by Sophie Davis. There was a major plot twist with one of the characters that really shocked me!

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

(Mild spoiler) – Sophie and Luca from the Blood for Blood trilogy

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Probably another cheat of an answer but the Tenth Doctor and Donna from the Big Finish Adventures. It was great to relive their friendship again through audio.

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

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

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

As I mainly read books I’d chosen myself from my TBR jar I don’t have an answer to this question.

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

Jahan Korakides from The Waking Land

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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

These questions are always so hard but probably the planet that Lilac and Tarver get stranded on in These Broken Stars.

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

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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

Les Miserables? I mean there’s an awful lot of death and made me feel sad.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Watson and Holmes graphic novels.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I can’t think of an answer for this one either!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

For this one I’m going to say A Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki. Although I didn’t enjoy the book it was interesting reading a book from a dragon’s perspective.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad

The Crown by Kiera Cass. Some of the decisions the main character Eadlyn made just made me roll my eyes.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

There’s a few but on that stands out is Tiffany’s blog over at Beyond the Stars. She writes some really great posts with great layout 🙂 Give her a follow!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Definitely my review for Les Miserables. It’s a long review because the book is so long but I included gifs from the film and I really like how it looks overall.

https://sherlockianbooklover.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/book-review-les-miserables-by-victor-hugo/

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Probably my Top Ten Tuesday on the fathers of Harry Potter! It seemed to be very popular.

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

No question it has to be the British Library’s Harry Potter Exhibition, A History of Magic. It was a fantastic experience!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Finishing Les Miserables. That was an achievement!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Trying to read enough and a good variety as well as keeping up with weekly tags and things. Sometimes I was just too busy.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Not overly sure but I know my Top Ten Tuesday post about books featuring disabled characters got some likes.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them?

9. Best Bookish discovery? (Book related sites, book stores etc)

One of my friends introduced me to Wordery this year! I have yet to order anything from it though.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Sadly, I didn’t manage to. I never aim to complete the Popsugar reading challenge, it just helps to add variety to my reading.

I didn’t manage to complete my Goodreads reading challenge either. I think 60 books was a little ambitious.

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

Probably A Darker Shade of Magic. I really need to read this book!

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

The new Skulduggery Pleasant Book! I have yet to read book 10 but yeah

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t really follow new releases so I’ll just wait and be surprised!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

As previously mentioned- the new Skulduggery book.

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

Just to read more!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

N/A

And that’s my end of year survey!

Thanks for reading!

~Katie

December Wrap-Up!

My aim for December was to read enough books to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which, unfortunately, I didn’t manage to complete (58/60 is not bad though!). However, I did manage to read 7 books in December which is insane considering how busy I was!

They were a mix of ebooks, physical books, and one graphic novel.

The books I read were:

I feel like I had quite a good reading month if you think that it was the build up to Christmas!

What did everyone else read this month?

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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Book Review: Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher

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Read between: 21st-28th December
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 400
Published: June 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Synopsis: The next much-anticipated romantic chapter in Billy and Sophie’s love story from bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher.

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .


Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: Always with Love takes us back into the world of Sophie May and Billy Buskin as they are flying out to L.A so that Sophie can be properly introduced to Billy’s family. When they get there, Sophie realises that life in L.A. is much different from the quiet life of Rosefont Hill and her little tea shop- Molly’s-on-the-Hill.

Is Billy going to realise this too? Is he going to realise the quiet life isnt for him? Will Sophie be able to cope with a long distance relationship if he does?

This book definitely provided a different setting, with L.A being added to the mix- but it also made me worry about Billy and Sophie’s relationship! They’re such a cute couple and I didn’t want anything to change that.

Not even Petere, the son of Molly, the previous owner of the little cafe Sophie now owns, now named after her after she passed away in the first book.

However, I did like the way the author included a letter exchange between Billy and Sophie. It felt a lot more personal and I got to understand the characters feelings much better whilst they dealt with being apart whilst Billy was filming a new movie.

It was sweet that they found a way to stay in touch that didn’t disagree with the time difference!

I really enjoyed this book, maybe not as much as the first one, but I loved being back with the characters. It actually continues on from the novella, ‘Christmas with Billy and Me’ rather than the first book, but it felt like I’d never left the characters.

I really love Giovanna’s writing- she’s become one of my auto-buy authors. I’m really hoping she’s going to write another book featuring Billy and Sophie after the way this one ended!

It’s a great contemporary read- it has drama, romance, and cake!

What else do you nedd?

4/5 stars.

Definitely recommend it. I loved it!

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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My Goodreads Year in Books- 2017 (minus the last few days in December)

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2017
This is my journey in books for 2017!

TOTALS

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Doctor Who by John Ainsworth
SHORTEST BOOK
128 pages
Doctor Who: The Complete History…
by John Ainsworth
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LONGEST BOOK
826 pages
Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
AVERAGE LENGTH
344 pages

MOST POPULAR
5,868,313 people also read
Harry Potter and the Philosopher…
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

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The Beasts of Karlstad by David J.H. Smith
LEAST POPULAR
4 people also read
The Beasts of Karlstad
by David J.H. Smith

MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2017

3.9

The Beasts of Karlstad by David J.H. Smith
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
The Beasts of Karlstad
by David J.H. Smith
4.60 average

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Doctor Who by Justin Richards
My first review of the year
 
I always like Justin Richards books for Doctor Who because they’re just that little bit darker and that makes for great reading!

This one follows The Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness in early 21st Century at an abandoned Soviet base after the cold war. There’s Russian soldiers, zombies, jellyfish aliens and bodies with the life sucked out of them.

What’s going on, and can the Doctor save the day?

I did forget that Jack wasn’t immortal …more

MY 2017 BOOKS
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
 
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Doctor Who by Justin Richards
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
The Understudy by David Nicholls
The Love of Her Life by Harriet Evans
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The Queen of New Beginnings by Erica James
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
London Boulevard by Ken Bruen
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
 
Thread of Hope by Jeff Shelby
Caged by Sophie  Davis
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
A Good Man Gone by A.W. Hartoin
The Memory of Midnight by Pamela Hartshorne
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
 
Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley
Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black by Karl Bollers
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Mirror of Stone by Corie Weaver
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
Watson and Holmes by Brandon Easton
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
 
TimeBomb by Scott K. Andrews
The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki
A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Follow You Home by Mark  Edwards
Inferno by Catherine Doyle
 
Salvage Trouble by J.S. Morin
Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
Better World by Autumn Kalquist
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Doctor Who by John Ainsworth
Doctor Who by Jenny T. Colgan
it was amazing
Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray
Trapped In Silver by Emily Sowden
The Beasts of Karlstad by David J.H. Smith
The Two O'Clock Boy by Mark  Hill
Holding by Graham Norton
Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
 
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
My last review of the year
 
I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot due to having an arc, and going in blind meant I ended up loving this book! If I was to describe it I’d say it was a bit like the Hunger Games but in space. They’re all fighting for a chance to go to Eden and make their families richer than they’ve ever been.

Emmet is a pretty good character. He’s both down to Earth and has a temper, meaning he always had a fighting spirit, even through grief an …more

 2017 READING

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95%
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