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The 2017 "Year in Review" Book Tag

December 24, 2017

I was tagged in this super-fun-albeit-fairly-insensitive-at-times tag by the adorable Emma, whose answers never fail to make me laugh, so you guys should totally go check her post out when you’re done here! I am living for all of these end-of-year tags, so here we go~

1. first ever female doctor who

(favorite female protagonist)


This was actually really tough for me to answer, because there were so many that I loved this year, but I think I have to go with Kady Grant from The Illuminae Files. She’s just so sassy and clever, plus she’s short and pink-haired, so… I can relate.

2. gcc cuts ties with qatar

(an author you cut ties with)

270730.jpgOh, boy. There was actually more than one, but most of them were just due to learning I hate their books now. The only one that I previously loved, but cut ties with due to their complete and total douchebaggery, was Ellen Hopkins. If you haven’t heard the drama behind this one, she announced that she’s writing a YA contemporary retelling of the motherloving underground railroad. I’d had my suspicions for years that she had crossed the line into full-blown exploitation, and this confirmed my fears. Not only was there this whole scenario, but when fans tried to discuss it with her on twitter, she blew everyone off and basically just said, “Just buy the book when it comes out and see what’s really happening.” Uh, really?

So, anyways, I managed to unhaul every poetry book she’s ever released within less than a week.

3. la la land oscar mix-up

(a book that surprised you)


Definitely Stalking Jack the Ripper. I had feelings it would be okay, but I didn’t really expect to love it, and boy, was I wrong. That series has my soul, for real. Kerri is on my auto-buy list forever.

4. hurricanes and earthquakes

(a book that rocked your world)

Now you see why I said this tag was, at times, insensitive. Anyways…


I’ll give this one to A Court of Mist and Fury. I read it at the start of this year and it completely obliterated all of my expectations and made me realize how much I had missed hardcore fangirling over a new OTP. <3 Feysand.

5. louvre abu dhabi

(favorite book cover art)


An Enchantment of Ravens. I just want Charlie Bowater to draw all of the cover art, forever.

6. da vinci’s salvator mundi sells for $450mil

(a take-my-money book)


This year was the first year in my life that I felt a desperate, irresistible need to purchase multiple editions of the same book.

At one time, I had 3 different editions of ACOWAR (I now have 2). I have 2 editions each of And I Darken and Now I Rise (US & UK), 2 editions of Nevernight (US hardback & UK paperback), and 2 editions of A Darker Shade of Magic (UK paperback & US collector’s edition hardback – I had to hold myself back from buying EVERY SINGLE COLLECTOR’S EDITION though).

7. total eclipse

(a sequel that overshadows the first book)

I read a lot of incredible sequels this year, that surpassed the first books in their respective series: Now I Rise, A Court of Mist and Fury, Gemina, Hunting Prince Dracula, The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily Lily Blue…


8. muslim ban

(favorite diverse read)

How on earth could I pick just one? That’s honestly just as tough as asking me to pick a single favorite book of the year, period. I’m pretending this question doesn’t exist. Bye.

9. italy doesn’t qualify for world cup

(most disappointing book)

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, is this one easy: THE HAZEL WOOD. That book was supposed to be one of the best releases of 2018, and instead, it was a train wreck from cover to cover for me.


I posted a review just a few days ago, if you’re into reading my rants.

10. prince harry engaged

(favorite ship)



My sweet loves. I honestly forgot what it was like to fangirl so hard over an OTP until meeting these two.


11. star wars: the last jedi

(most anticipated book)

I’m assuming this means what book in 2017 did I anticipate most? If so, definitely A Court of Wings and Ruin, which made me feel like I was going to spontaneously combust for several months leading up to the release of it.



I don’t normally tag people, but I’m feeling less lazy than usual tonight, so I’ll tag…

  • Melanie
  • Heather
  • Sarah
  • Amber
  • Kathy
  • Alex
  • Taylor


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  • Reply Sarah December 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Ooh, thanks for the tag! I love your answers (and definitely see your point about a little insensitivity in the questions!) and can’t wait to do this one ?

  • Reply meltotheany December 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    This is a super cute (and I can already tell a little hard to choose!) tag! Thank you for tagging me, beautiful! And I loved all your answers! Happy Christmas Eve, love! <3 xx

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 25, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      Merry Christmas, gorgeous! I can’t wait to see your answers if you decide to do the tag!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches December 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Just when I was thinking I needed some post ideas, I get tagged. Whoooop, yay for the universe helping me out!
    Also; favorite diverse read? I’ll pretty much HAVE to go with Queens of Geek. I finished it today. In one sitting. I rarely do that but I did?!

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