The ‘End of Year Book Survey’ was first created seven years ago by Jamie on her blog The Perpetual Page Turner; she also created the featured image and the headers that I have used, with her permission, throughout this post.
This is my first time completing this survey, and I am very excited to share my answers with you. This is a very very long post so, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find a snack and settle in. I hope you enjoy reading my answers as much as I enjoyed thinking about and writing them.
Have you completed the survey? Don’t forget to add your link to the list over on this post on The Perpetual Page-turner, and also leave it in the comments below so that I can go and peruse your answers. 🙂
Number Of Books You Read: 65
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most: Young Adult
1. Best book you read In 2016?
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Sadly, there’s a few to choose from:
- When we collided by Emery Lord
When we collided was okay. Unfortunately, though that was it. With praise and reviews such as perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, and with it likened to publications such as ‘All the bright places,’ all of which and who I adore, I had very high expectations. I was also very excited to read my first ever novel about Bipolar disorder. Despite all my excitement, and the high praise it received, quite quickly it began to fall flat. The depiction of the illness felt unrealistic against what I already knew, and the characters never felt that likeable.
- Nod by Adrian Barnes
Sat on the table staring at me (literally), it had such an intriguing cover that I just had to pick it up and read the blurb. The blurb proved to be just as interesting, and by the time I left the shop, I couldn’t wait to begin reading. It was good, it was okay, it had some fun and interesting parts, but the whole just did not work – at least not for me.
- So sad today by Melissa Broader
So sad today began, as did my relationship with this book, on Twitter. I love reading about mental health, and I knew fairly quickly that this was an essay collection I wanted to read. I think my high expectations and very high excitement levels undermined my overall enjoyment. I wanted to delve into the personal experiences of someone living with dark thoughts and intense, life-changing levels of mental ill-health. While it achieved, and touched on, this, it read more like a long-winded list of her ailments, issues and the muddle that appeared to be her life. In short, I wanted- craved -more depth.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The unfortunate importance of beauty. I am a sucker for a beautiful spine, so when I spotted this novel by Amanda Filipacchi, I knew I needed to take a look. Even the premise was a surprise – A woman dressing ‘fat, another going to extraordinary lengths to overcome her self-percieved plainness. And this wasn’t the only thing uncovered in this wonder of a novel. There are contemporary issues, elements of sci-fi (possibly the most incredible metaphor, possibly not), mystery, and thriller all in an average-length, floral package – and it was fantastically brilliant.
4. The book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I have been shamelessly, and strongly, recommending ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon and ‘Miss Peregrines home for Peculiar Children’ ever since I read them in late 2015. I know some my friends have begun Ransom Riggs’ fantastic series this year and I would like to take the credit. However, the release of the film adaptation this year probably helped. I have also been pushing ‘Under rose-tainted skies,’ which I read, and was released, in 2016, towards anyone I think would enjoy it. However, I have been more vocal about my love for this, debut, novel than I have been actively encouraging others to read it. Without a doubt, Louise Gornall has written one of the best books of 2016, a book that will continue to be very important in my life – I am using at as a text in my Dissertation research – in 2017.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Strangely, I didn’t embark on a new series this year. I did read Stephanie Perkins’ trilogy beginning with Anna and the French Kiss, but they are so far from being a new read that including them feels a lot like cheating.
2016 was the year I finished the ‘Miss Peregrine’ trilogy, and I loved every page. The series began strong and ended even stronger as the characters grew, and I was drawn deeper and deeper into the strange, mystical world that they call home. I also read ‘Tales of the Peculiar,’ the novella introducing the findings and tales curated by Millard Nullings. It wasn’t as incredible as the series – that would have been incredibly difficult – but it was lovely to revisit the familiar peculiarity, paired with stunning illustrations.
6. Favourite new author, you discovered in 2016?
Louise Gornall. No doubt. She wrote one of the most profound books I read all year, announced the topic of her second novel which I am sure will be just as important (and inspired this blog post), and appears to be a wonderful human being. Thank you 2016, for being the year that Louise Gornall and her novel became part of my Twitter, my blog, and my reading history.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. I never thought I’d read a thriller containing such dark and twisted ideas: murder, manipulation, abuse, the list goes on. My other answer was going to be ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir because I don’t think I read that much science-fiction.
I don’t wander into either the crime or Sci-Fi sections of Waterstones that often, not unless I have a specific book I am looking for but as these books were both lying on (different) promotional tables, their genre was taken out of the equation. This meant that I chose them purely based on interest in the story/reviews/how much I heard about them etc. without thinking about the implications of their genre – would ‘Gone Girl’ scare me? Would ‘The Martian’ be too sciency for me to enjoy? Both of this were fantastic, gripping, unputdownable books that maybe I wouldn’t have even considered had they been on the shelves in sections containing preconceived ideas.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
This was another question that I had ‘Gone Girl’ in mind for, even on holiday surrounded by beautiful Scottish scenery it was hard to tear myself away from what was unfolding page by page. Ultimately, though, ‘Born scared’ by Kevin Brooks takes this prize. It’s a short(ish), YA novel that packs a huge punch. Following Elliot as he overcomes his fear of everything so as to find his mum who is bringing home the medication that keeps the monster at bay, this was impossible to put down. Rooting for Elliot and his bravery throughout I didn’t want to abandon him. This is a 2016 read that never let up, gave very little space for breathing and raised my heart rate – I loved it!
9. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
There are a number of books that I’d like to think I will re-read next year: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The book of strange new things,’ ‘The vegetarian,’ I sort of already know that that is unlikely. I will re-read them at some point, that I can promise – they are incredible pieces of writing – but whether it will be 2017, or even 2018 when it happens, that I cannot. Out of the 66 books I have read this year, the most likely re-read in 2017 are the ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ trilogy, as evidenced by the fact that I have read them every year since the first time. They are so relaxed, romantic, fun, and entirely unpatronising that they never fail to lift my mood; an automatic choice when I need a smile.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (and Millard Nullings); it’s stunning. With a cloth-like feel to the deep-green hardback, gold inlay, cursive fonts and artistic tangle of leaves and thorns on the front, this was a no-brainer. And the end-papers!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Norah, the protagonist from ‘Under Rose-tainted Skies’ by Louise Gornall. Norah is confined to her house, her brain. She struggles with OCD and Depression, all comorbid with her primary diagnosis of Agoraphobia; daily, they make her life tough, everyday tasks (such as collecting the groceries from the front step) seem impossible. No-one would blame her for giving in. But she doesn’t. She fights, she sees the life she wants, that she knows she deserves and she fights. For this, she is wholly inspirational and unforgettable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I’m flitting between two candidates: ‘Shock of the Fall’ by Nathan Filer and ‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ by Katarina Bivald. I can’t even pinpoint why these are candidates. ‘Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ has a whimsical, comforting feeling that reminded me of a summer breeze or the warmth of a fire in winter. I have always loved Nathan Filer’s writing; the way it takes you on a journey through Mathew’s thought process, his changing emotions, and the ups and downs of his mental state. It may be the rawest portrayal of a fictional character I have ever read.
13. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of 2016?
My initial thought was to look back at the non-fiction books I enjoyed during 2016. ‘Crossing the Sea: With Syrians, on the exodus to Europe’ by Wolfgang Bauer, was an extremely eye-opening read, ‘So you’ve been publically shamed’ by Jon Ronson was another thought provoking read about the consequences of our online actions. But the book whose messages, and the importance of them, I cannot stop thinking about (or, apparently mentioning in this survey) is ‘The Book of Strange New Things.’ It’s a story, in its simplest form, about a Pastor going to space to give help to a new, budding, civilisation but it is so much more. It is an exploration of what it means to be human, about the construction of gender, the importance/non-importance of religion, the implications of religious belief, power and agency, of being the outsider. It has and will continue to make me think for a very long time.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2016 to finally read?
‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. I have read ‘Fangirl’ multiple times but was, for some reason, always slightly hesitant to pick up her other YA novel. However, intrigue over-powered hesitation when I discovered my friend was selling off her copy. What a read! Finished in a day, it was emotional and hard hitting without being heavy enough to make it a difficult read.
15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
“Can you smell it? The scent of new books. Unread adventures. Friends you haven’t met yet, hours of magical escapism awaiting you.”
16. Shortest & Longest book you read in 2016?
Shortest: ‘Christmas with Billy & Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher – 54 pages
Longest: ‘The Book of Strange New Things’ by Michel Faber – 585 pages
17. Book that shocked you the most?
I was going to say ‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty’ because I did not see some of the elements coming, and I never really expected them to work, but they did! But, in the interests of not being repetitive and because Paula Hawkins book was always in consideration, ‘Girl on the Train’ takes this category. I never saw the end coming, it took me a while before I fully realised how involved some of the characters were going to be and, potentially the biggest shock of all, I never predicted that I’d enjoy it as much as I did.
18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)?
Olly and Maddy from ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon. It is a typical YA romance:
the first romance, it’s cute and somewhat healing. It may be somewhat based on the fact that I desperately want a sequel to the novel, or maybe the romance is one of the reasons why I want a sequel. I really like the relationship, and how it grew, between the two of them. It seems equal, they support each other in ways that they can, and I believe that Olly will remain important in Maddy’s life; especially as she adjusts to the new found freedoms and obstacles.
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
I am much more likely to read a book, watch a film, enjoy a TV program if I know there’s a central romance in the storyline. Therefore, it was a refreshing surprise to find that the lack of believable romance in Bivald’s ‘Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ didn’t detract from the novel and how much I love it. The platonic relationships were incredible! My favourite of all being the friendship between Sara, the main character: a young, book obsessed, tourist from Sweden and George. Lovingly referred to as ‘poor George’, he is a divorced, alcoholic who misses and longs to be reunited with his daughter, Sophie. Their friendship begins as one of slight cohesion. He is downtrodden and a bit of a pushover, but through Sara, her enthusiasm and the books that she manages to introduce the town too, he becomes happier, standing a little straighter. It’s a lovely, subtle friendship of mutual understanding, support, and encouragement.
20. Favourite book you Read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?
I’m not sure if this is cheating or not as this book isn’t a standalone and is instead the continuation of a series I began in 2015: ‘Library of Souls’ by Ransom Riggs. I entered the world of Miss Peregrine and her charges a little nervous; I’d seen the series shelved as horror and was told it was dark and creepy. As someone with a somewhat nervous disposition, this didn’t send me running to find the nearest copy. However, I was drawn to it again and again, flipping through the photographs every time I spotted it in a bookshop. Finally, I had to concede that this was a book I wanted to read. How glad I am that I did. If ‘Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children’ was good then ‘Hollow City’ was excellent and ‘Library of Souls’ was incredible.
21. Best book you read in 2016 based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
I’d seen ‘Everything Everything’ around, it was everywhere, but for some reason, it never piqued my interest enough for me to pick it up. In all honesty, I believed it was going to be an over-hyped book that I never read. However, when my friend over at DoodleMole Reader gave it a glowing review, I knew that resistance was futile: I bought it on my next trip to town and read it, in one sitting, that evening.
How sad I’d be if I had stuck with my first (very misguided) impression and never read this novel. I finished it with a large smile on my face, and a sense that I wanted to leap outside, at 1 am in the morning, in the rain and shout at the stars.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
This may be the only question I am not able to answer. While I read some books with great male characters, and some very cute relationships none have stayed with me, or had a significant enough impact on me, to be able to claim that they are a ‘crush’. I also have a terrible feeling that the male characters created by Stephanie Perkins have ruined me for all others.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
At this point in the survey, this answer is probably very unsurprising. It has to be ‘Under Rose-tainted Skies’ by Louise Gornall. Marketed as YA, I recommend this to everyone, especially to those with interest in learning about mental health. This is a book that offers hope, insight and while it does contain YA tropes, Gornall never shied away from giving a real and heartbreaking account of the debilitation and sense of helplessness and hopelessness that living with a mental health diagnosis can cause.
24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
This may be helped by the fact that I’ve just recently seen the film – a fantastic, very true to the book adaptation – and therefore have ‘seen’ the setting not that long ago, but ‘The Martian’ is the only book that sprung to mind. I loved this book! But the world was so clear, I could feel the heat, the cold, the dust, the rough ground under tyres, the humidity in the shelter, the smells … everything.
25. The book that put a smile on your face/was the Most fun to read?
The cover of Jenny Lawson’s second book ‘Furiously happy’ claims that it is a ‘funny book about horrible things.’ Considering that this collection of autobiographical essays covers topics such as Depression, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, taxidermy and Anxiety this may seem misguided – but it’s true. This novel, complete with a picture of Jenny’s beloved Rory the taxidermied racoon on the cover, had me in absolute stitches. I laughed so hard that I cried, and not once did I stop smiling. An important book that covers many difficult topics but which teaches you that sometimes laughter, joy and strange packages in the mail can make life that little bit better.
26. A book that made you cry, or nearly cry in 2016?
‘Me before you’ by Jojo Moyes. Maybe with the exception of ‘A Monster Calls’ I don’t think a book has ever made me cry so hard.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
It was the bright yellow of ‘The Festival of Insignificance’ that fist caught my attention, followed by the general obscurity of the cover and the title. This book by Milan Kundera wanted to keep it’s secrets well hidden. With no blurb, no hints on the cover, or even in the title, even with the great reviews printed where the blurb would have been had it had one, this book was a gamble; and it paid off. While, and this may sound contradictory, I am still not sure what the book was primarily about (although it definitely had deep philosophical elements), or what I have taken from it, the reading experience was thoroughly enjoyable, and I look forward to the time when I am compelled to re-read it.
28. A book that crushed your soul?
‘Eleanor and Park’ left me feeling more than a little defeated but, annoyingly, I cannot pinpoint one particular reason. It is just an incredibly moving, emotional, relatable story about friendship, love, difference, togetherness and getting through the tough times.
29. The most unique book you read in 2016?
A unique gem is what I am beginning to see ‘The Festival of Insignificance’ as. It was so different to anything I have ever considered purchasing before, definitely different to anything I can remember reading, and I am yet to find another book that I want to know more about in the same way as this one.
30. The book that made you the maddest?
From the first time I read this question, I knew which books I wanted to include and why. The first is a book that I loved, could not put down and which has been mentioned already in this survey: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. The ending! I was confused, I was cross, I was frustrated. I know that a lot of people liked the ending for its unusualness. There wasn’t a clear winner, no clear division between good and bad and I understand the refreshingness of that. Still, though, I wanted her to get her comeuppance, to take her down a peg. She was smug, proud of what she achieved and I wanted that, and the power she felt, taken away from her.
The second book disappointed me so much I am still cross about it. ‘Sorta like a Rockstar’ by Mathew Quick had all the tools to be a fantastic book. The topics the blurb promised it would cover: alcoholism, mental health, homelessness, identity, friendship, were all very important and absorbing. The fact that this was a YA novel by Mathew Quick, author of the fantastic ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and other YA novel ‘Forgive me Leonard Peacock’ led me to believe that this was going to be a story I remembered and loved for a long time. I’ve definitely remembered it. Amber was so unconvincing, apparently 17 years old, her apparent selflessness bordered more on manipulation and self-validation – she threw a strop when people didn’t sing her praises. She routinely ignored people’s genuine wants and wishes so as to make herself look and feel better. While I could have forgiven this if she grew and matured as the book went on, that never happened, and sadly, I genuinely believe that Quick saw this as an acceptable way to behave. Possibly even more annoying than Amber was the writing style, jumbled and unstructured – supposedly reflecting the speech patterns of a 17-year-old girl, phrases such as ‘truth? truth’ and ‘word’ were thrown in to end a sentence so often that the story and any meaningful dialogue was impossible to follow.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Although I have blogged before, this is the first time I have ever felt this motivated and committed to both blogging and the blogging community. As I only started this particular (and best) blogging venture in July of 2016, I’ve also only been in the community for that long. There are far too many wonderful blogs, whom I follow, to mention them all. However, although her blog is a relatively new discovery for me I absolutely adore
There are far too many wonderful blogs to mention them all. However, I absolutely love Kristen Twardowski‘s blog. Kristen is the author of a psychological thriller called ‘When we go missing’, published in December 2016. She is also a marketer and data analyst for an independent publisher. She writes very eloquently about books and publishing. Insights, events, hints and tips, changes and evolutions, and while I maybe don’t read all her posts immediately, I love to sit down and read a few of an evening – they never fail to get me thinking.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?
I am not much of a reviewer, preferring to focus on discussions about books in general. As a result, there are only two reviews on my blog: ‘Under Rose-tainted Skies’ and ‘Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’‘Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’. Whilst I enjoyed writing both of these very much, my favourite has to be the latter of the two. I felt like I was so much more successful in getting my thoughts across than with Rose.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
There are two posts that I am particularly proud of on this blog, and it is impossible to pick between them. The first in a post about my time at HarperCollins Publishers, in London, over the summer.Originally written as a kind of review of the week, for the charity -Whizz-Kidz -who organised it with HarperCollins, I had such an amazing time, as I have said multiple times on this blog, and it was fantastic, being able to relive the experience, and then share it.
The second post, ‘Inspired by and in response to Louise Gornall‘ was a difficult one to write. However, I really enjoyed it as it allowed me to really explore my feelings on the topic, and uncover feelings that I didn’t know I had. It’s a post, and a topic, I can’t stop thinking about, and I continue to wonder how my feelings may develop when said book is released.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
This is such a tough question; before 2016 I hadn’t really been to any bookish events. However, last year I attended the HarperCollins Summer Party at the V&a; having been invited by the communications team, The Bath Children’s Literature Festival’s YA day, and attended my first ever Book Bash (organised by Jennifer Vennall, the second one is on 27th January). Whilst the Summer Party was an event, and experience, that I will never forget, and was the venue for my realisation that Publishing was what I really wanted to do, the other events were just as enjoyable and inspiring for different reasons. In short – I can’t decide.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Another tricky question. I really don’t know; there have been so many lovely moments. From realising that my friends not only read my blog, but seem to enjoy it, when Louise Gornall retweeted one of my posts captioning it ‘this is important’, and every interaction I have on, or as a result of this platform. Every time I receive confirmation that someone is enjoying what I write is a beautiful thing, and my heart leaps whenever anyone comments or adds to a discussion. This may seem like a cop-out answer, and I suppose in a way it is, but it’s also 100% true – Thank you!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Trying to find time amongst all my university work, and finding the inspiration. I am very proud of myself for remaining as consistent and as close to on schedule as I have, however, it could be a lot better. University takes up a lot of my time, and the feeling that I am constantly writing essays means that I am not always that inspired to then write out my bookish thoughts. But, when I can timewise, I do and I always really enjoy doing it; once I am over the slight intimidation of the blank space in front of me. Fingers crossed that this continues, and improves(!), in 2017!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Inspired by and in response to Louise Gornall or The past, present and future of reading. It isn’t that I am unhappy with the response these posts received, they are not the posts that have received the least attention, and I am always very grateful no matter how small a response may be. However, one of the reasons I was most excited to publish these was that, I believe, they relate to two very interesting debates that are occurring at the moment: diversity and representation in books and writing and the future and evolving nature of books and reading. Whilst I am not the most eloquent, nor am I a loud voice in the book blogging community, I was hoping to maybe have added to the discussion and gauged a reaction from my readers in the comments. I love comments.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
If you haven’t heard of or signed up to Book Gig, then you really need to. I also strongly recommend you follow them on Twitter. Created by HarperCollins Publishers it is ‘an author agnostic’ website that allows you to find literary and bookish events near you. Constantly updating, events can be added by the organisers or the Book gig staff so that the list is always current and growing. I check it daily (I even activated Twitter notifications) so as to not miss the chance to attend any events that may interest me.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only formal goal I set myself at the beginning of 2016 was the Goodreads reading challenge. For the first time ever, I completed, and surpassed it! Reading a total of 65 books out of a goal of 50. 2017’s goal is 60 (but secretly I am hoping to read 70 … shhh)
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your top priority in 2017?
I always planned on making ‘…And a happy New Year?‘, the final piece of the Spinster Club by Holly Bourne, either the last book I read in 2016 or the first book I read in 2017; it seemed fitting. As I didn’t have time to read it in 2016 it was my first priority of 2017 – it was wonderful (as this post is being published on the 7th, I have already read it). The next book I want to pick up is ‘A Monster Calls‘ by Patrick Ness, ready for when I can emotionally steel myself for the film. Throughout the year, I shall be making sure to dip into ‘Merchants of Culture: The Publishing business in the twenty-first century‘ at every available opportunity.
2. The book you are most anticipating in 2017 (non-debut)?
I am very sad to say that I don’t really have any ideas for this question. Usually, I try and get a sense of releases coming out the next year be them from authors I know or not. Last year however, I seemed to have completely forgotten that 2017 will bring some new, fabulous releases. They’ll be a fantastic surprise.
3. The 2017 debut you are most anticipating?
As mentioned above, apart from a sequel that I am very excited for, I don’t really know what books are being released in 2017. That being said, there is one debut which I have seen all over Twitter followed by high praise and enthusiasm by reviewers, bloggers, authors and publishers: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine‘ by Gail Honeyman. I have followed this excitement for a few months, and after perusing Goodreads and some reviews I have found, I am equally excited. Bring on March!
4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?
‘The Song Rising‘ by Samantha Shannon! I waited so impatiently for ‘The Mime Order’ and my impatience is only growing the more involved in the world I become. And that bombshell of a cliff hanger!
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?
As I mentioned in my answer to another question, I would really love to once again complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 60 books. Also, after watching a very interesting program about ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ and remembering how much I loved it as a child, I would love to re-read the books that I either read/had read to me as a child, or those children’s books that I know the story of but never actually read. So, if this works out I would like, in 2017, to read:
- Roald Dahl’s children books, most notably ‘The BFG’, George’s Marvellous Medicine’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and ‘Matilda’.
- ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M Barry
- Some/ all of the ‘Winnie-the-pooh’ stories
- ‘Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll
As for blogging, my main goal is to become more organised and to remain consistent and on schedule.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
Whilst I was given some pre-release copies from HarperCollins, I have yet to read them which is a bit rubbish. One of the books I was given was ‘The problem with goats and sheep’ by Joanna Cannon. While I cannot personally recommend it (yet), everyone else seems to. So, if you are looking for a book to kick off 2017 with maybe have a peruse of that one.
And there it is, 46 questions answered. I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did (although I am sure there are more typos and grammatical errors towards the end). Let me know if you have read any of the books mentioned, have any suggestions, or if you’ve also completed the survey. 😀