End of Year Book Survey 2017

It’s reading & blogging reflection time! The End of Year Book Survey is created by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner, and I’m really excited to participating in this creative & fun way to reflect back on 2017. I’m going to do my best to not use the same books for each answer, but here’s a sorry, but not sorry warning for the abundance of Vicious love.


Number of Books I Read: 91
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre I Read The Most From: Contemporary


1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I love Adam Silvera and while I didn’t dislike They Both Die at the End, it just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Good surprise here! Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Whenever I saw someone talk about Words in Deep Blue in their TBR posts, I screamed at encouraged them to pick it up soon.

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

Best series: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Best sequel: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Best series ender: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Debut author: Sandhya Menon

New-to me author: Francesca Zappia

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

Thriller- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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

 Warcross by Marie Lu  fits all three categories for me!

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

Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Warcross by Marie Lu in anticipation for their sequels.

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

TOO MANY CHOICES, BUT HERE’S ONE SO THAT YOUR FINGERS DON’T CRAMP TOO MUCH: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock

 11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Mitch from Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I’ll always remember a character who likes chocolate milk.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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


 “In truth, if Kitty’s anyone, she’s a Jefferson. Wily, stylish, quick with a comeback. Margot’s an Angelica, no question. She’s been sailing her own ship since she was a little girl. She’s always known who she was and what she wanted. I suppose I’m an Eliza, though I’d much rather be an Angelica. In truth,I’m probably And Peggy. But I don’t want to be the And Peggy of my own story. I want to be the Hamilton” (102).

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Passing by Nella Larsen (122 pages)

Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (705 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGiniis

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

Nesta and Cassian from the A Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Aled and Frances from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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

My Not-So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Recommendation courtesy of EVERYONE

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

Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I picked up The Start of Me and You after loving The Names They Gave Us and it ended up being one of my favorite books of the summer (*insert wistful & fond memories of me floating around the pool reading this one here*)

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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

Warcross by Marie Lu.

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

I Believe in a Thing Caled Love by Maureen Goo

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

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Mauren Goo. PLEASE DON’T MAKE APPA SAD.

survey2017BLOGGING.jpg1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Super Space Chick

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

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

 My Experience Seeing Hamilton

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

Book Con 2017

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

STARTING my blog

Going to ALL the book signings – Book Con (Rainbow Rowell, Marie Lu, Adam Silvera, Meg Kassel, E.Lockhart, Sarah J. Maas, Jenny Han, McCall Hoyle), Jacqueline Woodson, and Jennifer E. Smith

Receiving an ARC of I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott from Kensington Books

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

Choosing to read over doing schoolwork…Balancing college life with my reading and blogging life.

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

My Saturday at Book Con 2017

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 My Experience Seeing Waitress the Musical

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t have any myself, but bookish Funko Pops. I love seeing posts from Page with a Pop in my Instagram feed.

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

I completed my goal of reading at least 58 book this year, meaning that I’ve read over 200 books from 2015 to 2017


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

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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

Just one answer for this question is not applicable.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Vengeful by VE Schwab

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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

 Warcross #2 by Marie Lu

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

Every reader’s dream: Find more bookshelf space

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

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen


Thank you for supporting Fangirl Fury. I hope you have happy & healthy New Year filled with plenty of books and adventures. 


I originally wanted to make this post my top 17 of 2017, but when you read 80+ plus books in a year of FANTASTIC new releases and out of those 80+, the majority of them were pretty spectacular, it’s hard to choose just 17. I’m actually quite happy to have an abundance of favorites this year, considering that I only had 8 favorites last year. For the sake of your fingers not getting too cramped from scrolling through my post, I’m not going to describe each book below, but I’ll of course link to my review if I have one, and I decided to categorize my favorites because organization can be fun!!


 If I were to label 2017, one of the ways in which I would so would be to call 2017 the year of Hamilton part 2 (maybe part 3 in 2018??), with many thanks going to these two:

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

2017 was the year where I finally read a Victoria/V.E. Schwab and I fell in love with these two:

 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab



I spent so much time at the beach and by the pool this summer, and I always had a book in tow. I think rereading these favorites now would transport me right back to summer:

 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

 Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

 The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord


 Some of my favorite and most-popular YA authors have come out with amazing books over the past two years, and I especially loved these ones:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Warcross by Marie Lu 


No matter how busy my life at college is, I always find time to read and I read these favorites during the semester:

 We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

 Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan


I admit that it has taken me a bit of time to come up with my 2017 favorites list because I’ve been going back and forth on what my #1 favorite book of the year has been. I’ve mostly debated between 3 books: Warcross, Little Fires Everywhere, and the winner, which is…

 Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

 I am just so happy with the conclusion to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and I’m so happy that Jenny Han wrote this book. I felt that I related to Lara Jean the most in Always and Forever, Lara Jean and I honestly just love everything about this series—here’s to a reread in 2018!


As 2017 comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for supporting Fangirl Fury. I hope that you have a happy, healthy & safe New Year.

Top Five Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Not every protagonist can be every reader’s cup of tea. However, there are some “unlikeable” protagonists that you can’t do anything but love!


Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahanLove and Other Foreign Words is one of the most underrated books in the book reviewing and Booktube community—in my opinion, it doesn’t get the hype it deserves! Josie is one of the top YA characters that I can relate to because of her sarcasm and quick remarks. While she does tend to irritate some people around her, you can’t help but love her intelligence and wittiness.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Some Throne of Glass readers tend to hate on Celaena, finding her arrogant and stubborn, but I just can’t get over her wittiness and kick-butt attitude. As much as I enjoy seeing her develop into a stronger leadership role as the series continues, I do miss seeing the best sassy assassin in all of Adarlan.

Levana from Fairest by Marissa Meyer– The “prequel” to The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest follows Levana’s journey to being the Queen of Luna. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is a despicable person throughout her life, but I enjoyed learning more about her backstory.

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Listen, it’s been TWO days since I’ve mentioned Vicious in a blog post! Victor Vale is the perfect anti-hero, and you just have to love his scheming and evil doing.

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu– I think a lot of people struggle getting into Adelina’s mindset because she’s rather dark, and it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she is not a good individual. I plan on rereading The Young Elites soon and continuing on with this series because when I first read it back in 2015, I definitely enjoyed it, but compared it too much to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (aka one of my all time favorite series). The two series are quite different from each other.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 Who are some of your favorite “unlikeable” protagonists? Let me know in the comments!

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Summary: Dimple Shah can’t wait to get away from her mother’s obsession with finding her the “Ideal Indian Husband” when she goes to Stanford University in the fall. She starts to think that her parents are on the same page as their career-first daughter when they allow her to attend Insomnia Con, a summer program for aspiring coders and web developers. Rishi Patel, on the other hand, greatly appreciates his Indian upbringing, including his parents’ wish for him to have an arranged marriage. With his future wife attending Insomnia Con as well, the hopeful romantic Rishi doesn’t think anything can go wrong– until he meets Dimple.

My Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars



My Thoughts:

When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, completely jealous of anyone who was able to receive an ARC back in January, and Sandhya Menon delivered in this young-adult romantic comedy. Besides its summer contemporary vibes, what drew me into this novel was its diversity, as Dimple and Rishi are both Indian Americans, whose families value tradition and in their case, arranged marriages. It was interesting to get a glimpse of their home lives (kudos to Dimple for sitting through tea time with her mom and auntie Ritu) and their culture. While Rishi definitely incorporates his family’s traditions more than Dimple into his daily life, I still enjoyed Dimple’s nods to her culture- wearing kurtas, performing a Bollywood dance at the summer program, etc.

One of the many things that I appreciated about When Dimple Met Rishi was Dimple’s confidence in accomplishing her goals. While she does develop feelings for Rishi and builds a strong relationship with him, I loved how she was determined to have a career and work on her app before the idea of marriage and having children even entered her mind. Her determination makes her a great role model not only for women entering the tech industry, but for all girls. Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was the ‘role reversal’ between Dimple and Rishi in the beginning of the novel. Dimple is furious that her parents would press an arranged marriage on her at this point in her life, contrary to Rishi’s excitement in getting to know his hopefully future wife. In some contemporary reads, often the female protagonists tend to be the head-over-heels characters , and I just loved this reversal.

Overall, I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi. Even though it was a tad predictable, this was the perfect YA rom-com because of its characters and diversity, and I’m excited to see what Sandhya Menon has next.

Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Side Ships

While the main protagonist’s relationship may take up most of the spotlight in some books, side ships are another type of relationship that us fangirls and fanboys thrive on. Listed below are the top five side ships that just steal the show for me!


Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter– Lupin and Tonks are two of my favorite characters from Harry Potter, so when they became a couple, my ship had officially sailed! If they’re were two characters I could resurrect from Deathly Hallows, it would hands-down be them—sorry Hedwig and Fred!

Anna and St. Clair from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins– Technically, Anna and St. Clair are only the main protagonists in Anna and the French Kiss. I loved seeing the two pop up in Isla and the Happily Ever After and how their relationship has developed .

Nesta and Cassian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas– While this isn’t an official ship, I think I enjoyed Nesta and Cassian’s relationship in ACOWAR more than Feyre and Rhsyand’s (oops). I laughed out loud from the banter between them, and I loved seeing this protectiveness and care come out for one another. I’ll take another A Court of Thorns and Roses book all about Nessian, please.

Ron Swanson and Diane Lewis from Parks and Recreation What’s a Fangirl Fury Top Five Wednesday without a reference to Parks and Recreation? It was really awesome to see how Ron changed because of his relationship with Diane and her daughters, and how he took on a parenting role no longer reserved for Andy Dwyer. I just wish we got more interaction with Ron and Diane in the last two seasons of the show.

Molly and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter– Could you imagine any another couple running the Weasley clan? I think not!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

What are some of your favorite side ships? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Spring 2017 Reads

Between March, April and May, I read a total of 22 books (!!!) and as spring turns right into summer, I thought it was time to consider my favorite reads of the season. I’ve talked about most of these books on the blog a lot already, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. If you want a recap of each book that I read this spring, I recommend going to my What I Read posts for March, April, and May—just click on these months to go directly to the post. For my favorite spring reads, I’ll be giving each novel my star rating along with my full review linked—there’s only one book with no review!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // 5/5 stars

Review: here

Heartless by Marissa Meyer // 4.75/ 5 stars

Review: here


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // 5/5 Stars

Review: here

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 stars

No review for Radio Silence, but here’s my mini Goodreads review:

I ate this book in about a day and a half AND I’M IN LOVE. Frances reminded me so much of myself, having a ‘School Frances’ (smart, quiet girl who will go to a top university/college) vs ‘Real Frances’ (spends her free time on Youtube and Tumblr, does fan art, WEARS MONSTERS INC. LEGGINGS!!!). 

What else I loved:
-Her FRIENDSHIP with Aled. They had such a solid boy-girl friendship THAT DIDN’T TURN INTO ROMANCE WHAT SO EVER, WHATTTTTT?
-Frances’ mom. I loved that woman, between her Saturday movie nights, her support, her unicorn onesie, and her help hehehe.
-Side characters <3= I want Raine and Daniel on my side
-The Youtube/Radio Silence aspect– felt so REAL and current
-This book is almost 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel like it all- absolutely flew through and wanted even MORE.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 stars

Review: here

What were some of your favorite spring reads? Let me know in the comments below!

My Sunday at Book Con 2017

While my Saturday at Book Con 2017 was amazing, my Sunday at Book was even more incredible. This was my first time attending both days of the convention (I only went to the Saturday of Book Con 2015), so I was looking forward to seeing what Sunday was all about. My mom and I entered the Queue Hall of the Javits Center around 8:30 in the morning, and we were able to get into a separate line for the Sarah J. Maas signing. At 10:00, my line was brought right up to the autographing area, Sarah and Papa Maas ready for signing. This was my second time meeting Sarah, and we both fangirled over Charlie Bowater’s latest A Court of Thorns and Roses artwork as she signed my copy of Crown of Midnight.


After Sarah’s signing, I headed straight to the Penguin booth and I received a ticket for E.Lockhart’s signing of Genuine Fraud. I’m so happy that I was able to meet E. Lockhart because I loved We Were Liars and The Disreputable History Frankie Landau-Banks, and Genuine Fraud is one of my most anticipated releases of fall 2017.Since I was one of the first people in line, I also received a makeup bag with an awesome quote from the book (pictured below).Right after that signing, I met my mom at a smaller booth and got in line for Meg Kassel’s Black Bird of the Gallows. While I waited an hour or so for the book, it was really awesome to meet Meg because she was so excited that I had been anticipating her book, as it was her first novel. She was even more happy when one of my friends in line asked for a photo with her!

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As you’re probably starting to tell, Sunday was alllll about running about from signing to signing for me. Right after Meg Kassel’s signing, I headed right to the best part of my day—Marie Lu’s autographing. Like Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu is one of my all-time favorite authors, as the Legend trilogy  is one of my all-time favorite series and I plan on rereading The Young Elites and continuing that series very soon. This was my second time meeting Marie, and I loved meeting her once again. She’s just such a kind and super-sweet person, which you can easily tell anywhere talking to her in person or following her social media accounts (she stays up-to-date on current events, author news, and more). While Marie signed my copies of Legend, Prodigy, and The Young Elites, one of the topics we talked about was the craziness of her Warcross signing on Saturday and how I unfortunately couldn’t get a ticket for the event. After she finished signing my last book, she told me that she happened to have a copy of Warcross in her bag AND SHE WANTED ME TO HAVE IT AND SHE GAVE ME IT! I was completely blown away, and as I felt tears in my eyes. I told her that she absolutely made my weekend (not to mention, MY LIFE).

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Soon after, I met back up with my mom at the Owlcrate booth, where we both received tote bags and little 2017 calendars. We took some time for a bathroom and snack break, where we both freaked out over Warcross (my mom even cried, guys), and then we spilt up again, my mom headed to Jeff Kinney’s signing for my sister and I made my way to Adam Silvera’s signing. I loved reading Adam’s More Happy than Not and History is All You Left Me, and I’m so pumped for They Both Die at the End to come out this fall. While he signed my copy of History is All You Left Me, we talked about his soon-to-be appearance on Flea Market Flip—I read this on Twitter, as Adam is also another great author to follow on Twitter.

After taking one last lap around the showfloor, my mom and I called it a day and thus my Book Con 2017 was over. To be honest, after having an amazing time at Book Con 2015, I was a bit nervous about how my Book Con 2017 would go. I ended up having an incredible time at Book Con this year, from meeting so many authors to receiving 14 free books to meeting bookish people and more!

I didn’t realize how many amazing books were coming out this fall 2017 until I went to Book Con. If there was one fall 2017 release you could have right now, what would it be?? Let me know in the comments below!