It’s that time again! I can hardly believe it but the end of 2015 has arrived. And thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, we have another End of the Year Book Survey! I love these things but they’re also SO HARD!
If you guys filled out this survey from Jamie as well, leave me links in the comments so I can come and check out your answers!
Number Of Books You Read: About 113. Goodreads counts DNFs so I took those out.
Number of Re-Reads: 4. I’m not much of a rereader. But I did reread Scarlet and Lady Thief in anticipation of Lion Heart. And I reread The Winner’s Curse before The Winner’s Crime. And I also read Matilda with my kids which I read as a kid. Also, I’m not sure if it counts, but I did also read the new Reimagined Twilight.
Genre You Read The Most From: It’s really no surprise to me but the genre I read most was contemporary/romance. I combined the two, which is cheating a little, but I didn’t know how to separate them out when so many are the same. So about 50% was contemporary/romance and then the next was fantasy at 33%. Also not surprising, 70% of the books I read were YA. I’m actually a little surprised it wasn’t higher but I read a lot of adult and middle-grade books this year too.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Favorite Contemporary Romances: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, Simon vs the Homo Sapiends Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Favorite Fantasies: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Favorite Sci-Fi: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I actually felt like there were a lot of these this year. I don’t know if I’m just getting older and grumpier or if my expectations were too high or what but I was disappointed a lot this year. A few I was really surprised by were The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, and Boundless by Cynthia Hand.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Illuminae – I really thought I was going to hate the formatting on this one but I didn’t.
The DUFF – I just thought this was going to be a light YA contemporary romance but there was so much more depth to it and such a unique main character, I loved it more than I thought I would.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t know, maybe The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. I loved that book.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best series I started this year was, by far, The Lunar Chronicles. I’m so glad I finally read them! And that I could read them all together!
Best sequel: Every Word by Ellie Marney. I really love this series and can’t wait to read the third one in February!
Best series ender: Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by A.C. Gaughen. It just gave a really good sense of closure and put the characters in a really good place and I appreciated that from a series that I’ve loved.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Ellie Marney, maybe, or Marissa Meyer.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I hadn’t ever read many graphic novels but this year I finally gave in and read a bunch. I had no idea I would love them so much!! My favorites from this year were Saga and Rat Queens.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
There were several books I read in 24 hours this year but most of them were romances. I read I’ll Meet You There very quickly for how long it was because I just had to know what was going to happen with Skyler and Josh. I also read The Orphan Queen in that same amount of time because it was simply unputdownable!
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m not a big rereader so I’m not really sure. Maybe something like Six of Crows before the sequel or The Fixer. Or maybe A Christmas Carol. Or Rebel Mechanics because it was just so much fun.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
I really love the Six of Crows cover but Illuminae is really unique. Also, loved Nimona, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Wolf by Wolf, Vengeance Road, and The Martian covers.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Kaz from Six of Crows. And the computer from Illuminae.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I honestly don’t even know.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I loved the messages of living and taking risks in that one. Also, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand was chilling. Just thinking about how we know so little about those even closest to us and always thinking back to what we could have done differently and how that can tear us apart. Moving on is hard but this book dealt with it very well.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
THE CROWN OF EMBERS AND THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. Seriously, what the hell was I thinking waiting so long? Actually, I was worried I wouldn’t like them which really just makes me stupid.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
I’m so bad with these things.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Longest was Illuminae at 599 pages. Shortest (I’m going to go ahead and not count middle-grade books, novellas, or graphic novels) was The Wizard of Oz at 156 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Orphan Queen shocked me most with the worst cliffhanger ending of all time. Also, I was pretty surprised by Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland and how many characters in that (middle-grade!) book die! It was more violent than I was expecting, especially since it’s my son’s favorite series of all time.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Elisa and Hector!!! Scarlet and Wolf! Wesley and Bianca! Nina and Matthias!! Watts and Mycroft!!! How many were we suppose to list?
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Cinder and Thorn. But also REAGAN AND VICTORIA from Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler. If you’re looking for a book about female friendships, READ THIS ONE.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I feel like I’m listing the same books over and over but three books I loved more than the previous books I’ve read from the authors are A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, which I loved even more than the Throne of Glass books, Six of Crows, which I loved FAR FAR MORE than the previous Grisha books, and The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand blew me away because I only had luke warm feelings about the Unearthly books.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Wings of Fire which my son made me read because he loves them so much. I was surprised how much I actually liked it.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Wolf from Scarlet/Cress.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
My brain is dead. I don’t know. So I’ll say The Orphan Queen with all of its settings I felt I could picture so easily and because I love Black Knife and haven’t mentioned him yet.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Last Time We Say Goodbye and A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes and Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh were both very good but I’ve not heard very many people talking about them.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Illuminae. Is there really any other answer to this question?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Orphan Queen ending. I’m honestly surprised I still love that book even after the it ended that way.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I can never remember when I start following people. I’m just thankful for the ones I do follow and I love them all!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I’m not sure, I’m always bad with things like this but I enjoy my review for Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Best is always so hard. I enjoyed my diary of reading Cinder posts and my post on The 100. But I really didn’t do a lot of discussion posts this year. I should probably work on that…
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to ALAMW in Chicago this year and it was fantastic! I was worried because it’s a library thing and I wasn’t sure how bloggers would fit in but it was WAY more controlled than BookCon and everyone was so excited and happy to talk to you about books. I can’t wait to go back in January!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I got my first ARCs from Harper this year. I was actually really excited about that!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
We started homeschooling this year so the amount of time that took up was a bit of an adjustment. Last year I had at least two hours every day when both kids were in school to get stuff done, either around the house or reading/blogging but I didn’t have that the second half of the year. I wouldn’t change it at all, it was just a matter of moving stuff around.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The post that got the most views on my blog this year was actually my post about how much I hated The DUFF movie. I can tell it gets a lot of views because it’s visited almost every day but I was surprised it got the most!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My reviews. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing something wrong with them and sometimes I figure people just don’t care. But how can I have a book blog without reviews? I don’t know what the answer is but for now I’ll still be reviewing books.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Preorder deals! I don’t know if this is a new thing this year but they definitely seem to explode a bit. And it’s been fun getting little extras when you preorder the book knowing you’d buy it anyway. I’ve enjoyed these.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. But yes, I completed two. I signed up for seven. I actually have a post about that….
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I feel like I always have answers to this but then it never happens. I’m so terrible at sticking to TBRs. I do want to read Carry On soon and The Naturals. Also, Queen of Shadows and A Madness So Discreet. Seriously, come and look at my shelves and they’ll tell you what I didn’t get to this year. And my number one priority is usually just what’s in front of me.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
EVERYTHING. The Mirror King. Crooked Kingdom. A Court of Mist and Fury. My Lady Jane. Walk the Edge. Riders. Lady Midnight. P.S. I Like You. The Longest Game.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I hope to attend some author signings again next year. I didn’t go to any this year because there weren’t many close to home and at the end of the day I didn’t feel up to driving a few hours to get there. But I hope to do that again. Also, I’d love to finish some more series and read some more backlisted titles. I enjoyed that this year. And my husband and I are going to start reading books together again. I’m looking forward to that! And I really hope to get back to commenting on other blogs this next year. I used to be good at it and then I don’t really know what happened. I still visit and read blogs, I just don’t comment. I need to do that again. That’s going to be my big blogging resolution.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Starflight by Melissa Landers!! It was so good! Like These Broken Stars meets Firefly. I will definitely recommend it to everyone who loves sci-fi and romance. So get ready to read it!