2016 End of the Year Survey

Posted January 1, 2017 by Lori in Books, Posts / 1 Comment Tags: ,

It’s that time again! I can hardly believe it but the end of 2016 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 125. My lists are slightly off in numbers and I don’t know why and I’m not going to spend the time worrying about it.

Number of Re-Reads:
Ummm….2. I’m a terrible rereader. Those were both Harry Potter books we read out-loud with the kids. There are a bunch I want to reread though, if that counts for anything.

Genre You Read The Most From:
YA is definitely what I read the most last year at a little over 50% of the books, not counting graphic novels. But counting genres, it was actually close this year. I read mostly romance with fantasy closely following. It was a little tricky to count because so many books fit into more than one genre but I’m going with that because those are definitely the two genres I read most from.

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Best Book You Read In 2016?
Probably My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies because it was just so fun and refreshing and unexpected.

Favorite Contemporary Romances
Adult Romance: I loved the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. I read all three and the novella this year and they’re just perfect.

YA Romance: Definitely P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. Her books are always a win!

Favorite Fantasies
Adult: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet! Also with elements of romance and mythology mixed in! And of course, the first two books in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab.

YA: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson and ACOMAF by Maas

Favorite Sci-Fi
Gemini by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I really thought I’d love both Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid much more than I did. I think a lot of that was due to hype and my expectations. Also, Heartless. I think I need to stop reading books that are similar to Alice in Wonderland. I just don’t like it. Also, The Mirror King and The Girl from Everywhere and pretty much every hyped book from this  year. I think something might be wrong with me.

Also, let’s just take a quick moment of silence for that thing known as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Okay. Continue.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Female of the Species really surprised me because I wasn’t really expecting it to be so relevant and dark. Also, The Unexpected Everything because I’d read a Matson book before and didn’t love it so I thought this one would be just okay too but I loved it. Also, ACOMAF because I really didn’t think I could change my loyalties so quickly. I really thought I’d hate most of the characters for most of that book. I was pretty much 1000% wrong on that one!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Hopefully The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes or the Every Series by Ellie Marney. I’m not really sure what the answer to the question should be but I definitely recommended those a bunch!

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I loved the whole Heartbreaker Bay series in 2016. I also started and loved The Kingmaker Chronicles and The Dark Artifices and Shades of Magic. Hopefully when they’re finished, those will also end up on my favorite series lists and not just favorite first books list.
Best sequel is probably either Gemini or Like a River Glorious.
Best series ender is definitely Every Move by Ellie Marney. I highly recommend this Sherlock-inspired series!!!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Maybe V.E. Schwab. Or Stacey Kade. Or Sherry Thomas.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. I don’t often read adult fantasy/mythology/romance books but this one was fantastic! Also, I usually dislike short story collections but I loved Stars Above.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Every Move by Ellie Marney. No question. Loved it.
Also, I’m reluctantly adding Lady Midnight because I really expected to find this one just okay after The Mortal Instruments series but was HOOKED. Could not put this book down. And it made me want to reread The Infernal Devices. Because I do love that series.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
As I said above, I’m not a very good rereader. So I’m not sure I’m really all that likely to reread any of the books I read this year, with the exception of Harry Potter. But if I had to guess, I’d say probably P.S. I Like You or Crooked Kingdom, because I do want to reread that series.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I really love the covers for Daughter of the Pirate King and For This Life Only. And the cover for I Hate Fairyland always makes me laugh.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Rhysand from ACOMAF. Also, Vivi from When We Collided.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Crooked Kingdom

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Both The Female of the Species and When We Collided gave me a lot to think about and they’re just fantastic books written by amazing women.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
Oh boy. The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas. The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Bossypants by Tina Fey. Me Before You. The Phantom Tollbooth.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I’m terrible at quotes.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. 89 pages
Non-children’s book, novella, or graphic novel: Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff. 224 pages
Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 870 pages
Non-reread: City of Heavenly Fire. 725 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Probably The Cursed Child. Simply because of how insane it was.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Nina and Matthias forever. Feyre and Rhysand. Watts and Mycroft. It wasn’t as shippy of a year for me as last year and that makes me sad.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Sam and his sister Livy from Suffer Love.
Cousins Jane and Edward from My Lady Jane.
Kato and Alosa from Breath of Fire.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Almost all of my five star reads this year were from authors I’ve previously read.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. This is definitely not a book I would have noticed on the shelves and thought it was a “me” book. I only picked it up because certain people had loved it. And I’m so glad I did!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Rhysand.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor and A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Phantom Tollbooth was actually a lot of fun with lots of puns. Also, I Hate Fairyland Vol 1 was hilarious but gory. Frazzled was lots of fun too and perfect for kids and adults. And, of course, My Lady Jane had me actually laughing.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Well, as my husband will tell you, my soul is black and my heart is ice. So I rarely cry at books. Honestly, Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier probably got me the closest to tears this year.

Also, I will only admit this to you guys because I kind of hate myself for it but I did cry when I read Me Before You. I did not like the book for reasons but even that didn’t save me from tears.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I loved Rebel Magisters, the follow-up to last years Rebel Mechanics. Also, The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg was a great middle-grade Sherlock retelling. Also, I’m always shocked that the Every series hasn’t been read more. Also, where’s the love for Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake?!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Female of the Species. That’s all.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Illuminae was my answer last year and I think Gemini fits for this year.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably Crooked Kingdom for that thing it did that I still haven’t recovered from. Also, the Cursed Child because my husband was right about it.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
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 2016?
I don’t know. I enjoyed our last He Said/She Said review for Me Before You.

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

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to BEA this year, which was awesome! Especially since everything around it is changing and I’m not sure I can go again. I also went to ALAMW and love that event. I’m looking forward to it again in 2017! Also, I got to see Marissa Meyer, Mindy McGinnis, Rae Carson, and Lauren Oliver at events as well.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
I got ARCs from Macmillian in the mail this year!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Just balance and continued motivation. It’s hard too consistently love blogging and not get overwhelmed with the commitment or let the feelings of not mattering get in the way. I’m not a big blogger, I don’t have a large following on Twitter or Instagram. I don’t get the large numbers that everyone wants or the publishers love and I don’t have the time to commit that would maybe increase those numbers. And sometimes it’s hard not to feel like everything you do doesn’t matter at all. But really, I do this for me and for whoever wants to read my ramblings and I always try to remember that and enjoy it. But that’s definitely been the biggest hurdle for me this year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Views wise it’s still Diary of a Pissed of Book Fan {Why The DUFF Movie Didn’t Work for Me} even though I posted it last year and comments wise that isn’t a giveaway or readathon related post, I think it’s this Top Ten post about older books I loved but don’t talk about enough.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Reviews. Always reviews. They always get the least amount of love.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Maybe In the Wick of Time on Etsy. I just recently got my first set of candles from them and they are gorgeous and smell amazing! Also, I was introduced to Book Beau and it’s my new favorite thing for carrying my books around in!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Actually…I did! I think I completed every challenge I entered this year except the NetGalley/Edelweiss one. Which was probably the most important one but oh well. There’s always next year…

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I think my first read in 2017 will either be The Anatomical Shape of a Heart because I’ve been wanting to read it for so long and finally have a copy for myself or The Hating Game because a lot of people have been loving it and that’s made me really want to read it or The Secret of a Heart Note because it was on my list for December and looks super cute.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
So many! Lord of Shadows. A Conjuring of Light. Wires and Nerve. Bad Romance. Starfall. Long Way Home. A Court of Wings and Ruin. The Names They Gave Us. Lucky in Love. The Valiant. Etc. Etc.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Song of the Current. Empress of a Thousand Skies. The Traitor’s Kiss. It Started with Goodbye.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A Conjuring of Light, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and Long Way Home are the series enders I’m most anticipating. Lord of Shadows is probably the sequel I’m most looking forward to.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I hope to be more interactive with my readers. I comment back sometimes and I try to at least visit their blogs or pages as much as I can but I hope to be more active with comments here and on other blogs and on Twitter and Instgram..

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I rarely recommend the same book to everyone because everyone enjoys something different. Adult romance lovers should definitely read Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis. Fans of Adult Romance/Epic Fantasy need to read Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. YA Romance lovers should read By Your Side by Kasie West. Fans of Alice in Wonderland should read Caraval by Stephanie Garber. People who like thrillers and spy stories should try You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando. And people who love pirate and adventure stories should read Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. And people looking for a fast, easy, fun, and quirky YA romance should read Romeo & What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff.

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