So the year is nearly over… And I don’t know where it has gone, I mean they say that time flows fast when you’re having fun… and sure, this year has been quite a bit of fun (a topic for another post perhaps?) but surely… it shouldn’t already be December 31st?
Anyhow, I’ve seen a few people do the 6th Annual End of Year Survey for this year, an idea that was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner – and I thought I would give it a go!
2015 Reading Stats:
Number of Books Read: 78/50
Number of Re-Reads: Three
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Romance (although that splits into Fantasy and Contemporary really)
Best In Books:
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Well, isn’t this a tough cookie to start on? I will have to cheat, and split it into two sections. My utmost favourite contemporary read would have to have been Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling… it was such a wonderful novel, thought-provoking and beautifully written I couldn’t possibly pick any other book for this position. My other choice (from the Fantasy genre) would be Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout… because JLA… no other reason – well actually there’s a few, why don’t you read them here.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
All the Rage was probably one of those books, not by the fault of the author or the book itself… it was simply the best example of
Which was a shame… but I guess it has to happen sometimes. Read my review of it here.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I’ll probably have to take a bad turn on this, and say Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List… it is my lowest rated book of the year at a generous 2.5 Stars, and I was so disappointed with it because I generally don’t tend to have problems with books in that particular genre and somehow it just wasn’t what I hoped it was going to be – so this is probably the most surprising disappointment of 2015. Read my review of it here
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
This would have to be Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout, my review (as well as my constant gushing in real-life conversations) made quite a lot of people either put this book on their TBR or even read it, as it was the case with two of my best friends whom I all-but threw the book at having finished it.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
The best series that I started in 2015 would have to have been The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – I have yet to review the book but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The best sequel of 2015 for me is Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout – another book I have yet to review. The series ender that I enjoyed the most was Tempting the Bodyguard by JLA… again…
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Stuck between two lovely ladies, who both produced books which had me enraptured and their names are Jennifer Donnelly and Heidi R. Kling!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t usually read historical fiction… I was put off since I read a particular series (which ironically I cannot remember the name of right now) when I was seven or so, and since then I haven’t read A SINGLE historical novel (unless you count the Infernal Devices in which case please don’t because Shadowhunters and history aren’t in the same book in my brain, buddy). That is, until These Shallow Graves came along, and boy it was great and I will definitely try to read more historical fiction next year. Read my review of it here!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
There are quite a few of my 2015 reads that I will most definitely be re-reading in 2016. For example Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (because I want to continue the series), The Edge of Never, The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. We’ll see if any more get added to the list!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Mercedes Ayres from Firsts. I read the book quite recently, which probably adds to this, but her character will probably stay with me for a looong while.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Vain by Amelie Fisher, because it handled the things I forget to think about sometimes, living in a very economically developed country… All The Rage by Courtney Summers, and Paint my Body Red by Heidi R. Kling. Boy, I’m cheating in these questions…
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare himself… and I probably wouldn’t have read it had it not been required by school for another few years.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Don’t make me choose! I’m going to make it my goal for 2016 to put up a page on my blog with my favourite passages because the amount of trouble I’m having right now is ridiculous. But it would probably have to be:
“This is what we do. We make tea, and read books and watch people die.” from the Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Because let’s face it, it describes every single fandom perfectly.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Unleashed by Kathryn Taylor at 46 pages
Longest: Night World, No. 3 by L.J. Smith at 732 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
DEFINITELY The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins… because my mind was absolutely blown to tiny splinters whilst reading.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Katy Swartz and Daemon Black from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout… and a few of her other couples too.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Lucille Bennett (from This Raging Light) and her sister Wren because honestly, they cared for each other so very much, and it was beautiful and heartwarming and it made me slightly jealous for not having as good a relationship with my brother as these two had.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I wasn’t planning to prioritise the Frigid Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but a ginger bookworm recommended it to me, and so I read it sooner than I probably would have, and I’m really happy that I did, because both books are amazing!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Geoffrey Bass from Ryan Revisited… as well as all of JLA’s boys that I hadn’t met before this year.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I didn’t read many debuts, which is slightly weird, but I would have to say Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
More Than This by Patrick Ness takes the cake for this one… The world in this novel was so intricately and beautifully woven it could not be more perfect.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Literally the majority of the books I read this year made me cry at one point or another, so I cannot pick one and therefore won’t pick at all.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
DEFINITELY (gosh I love it when a question is easy to answer) The Library at Mount Char. Those of you who have read it, will know exactly what I’m talking about.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Oooh, there was a series that had my blood boiling in a bad way and that was The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano… another book that made me mad, but this time thankfully in a good way was Firsts – and I don’t think I’m completely alone on that one.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Definitely my review of The Chemical Garden series because I feel it is the most me… which can’t really be a bad thing. Also, my reviews of Oblivion and Paint My Body Red because they were the most fun to write.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Why do I go MIA? (and some tips for the unlucky souls who take exams). It was the most-commented on, non-review post and was also very relevant to my situation at the time (and also in the upcoming months) which was why I wrote it.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I haven’t had the chance to participate in any of those, perhaps because I am scared. But also because I simply don’t know how to participate, or what is best to participate in. And then there’s the fact that author signings are a rare occurrence in the UK and might happen once in a blue moon.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
In reality, I’d say the majority of it, but when we zoom in on things I am most proud of it was probably when the authors of Oblivion and Paint My Body Red recognised my work and tweeted about it! Of course, there was meeting some of the blogging community whom I’ve been talking to which was also amazing.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Time… or lack there-of. Juggling school and exams and social life (although who am I kidding, I don’t own one of those) has been quite difficult, but I am somewhat managing it and therefore proud of my valiant effort.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review of Paint My Body Red… Or any of the posts I enjoyed writing really which are mentioned above.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Bookbridgr! To all UK and ROI bloggers, this place has some really good review copies up for grabs! There’s also been Society6 on which you can find some bookish themed stuff, like blankets, pillows, t-shirts etc. etc.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
This will definitely be finishing A Banquet of Consequences because I think that’s long overdue.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I would have said Firsts, but of course I was lucky enough to have early access to the book and so don’t have to wait until January when it is released. So my answer to this one will be The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Torn by JLA, the second book in A Wicked Saga.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Definitely be more social and talk to more people in the blogging community, get rid of my fears when it comes to communication.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, despite the fact that the protagonist is largely unconventional, it is a good read if you go in with an open-mind.
So this is it I guess, my 2015 Survey and I will be looking forward to do this again next year!