So 2016 is (finally) over. And I don’t know whether to be happy or sad – whilst the year had definitely kicked the global butt, taking lives and stealing hope from many- it brought about changes for the better in my life, which I honestly could not be more grateful for.
Anyhow, I have chosen to do the 7th Annual End of Year Survey for this year, an idea that was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner – I loved how it really made me think about my year last year so I thought that it’d be nice to give it another go!
2016 Reading Stats:
Number of Books Read: 69/50
Number of Re-Reads: One (I should probably raise that number a little in 2017, there’s so many worlds I’d like to visit again).
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fantasy
Best In Books:
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
This is honestly the hardest question. From 2016 releases – it’d have to be Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and backlist… definitely Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I think anyone close to me must be sick of hearing about this particular book by now.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige…. Honestly, the book was so bad compared to my expectations of it I was almost on the verge of huddling in the corner with a blanket weeping… I honestly expected it to be great due to the prospects that the synopsis offered. But –
You can read my review of it here.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was actually really surprised that I liked a John Green novel, mainly because An Abundance Of Katherines actually doesn’t follow the “John Green Formula” that his other books tend to religiously.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Definitely Red Rising for this one again. I even got some very non-bookish people to read it – an accomplishment I am incredibly proud of if I’m entirely honest.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
So I won’t include 2017 releases in this question… although I probably would .So Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare was my best series starter, it honestly made me want to return to the Shadowhunter world ASAP. I have high hopes for Lord of Shadows. The best sequel would definitely have to be Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Pierce Brown wrote a masterpiece of a series ender though, taking the cake with Morning Star, I could not be more happy with how the story ended – and that is a rare thing for me to say.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
No, honestly… I can’t pick. Basically all of the books I have read and loved in 2016 were books by authors that I had not read books from before. So honestly…. I cannot pick.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This would definitely have to be Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd. To be fair, I have never read a similar book in the style, so that’s why I have chosen it for this question. I would give it ALL OF THE STARS because it truly was a masterpiece in its own right and made me bawl my eyes out from cover to cover…
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Either Red Rising again, or if we’re going to be more original on this question and include a new book which I loved too – Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo would be the one. So much action, so much thrill, I only put it down once to eat and didn’t want to either.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, I have yet to review the book because I could not give it justice with my words at the time I had read it. But I think a re-read would be best before I do.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Vivi from When We Collided has stuck in my head indefinitely. She was so vibrant and so alive in the novel that I still cannot quite get over her story… and how it ended.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The metaphors and style of this book were really pleasing to read.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Hello Me, It’s You again. Honestly, the book made me reflect on so many aspects of my present, past and future life… I could not recommend it enough.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The entirety of the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin. Those books came out years ago. And I hadn’t read them until Summer 2016 which was a great mistake because I actually really liked them.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom
“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
Bardugo is truly a genius when it comes to writing. I could have picked many more quotes from the duology with ease.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: History by David O’Hanlon – 52 pages. Longest: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 698 pages (which is much shorter than I expected my longest read to be really)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Deviants by C.J. Skuse. SO MANY PLOT TWIST. SO MANY FEELS. No need to say more (but my thoughts on it can be found here)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
KAZ BREKKER AND INEJ GHAFA (Six of Crows). MATTHIAS HELVAR AND NINA ZENIK (Six of Crows). STEFFI AND RHYS (A Quiet Kind of Thunder). I have a lot of feelings, okay?
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Frances and Aled from Radio Silence. Honestly, I could not contain my excitement when I found out that the love between them was of the platonic kind. Finally an author that understands that maybe, just maybe a guy and a girl can be friends without wanting to get into each other’s pants at any given point….
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Yes, I know Jen features on this blog a lot. But I do honestly love her work.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Okay, this isn’t a book that got 5 stars from me. But the word solely was highlighted in the question. And a fellow ginger bookworm had recommended Last Will and Testament to me, and I thought it was decent if I’m honest. Despite it not really being my usual reading material.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I CAN’T. DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Although it was hard to believe that this was a debut novel because of how well-written it was.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. That world is still ingrained into my brain in vivid detail and probably won’t be leaving anytime soon. Especially given the fact that we will hopefully be receiving another series set in the same world sometime in the not too far (we’re talking couple years max. hopefully) future.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Six of Crows Duology. The jokes and easy banter these characters had between themselves made me chuckle rather loudly at times, probably alerting my family to my weirdness.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Blue Waters by India R. Adams – I had never heard of her books before I was contacted to review them. And I am honestly so glad that I had.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Either Hello You, It’s Me again for this one (I think the bawling my eyes out as an answer to the earlier question may have hinted at this) or Radio Silence. Both honestly made me think slightly too much which ended in a cryfest.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
I don’t know how he does it. Patrick Ness is yet again the answer to this question with The Rest of Us Just Live Here. The book was the right amount of wacky with a good balance of well-handled execution of anxiety and OCD in a character.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
When We Collided made me mad with its ending. But I have gradually come to accept it, so I can’t say that it made me mad in the bad way. Stealing Snow however irked me to the point I saw red…. so I can’t say the same for that particular novel.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
It would have to be the blog of one of the nicest people I’ve met because of blogging this year. Namely Sally over at TheDarkDictator. Her blog is honestly everything I would want mine to be!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
My review of Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz was probably the most entertaining to write because I do like meself a good rant now and then. And it provided me with an opportunity to do so. You can read it here.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The “I Dare You” Book Tag was really fun to answer – I honestly haven’t had more fun writing a post in a long long while.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Howler Party back in February was honestly one of the best evenings of my entire 2016 blog-wise. I had so much fun, met so many great people and I feel like it honestly helped me get over my fear of talking to people in the book blogging community at least partially which was rather nice and felt slightly monumental.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Most of it really, I love having the opportunity to converse with authors of my favourite novels more often than I had dreamed it possible. Also, meeting all the great people I had this year at the events I attended – those were definitely the best things that the blog has brought me this year. As well as the ability to continue sharing my passion with people.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’ve talked about this in my previous post. But it’s either been finding motivation or time. Both of which have been in scarce supply. But I think I’m managing.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My discussion on the existence of the Middle Book Syndrome proved to be quite popular. Followed closely by the “I Dare You” Book Tag.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I mean, this technically had nothing to do with books, or seemingly so anyway. But I sort of wish my Writing Prompt post got slightly more love (or even criticism if I’m honest… I want to know if I’m doing an alright job at this whole writing thing before embarking on a novel writing escapade)
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I haven’t actually discovered any new stores or sites this year that I wasn’t already at least aware of. Perhaps you could recommend some down in the comments?
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I think you can say that I have 🙂
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I’m now starting Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino, which is a January release that I wanted to read in December but didn’t quite have the time.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Or Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but it felt like cheating to put that first because I have already read it.
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I cannot wait till everyone reads Caraval by Stephanie Garber because it is definitely a special book that I absolutely loved reading and I think that people will definitely enjoy it. But as for a book that I have yet to read. An Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza intrigues me.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
See the above. Lord of Shadows needs to be in my hands like, right now.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Definitely read more, and blog more – try to find the spark that made me want to blog in the first place again.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Either the aforementioned Caraval, or A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Or Frostblood by Elly Blake. Something for fans for different genres. Honestly all 3 of them have gotten close to or 5 stars. I have yet to review them, but they will definitely get good reviews once I do.
So I guess that’s my 2016 Survey done, it was definitely fun to compare this to my 2015 one and see all the differences between the years. So much has changed, so I am definitely looking forward to doing this again next year!