Sunday, January 24, 2016

End of Year Survey: 2015 Survey

I’m a little late to the game here, but I wanted to take a chance to do the End of Year Survey that Jamie creates every year (she also created the lovely graphics that go with it!).  I’ve already talked about my favorites books of the year, and now I want to take some time to talk about things that maybe weren’t on the list, but deserve some mention. Here we go!

Number Of Books You Read: 105
Number of Re-Reads:
One physical, three audio                                                               
Genre You Read The Most From: 
It’s probably about equal between fantasy, sci fi, and paranormal stuff

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)

I actually wrote a whole post about this!  Check it out here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This is a hard one! My biggest disappointment was probably The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I just didn’t expect the story to take the angle it did and I had kind of hoped for something original. I was also not a huge fan of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but adult thrillers aren’t always my jam, so that’s not really surprising at the end of the day.  I also really wasn’t into Legend by Marie Lu, but I can be pretty particular when it comes to dystopian novels.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
It’s All your Fault by Paul Rudnick. The way it’s written is very in your face.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I absolutely adored Changeless, the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, and I started encouraging a lot more of my friends to read that series.  I even gave my friend Liz Soulless for her birthday!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Starter: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Sequel: Changeless by Gail Carriger and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Ender: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Without a doubt, Hilary T. Smith. Wild Awake was one of my favorites this year. I can’t wait to read A Sense of the Infinite.

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

I started reading a lot more comic book trades! It’s hard to say if Ms. Marvel or Saga was further from my comfort zone, but I adored both.

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

Definitely Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, which I stayed up way too late to finish.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, because I want to read the rest of the series!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

How do I choose? So many good ones! For strong female protagonists I loved Nimona from Nimona and Gabi from Gabi, A Girl In Pieces.  For love interests I loved Beast from Dark Triumph and Max from The Start of Me and You. Evret from Fairest was also fascinating.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Without a doubt Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith.  If you don’t understand what people who struggle with mental health go through this will be a very eye-opening read.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Probably Gabi, A Girl In Pieces.  It had me thinking a lot about race, feminism, and privilege. Bad Feminist was also an important read for me because it made my feminism much more intersectional.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 
 Fairest by Marissa Meyer, which I read later because I took the time to listen to the audiobooks of the first three books.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
For all that I have kissed before, I have never felt anything like this. It is as if I have swallowed a tiny piece of the sun, its warmth and light reaching into every corner of my soul and chasing away the shadows.
-Robin LaFevers

Maybe she had come into the woods and slipped into the life she was supposed to have had, if no one had wanted to give her up.  Maybe the woods are where people found each other.  That is what happens on journeys—the things you find are not necessarily the things you had gone looking for.
-Anne Ursu

Maybe we all need ships to hold our dreams, to be bigger and steadier than we could ever be, and to ground the mystery when we cannot, to keep it safe even when we have lost everything.
-Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: we all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a floodlit statue or skyline.  Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.
-Hilary T. Smith

There is an art to irritation that only few of us can achieve.
-Gail Carriger

And then finally the magic flowed, but not the same way as when the Dragon’s spell lessons dragged it in a rush out of me. Instead it seemed to me the sound of churning became a stream made to carry magic along, and I was standing by the water’s edge with a  pitcher that never ran dry, pouring a thin sliver line into the rushing current.
-Naomi Novik

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest: Serpahina: The Audition by Rachel Hartman (No surprise as this is really more of a short
Longest: TheMarvels by Brian Selznick 

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

Saga has a lot of shocking moments, as does Fairest.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Either Beast and Sybella from Dark Triumph or Max and Paige from The Start of Me and You. 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Probably Nimona and Ballister Blackheart from Nimona or Hazel and Jack from Breadcrumbs. Both of those relationships are beautifully complex.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Shadow Scale, Dark Triumph, and Fairest!  All so incredible.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  My feelings on it were pretty neutral.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. My high school self totally would have gone for him!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley!  It reminded me of The Night Circus but for a middle grade audience.

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

CircusMirandus and Uprooted without a doubt.

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

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson! Go pick this up right now if you haven’t already read it.  It is fantastic.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I think Shadow Scale made me tear up a bit, but I think that was it!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I know it didn’t come out this year, but When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t know that I had any soul crushing books, but The Devil You Know had me thinking long and hard about how our society treats women.  Drama also reminded me somewhat of my middle school years and hit me right in the feels.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?


Baba Yaga’sAssistant by Marika McCoola

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

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  I hated how this one handled mental illness and grief.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

 I’m a really big fan of Twirling Pages, especially Alexandra's Instagram!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

 I was pleased by the discussion that my review of I Was Here by Gayle Forman brought about.

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

 My Love-A-Thon questionnaire!

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

 The Love-A-Thon was so much fun!  Seeing Meagan Kaufman and Amie Spooner twice was a lot of fun, but I also enjoyed meeting Emery Lord and Trish Doller, and attending the NoVa Teen Book Festival.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

It was pretty cool being able to start reviewing for School Library Journal. That falls more under my professional life but when you’re a librarian, your bookish life and your professional life get pretty tangled up.

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

I fell out of my routine and then for a lot of reasons (moving! NaNoWriMo!) and struggled to get back into it.

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

 My review of The Start of Me and You got lots of views!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 I’ve been a terrible poster and comment leaver this year, so I’m not going to run around demanding more love.

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

I discovered the bookstore Bridgeside Books in Vermont. My boyfriend’s sister owns it.

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

I set out to read 110 and I still read 105 which is still a good number.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Dumplin by Julie Murphy. I loved Side Effects May Vary and have heard nothing but good things!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

I’m really looking forward to The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, A Court of Mist andFury by Sarah J. Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Getting back on a regular posting schedule would be great, and I always want to read more, since I’m nowhere near running out of books to read.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I just started When We Collided by Emery Lord and so far it’s very promising.

1 comment:

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