Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 End Of Year Book Survey

Number Of Books You Read: 108
Number of Re-Reads: Two
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

I'm going to be lazy about this--I published a full list already! Check it out here.

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

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. The story has a great plot and fantastic worldbuilding, I was just expecting a different style of prose and less of a romantic ship.  Get it? Ship? Because this book is about pirates? Moving on.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young. I had no idea what to expect going into this book and I absolutely adored it.

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

It's probably a tie between the Bitch Planet comics and When We Collided by Emery Lord. I know a lot of people who would love Bitch Planet and When We Collided is beautiful and is an outstanding portrayal of bipolar disorder.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

My favorite series starter was Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.  Best sequel was  A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson. My favorite series ender was definitely The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutksoki, but I also loved both Winter and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Probably Pam Munoz Ryan. I've wanted to read a lot of her books for a while, and I really enjoyed The Dreamer.

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

Even though I like historical, I often find it very heavy so it falls a bit out of my comfort zone.  The historical novel I read that was most out of my comfort zone was Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez.  It was heavy but absolutely beautiful.

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

All the Rage by Courtney Summers.  I was instantly sucked in and didn't want to put it down until I was done.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably any of the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas or A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

For me this is easily Arin from The Winner's Kiss.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

With Malice by Eileen Cook had me thinking a lot about gender and privilege.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

Definitely The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis. It's been on my TBR since 2012.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? 

It felt as if his smile became hers.  His secret, too.  The day itself: the satin sky, a speckled yellow feather that spiraled down on a breeze to catch in Javelin's mane.  She held all this inside her the way a jewel holds light.
-Marie Rutkoski

All night long, I dare the stars to outlast me.
-Emery Lord

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

My longest was Winter by Marissa Meyer.  The shortest was probably the novella Homecoming by Claire LeGrand.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Easily Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Jest and Cath from Heartless, Arin and Kestrel from The Winner's Kiss, always Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Roshar with everyone from The Winner's Kiss.  Also the relationship that Ada and Jamie have with the caregiver Susan in The War That Saved My Life.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

When We Collided, each book I read by Marissa Meyer, All the Rage.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I loved it so much more than I expected.

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

Jest from Heartless

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Sadly, I didn't read as many debuts as I would have liked this year.  That said Of Fire and Stars by Audret Coulthurst was fantastic.  Caraval by Stephanie Graber was also a great debut but it releases later this month.

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

This is a tough one! For fantasy I loved the worlds in Heartless and Caraval, and I loved how vivid the setting of Ready Player One is.  My favorite historical setting was Texas in Out of Darkness, and I thought Emery Lord did a great job of crafting the setting of When We Collided.

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

Definitely Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon. It's just so feminist and often.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

I probably came the closest with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.  Apparently 2016 was not the Year of the Tears.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

For me this would have to be A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Probably Illuminae, because of the formatting.  However, I thought that Audacity and Out of Darkness both explored historical settings/circumstances that we don't see as much of in young adult fiction.

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

Parts of The War That Saved My Life made me furious and were super upsetting to read.  Paper Covers Rock made me roll my eyes and wish that the whole story was more unique.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I've been truly terrible about reading blogs this past year.  However, I have recently discovered Aentee's Instagram which I love.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

My review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which was written when the book was still fresh in my mind.

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

I've been so behind on reviews lately that I pretty much stuck to those.

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

That is a hard one.  I had a really great time at NoVa Teen Book Festival as well as that Public Library Association Conference which I attended in April. My boyfriend at I also did two panels at AwesomeCon, DC's comic convention, and that was a lot of fun.  I'm counting that here because comics.
Seth and I as stormtroopers

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

I got to see Victoria Schwab, Marie Rutkoski, and Morgan Matson, and those were all great events.
Me and Morgan Matson

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

Catching up on reviews was tough, but so was trying to read when I was attempting NaNoWriMo.

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

My review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton got quite a few views and comments.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I would have liked to see my review of The List get a few more views.

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

Seth and I had a few days after Christmas free and I used one of them to drag him around to some of my favorite bookstores in the Twin Cities.   He found Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and we decided to wander in. It was absolutely amazing and we both wandered out with new books in hand.

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

My goal was to read 105 books and I read 108!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

 2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Right now 27 Hours by Tristina Wright is topping my list.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

Despite having not read Gemina yet, the third book in the Illuminae Chronicles, as of right now.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

1 comment:

  1. I still need to read Illuminae and finish the Winner's trilogy! But I loved Winter and Heartless too :) The Unexpected Everything is at the top of my list to read this year, I can't believe I haven't yet. Congrats on exceeding your GR goal!!



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