Saturday, January 2, 2016

End of the Year Survey

Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner always puts together a great End of the Year survey.  Here is my contribution!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 164
Number of Re-Reads:2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015? 
Hands down: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This would definitely be Illuminae.  I was very interested in it and the reviews looked amazing.  I love unconventional writing styles.  Buuuttt, it felt like I've read the story before.  And if it weren't for the way it was written, I would have given up on it.
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
I would say this book surprised me the most because I don't really like apes or monkeys, so I probably wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't for wanting to read as many Newberry Award winners as I can.  But this book was much more bittersweet and deeply felt than I expected.
The One and Only Ivan

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I always push The Scorpio Races because I adore it.  I also told everyone to read A Darker Shade of Magic.
The Scorpio Races

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series Started: Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Best Sequel: Hero by Althea Kontis
Best Series Ender: Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)  Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2) End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Simone St. James.  I love her ghost stories!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This would go to The Martian.  It took me a long time to consider it because I don't generally go for hard Sci-Fi or science-y type books.  But I'm so glad I did because it ended up being one of my top 5 reads this year.
The Martian

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The action just didn't really stop.
End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Everyone, say it with me: A Darker Shade of Magic

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
A toss up between these two:
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
One by Sarah Crossan

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
I thought this was an incredibly important book, even if it came across a liiitttle preachy at times.
None of the Above

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 
After reading Past Perfect and basically hating it, I was really hesitant to read this one, but all the reviews said I really should  I actually listened to it on audiobook and really really liked it (even though, as a parent, I was terrified for the MC!)
This Song Will Save Your Life

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Amy Poehler's Yes Please had some great lines:

“Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.” 

“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” 

“Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” 

“Emotions are like passing storms, and you have to remind yourself that it won’t rain forever. You just have to sit down and watch it pour outside and then peek your head out when it looks dry.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Longest at 648 pages: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
Shortest at 89 pages: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
This book was way better than I thought and it got to me a few times.  Especially since I can't handle "end of the world" type books very well.  And that ending...
We All Looked Up

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
This wasn't a big shipping year for me.  A few of my stalwart ships got all messed up and now I don't know what I want.  But, since I reread this book, I'm going to include Jase and Samantha because they are adorable and I love them.
My Life Next Door

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I'm going to go with Rhys and Kell.  Although...I do think Kell has some secret feelings for Rhys.
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I'll go with Six of Crows here.  I adore the Grisha universe and was so happy to be back in it.  I thought this book was a tad long, but I liked the characters and I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I tried to read Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce a long time ago and didn't enjoy it.  This steered me away from Tamora Pierce, which saddened Elizabeth from So Long and Thanks for All the Fish so much that she when she met Pierce at a book signing, she had her dedicate one of her other books to me and secretly sent it to me.  I mean, how can you say no to that level of dedication?  And I really enjoyed it!  
First Test (Protector of the Small, #1)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
I'll have to go with Kell again.  What can I say?  It WAS the best book I read this year.
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I didn't read a ton of debut books this year, but I thought this one was pretty good!
The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I think we can all guess what my answer will be:
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Being a huge fan of The Princess Bride, I was all smiles reading this book.  And to top it off, I got to meet Cary Elwes and have him sign it.  He is absolutely charming in real life.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
I'm not a big crier, but here are a few that got under my skin:
I Shall Be Near to You All the Light We Cannot See The Crossover

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I ran across this book on my Newberry Award winners list and listened to it on audiobook.  Considering it wasn't published all that long ago, I'm surprised it wasn't better known!  It is dark and creepy, but very very good.  I recommend checking it out.
Splendors and Glooms

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Only because I actually read it.  And felt dead inside while doing so.
The Heir (The Selection, #4)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
I would have to say this book.  The story was hilarious and totally different than anything else I've read.
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably Queen of Midnight.  I spent 60% of the book being very annoyed by just about everything.  
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Winter by Marissa Meyers
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
This looks really cool!
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows  (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Read more!  Since I quit my full time job, I am not longer commuting an hour to work each way, so my designated reading time is gone.  I usually prioritize everything else before reading when I am at home.  I need to make more time for it.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I haven't read any yet!  Any suggestions for me?


  1. You know, I saw someone else talking about The One and Only Ivan, and I cannot remember which blogger it was. Yep, I bought the Scorpio Races because of you! You have also made my TBR taller so we are even now. I am adding your link right now. :)

  2. Great post. This survey takes so much time to do every year, I feel we should all be awarded a medal for completing it. WOW, congrats on reading 164 books, that is a lot. I have yet to read A Darker Shade of Magic or The Scorpio Races, but those are two books I actually really want to read. The Martian was one of my top reads, it is AMAZING!!! I still need to write up my review though. Much raving is needed!

    Great answers! I hope you have a great reading year in 2016! :) Here's my survey if you want to check it out.

  3. 1. YES I have succeeded in life!! I'm so incredibly happy about this! (Also inside my head I have an evil world dominating super villain laugh. ON TO MY EVIL PLANS TO MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD READ TAMORA PIERCE! I am clearly the ultimate evil.)
    2. I laughed so hard at your 28 comment hahahahaha
    3. I got halfway through QoS before Christmas and am thinking I might just reread the whole series and see if my reactions to Chaol's behavior will change (aka I thought he was over the whole magic thing, WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE'S NOT OVER THE WHOLE MAGIC THING). Like...did I just gloss over things? Am I missing something here?

  4. Aw I loved the one and only Ivan too. So beautiful. I should read as you wish. I'm glad it was so fun to read!



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