Hey guys! Can you believe this year is over? Well, it’s close to over, but still. This year has FLOWN, and it’s been a seriously great one. Super stressful at times, but great. I’ve got a lot done and I just want to say thank you to all of you who read and comment and who are just awesome.
So today I wanted to participate in the 6th Annual End of Year Survey for 2015 that Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created years ago and still continues with today. I did participate last year, but now I have way more books and stats and stuff to share!
So without further ado, let’s jump into the survey!
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: One
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fantasy
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Alright, well, this is a tough one. Honestly, the one I loved the most and definitely felt like I got the most from would probably have to be….
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
This book was just incredible and the best in the series thus far, in my opinion. Yes, it had its flaws, but it also was action packed, had wit, romance, and so much more.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was excited to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, hoping to really love it, but I just had a lot of trouble getting into it and really feeling for Cinder and what she was going through. There were several things that bothered me, but not enough that I won’t continue the series – I will! – it’s just going to take a little time.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Selection by Kiera Cass surprised me in a good way in that I wasn’t expecting to actually like it as much as I did. Though the books weren’t profound, and the main character and certain situations were a little annoying, it was just one of those trilogies that just sucks you in and it had me wanting more.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I think that it was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Maybe? I know I had a lot of positive feedback on my review for it on my blog and on my booktube channel, so I want to say that book.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Beautiful. Check out my review!
Sequel: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. Captivating. Check out my review!
Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Amazing. Check out my review!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Sabaa Tahir. She has a way of building worlds and telling heart gripping stories without mouthy, long, overly detailed sentences. I think her simplicity, but rich, descriptions of the world that her book, An Ember in the Ashes, took place in was beautiful, breathtaking, and magical.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. This book has a trigger warning of suicide, and as someone who has dealt with thoughts personally, this book hit many places I didn’t want to dig up. But I also thought it was a beautiful story, and even though it wasn’t perfect, it was still different and was definitely out of my comfort zone.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor was not only a captivating and very unique story, but it had action, monsters, angels, war, love, betrayal, memories, and so much more.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Maybe The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, before the next book comes out. I highly enjoyed the book, but I wouldn’t mind rereading it to see if I pick up on more things the second time around.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. It’s my favorite cover of the whole trilogy, but all of the books are beautiful. I mean, just look at it:
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Honestly, I think that Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi is pretty memorable. She had immense character growth, and even though I was completely frustrated with her at the beginning, I found myself literally cheering for her in the third book. Amazing character arc for sure.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I honestly can’t pick just one, so my top three most beautifully written books that I read were Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Each had their own unique styles of writing and lore, and I felt like I could just feel the characters seeping into me when I read/listened to these books.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio definitely opened my eyes to a group of people I never would have known existed without this book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, which is book two in the Mortal Instruments series. Seriously, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to it. But hey, I still have the last two books in this series to finish, not including the other two in the Infernal Devices.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“Let’s go rattle the stars.” -Aelin Galathynius from Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Prince by Keira Cass – This is a novella, so obviously it’s short at 64 pages.
Longest: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – My favorite book of the year was also the longest at 656 pages long!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. When you find out who a certain character is, you kind of cringe and go, “Eww.” So… shock factor was a little there.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Jubliee Chase and Flynn Cormac from This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I. Love. These. Two. Together. Like, I can’t express how much I ship them. They’re perfect for each other and compliment each other in every way and I just love them.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Karou and Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. They’re just a great pair together, laughing at each other’s wit and just overall being the best of friends – especially considering what happens in the second book.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare was awesome. I loved being able to see the Shadowhunters in a different time period and more creatures and some of the same characters that I know and love be introduced just in a different context.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I think the peer pressure to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli was pretty high up there just in the community in general. AND I LOVED IT. The cuteness. It was too much.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Kaden from The Remnant Chronicles trilogy by Mary E. Pearson. I just love his bad boy/good boy kind of behavior and how he’s really just a kind soul and he’s rustic and… Let me wipe the drool off of my face.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was just amazing. It was a fast read, but it was so powerful in such a short book. I really enjoyed it.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews really goes into detail about the setting and I have a really easy time picturing it.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli HANDS DOWN GETS THIS. Oh, and The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester, particularly the audiobook version of it. Yes.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
I don’t really cry when I read books, but My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga pulled at way too many heart strings and hit very close to home.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was pretty dang on awesome. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, that’s for sure. It had a lot of elements I thought worked well together, plus the writing was just beautiful. Check out my review here!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. This book perfectly wrapped up the first three books, and I just loved it to pieces. From beginning to end I enjoyed it and it just crushed me under it.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
This is incredibly hard because I read so many unique books… I’m cheating again and I’m going to pick two: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Both are very unique in terms of their plot and the stories they hold behind them, and I just think each has their own beautiful writing and tale to tell.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I was kind of grumpy reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. There were several reasons, but this one definitely bugged me a lot.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I think Happy Indulgence is a new favorite from this year. Jeann made a great post about remembering why you blog, in which I made a post in response to that, and she otherwise makes fun, engaging, informative posts.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
This was super hard to pick, but I think my favorite review I wrote was on Queen of Shadows. I exploded all of my thoughts and feelings into that post (or as much as I could without it being a 20 page paper), and I think those emotions really crossed over into that review.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I think my Booktubers vs Book Bloggers | Let’s Discuss post was the best discussion post on my blog. Even though I didn’t get any comments on it, I just think the content itself was important. We’re all part of one huge community, and it really doesn’t matter which platform we decide to use to express our love for books on.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Bout of Books was probably the best event I participated in. It was a relaxed, but super fun read-a-thon, and it was my first one! I had a really fun time, even if I didn’t reach my goals.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I have a few, but I think my favorite moments are when I get comments from people telling me that my review made them want to read that particular book. It just makes me feel like I accomplished something as a blogger and a reader. So thank you to all who have commented!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I had the most views on my June 2015 Wrap-Up with 53 views in a day. Awesome! Thanks guys!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
In all honesty, I wish more people discussed more with me on my discussion posts, but I know a lot of people might get intimidated by those kinds of posts. I promise I don’t bite!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Okay, this may be a little silly, but I think that this tote I got from Barnes & Noble is the most beautiful bag ever and I can’t wait to use it as my purse:
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Upon reviewing my bookish resolutions for 2015, I did complete a major goal, which was to read 30 books in the course of the year. As I read 50 this year, I definitely passed it! I also did do a lot more discussions and some tag posts, so there’s that, too.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor, for sure.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir! Can’t wait to read this sequel.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira. I mean, c’mon, doesn’t the title alone sound awesome? The main heroine turns to her favorite YA books for love advice, which just sounds cute (and so accurate).
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The next book in the Throne of Glass series, of course! I can’t wait until September! D: So far awaaaayyyy.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
In my reading life: Read without apology. As in, read as much as I can and whatever the hell I want.
In my blogging life: Try to post more regularly, but really just have fun with it! And also comment more on other peoples’ blogs.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None! Because I haven’t had the opportunity to do so.