2019 End of Year Survey

Every year I do this survey created by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner, and so, to continue tradition, here we are again!

**2019 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 17
Number of Re-Reads: 6?
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This book touched and reached the darkest parts of my heart and mind as I could relate so much to the grief this boy had for his mother. It was hands down my favorite book of the year and I’m so incredibly glad to have given it the chance it deserved. You can check out my full review here.

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

The Chase by Elle Kennedy – As far as guilty pleasures go, the romance series that Elle Kennedy has written were some of my favorites that I’ve read in a long time, so naturally I was excited to read about one of the main character’s sister from the previous series in this novel, but alas, I found her quite aggravating. I mean, there’s a lot of sex in these books, which I’m fine with, but man, sometimes there was just a bit too much sex drive even for me. You can check out my full review here.

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

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – I didn’t except to enjoy this as much as I did, but I did enjoy it! Although some of it was kind of boring and dragged on, the romance was adorable and the finding out about ones was great. You can check out my full review here.

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

Since having a seasonal bookstore job, I’ve recommended a few books, including things like the Grisha trilogy, The Starless Sea, the Mortal Instruments series, etc. And they’ve gotten them, so yeah!

 5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

Best series started: Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase – this is a reread for me as I’ve read this entire series multiple times when I was a teen, and it’s just been super nostalgic for me.

Best sequel: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – as this is my first time reading the Percy Jackson series, I’ve been highly enjoying the story and books, and this sequel was super fun and exciting with the stakes being higher. You can check out my full review here.

Best series ender: I haven’t read one yet this year, so… lol

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Probably Patrick Ness. I loved A Monster Calls so much, so I’d love to give his other books a try, too!

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

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day – I read her first book earlier this year, and I’m still reading this one because it’s an activity book, but it’s so fun to just write and create with abandon. It’s something I need because I’m too focused on making things perfect that I need to be able to let go and be more loose with creativity.

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

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson was definitely unputdownable, epic, action-packed, and thrilling. As an epic high fantasy there was just so much put into the world and the characters that I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was a really great book, for sure. If you want to check out my full review, click here!

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Risk by Elle Kennedy – This next installment in the Briar U arc was so much more enjoyable for me, and it had a lot more in depth real moments that I was much more drawn to than The Chase. If anything, I’d reread this one for the angst, steamy bits, and that great hate-to-love dynamic I love haha! You can check out my full review here.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

I have three favorites, don’t judge me lol

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

The cast of characters from Fushigi Yuugi just because I know them so well and love them so much lol

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I love Laini Taylor’s writing so much, and this book is so lyrical and magical in its execution. I seriously love how beautifully it’s written.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

Forever and always talking about A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness because this book means so much to me. A book about grief and how it can manifest into the world – not just internally, but externally, too.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

The Percy Jackson series… Just like the Harry Potter series, I seriously missed out on some awesome books during my childhood lol I’m trying to make up for it in my adult years.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Shortest book: Fushigi Yuugi volume 4: Bandit – 189 pages

Longest book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 45 hours 37 minutes of audiobook (physical book is actually 1007 pages long, including appendix stuff)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Have I mentioned The Way of Kings, because my mouth dropped open so many times throughout listening to the audiobook that it was crazy. I also laughed out loud, cheered, grew angry, etc, with the audiobook. It was a really great experience.

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

Hades and Persephone foreverrrrrrrrrrr~ Lore Olympus is an amazing webcomic series and I want everyone to go read it. Go. Now. Do it.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I loved the dynamic between the characters in The Way of Kings. Everyone was connected in some way through different people, so even if they didn’t meet in this volume, there was still a larger overarching connectedness between everyone that I loved seeing. The web grows bigger, my friends.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

As I’ve stated before, I loved her first series of the students at Briar University, and this book in the Briar U arc was super good.

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

This was the literal most hyped book I read this year, and it was really good, so thank you everyone across all social media platforms lol

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

I quite liked Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens, not gonna lie. An immortal faerie lord who wants to learn more about humans and not just look at them like they’re objects for his own gain? Yes, please.

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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

My dudes, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson was so immersive in its design from top to bottom. The way Sanderson writes his settings and worlds is second to none, I swear. From towering spires to rocky cliffs to war camps, small townships, and high storms. Oh man, it’s such an amazingly vivid world.

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

Lore Olympus, Castle Swimmer, The Four of Them, Plain Boy and Prince, to name a few, are all webcomics and all freaking good and adorable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

A Monster Calls actually made me cry at the end, so, yeah.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is one I haven’t finished yet, but it’s one that sucked me in pretty quickly and held onto me until I hit a reading slump earlier this year. It’s a book set in England with an American witch, a British vampire, forbidden romance, dark secrets, and mystery. It’s really good! I’d seen it pop up a lot whenever I was browsing books on Amazon, so I decided to give it a go and am glad I did.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I mean, none of the books or comics I’ve read have crushed my soul, so… I don’t really have an answer.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

I read this autobiography by Felicia Day, and since I generally don’t read biographies of any kind, this was definitely the most unique in that aspect. But also, her book Embrace Your Weird is unique because it’s a book that makes you draw in it, create around it, rip out pages, cut things out, etc. I really like her as a writer!

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

*insert the bad shit that happened in Lore Olympus that has the entire fandom pissed off with good reason* 😀

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I’ve actually really pulled away from the book world in the last year, but I do have a couple of new favorite booktubers that I enjoy watching:

Rachael Marie’s Book Journey

PeaceLoveBooksxo

Codie’s Book Corner

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

Do I Have That Book? | Challenge

This was a really fun post to make because I got my husband involved to help me find all of these books, and luckily we found one for each question (even if it did take a while lol).

3. Favorite bookish related photo(s) you took in 2019?

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

The Leigh Bardugo signing at Brookline Booksmith in Boston was so fun and Leigh herself was such a delight! You can read about my whole experience here!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Participating in challenges and tags again was really fun. I know I haven’t blogged much the last few years, but I still try to post when I can and when I have enough energy to do so. So I really enjoyed the Do I Have This Book? challenge and also attempting (and failing) to participate in readathons like the Medievalathon and the Book Junkie Trials.

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

I’ve been emotionally and mentally drained for years now due to my mom’s dementia diagnosis a few years back, plus work stress, moving states, etc. So reading and blogging have been put so far back on the back burner that I oftentimes don’t think about it anymore. I still keep up with comics, though, because I’ve learned to rely upon visual stimulation to bring about happiness into my life. It’s been a rough time, friends, but I’m slowly starting to piece myself back together and get back into the hobby of reading for fun again.

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

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 had the most views, as far as I could tell by my stats. I might also be looking at the wrong figure lol

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

2020 Reading Goals & Challenges – this is my way of dedicating myself to reading, albeit a slow one, plus I just like hearing about and seeing other peoples’ goals (even if they don’t stick to them lol).

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

The bookstore I work at currently is an independent book store, which is cool, and the staff is very friendly and stuff. I don’t plan on staying there past the season, but the store itself is also cute. Plus, you know, supporting a small business is awesome.

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

I’ve completed one goal from last year, which was to have half or more of the books I read already exist on my shelf, which, thanks to my manga, I completed that goal! …that’s it. Didn’t reach any other reading or personal goals this year. Oh well.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I will finish it, goddamn it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

Even though I’ll only be on the second book in this massive series, I’m excited for the fourth volume of the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson! One day I’ll get to read it. One day…

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I haven’t been keeping up to date with releases and stuff, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

Other than the one I mentioned above, again, I haven’t been keeping super up to date with things, so… I don’t really have one.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Actually post more consistently again than once every few months would be cool.

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Haven’t read any yet, but I have a few arcs from work of books coming out in December and January.

2018 End of Year Survey

It’s that time of year again, folks, where I review what I’ve read this past year and talk about it with you. This survey was created by the lovely Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner, so you should definitely go check her out.

**2018 READING STATS**

 

Number Of Books You Read:
Number of Re-Reads:
Genre You Read The Most From: Fan fiction

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

gemina

This whole trilogy was AMAZING, but of the last two books in the trilogy that I read this year, Gemina was definitely my favorite. You can check out my review here!

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

Maybe the Vox Machina Origin comic books? I haven’t watched a lot of the first campaign which I know the books are based off of those characters, but I was expecting something… different? They’re still good, just not as good as I was expecting.

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

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Probably Ruin and Rising – and in a good way. It’s been a couple of years since I read book two, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into it, but I really enjoyed it and thought it made for a great wrap up kind of book.

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

Not a book, but a fan fiction by Tharros called “Two Black Dots.” It’s an awesome fanfic about Bakugou Katsuki and Uraraka Ochako, and I highly recommend you check it out.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Best series: (Fan fiction): Two Black Dots by Tharros

Best sequel: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Best series ender: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Rick Riordan! I’ve never read any of his material before, but I started with Percy Jackson & the Lighting Thief several months ago and really enjoyed it. You can check out my review here!

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

Well, I didn’t start reading fan fiction until this year, SO I’m going to go with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Ms_Chunks. It’s another Bakugou/Uraraka fan fic and it’s SO GOOD.

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

Have I mentioned Gemina and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff yet? Because those two were AMAZING and I could not put them down.

Check out my Gemina review here and my Obsidio review here!

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I will say probably Bakugou Katsuki is Going to Become a Friendly Guy Even if it Kills Him by piscesroyalty. It’s a comedy/romance fan fiction and I have never laugh out loud so much then when I was reading this.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

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11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Ella Malikova from Gemina. SHE’S AMAZING. Super sassy, doesn’t put up with your crap, and is just a great side character. Seriously loved her.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

falling by isanas is so beautiful. It pulls on your heart and it’s just… oof, so good.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I really have no idea with this one. I know I’ve had a lot of thoughts on several of the books I read, reflecting on some of the elements of them and how they could be interpreted in real life and such, and I know that on more than one occasion I found myself going, “Wow, that’s amazing,” but I can’t really pinpoint what books those might be.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. SERIOUSLY. I would’ve enjoy this so much as a kid hahaha

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

-Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Gemina: 659 pages

I’ve read a lot of one-shot fan fics, so I’m going to say those lol Some were under 1000 words.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Have I mentioned the Illuminae Files yet? Because OH MAN DID I HAVE A LOT OF ANIMATED REACTIONS TO THESE BOOKS. Like, I’m not the most animated person when reading. I don’t make a lot of faces or even really laugh aloud at something funny, but these books? Oh man, these books seriously took me on a roller coaster and I know for a fact that Gemina had me gaping at the end of it for a while.

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

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

KACCHAKO. My loves. ❤ (Bakugou Katsuki x Uraraka Ochako)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Nik Malikov and Ella Malikova from the Illuminae Files. They’re cousins, so I just love their dynamic and how they pick on each other, but also would die for the other. It’s great.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. This was a fun read that I read back in May and I just remember loving Becky’s first book: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so I was not disappointed. Check out my review here!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Just a looooooot of fan fiction, haha! I got to support my friends’ writings, you know?

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Both Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov from Gemina. *shrug* What can I say? I love me a strong, fierce, sassy, brave woman, and a goofy, gold-hearted, family-oriented bad boy.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

I don’t think I’ve read any debuts this year, so N/A.

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

I need to stop mentioning the Illuminae Files in this post, but THESE BOOKS ARE LITERAL VISUALS, and the way things are described is just so well done? Like??? Ugh, so good.

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

Bakugou Katsuki is Going to Become a Friendly Guy Even If It Kills Him by piscesroyalty on AO3. It’s SO funny and SO good, omg, seriously, read it.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

In Hindsight by infantblue. This fanfic CRUSHED me. A bunch of us did live reactions with the author and she was just so overwhelmed by the support she got for this. I literally felt the tears in my eyes, but I didn’t actually cry lol

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Shout out to every fan fic I read because, man, were they a surprise! Seriously, I’ve read so many and I loved a lot.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Ooh, I think Eidolon by Grace Draven was the most unique just because of the species in it and such. I mean, I read Radiance last year, but I really thought the concept of a human and a Kai together and how the two would go through life together was super intriguing. The way it was executed was well done.

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

Uh. I have no idea haha

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

readwithcindy – she’s got such a great personality and such a great level of sass, and I’m glad I found her.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Fan Fiction Galore & Why You Should Read Some

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

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Here’s my instagram if you want to check it out!

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

I took part in the Biannual Bibliothon this past winter/spring in early 2018, as in, I was one of the blog hosts lol

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I don’t know, just getting back to it, really. I’ve barely posted at all this year, but it really feels good to be back on my little corner of the internet.

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

Uh, I didn’t blog lol Barely, anyway. Finding the time and motivation was difficult, but I’m making it more of a priority nowadays and really glad I am.

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

Biannual Bibliothon Challenge: Rewrite a Favorite Scene

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

None. I’m okay with where everything is.

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

The Bookmarked series on YouTube where Zoe, Hailey, and Hannah have guests and talk about bookish topics.

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

Well, the past couple of years I’ve been setting my Goodreads reading goal to one book, which has been working out great for me, haha! So that was achieved. That’s pretty much it haha

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

If I haven’t started this book this week, it’s definitely going to be Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. Like, my husband caught up real fast this year with all three books and has been waiting months for me to read this third book because he wanted to discuss and I just haven’t yet. Whoops lol

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. But first I need to read Restore Me, which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. I’ve been following Hafsah on Twitter for years now, and I’m so proud of her debut coming up! I’m definitely going to read it when it’s released.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Is the final book of the Ember in the Ashes saga going to be published in 2019? If so, that one lol

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I’m going to be having a 2019 goals post coming out next week, so read about them there!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Not applicable haha!

Let’s chat!

Alright my friends, my question to you for the end of this year is: if you could squeeze in just one more read for the end of the year, what would it be and why? Have a wonderful and safe new year!

End of Year Survey 2017

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Oh hi, long time no see! I’ve been wicked busy these days, what with the end of the year and big life plans that I’m trying to see through to the end, so I haven’t had much time for blogging and stuff. But here we are with Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner’s 8th Annual End of Year Survey! I’ve done this survey the last few years, and in keeping with tradition, I’m doing it again! So let’s jump in.

P.S. All the banners are from her blog because I’m #lazy.

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Number Of Books You Read: 60+ (I’m counting all the chapters of comics, plus manga, plus novels I’ve read.)
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Comics! Specifically web comics.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

I picked up the Tokyo Ghoul series which is a SUPER awesome manga series! I still have the last two volumes to finish, though, as of this survey being posted lol

Oh, also Noragami. And King’s Maker. And I Love Yoo. So many good things. I can’t choose just one.

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

Deathnote. Okay, I still liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I just felt like there was SO much dialogue! Like… way more than I’m used to in manga.

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

Hadome! I mean, it’s a series about a man who has a wicked foot fetish, and a girl who falls for that guy. Okay, that’s really oversimplified, but that’s the basics of what it is lol But it’s one of my favorite ongoing webcomics!

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

I recommend King’s Maker all the time because OMG IT’S SO GOOD. Blood and stabbing and betray and subtle boys’ love, and the ARTWORK? I can’t even.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series: Noragami

Sequel: Um. I have no idea, honestly.

Ender: Something About Us

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Go check out this post where I talk about a crap ton of my online reads because I love all of these people.

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

Hmm… I feel like I’ve read all things I’d want to read, so…

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

Tokyo Ghoul! So action packed and so good. Also Blue Exorcist and Noragami.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably any of the manga I’ve read this year lol

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

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11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Ren from Blue Exorcist. I love him.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

I looooooved A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab! So goooood!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

The Sun is Also a Star had a lot of topics I haven’t read about before. Also A Silent Voice manga!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

A Darker Shade of Magic, let’s be real.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
― V.E. SchwabA Darker Shade of Magic

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Probably some webcomic I’ve read lol It would take too long to look through them all, and a lot are still ongoing.

Longest: A Dark Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I’m trying to think of which one did but I’m not sure…

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

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Yuki and Yato from Noragami

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Sun is Also a Star

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

*shows long list of webcomics* Thank you, Internet.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Hmm… I don’t know that I have one.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I Love Yoo, Siren, My Dear Cold-Blooded King, King’s Maker, Crushed

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

I mean, I can literally see the worlds in the comics I read, and so many of them are incredible in their detail and color. My favorite is King’s Maker.

As for novel, I’m going with ADSOM.

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

Star x Fanboy IS THE CUTEST WEBCOMIC EVER AND YOU NEED TO READ IT NOW.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

None.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Out of Control

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Hmm…. this one’s hard. I don’t think I can actually pick anything for this one.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

A Guy Like You

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

At the End of the Road had a stupid ending. That’s all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I don’t think I’ve actually seen any new ones this year.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Well, I think my Summer Reading one is because it took me a million years to write with how much I put in it lol

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

Finally Fall Book Tag

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

Love-a-thon 2017 – Get to Know Me

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

I discovered my love for comics and manga again, which has been amazing.

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

Psh, what blogging life? I’ve barely blogged this year at all because I just haven’t had the motivation to and I just haven’t been able to read “books” to review and I just haven’t had anything to talk about. Plus I’ve distanced myself from the book community, so yeah.

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

Finally Fall Book Tag

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Eh, I’m fine with everything I think.

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

Not really a discovery, but I love going to Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA because it’s the only independent book store I know of in my state and it’s lovely.

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

Nope lol

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Probably A Court of Wings and Ruin.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Umm… I’m not sure. Again, I haven’t been keeping up with book news much. OH. Maybe Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Not sure.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I’m looking forward to the next book in the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’m not sure. I’m debating stopping blogging because this year I just haven’t been into it. So… TBD.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

N/A

End of Year Survey for 2015

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:

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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.

Looking Ahead

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.

End of 2014 Book Survey

This was originally seen on Perpetual Page Turner’s blog, so check out her response, too! I thought this was a fun and cool concept to just reflect back on the year of reading, so here are the questions:

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 30

Number of Re-Reads: 1

Genre You Read The Most From: YA (Young Adult)

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas

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

Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. It’s not even the ending, it was the whole thing that threw me off. See my review for more.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

Stardust” by Neil Gaiman (in a good way).

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

a.) Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas; b.) “Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas; and c.) didn’t read a series ender in 2014 that I thought was “the best.”

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Not really new, I don’t think, but Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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

This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl.

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

The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Any of the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J Maas.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

“Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Celaena Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (wow I feel repetitive).

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl. It just shows how fragile life can be.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

See my list of quotes on GoodReads and find the first TFIOS quote about love.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: “The Ice Dragon” by George RR Martin // Longest: “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

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

Celeana and Chaol foreverrrrrrr (maybe). But yes.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Harry, Ron, and Hermione from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling (my first read through of this book, but since I’ve read the first two… it counts).

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. At least five people peer pressured me into reading it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Rowan from “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han.

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

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.

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

Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. Seriously.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman OR “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios.

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

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Perpetual Page Turner (linked at beginning of post)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

This one! I went more in depth than before and really pinpointed some things about the novel that didn’t sit quite right, but I still gave a positive review.

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

Does this mean likes/comments wise? If so, my resolutions post got seven likes, so yay!

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

NaNoWriMo! xD

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

When I realized how much I love blogging about the books I read, and just the fact that I rekindled my love for reading, too!

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

The Fault in Our Stars Book & Movie Review

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

December Wrap-Up & Book Haul

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Booktube! (Book related community on YouTube)

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

GoodRead’s challenge of 20 books read in 2014.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

So many… As it stands, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer is kind of up there.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series (shocker).

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

“Winter” by Marissa Meyer. (I haven’t even started this series and I’m already anticipating it!)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Reach a bigger community of people to chat with about books (don’t be shy on those comments, peeps!).

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

N/A