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.

reading-stats-2017

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

2016 End of Year Survey

Well, peeps, it’s the end of 2016. It’s been a year of ups and downs, of weird things, happy times, and sad times, but we’ve made it. Look how far we’ve come! And by the way, my brain’s still back in July, so I have no clue how in just a few short days it’s going to be 2017.

So today I’m going to be going over my year in review. I’m going to talk about the best books I’ve read, the disappointments, surprises, best in genres, and more. Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner is the host of this awesome survey every year, so here’s the blank form for this year!


2016 Stats

Number of Books You Read: 45
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read the Most From: Young Adult Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book Read in 2016: Probably going to have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It was so much better than the first book and the stakes were a lot higher. And it gave me the worst book hangover I’ve ever been in. A close second is Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The unique format and the story combined to create a beautiful tale that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. So many people have given it so much praise, but it just didn’t do it for me. I’ll read the second book, but I’m going in more hesitantly.
Most surprising book (good or bad): My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies, because I wasn’t expecting to laugh so much at a historical fiction novel! The magic worked in the world, the humor was awesome, the dialogue was perfect, and the narrators? Omg, they were the best part. Seriously, check this book out if you haven’t yet!
Book you “pushed” most people to read (and they did): Maybe the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy? I’m actually not sure!
Best series you started? Best sequel? Best series ender?:
-Best Series Started: Air Awakens by Elise Kova.
-Best Sequel: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
-Best Series Ender: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.
Favorite new author you discovered this year: Elise Kova, for sure! I loved her Air Awakens series (or what I’ve read of it) and I can’t wait to read her next series, The Alchemists of Loom.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/out of your comfort zone: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staple. As my first leap into comic books, I really enjoyed it! I mean, I’ve read manga for a large part of my life, so it wasn’t too different? It was just more colorful and way more mature and graphic.
Most action-packed/thrilled/unputdownable book of the year: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, hands down. It was the book that kept me up late and I just needed to keep going to the very end.
Book you read this year that you’re most likely to reread next year: Illuminae. >> Not even kidding. I’m ready to reread it now, thanks.
Favorite cover of a book you read: Let’s stare at this gorgeous cover together and bask in its gloriousness.

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Most memorable character: Probably Vhalla from the Air Awakens series because she started out as such a shy, unassuming character, but with each book she grows stronger not only physically, but mentally and morally as well. She’s had a great character arc so far in what I’ve read dealing with everything she’s gone through and learning about her powers and handling them. She’s just one that has stuck with me from the beginning.
Most beautifully written book: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, for sure. Laini’s writing in general is beautiful and this book was just one that brought me into the world, into the characters’ minds, and showed me so many things that I wasn’t expecting. I loved this book so much and the writing in it as well!
Most thought provoking/life changing book: This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is about a school shooting and the different perspectives that went through it. It’s definitely thought provoking and life changing, for sure, as I never experienced it and hope I never experience anything like it.
Book you can’t believe you waited until this year to read: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. SERIOUSLY, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG? It was such a good sequel and I’m so glad I read it! I think I just put it off because Cinder was okay in my opinion, but not great, so I didn’t know what to expect with the rest of the series? But I’m so glad I finally picked it up.
Favorite passage/quote: “To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.” – Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury.
Shortest and longest books you read:
-Shortest: The Crown and the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh at 9 pages.
-Longest: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas with 693 pages.
Book that shocked you the most: Have I talked about Illuminae yet, because I don’t think I have…
OTP of the year: First of all, HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME PICK JUST ONE. So, to spite you, I’m picking several: Feyre x Rhysand, Iseult x Aeduan (they’re not cannon yet, BUT I SWEAR IT’LL HAPPEN), Vhalla x Aldrick, Karou x Akiva, Ronan x Adam, Gansey x Blue, Shazi x Khalid, Laia x Elias, Scarlet x Wolf.
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Karou x Zuzana, Safi x Iseult, Kady x AIDAN.
Favorite book you read from an author you’ve read previously: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
Best book read based solely on a recommendation/peer pressure: My Lady Jane! Seriously enjoyed this and am so glad there was so much buzz around it.
Newest fictional crush: Aeduan from Truthwitch. I just… *melt* Bad boy with a potentially tragic past and who can kill me without thinking about it? C’mon. xD
Best 2016 debut: I actually didn’t read any debut books, which is weird, because I definitely thought I had…
Best world building/vivid setting: The Air Awakens series had some awesome world building in it! As for most vivid setting, I think that one’s going to ACOMAF. Valeris is described really well in it!
Book that put a smile on your face/was most fun to read: I’m not going to say Illuminae again (but I totally am, it was super fun to read), BUT I am going to say P.S. I Like You by Kasie West because IT WAS SO CUTE I CAN’T EVEN. All the smiles and giggles.
Book that made you cry or nearly cry: Orange by Ichigo Takana. I cried reading these books because the situations and emotions were so real to me because I’ve experienced them myself and just… I loved it. Beautiful story.
Hidden gem of the year: Girl Against the Universe by Laura Stokes was a great book about mental illness and grief.
Book that crushed your soul: YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO SAY, SO WHY DO I HAVE TO SAY IT? (Illuminae) …. (and ACOMAF)
Most unique book: Okay, in terms of format: Illuminae. In terms of story: Truthwitch because of all of the different kinds of witches and the world and everything.
Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t mean you didn’t like it): The Goal by Elle Kennedy maybe? It just talked about abortion so flippantly and just… it’s not a topic to take lightly. I still enjoyed the book, though.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered: Cait @ Paper Fury, for sure!
Favorite review that you wrote: I have a few favorites, but I think one of them is my Dreams of Gods & Monsters Book Review.
Best discussion/non-review post: Am I A Reader?
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc): For blogging, Loveathon 2016 was sosososo fun! I’m definitely participating again in 2017. I also went to three book signings this year, which is crazy to me! I went to Jodi Meadows/Erin Bowman, Sarah J. Maas, and Maggie Stiefvater signings. So much fun!
Best moment of bookish/blogging life: Probably meeting my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas.
Most popular post on your blog (by view or comments): By views it was on February 21st Loveathon mini challenges #3 and #4, which made me have 149 views in one day!
Post you wish got a little more love: I honestly have no idea.
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc): Getting more active on Bookstagram helped to show me a lot of awesome bookish small businesses, so there’s that.
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year: Yes! I completed my Goodreads reading challenge of reading 30 books this year (I read 44!), I commented more on other blogs, and included more topics on writing.

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to this year that will be your number one priority in 2017: See my Beat the Backlist Challenge post because I have a decent list there.
Book you’re most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut): A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.
2017 debut you’re most anticipating: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Series ending/sequel you’re most anticipating: Windwitch by Susan Dennard, and the last book in the Throne of Glass series. *cue sobbing*
One thing you hope to accomplish/do in your reading/blogging life in 2017: Go to a book convention, like Book Con or Boston Teen Author Festival.
A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone: None because I haven’t read any yet!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What was your top read this year? What book surprised you? Did you have anything exciting happen to you blog wise? Tell me all the things!

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

A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!