End of Year Book Survey: 2015

I’ve seen this end of year survey floating around Goodreads and book blogs for the last two years, so I figured I might as well participate!  Thanks to Perpetual Page Turner for the idea!

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Number Of Books You Read: 102
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: either YA or NA

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1. best book you read in 2015: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

2. book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

3. most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2015: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did!

4. book you “pushed” the most people to read in 2015: probably Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

5. best series you started in 2015: Addicted/Calloway Sisters by Krista & Becca Ritchie

6. best sequel of 2015: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

7. best series ender of 2015: Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

8. favorite new author you discovered in 2015: Krista & Becca Ritchie

9. best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

10. most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: I didn’t read a lot of action-packed books this year, so I would have to say Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, probably.

11. book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year: I actually don’t do re-reads.

12. favorite cover of a book you read in 2015: a three-way tie between Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, and The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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13. most memorable character of 2015: probably Connor Cobalt or Rose Calloway

14. most beautifully written book read in 2015: such a hard question, but the one that stands out most is Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman

15. most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015: I don’t know if it changed my life, but Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri was definitely thought-provoking

16. book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to finally read: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – it’s been on my TBR for years but I was scared away by the relatively low rating

17. favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015: (I totally stole this from a previous TTT post.)

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18. shortest and longest book of 2015:

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19. book that shocked you the most (because of a plot twist, character death, left your mouth hanging wide open): I’m kind of a cynic when it comes to things like this – nothing really shocked me this year.

20. otp of the year/i will go down with this ship: Raisy ♥ (Hothouse Flower and Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie)

21. favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: the Calloway sisters

22. favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously: I’d probably have to go with Carry On for this one (by Rainbow Rowell)

23. best book you read in 2015 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure: I read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards solely because a co-worker handed it to me and told me to read it.

24. newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015: most recent fictional crush would have to be Garrett from The Deal (by Elle Kennedy)

25. best 2015 debut: definitely Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

26. best worldbuilding/most vivid setting this year: old New York City in the Diviners series/Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

27. book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read: probably The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

28. book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015: a few books made me cry, most notably Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, which made me sob

29. hidden gem of the year: The Deal by Elle Kennedy.  It’s disguised as typical NA fluff, but it’s anything but!

30. book that crushed your soul: This honor would have to go to the entire Addicted series by Krista & Becca Ritchie.  (The original series, Lily & Lo’s books.)

31. most unique book of 2015: I’d have to go with Everyone’s a Casualty by Jaidon Wells.  It was so unique that I’m not really sure I fully grasped what was going on.

32. book that made you the most mad (but you didn’t necessarily dislike): Actually, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll made me mad, and I didn’t like it.  I don’t think any other books really made me angry this year.

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1. new favorite book blog discovered in 2015: 2015 was really the first year that I started following book blogs and other bloggers’ reviews.  I find that about 85% of the time, I agree with Emily May’s (The Book Geek’s) reviews.  The other 15% of the time, I still find them well-written, informative, and entertaining.  I have also really enjoyed participating in Top Ten Tuesdays from The Broke & the Bookish.

2. favorite review that you wrote in 2015: I really enjoy the rant against Vicky in my review of A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller.

3. best discussion/non-review you posted on your blog in 2015: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Tropes I’m Sick of Reading About (October 6, 2015).

4. best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.): I’m still not at the point of participating in author events (I feel like this blog is far from big enough for that yet), but I have greatly enjoyed participating in Top Ten Tuesdays.

5. best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015: The best moment in my bookish life is always when the author likes my review. It happened a few times this year, both on the blog and on Goodreads, and I squeal like a little fangirl every time.

6. most popular post this year on your blog: According to one of those “Best of Your Blog” sites, my review of The Amber Spyglass was my most popular post written this year.  My review of UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn over on Goodreads is still my most popular post of all time.

7. post you wish got a little more love: In general, I wish my review posts got more love.  I see people liking and reblogging my non-reviews, but I get very little feedback on my reviews.

8. best bookish discovery (book related site, bookstore, etc): I would have to say that honestly, the best bookish discovery of the year was when my unexpected Thanksgiving guest ended up being someone who coordinates book signings and author events at a NYC bookstore.

9. did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year: I had two goals for myself this year.  First was to complete Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge.  Second was to read a total of 100 books.

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I’m happy to report that I did both!

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1. one book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your #1 priority in 2016: Winter by Marissa Meyer – it’s been sitting on my bookshelf since its release, but there was always an ARC I needed to read, or something else that needed to be done.  It’s my top priority next year for sure.

2. most anticipated book for 2016 (non-debut): Whatever book Krista & Becca Ritchie decide to release next year will be my most anticipated.  I’m not sure as of yet whether they’re planning to release Infini, Damaged Like Us, or Some Kind of Perfect next, but one of those three.

3. most anticipated debut for 2016: I have to be honest here and say that I haven’t really kept track of debuts recently.  I have a lot of anticipated books for next year, but none by debut authors.  Oops!

4. series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2016: Morning Star by Pierce Brown, definitely.

5. one thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging life in 2016: I hope to post more steadily and write better-quality reviews.

6. any 2016 releases you’ve already read and would recommend: I have only read one book with a 2016 release date, and that is Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.  I would absolutely recommend it.

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