A Year in Books | ’15 End of Year Survey

end of year survey

Hey everyone! So I’ve been seeing this survey around the bookish community and it seems like a very comprehensive way to review one’s reading and blogging year. This awesome little thing was created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner, so thank you for creating this. She also has a neat linky where you can link your post and see others who have participated in this survey!

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Number of Re-Reads: 1 (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

Genre You Read Most From: Young Adult Fantasy

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Best Book You Read in ’15?

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Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness

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

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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

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Lexicon by Max Barry

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

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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith. I got one of my friends to read this and the one that comes before this! 🙂

Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best Series Started in 2015: The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Best Sequel of 2015: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Best Series Ender of 2015: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Cinda Williams Chima.

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

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The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. I don’t typically read literary fiction, especially not set in the American south, but this was good.

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

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon. A lot of stuff went down in this that I don’t remember too well. So I might be re-reading it in time for the release of the third book in November ’16!

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. Love the cover, didn’t care much for the book.

Most memorable character of 2015?

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The writing in the Raven Cycle takes my breath away. Stiefvater’s a word wizard.

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015?

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Hmm. I don’t think I read anything particularly life-changing in 2015. But The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer was a very sensitive and apt discussion of mental illness, and I definitely think it’s super thought-provoking.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“Simon had hypotonia. He also had microgenia, macroglossia, epicanthic folds, an atrial septal defect, and a beautiful smiling face that looked like the moon.”

This is from the Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. It’s stuck with me after all this time. I don’t know why – there’s a certain kind of beauty in its darkness and simplicity.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

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Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Curse #2) by Marie Rutkoski. The last 30 or so pages had me shaking my head constantly and chanting, “no, no, nope, absolutely not” over and over. That cliffhanger though.

OTP of the Year (you will go down with this ship!)

Feyre and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jem and Will from the Infernal Devices have everything a bromance needs.

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Book You Read In 2015 that You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi. Didn’t like it much.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series. The ultimate bae.

Best 2015 debut you read?

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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

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

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

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Winger by Andrew Smith. Didn’t expect to weep, but I did.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Crushed my soul because it was absolutely terrible.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

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Reality Boy by A.S. King

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

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. How about we stop romanticizing cheating? That would be good.

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

There is no freaking way I can possibly choose one. There are bloggers who review books like nobody’s business, and there are blogs out there that have the most beautiful graphics out there. Then there are those who have the best answers in tags/awards, and those who post the most thought-provoking discussions ever. Everybody’s good at one thing, so it’s unfair for me to choose one or two.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I don’t really have favorites, but two reviews immediately stand out. The first one is my review for the Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, and I’d say this is my favorite because she retweeted it and said it made her day? That’s kind of amazing. 😀

The second would be my review for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I think I did a good job of integrating quotes that give you a good feel of what the book will be about.

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

I posted two non-review discussions on my blog this year (psst, I just started posting discussions in December!) But my favorite would be my discussion regarding Femininity in Young Adult LiteratureI talk about how a girl can be bad-ass while wearing dresses, how she can still be awesome without being violent.

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

I met Patrick Ness, which was freaking amazing. I also met Libba Bray, Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas this year, all of whom were lovely in person. 🙂

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, per se. I just started blogging in 2015, so this entire year has been a roller coaster. From insecurities about the number of my followers to elation at the amount of people I’m interacting with, to getting approved for book review requests and being contacted by authors. It’s all been great.

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

I guess just being consistent with my posts. Sometimes, I post consecutively for two weeks; other times, two weeks go by with not even a word on my blog. Life just gets in the way, and even though blogging is much needed therapy, it’s put in the backseat.

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

So my most popular post is my Top Ten Tuesday post that recommends books similar to the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. It has over 400 views, and it soars above and beyond the second most popular, which has 110. Whaat. You can check it out here.

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My original prose poem is something I wish more people had liked? I don’t often post original material on this blog. In fact, I think this is the only thing I’ve posted that is original. Perhaps this year I’ll be posting more short stories.

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

The bookmarks’ store on Etsy by the name of Craftedvan. I’m obsessed with their cute-ass bookmarks. So adorable.

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

Yes! I set my Goodreads challenge to 80, which I had completed by October. Then I set it to 100, and I ended up reading 102.

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

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Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

Book You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

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The Winner’s Kiss (Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I would really love to start getting physical ARCs sent to me. I know, it’s ambitious, but it would be so amazing if it happened.

Comments

  1. Great post. This survey takes so much time to do every year, I feel we should all be awarded a medal for completing it. Monsters of Men was a great final book, I love that series! QoS is a book that I am still torn over. There was soooo much I didn’t like about that book, but then so much I did enjoy. I think a reread is in order before I can really make up my mind about it. Crown of Midnight is my favourite in that series. It was sooooo good, and also had all the shipper feels I needed. I am so excited for The Winner’s Kiss, I can’t wait to see how that series ends.

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

    • I’m totally with you on Crown of Midnight. That one was my favorite too! I think there was a lot of good in QoS, but for me, the bad greatly outweighed the good. I was just very disappointed with some of the decisions Maas made with regards to the plot and characters. Objectively, her writing has improved though!

  2. So Many Amazing Titles. The Shock of The Fall is really a thought provoking read even if it doesn’t try too hard. I love the cover of Magonia too. But, I haven’t heard a great deal of positive things about it.
    You really make me want to read some of Patrick Ness’s books soon. I know I will do the same once I get into his world. I really loved your post on feminism in YA. It was a bomb! <3
    You've really had an amazing year in books. I can also agree that even though blogging helps us get away from the stressful world, we still do not give it the best time we could. Priorities Suck!
    Have A Good Day!

    • I’d suggest skipping Magonia if you’re not a fan of magical realism. It’s very heavy on that. Also, it revolved around birds and I don’t like birds all too much so that also played a part in my disappointment, haha.

      And YES. You really need to get to Ness! ASAP! 😀 Thank you so much, Warisha! x

  3. I REALLY WANT TO READ SIX OF CROWS! Everyone has been talking about it so much and it sounds so amazing! The Winner’s Circle sounds so amazing, too. And I’m with you on Career of Evil – I forced that book on everyone!

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