December 31, 2015

End of Year Book Survey {2015}

The Perpetual Page Turner

Every December, I become excited for a few things: the holiday drinks at Starbucks, CHRISTMAS, New Year’s, and Jamie’s Annual End of Year Book Survey. It’s always so much fun to fill out, and I can’t wait to share my answers. Huge thanks to her for putting this together! All graphics (except for the books covers) in this post are created by her.

Number Of Books You Read: 119 – I’m finishing my last book!
Number of Re-Reads: 8 (9 including the ones I’m reading now – Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction, romance & fantasy


1. Best Book You Read In 2015? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig

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

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. They did! I got three people hooked on The Lunar Chronicles.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best series I started: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Best series ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Sue Grafton

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

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Ooh, I had a few:

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Maas’ Feyre and Caelena, Gabaldon’s Jamie and Claire, and Meyer’s Winter.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Um. All of Sarah J. Maas, Outlander, A is for Alibi

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

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Feyre and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Kell and Lila in A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Maas’ Throne of Glass series, without a doubt. Everyone was loving it, so I had to find out why!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Tamlin. Oh my.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The world in A Game of Thrones is simply mind-blowing. It’s so easy to get involved in that world.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James. This historical romance is hilarious!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Still Alice wins again. I think I just started carrying tissues with me when I read.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Love dark, brooding heroes, lovable heroines (complete with puppets), and wish for your own Heathcliff? This is the book for you.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen. Such high hopes. Completely dashed.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons. Fascinating take on the Alice in Wonderland tale.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Accidental Empress by Alison Pataki. I liked the book, but the complex relationship and just the emperor was so frustrating


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
That’s What She Read

Bookmark Lit2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Quotable Review of Meyer’s Scarlet3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Newbie’s Guide to Historical Fiction

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa! Always my favorite!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

When I realized it’s okay to let go of the seriousness and let the blog be fun, not a chore. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
That major slump I hit over the end of the summer. That was pretty rough. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most popular discussions: Hump Day How To: Fall Back in Love With Your Blog
                                                        Hump Day How To: Top Tips for New Bloggers
Most popular reviews: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
                                    Revolutionary Hearts by Pema Donyo
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Library on Lockdown: Why I’ve Stopped Lending Out My Books

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Spotify’s reading playlist, my library’s Overdrive for audiobooks, and reddit’s books!  

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I finished my GoodReads challenge for the year, but didn’t do as hot on my other challenges…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Ooh, that’s hard to pick. I’m looking forward to all of these!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
To develop stronger discussion posts.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Ahh! I haven’t read any yet!

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