End of Year Survey: Books

Source: Perpetual Page-Turner
Source: Perpetual Page-Turner

The questions & idea of the end of year book survey come from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 92
Number of Re-Reads: 30
Reading Challenge Stars: 92/100

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Reread that I adored and broke my heart again.

 The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
So good I read it twice this year!

 

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

I Was Here by Gayle Forman
This just ended up not being what I expected and I just felt underwhelmed.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter
I adored Gallagher Girls & Heist Society, but I had so many issues with this book.

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

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
I had convinced myself this could not be good and would not live up to my expectations, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. So funny!

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

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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

*Actually didn’t read a ton of books published in 2015, so these may not be from this year. 

A: Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Such a beautiful series. Certainly one of the best YA fantasy series that I’ve read in a while.

B: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cinder introduced a fantastical world that I was hesitant to leave, and I thought Scarlet built upon it nicely while bringing in new characters and stories.

C: With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
This book perfectly concludes the Soul Screamers series. It manages to provide an ending that is just completely satisfying.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (write me more! Can we get Freddie’s story, please??)

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

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman
I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, but I did read a couple this year. I loved All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr as well, but ultimately, this stole my heart.

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

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Even though this was a reread, I read it almost straight through, and found myself completely caught up in Katniss’ story again.

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

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

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Beastly Bones by William Ritter

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Jackaby from Jackaby and The Beastly Bones by William Ritter
He amuses, intrigues, and fascinates me. Plus, he reminds me of Eleven so fun!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Sinner & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Everything she writes is so stunning and lyrical, but these two are just so ethereal and heartbreaking.

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

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Everyone should read this book or at least someone I know. I need to discuss it. The twist just kills me every time.

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

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This has been on my to-read list pretty much since I started by Goodreads account four years ago so yeah.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Yes, I’m late to this, but I read them all finally. I also still like the movies (sorry!).

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

“Why can’t I do it? … Just forget about everything. Just go somewhere and get smashed and pretend like there are no problems or consequences. I know why. Because there are still problems and consequences. And going and – and – partying doesn’t make them go away. I feel like I’m the only sane person in the world. I don’t get why this whole world runs on stupidity.”  – Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, ‘You stupid ass, just wait a minute,’ and she’ll open her eyes! ‘Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time!’ But they always do.”  – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Catwoman #0 (New 52) by Ann Nocenti, Adriana Melo, Julio Ferreira – 32 pg

Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – 725 pg

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Was not expecting that ending but I liked it – a lot!

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

Cole & Isabel – Shiver Quartet / Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Maddie & Queenie – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
I feel like her last few new releases I didn’t love quite as much as her older books, but I fell in love with this book!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Thanks Twitter peeps who kept talking about this! You were all right. It is brilliant!

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

Eh. Not my thing.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Not sure if this completely counts, but whatever it was hilarious and insightful! Plus, I think I only read one or two fiction debuts and I strongly disliked them.

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

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
The world of Lumatere is so intricate, beautiful, and painful. Every part of their society feels like it could exist in the real world.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Vivid and unique! This was the world I did not want to leave, and I cannot wait to go back to.

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

Jackaby by William Ritter

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

 You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Technically, I think this was the end of last year, but yes, so good. While it did get some attention when it came out, I still feel like it could get more attention. It’s just so well-written and woven together perfectly.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

The Young Elites / The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Focusing on a character that is better described as the villain than the heroine was definitely an interesting choice.

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

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Why did the series have to continue? Why does this book exist?

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

Came very close to reading 100 books.

LOOKING AHEAD

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

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Please don’t have a romance that will detract from the story (otherwise her last series would be perfect!).

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Love this world. Cannot wait to see how it ends.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
If this book gets pushed back again, I may die.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Described as 13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson = I’m sold.

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

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
A Seven Realms sequel series? YES!

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

Read 100 books. This has been my goal for the last two years, and I’ve come close but not made it.

Not be a lazy blogger. I get so lazy about posting sometimes, but I’d like to attempt to be a little more proactive.