With another year at an end, I though it’d be nice to take this survey and have a recap of my reading year. The survey and image are courtesy of Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner.
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 45 Books
Number of Re-Reads: I didn’t count my re-reads but from what I remember it was about 5.
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably fantasy.
Best in Books
1. Best Book Read in 2015
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I liked it but I didn’t love it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer: I thought this book would make me sympathise with Levana and get a hint at a possible redemption arc. Instead I came out hating her more than ever.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: I only have one friend who I will happily let borrow my books and this one (along with I’ll Meet You There) was one book that I would constantly shove in her face.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Melina Marchetta: I honestly can’t believe I waited so long to read her books.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Magical realism is not my go to genre but this book was like stepping into a fairy-tale.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: A. MUST. READ.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I love re-reading so I have quite a few books that would like to experience once again.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
I have a lot of these.
Akiva: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Elend Venture: Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
AIDAN: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: The way she explores human nature is amazing.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
– Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson: I’m still mourning.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Tarver Merendsen and Lilac Laroux (Starbound Trilogy) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (MY NUMBER 1)
Akiva and Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Laini Taylor
Cinder and Kai (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Inej Ghafa and Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) by Leigh Bardugo
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Inej Ghafa and Nina Zenik (Six of Crows) by Leigh Bardugo
Kell and Rhy (A Darker Shade of Magic) by V. E. Schwab
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I read books based on my mood/excitement for the book so I don’t usually read a book solely because of a recommendation/peer pressure.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Josh Mitchell from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: My Rampion crew are so adorable.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas: I was not expecting to love this series as much as I did. If you like all things magic, pick up this book.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: Josh and Skylar go through so much and my heart was just hurting for them all the damn time.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Need I say more?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I never really got angry with any book this year. I guess when it comes to provoking a reaction, Sofia, from Their Fractured Light stunned me when her actions led to a dire consequence. What can I say, I’m protective of my OTP.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Since I’ve only been blogging for about 5 months I’ve been navigating my way through a lot of new blogs and they are all so wonderful. To name a few Joey @ Another Afterthough, Jenna @ Reading With Jenna and Sarah @ Kerosene Lit have all made me feel so welcome in this community and their posts are amazing and insightful.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I’ve written a few discussion posts but I must say because of how long it took me to actually write the post I will go with my Perception of Strength discussion.
I also liked the Character Spotlight Discussion post and hopefully I’ll be able to write more of them this year.
4. Best event that you participated in.
*sighs* Living in the countryside means that there aren’t a lot of book events in my area. Now, if my favourite authors would make the journey to the UK I would get on that train and meet them.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Actually starting the blog. I’d been going back and forth for about a year before taking the dive and actually creating the blog in the summer. No regrets.
Also interacting with fellow bloggers. This community is so friendly and welcoming and having other people to fangirl about books with has been so much fun.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Commenting. I think this is the part of blogging that takes up a lot of time; because I usually post huge paragraphs. However, I love commenting and want to do more this year.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
When it comes to reviews, my most popular one was Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
Comment wise the Top Ten Tuesday posts are the favourite.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Discussion posts. Mainly because I like knowing what other people think about said topic.
Also I’d love it if people would read more reviews. I find that some of them are all but ignored but those are my favourite posts.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Society6. That site will make me broke with all its bookish merch.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I don’t do a lot of challenges because my mood reading makes me unpredictable. However, I am happy to report that I completed my goodreads challenge of 40 books by reading 45. Go me!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of the book and I can’t wait to read it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Reader by Traci Chee
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I’ve not thought about this much and I’ve not set a specific goal but I would like to write more discussion posts and also just be even more active in the community.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
I’ve yet to read a 2016 release but with all the hype surrounding Passenger by Alexandra Bracken I would recommend this book to readers.
Happy New Year.
Hope you’ve all had a successful reading/blogging year.