2017 End of Year Book Survey

The End of Year Book Survey is an end of year event created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner as a way of looking back over a year of (hopefully) great reading and celebrating our achievements. I’ve done it for the past two years (since 2015) and it’s a great way to wrap up the year and look back at everything you’ve done, so I decided to do it again this year! You can find the questions on Jamie’s blog, here:

http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/12/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition.html

2017 Reading Stats:

Number of Books You Read: 36

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (be it MG, YA or Adult!)

Best In Books

  1. Best Book You Read in 2017?

VE Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light, a masterclass in how to do the perfect fantasy finale, equal parts high stakes, humorous, and well wrapped up as well as at times soul crushingly sad.

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

The Invisible Library! I was like yeah, a book about libraries and spies, it should be absolutely incredible. I came out bored and totally confused. So yeah, not good.

3. Most Surprising (In a good or bad way) Book You Read?

I was surprised by how little I was surprised by One of Us Is Lying. I was expecting it to be totally mindblowing and in the end, it just felt like any other contemporary just with a criminal twist.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read In 2017 (And They Did)?

I don’t know if anyone did, but I know I’ve been pushing the Shades of Magic books a lot in 2017!

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best series ender of 2017?

Best series I started in 2017 was probably Caraval, I mean it’s only a duology, but there’s more than one book, so I’m counting it! Best sequel of 2017, I’m going to go with Chainbreaker, yes its release date is 2018, but I read it in 2017 and it was so damn beautiful and heartbreaking so it has to be that one. Best series ender of 2017 was hands down A Conjuring of Light.

6. Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2017?

Probably Samantha Shannon, I absolutely devoured the three books that are out so far in The Bone Season series this year and have been following her Twitter and Instagram and receiving her newsletter for any tidbits of news about her next books. I also got to meet her at YALC in July and she was so lovely!

7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall is probably the best fit for this one, whilst I have liked books that have focused on mental health in the past, YA contemporaries aren’t my usual thing and I’ve never read an #ownvoices mental health book before. I really enjoyed this one though and the fact that the author had experienced the mental illnesses that she was writing about added that extra layer of realism to it. Plus I got to meet Louise Gornall at YALC in 2016 and she was so lovely!

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

Ooh this one is actually hard because I’ve read a lot of really great books this year. I’d say Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows probably fits the bill best for this one, it was a nearly 500 page book and I read it in just over a week because I was that addicted, which is not like me at all! Hopefully Crooked Kingdom will be just as addictive.

9. Book You Read In 2017 that you are most likely to reread next year?

None honestly? I am making one of my 2018 resolutions to reread more of my favourites, but I tend to let a little more time go by before I reread a book, so I’m unlikely to reread stuff from the year before!

10. Favourite Cover of A Book You Read In 2017:

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The beauty of this cover, honestly makes me sad I read this book in e-ARC form-however the fact that I got to read it early makes me happy, so there’s an upside to everything.

11. Most memorable character of 2017

AHHH! I’ve read so many books with so many awesome characters this year that this one is really hard, but I’m going to go with Alosa from Daughter of The Pirate King. She swaggered into my life back in May and I had so much fun on adventures with her.

12. Most beautifully written book of 2017?

Ooh this is super hard! I’ve read so many gorgeous books this year, it’s really hard to say and a lot of times beautiful writing can go over the top (this happened for me with Daughter of Smoke and Bone) so it’s a hard one to choose. I think the one that sticks out for me though is Caraval, not necessarily for the writing itself, but the way it made me feel, the magic practically drips off the page, so for me that was the most beautiful book I read this year.

13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing Book of 2017?

I’m not necessarily sure if I’ve had one of these? Potentially Salt To The Sea is probably the closest to this one as I had no idea about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking before I read this book and yet so many people died in it? Wow.

14. Book you can’t believed you waited until 2017 to finally read?

Six of Crows! I should have jumped on the bandwagon long ago, I think I bought the darn book in 2015, so I should definitely have got to it before 2017, but there you go, I get scared by the hype. Still I read it this year and I’m glad I did because it’s just as awesome as people said.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read in 2017?

“Delilah Bard had never read many books. The few she did had pirates and thieves and always ended with the promise of more stories. Characters sailed away. They lived on. Lila always imagined people that way, a series of intersections and adventures. It was easy when you moved through life-through worlds-the way she did. Easy when you didn’t care, when people came onto the page and walked away again, back to their own stories, and you could imagine whatever you wanted for them, if you cared enough to write it in your head.” -A Conjuring of Light, VE Schwab

Ahhh! This quote is basically perfect for every reader out there.

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2017

Shortest: Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky-232 pages

Longest: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab-666 pages (the first year I’ve had a non SJM book in this slot!)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Chainbreaker! That ending though! And basically the entire last few chapters pretty much.

18. OTP of the year

Ouch! Really hard one. I think I’m going to go with Alucard and Rhy though from A Conjuring of Light, they finally got together and it was so satisfying!

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of The Year

Oh I don’t know! It’s always hard picking out favourite friendships because they tend to get overshadowed by romantic relationships, which is not cool and should not be a thing, but there we go. I want to go with Kell and Rhy for this one because their brotherly relationship in ACOL is #siblinggoals.

20. Favourite book you read in 2017 from an author you read previously?

A Conjuring of Light! Victoria Schwab is a writing superstar and her writing tweets are always hilarious.

21. Best Book You Read in 2017 based solely off a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

I’m a book blogger, most of the books I read are based off recommendations from someone else! I bought and read The Bone Season books purely based off peer pressure from my friend Nicola, so I think I can blame her for my insane love of The Song Rising.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

This is a hard one because I’m trying to think if I actually have any! 2017 wasn’t a banner year for new book boyfriends. Probably Kash from The Girl From Everywhere.

23. Best 2017 debut you read

I haven’t actually read many debuts this year, but I think Caraval was my favourite of the ones I did read.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

Tara Sim’s incredible alternate Victorian India has to win hands down for this one.

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

Definitely Daughter of The Pirate King!

26. Book That Made You Cry/Nearly Cry in 2017?

Chainbreaker again! Darn you Sim! Also honourable mention to Victoria Schwab for A Conjuring of Light as that one had me right on the brink.

27. Hidden Gem of The Year?

I’m not sure if I really had too many of these? I’d probably go with Charlotte Says, the prequel to Frozen Charlotte. Frozen Charlotte is in Zoella’s Book Club or at least it was, a while back, but I’m not sure many people know that the author wrote a prequel which was released this year, that is even creepier than the first!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Just one? Seriously? Like every author I’ve read this year has wanted to crush my soul in one way or another, even the funny ones! I think Victoria Schwab was the most determined to crush my soul this year with A Conjuring of Light. What does it say about me that that was my favourite book of the year?

29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2017?

Ooh I don’t know! Probably The Invisible Library, but not in a good way? It merged like every possible trope of fantasy and sci-fi into the one book until I was so confused I was unsure as to what book I was reading!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?

One of Us Is Lying made me pretty darn mad for using sexuality and mental illness as plot twists!

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. Favourite new book blog you’ve discovered this year?

Ah I don’t know if I have! Aside from on TTT days, I actually don’t read all that many other people’s blogs? I just don’t have the time when I’m at Uni! I’ve really enjoyed Fernanda’s blog, The Wanderlust Reader this year though, as one of the new ones I can actually remember subscribing to!

2. Favourite Review You Wrote In 2017?

Ooh I’m not sure, I’ve written so many! I think my review of ACOL was probably my favourite to write, simply because it was just me flailing over how much I loved it.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/a-conjuring-of-light-shades-of-magic-3-review/

3. Best discussion/non review post you wrote in 2017?

Ooh this is hard because I’ve written a lot of discussion posts that I’ve been really proud of this year (and some of them have even been shared by other people on their blogs, like woah guys, it means so much to me that you share stuff from my little blog!). My favourite one I’ve done this year though is actually from all the way back in February, where I basically bemoaned the dearth of characters in YA who aren’t in relationships. This was basically my I’m single on Valentines’ Day and I don’t want to celebrate love ranty post (although I do still think the lack of single characters in YA is a big issue) and I was amazed by how much discussion was caused by this post!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/jo-talks-books-where-are-all-the-single-characters-in-ya/

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

As with last year, the best bookish event of this year has to be YALC again. After three years of going, my friend and I have this down to a fine art by now, and this year was the best year yet, so many brilliant authors, so many amazing authors and Hannah and I had so much fun! Cannot wait to go back again for next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Ooh I don’t know! I’ve had quite a few this year. Meeting VE Schwab again at YALC this year was definitely a highlight!

6. Most challenging thing about your blogging/reading life this year?

The same thing as every year really, trying to balance blogging with University is always a challenge!

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

I’ll do it by views this year, since I did it by comments last year and my most viewed post is apparently my review of the third book in the Unwind dystology, Unsouled, which is an unexpected one as it’s a third book in a series and my reviews are not usually that popular (just a sad fact of book blogging: reviews are always your least viewed posts), but there you go!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love

I wrote a discussion post right before Christmas that obviously hasn’t got too much love because it’s been Christmas, so now that Christmas is over, it would mean a lot to me if more people gave this post some love:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/jo-talks-books-on-my-blogging-journey-so-far/

9. Best bookish discovery

Ooh I don’t know if I have one this year!

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

Yes! More details to come in my End of Year Check In, which will be up today or tomorrow.

Looking Ahead

  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 but will be your number one priority in 2018?

All of them? Haha no seriously now, I really need to read Tower of Dawn before the final Throne of Glass book comes out in September.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

THRONE OF GLASS #7. WE WILL HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS WHEN IT FINALLY COMES OUT. #SaveAelin2k18

3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?

A Thousand Perfect Notes! Cait’s book is finally coming and it’s bound to be heartbreaking perfection.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating In 2018?

Since I said Throne of Glass #7 for the first one, I’ll go for the final book in the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, Hero At The Fall for this one. I’ve been seeing people getting ARCs and been both simultaneously happy and yet seething with jealousy, so I can’t wait till I can finally read it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish/Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2018?

I’m hoping to get my writing feature, Writing Corner, properly going next year and get people to guest post on my blog for it, so if you are a writer and would like to be featured in my Writing Corner this year then please let me know!

6. A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone?

CHAINBREAKER! Out 2nd January, everyone!

How was your 2017 reading year everyone? What are you looking forward to reading in 2018? Let me know in the comments.

 

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

The End of Year Book Survey is a survey created by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner as a way of looking back over a year of (hopefully) great reading and celebrating our achievements! I did it last year and it was so much fun that I decided to do it again this year, though I can’t believe the time has already come for me to do this again!

2016 Reading Stats:

Number of Books You Read: 33

Number of Re-Reads: 1 (Noughts and Crosses)

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (as always!)

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?:

Ooh hard one! I’ve read so many great ones, it’s not possible to narrow it down to just one! Rebel of The Sands, The Raven King, A Darker Shade of Magic & The Sword of Summer all got five stars from me this year, I don’t know what I’d say my absolute favourite out of the four of them were, they were all amazing!

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

I’d have to say Graceling for this one. From the back it sounded like exactly what I’d like, fantasy book with a strong heroine and the graces sounded really interesting, but when I actually read it, the writing style was strange, it was badly explained, I didn’t like the extreme version of feminism that the author seemed to be pushing, I thought that was incredibly problematic and it was generally quite slow. I just thought it was going to be so much better than it actually was.

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2016?:

I think 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough, not just because some of the events that happened in the book were surprising, but also because it was a real surprise for me how much I liked it. I picked it off Netgalley on a whim and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did.

4. Book you “Pushed” most people to read in 2016 and they did?

Well I don’t know if people have or haven’t but the book I’ve been pushing most in 2016 has definitely been Rebel of The Sands! It was such a good book.

5. Best Series You Started In 2016? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best series I started in 2016 has to be the Shades of Magic trilogy (I would have gone with Rebel of The Sands, but there’s only one book in that series out so far and I wanted to go with something that had more than one!), I just loved everything about it, the world, the characters, the magic, everything. I can’t wait for A Conjuring of Light to come out in February!

Best sequel I’ve read this year was probably Empire of Storms, it was so good!

Best Series Ender of 2016 has to be The Raven King. I haven’t read many series enders this year actually, but this one was definitely the best. After the long, long wait for the final Raven Cycle book, I am so glad it was everything I wanted it to be and more.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?

Victoria Schwab! I cannot wait to read more of her books next year.

7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?

I would have to say Jodi Picoult’s new book, Small Great Things, because although I do love Jodi Picoult as an author, I don’t read much adult fiction and the topic of this book, racism is not something I usually read about either, so it was definitely out of my comfort zone but I really, really loved it!

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

Demon Road by Derek Landy is probably the book that I read this year that fits this bill the most, the action was fast and furious, the demons were awesome, the characters were great, so I flew through this book in my free time after my exams finished in May, reading as much as ten or twenty chapters a day sometimes!

9. Book You Read In 2016 that you are most likely to reread next year?

Probably none. I do love rereading, but I never have the chance to do it anymore what with all of the new books I have to read. If I get the time, then I will definitely try and squeeze in more rereads next year, but I doubt it’s going to be possible.

10. Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2016?

This is actually really hard because I’ve read a lot of books with beautiful covers this year, but I think I have to go with this one:

17378527I know I chose a Maggie Stiefvater cover last year too, but she has the most incredible designs for her book covers. Whoever designs them deserves an award!

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

This is really hard because I’ve read about a lot of great characters this year, both new ones and old friends, but I have to go with a new character who I was introduced to this year and choose Lila Bard. This cross-dressing pirate swaggered into my life back in July and I instantly fell in love with her badass attitude. She was reckless and cheeky and sassy (oh the SASS!) and funny and brave, and just all the things I want in a female character wrapped up in one!

12. Most beautifully written book you read in 2016?

This is a hard one, because I don’t necessarily go for “beauty” in writing, I can find so called “beautiful writing” kind of saccharine, but I reckon I’d probably go for Empire of Storms. Sarah J Maas’ writing is just gorgeous!

13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing Book 0f 2016?

I’d definitely say Small Great Things. Jodi Picoult’s new book is incredibly thought provoking and it’s definitely changed the way that I think about race, I think it’s made me more aware of my privilege as a white woman and just generally think more about race and racism, as it’s something I’ve always been aware of but this book brought up issues that I’d never really thought of before and they’re definitely things I will think about more now.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2016 To Read?

Code Name Verity! If I had known how good it was, I would never have waited so long to read it.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote from a book you read in 2016?

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not until I’ve seen it”

“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything”. -A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab

I love this quote, not only because it is so Lila Bard, but also because it so aptly descirbes me. I would love to travel around the world, see everything that I possibly can, and I don’t want to die until that happens!

16. Shortest and Longest Book you read in 2016?:

Shortest: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy-192 pages

Longest: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas-693 pages (SJM has been the author of my longest book read two years running now!)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Probably Empire of Storms! I was not expecting that ending!

18. OTP of the year:

Ooh hard one! I think I’m going to go for Pynch (Ronan and Adam) from the Raven Cycle though. They’re finally canon guys!

19.Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year?

The Gangsey! There might be romantic relationships within the gang, but as a collective I think these guys still count. Ronan, Adam, Gansey, Blue and Noah are one of my favourite friendship groups in YA fiction ever!

20. Favourite Book you read in 2016 from an author you read previously?

I’d have to say The Raven King. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors and her final book in the Raven Cycle series was just a masterpiece!

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 that you read based solely off a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

I read the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, because everyone in the blogging world was going on and on about it but I didn’t really like that, so I guess that doesn’t count! I think I’ll go with A Darker Shade of Magic, because a large part of my reading it was because of the fact that everyone in the blogging world seemed to love it and I loved it too!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?:

Jin from Rebel of The Sands!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Rebel of The Sands! (Though Timekeeper comes a very close second!).

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

This is a toss up between Rebel of The Sands and Timekeeper again, but I think I’ll go for Rebel of The Sands, just because the desert setting is so vivid!

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

The Hidden Oracle! I loved being back in Percy Jackson’s world and it was just so funny, I couldn’t stop smiling/laughing throughout reading it. Rick Riordan’s books are always good for putting a smile on your face!

26. Book That Made You Cry/Nearly Cry in 2016?

Empire of Storms. My feels were completely crushed!

27. Hidden Gem of The Year?

13 Minutes! I don’t hear this one talked about very much and it was so good!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Empire of Storms. The end very nearly killed me.

29. Most unique book you read in 2016?

The Night Circus. Although I may not have loved it as much as my friend and secret sister, I cannot deny it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read, not just in 2016.

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

Asking For It. I liked the book, but it made me so seething mad!

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. Favourite new book blog you’ve discovered this year?

I don’t know if I discovered her blog this year or last year, but I’ve definitely fallen in love with Cait’s blog Paper Fury this year, so I’ll go with that!

2. Favourite Review You Wrote In 2016?

Ooh that’s a hard one, I’ve written so many reviews this year! Rebel of The Sands was probably my favourite one to write simply because it was my first five star read of 2016 and it’s always nice to write five star reviews, especially the first one in a year, because it’s basically just an excuse to shamelessly fangirl! You can check it out here:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/rebel-of-the-sands-rebel-of-the-sands-trilogy-1/

3. Best discussion/non review post you wrote in 2016

I started doing discussion posts for the first time in 2016 and I’m really proud of what I’ve done with them this year, I hope I’ve written some thought provoking discussions for you all. I think my absolute favourite of the ones I’ve written this year was the one I wrote about whether parents should censor their children’s reading, as I thought it was an interesting topic and I liked the discussion that it started on the blog, so I think out of all the discussion posts I’ve written this year, that’s the one I’m most proud of. You can check it out here:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/jo-talks-books-on-whether-parents-should-censor-childrens-reading/

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

This is so hard this year because I’ve been to a lot of great events and been really lucky with how much I’ve been able to do this year, but I think I’d have to choose YALC again this year. It was so much fun, I got so many books and met so many authors and I cannot wait until I get to go back next year!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life of 2016?

Getting to meet Sarah J Maas in October! I will never forget that. Definitely a bookish bucket list item ticked off!

6. Most popular post on your blog this year (whether by comments or views)?

Since I did it by views last year, I’ll go by comments this year and the most commented on post on my blog in 2016 was my first Top Ten Tuesday of the entire year, where I talked about what my bookish resolutions for the year were. You guys will be finding out very soon how I did on those!

7. Posts you wished got a little more love?

My review posts! It takes me a long time to write reviews so it really means a lot to me when people take the time to comment on them.

8. Best bookish discovery?

This year? Has to be Etsy! All the bookish gifts on there are just wonderful.

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

Yes! I completed the #RockMyTBR Challenge, which I will also be taking part in during 2017 and I completed my Goodreads Challenge for the first time! As for my other goals, you can see how I did on those when I post my End of Year Check In very soon.

Looking Ahead

  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number One Priority in 2017?

A Court of Mist and Fury! I’m kind of nervous for it because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book and I’ve heard that the sex gets a lot worse in this one, but my friend loves it a lot and everyone else seems to think it’s really good, so it’s definitely high on the list of books that I need to read in 2016.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?

I can’t say anything but Throne of Glass #6. It’s untitled, it has no cover, and no extended plot yet, but I need to know how this series is going to end!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Caraval definitely! I have the ARC, I just haven’t started reading it yet. I will definitely have to get moving on that soon!

4. Series Ending/Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I would say TOG #6 for this again, but I have another series ender that I’m really looking forward to and that’s A Conjuring of Light. After reading A Gathering of Shadows earlier this year, I need A Conjuring of Light in my life! Under two months to go!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

I don’t actually know? I honestly just want to be as happy with my reading and blogging in 2017 as I have been in 2016, that’s all. No specific goals, I just want to keep enjoying my reading and my blogging.

6. A 2017 release that you’ve already read and recommended to everyone?

None? Honestly though I’ve started getting more ARCs this year because of being on Netgalley, I still haven’t got many 2017 ones. The only one I have is Caraval and I haven’t read it yet!

How was your 2016 reading year? What are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

 

2015 End of Year Book Survey

I didn’t do this last year (because I didn’t know it existed), but having seen this on someone else’s blog, I thought it would be a really fun way to mark the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. The original idea for the survey comes from Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner (if you haven’t checked her blog out, you definitely should because it’s awesome!).

2015 Reading Stats:

Number of Books You Read: 13 (I definitely want to increase this next year!)

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (obviously!)

Best In Books

  1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

I actually only gave two books five stars in 2015, which makes me very sad and I’m hoping 2016 will be better for five star reads, of those two, I’m going to go with Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I loved that book so damn much!

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

Actually, Queen of Shadows, also by Sarah J Maas. I was so excited for this book’s release, I managed to avoid spoilers for months before I finally got around to reading it and I did enjoy it, but I was expecting to really love it, when in reality, I found it only okay.

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2015?

Between Shades of Grey for sure! I was not expecting to love that book anywhere near as much as I did. It was a wonderful surprise!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (and they did) in 2015?

Well I’m constantly pushing people to read the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman, whether they do or not, I don’t know!

5. Best Series You Started In 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

I don’t know if I can say the ACOTAR series since there is only one book so far? I think I can! We’ll go with ACOTAR because whilst I didn’t love it as much as some people did, it was a solid series starter and I do want to read the sequel when it comes out next year, which is a good sign.

Best sequel of 2015 was definitely Heir of Fire (okay, technically it came out in 2014, but I read it in 2015 so it counts!).

Best series ender of 2015, has to be Undivided, the final book in the Unwind series. Firstly because it was the only series ender I actually read this year, but mostly because it was just incredible! One of the best series enders I have ever read, that’s for sure.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015?

Ruta Sepetys! I cannot wait to read more books by her.

7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

I’m going to go with Between Shades of Grey, because although I do read historical fiction, most of my reading usually lies within the fantasy/dystopia realm, so it was definitely different to most of the other books I read this year and it was brilliant!

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

Probably Undivided by Neal Shusterman. There were so many twists and turns and I could never predict what was going to happen next and there was never a moment when I thought, “I want to put this down”, it was more of a “Ugh, it’s late, I have to stop reading this now, but I don’t want to!”.

9. Book You Read In 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

None, I love rereading old favourites, but I have so many books to read in 2016, with all of the books that I currently own that I want to get through, plus new 2016 releases, I don’t think I’m going to have time to reread!

10. Favourite Cover of A Book You Read In 2015?

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It has to be this gorgeous beauty! Has everyone seen the cover for The Raven King? Isn’t it stunning? I swear this series of books has some of the most beautiful covers that I have ever seen!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

That’s really hard! I’ve read lots of books with memorable characters this year! I’m going to go with a character that was new to me this year and say Lina from Between Shades of Grey. Her strength in such a terrible situation is so inspiring!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Between Shades of Grey. It has the honour of being one of the few books that actually made me cry, it’s that beautiful (and sad).

13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing book 0f 2015?

I wouldn’t say any of the books I’ve read this year have been life changing, but as far as thought provoking goes, I would say Undivided is the most thought provoking book I’ve read this year simply because the concept of the Unwind series in itself is very thought provoking which in turn leads to very thought provoking books!

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2015 to finally read?

Between Shades of Grey! If I’d known how good it was (or heard about it before 2015), then I definitely would have read it earlier!

15. Favourite Passage/Quote from a book you read in 2015?

I miss you,” she said. “Every day, I miss you. And I wonder what you would have made of all this. Made of me. I think — I think you would have been a wonderful king. I think they would have liked you more than me, actually.” Her throat tightened. “I never told you — how I felt. But I loved you, and I think a part of me might always love you. Maybe you were my mate, and I never knew it. Maybe I’ll spend the rest of my life wondering about that. Maybe I’ll see you again in the Afterworld, and then I’ll know for sure. But until then …until then I’ll miss you, and I’ll wish you were here.”

This one from Queen of Shadows. It almost made me cry.

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?

Shortest: The Winter Horses by Phillip Kerr-288 pages

Longest: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas-648 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Probably Undivided by Neal Shusterman, there were lots of shocking moments in that.

18. OTP of the Year

Connor and Risa from the Unwind dystology!

19. Favourite Non-Romantic relationship of the year?

If I had done this before reading Queen of Shadows, I probably would have said Rowan and Aelin, but since I’m doing this after reading Queen of Shadows, given the new state of their relationship, that is no longer possible. So instead I’m going to go with Chaol and Dorian, my favourite bromance!

20. Favourite book you read in 2015 from an author you read previously?

Undivided by Neal Shusterman. His entire Unwind dystology is brilliant, if you have not read it yet then what are you waiting for?

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

I don’t really have one for this year, all the books I read this year were based off my own interests, either because it was a series I liked or a new book by one of my favourite authors or just because I picked it up and thought it sounded interesting. I can’t say any of the books I’ve read this year, I read on the basis of a recommendation from someone else.

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

Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass series!

24. Best 2015 debut you read?

I actually didn’t read any 2015 debuts, but Between Shades of Grey was Ruta Sepetys’ debut novel even if it wasn’t released in 2015, so I guess that counts?

24. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

Both of the Throne of Glass books I read this year, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows had great world-building.

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

Probably Stone Cold, by Andrew Lane, it was great to see Sherlock and Matty back together, doing what they do best, solving crimes.

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

Between Shades of Grey. I never normally cry at books, but I cried at this one.

27. Hidden Gem of The Year?

Undivided by Neal Shusterman. Why do more people not talk about this series? I don’t understand it! It’s amazing!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Heir of Fire. That end…….completely soul crushing.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?

Probably Panic by Lauren Oliver. I’ve never read anything like that book before, though to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to read anything like that book again.

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

Queen of Shadows! I enjoyed the book overall but man there were some parts that made me mad!

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Ooh, that’s a tricky one, but I’ll have to go with Love Thy Shelf, Anjie and I share a lot of similar favourites when it comes to books!

2. Favourite review you wrote in 2015?

My review of Undivided, the last book in the Unwind dystology. I enjoyed reading the book so much and I equally enjoyed writing my review of it. It’s fun to write a review of a book that you basically have nothing but praise for sometimes!

3. Best discussion/non review post you had on your blog in 2015?

That’s a hard one because I don’t tend to do discussion posts on my blog, something I’m thinking I will try to change next year, if I can. My best non-review posts however, I think were probably the posts that I did for Armchair BEA. I had so much fun writing those and participating in the event! I’m definitely hoping to join in with that again this year!

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

This is hard because there are so many. I love participating in Top Ten Tuesday every week, I loved taking part in Armchair BEA, but if I had to choose the one best event that I had taken part in this year, it would definitely have to be YALC! That was so much fun and I am definitely hoping to go back again this year.

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

Meeting Derek Landy with my best friend Hannah at YALC! Nothing can top that.

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

By views, Top Ten Tuesday #3 (Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read) was my most popular post this year.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

In general, I wish my review posts got a little more love.

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

YALC! It’s a book event that I hope to be going to for years to come.

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

Unfortunately not, I was still two books shy of my Goodreads reading challenge goal at the end of 2015. Still that hasn’t stopped me from upping my goal for this year!

Looking Ahead

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

Ink and Bone, I was so excited for that one when it came out and then I never got around to reading it. It’s going to be the next book I read, once I finish my current one!

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

The Raven King! After such a long wait for it, how could it be anything else?

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Having met Alwyn Hamilton at YALC this year, I have to say Rebel of The Sands. I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds!

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

Is it cheating if I say The Raven King again? I don’t care, I am so excited to see how this series ends!

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

I would love it if I actually manage to complete my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, considering I was so close to completing it in 2015, but just didn’t quite get there.

6. A 2016 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone?

None I’m afraid! I don’t get ARCs so I’ll be waiting just like everyone else for all the shiny new 2016 releases!

So how was your 2015 reading year? What are you looking forward to reading in 2016? Let me know!