This is my first time doing the survey *sweats nervously*/*breathes heavily* and it’s hosted by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner. You can find all the info here! Also all the graphics used here, are hers. Thanks for putting this together Jamie! Let’s get right into it.
Number of books I read: 128
Number of rereads: 16
Genre I read the most from: Can manga/graphic novels be a genre? If not, most likely romance since I’m a sucker for it.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
- Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- Saga (Vol. 1-5) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. This was such a let down. I expected so much more, especially since it’s so hyped up, and it just fell flat for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I had to read this for a Feminism + Graphic Novel class and it was AMAZING. No graphic novel (other than Maus probably) has moved me as much as this.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’m constantly pushing The Book Thief on people, but seeing as how I didn’t reread that this year, I’m going to have to go with Game of Thrones. I doubt a lot of people read it because, let’s face it, that series is monstrous, but it is something that I couldn’t stop gushing about this year.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
- Best series started: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas OR Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Best sequel: Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 by Jonathan Luna (the third volume is amazing too)
- Best series ender: Awkward. I didn’t finish any series this year!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
It’s gotta be Sarah J. Maas. She’s not new to 2015, but she was new to me, and Throne of Glass pulled me in hard.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Hands down Game of Thrones. I’ve never read any big fantasy series’ like that but now I’m hooked!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Clearly, I’m going to be brining this up a lot but it has to go to Game of Thrones again.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Saga (the entire series). No doubt about it.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. He’s so sassy! He hates everyone and everything! He’s basically me.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The first two books in the Ross Poldark series by Winston Graham were pretty awesome and beautifully written. Full of great descriptors.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Feminism is For Everybody by bell hooks and/or Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I had to read both of these for class, and they were quite moving.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
GAME OF THRONES. ‘NUF SAID.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” -Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if its to keep its edge.” -Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Book of Spells by Jennifer Probst (25 pages)
Longest: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (1,009 pages) Fun fact: This is still not the longest book I’ve ever read (that would be Gone with the Wind at 1,024 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Going to have to go with Game of Thrones/Clash of Kings (again). I mean, duh.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
AW MAN. I can’t decide one one so here are a few:
Calaena Sardothien x Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (“I will always care what happens” *insert gross sobbing here*)
Iku Kasahara x Atsushi Dojo from Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi (The angst with these two, I swear)
Ashton x Beau from The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Ava McKenzie x Owen Walker from The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase
Paige x Jordan (She shares a namesake with me, c’mon. I’ll ship her with whoever I damn well please)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Blake and Robbie from Not Enough by Mia Hoddell (these two boys are great)
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
*whispers* Game of Thrones
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
FLETCHER form Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne (I do love me some bad boys)
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Game of – okay you already know by now.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It didn’t make me cry, but just made me feel sad. (Going to be honest, I read more fanfiction that made me cry this year than books)
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove. This was such a haunting read about trainers, whales, and Sea World in general
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
See above *cries*
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson. I love his poetry/haikus to death
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
GAME. OF. THRONES. That book clearly wrecked me like 12 different ways.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Um, too many to count? Here’s a couple from people that I just LOVE.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I wrote this entire thing in the span of like 10 minutes after finishing the book.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My Books, Blogging, and Babbling post. I was in a dark place when I wrote this, and a LOT has changed since then, but I still think some of it is pretty relevant.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
AUTHOR SIGNINGS. There were two that I went to this year and had SO much fun at both. The first being The Many Heroines of YA Presentation/Book Signing (which featured: Julie Murphy, E.K. Johnston, Amy Tintera, Natalie C. Parker, and Michelle Krys). The other being the Marissa Meyer signing. Both were amazing experiences and all the authors were so hilarious and generally awesome people.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Hands down, meeting so many new people on Twitter. I’ve never felt so connected to the blogging community than I have this year, and that’s all thanks to the people on Twitter who put up with my ridiculous tweets.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the time! As a college junior with two jobs, I keep finding less and less time to read. Also, trying to figure out my balance between reading fanfiction vs. published works. I’m still trying to figure that out, let’s be honest.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My Harry Potter giveaway that just ended yesterday!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any of my reviews. I’m never happy with my view count.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
BOOK OUTLET. 2nd and Charles in Colorado. Tattered Cover (again).
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I didn’t manage to complete my Goodreads challenge of 150 books, but I got close with 128!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
The rest of the Throne of Glass series, the Lunar Chronicles series, the Darkest Minds series…I could go on and on.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, Assassin’s Hear by Sarah Ahiers…etc. etc.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry (I’m never 100% sure what constitutes a debut, since I know people kind of set their own criteria)?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I literally have no clue. I have so many series that I need to start/finish that I don’t know what is finishing up in 2016 and which series’ are just continuing on.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I hope to blog more and read more (as per usual)! I feel like I never do enough of either one so, I’m going to work on finding a balance between school, work, and reading this year.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! It’s amazing!
That’s about it! Did you do a 2015 End of Year Survey! Leave a link below, I’d love to come check it out! Have a happy new year everyone!