2015 End of the Year Book Survey

 

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Hosted by the Perpetual Page Turner

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Number Of Books You Read: 160
Number of Re-Reads: I did not count rereads in my Goodreads goal, so I have no idea. ‘ve kept it limited to rereading the Shatter Me series once and only rereading other books in a series because I forgot what happened when the new book has been released. I would guess somewhere around 10 books were read that weren’t counted in my total.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/retellings/mythology

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

 

Best Science Fiction:

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Best Fantasy:

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Golden Sun (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Best YA Fantasy:

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Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

Best Thriller:

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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Best Contemporary:

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All the books by K.A. Tucker and Colleen Hoover

Best Literary/Contemporary/Women’s Fiction:

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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

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

 

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American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Conversion by Katherine Howe
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

 

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction and had no interest in reading it, but found that it was a lot better than what I expected. I enjoyed it a lot. It was almost like old school Stephen King!

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

 

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 The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

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

 

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Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t know what the fuss was about, so I started the series and read all of the sequels this year, even rereading some of them as the books released.

 

Best Series Ender of 2015?

 

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End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

This series was amazing and the final book was worth the wait. It totally deserves more hype!

 

 

 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

 

Sarah J. Maas!! I know what all the fuss is about now!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
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At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
I’m not big into Historical Fiction or Nonfiction, but both of these books were amazing.
 

 

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

 

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His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
 

 

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

 

 

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A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. In anticipation for the sequel.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu before starting The Rose Society that is already out.

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

 

 

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

 

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Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

 

 

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

 

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

 

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Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
If you carry certain genes, does it make you guilty of actions before you commit them? Would being singled out cause you to commit those actions based on environment at that point? What makes some violence horrible and other acts of violence okay?
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

What if you’re not the hero? What if doing the right thing makes you the villain?

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

 

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”
― Pierce Brown, Golden Son

 

“Chapter One. LOG ENTRY: SOL 6. I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion. Fucked.”

–- Andy Weir, The Martian

 

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

 

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

 

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Pay Dearly by M.S. Brannon at 25 pages
11/22/63 by Stephen King at 866 pages

 

17. Book That Shocked You The Most? (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

 

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

I couldn’t believe I had to wait over a year to get some sort of closure. I typically forget endings, but I definitely haven’t forgotten THAT ending.

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR
(you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

 

Celaena and Rowan from the Throne of Glass series.

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 

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Lennie and George from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

You can’t read this book and not choose these two for this category. *cries*

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

 

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I’m happy that her other book was just as good.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 

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Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
It was recommended by my friend, Terra, as a must read thriller. We mail each other awesome and twisted books.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

 

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Sebastian, Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
23. Best 2015 debut you read?

 

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This book was AWESOME. I didn’t include it for Best Books of 2015 because I wasn’t sure where to place it genre-wise. It’s like a fantasy/mythology/fairy tale retelling and it’s not really YA or Adult, but somewhere in between. It’s a MUST READ.

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

 

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The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

 

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

 

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The Martian by Andy Weir
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

 

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 

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Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

It was like an episode of Supernatural in a book.

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

A quirky, yet horror filled coming of age story. I absolutely loved it and didn’t expect to.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

I think it’s safe to say that Colleen Hoover is a soul crusher. *cries*

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

 

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The story of Patroclus and Achilles if the rumors about their relationship were true. It was like a Greek mythology Bella and Edward. It was definitely not a run of the mill story and parts of it were absolutely stunning.

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

 

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How To Love by Katie Cotugno

A second chance romance where the girl who decided to give up her dreams to raise a baby got to listen to her family and friends blame her for messing with the bad boy across the street and the bad boy was a jerk and was never held accountable for his actions. Please, let’s not have the girl fall BACK in love with that douchebag. Oh, wait, it’s happening. *gag*

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The perfect novel for cynics and pessimists who believe that the wonderful magical worlds of Narnia and Hogwarts would still be awful. Imagine Harry Potter getting all bent out of shape that Ron and Hermione hook up because she should totally love him because he’s Mother F#@#ing Harry Potter, so he just goes out and sleeps around, gets drunk, and hates life, while casting magic that doesn’t even impress him anymore. I could appreciate the fact that magic doesn’t change someone’s true self and that the world would still have limits and issues, but I was so aggravated by this book.

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

 

I found out my Instagram friend Booknerderie also blogs, so I follow her!

 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

 

I’m proud of all of them. The ones for books I didn’t like are always longer and worded better for some reason, though.

 

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

 

 I like sharing my Wreck This Journal posts. I don’t know if anyone else loves it.

 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I hosted a ReadAThon with a fellow blogger for Halloween and it was awesome! #30NightsOfCreep with Booknerderie on Instagram and the blog.

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Having authors retweet, follow, comment, or interact with me at all. I’ve had Alma Katsu, K.A. Tucker, and Alexandra Bracken interact with me.

 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’m super active on Instagram because I can do it on the go, but the Blogger app is awful. It makes me have to set aside blogging time aside from writing reviews in order to post content. I wish it was easier to post and share the same things I put on Instagram.

 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Views: Wreck This Journal – Make a Mess, Doodle

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 

I’m pretty happy that, even with me slacking on visiting blogs, my posts got any love at all.

 

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

I just moved to Mystic, CT and I’m less than a mile from the coolest independent bookstore, Bank Square Books, that has a large selection and they do a lot of events. I don’t even care that the closest Barnes and Noble is over an hour away and that’s saying something!

 

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

This year, I just signed up for the Goodreads Challenge and set a goal of 150 books, which I met in early December. I also did the 2015 reading challenge by Pop sugar that I’ve almost finished as of mid December.

 

 

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

 

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson. They are spin offs of the original Mistborn trilogy set in the future of that world. (He totally wrote an urban fantasy set in his own fantasy world!)

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

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!!
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

 

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

 

I hope to actually participate more and post more content other than reviews. I also hope to do some more ReadAThons and events with other bloggers.

I’ve recently made the switch to WordPress, which is much more user friendly and I hope that will mean that I blog more, follow more, and stay immersed in the community.

 

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I haven’t been getting many ARCs and I also buy most of my books, so I’m typically reading books after they release. I did get approved for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken on NetGalley, so hopefully I’ll read that before release date and be able to recommend that!
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2 thoughts on “2015 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. SO MUCH LOVE for Mistborn, the Throne of Glass Series, ACOTAR and Uprooted ♥ I still need to read Red Rising, The Martian, Angelfall and Passenger too but hopefully soon 🙂 I loved reading your answers here^^ thanks for sharing 😀

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