So, now that I think I’m definitely finished with my 2015 reading (I finished a book today and won’t be squeezing another in before the end of the day!) it’s time to fill out Jamie’s End of Year survey! The survey is always so much fun to take part in because it makes me think about books I’ve loved throughout the whole year, rather than only remembering the final quarter or so. I also LOVE reading everyone else’s responses, though it inevitably means I end up adding loads to my TBR list.
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (33 books)1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
I’ve narrowed it down to the following four, that’s about as good as I can do!
American Gods – I realise I might be opening myself up to hatred here, but I just didn’t love it. I listened to the audio, which I thought would add a lot to it, since it’s read by Neil Gaiman himself, but I just felt like it went on for forever! I just wasn’t hooked by the story at all, even though I expected to love it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Raven Boys – I expected to enjoy it, but not to get hooked on the series the way I did! (Thanks Micheline!!)
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Red Rising for sure! Between
forcing it on encouraging my real-world friends to read it and taking part in #ReadRedRising, I pushed this one pretty hard 😉 My friends have since gone on to force it on to their friends so it’s going pretty well!
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series starter: The Raven Boys
Sequel: Queen of Shadows
Series ender: The Book of Life
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson – I can’t pick! I’ve only read Steelheart & Firefight by Sanderson so far, but I’m sure there’ll be more in 2016 😉
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Happiness Project – I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I LOVED this one!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Three & Day Four – I read each in a day or two and was just completely hooked on them!
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably Queen of Shadows though right now I feel like I have so many new things to read that re-reads aren’t really on my mind!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Hmm tricky. From my new reads I loved Egg in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and Kvothe in The Name of the Wind. From the re-reads/characters I’d already met, Sevro from Red Rising, Manon from Queen of Shadows and Mark Watney from The Martian remain firm favourites.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Probably Station Eleven or one of The Raven Boys books – both felt constantly quotable!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
One Breath Away – a school shooting story which is gripping and emotional and heart-wrenching. It made me think, it stuck with me, and it feels sadly timely at the moment.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Name of the Wind.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“You can be just friends with people, you know,” Orla said. “I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.”
Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.” – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
“What’s the point of doing all that work,” Tesch asks, “if no one sees it?” “It makes me happy. It’s peaceful, spending hours working on it. It doesn’t really matter to me if anyone else sees it.”
– Station Eleven
“If I enter the room as you are fastening your shoe, I can say, “There will be a lovely moon tonight,” and then you will call it to mind. But before I call it forth for you, you have forgotten the moon. One can swiftly understand that for most moments of our lives, we have forgotten almost all of the world around us, except for what currently claims our interest.” // “If you don’t decide what you will do with the rest of your life, someone else will decide it for you.”
– Fool’s Quest
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Wicked Sexy (60 pages)
Longest: The Wise Man’s Fear (994 pages)
Average: 425 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Probably We Were Liars, not so much because of the twist – I knew the twist was coming so it wasn’t so shocking – but because of something that happened in it that I found shocking (and unpleasant!)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Fitz & The Fool
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Aelin & Lysandra
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Oooooh too tricky! I loved Queen of Shadows, Night Study & Fool’s Quest
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Probably The Art of Being Normal which I really enjoyed, or Robopocalypse which took me a while to get into but which I got hooked on.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
I don’t really do book crushes… Maybe Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys?
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Queen of Shadows & Night Study – both of these authors are favourites thanks to their epic world-building and killer characters, and these books both had the awesome world-building I’d expect from them!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
This is sort of cheating since it was a re-read but The Martian. I read it last year, but this year re-read it as an audiobook with my other half, which made it even more fun: I thought the narration was great, I enjoyed being reminded of all the best bits and also seeing his reaction to them!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Chimera – Mira Grant has become a favourite author and Chimera did not disappoint, but I felt like it didn’t get as much attention as it deserved.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Fool’s Quest probably – nothing instantly jumps to mind as soul crushing but Hobb does have a tendency to give me huge highs and lows!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
A Thousand Pieces of You – I didn’t completely love it, but it really stood out from the books I read this year in terms of uniqueness
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Seed – not because I didn’t like it, I was totally hooked by it! One that made me mad that I didn’t like: Dorothy Must Die – the hype for this one just escapes me to be honest.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
So many but right now I’m particularly obsessed with Paper Fury‘s discussions.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I had lots of fun writing my ReadRedRising post on likeable characters, unlikeable actions & bad boys(/girls) and my Harry Potter Month post on Nail Colours Inspired by Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Possibly cheating, but I had so much fun hosting and taking part in Harry Potter Month this year.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Probably the Maria V Snyder blogger party hosted by Mira Ink which was great fun.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Just trying to balance blogging and reading with working/uni/general life!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The Harry Potter House Cup post got the most views by a long way!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Maybe my discussion on format of books and whether format impacts what you’re reading.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Not really a new discovery, but this is the first year I’ve really used Crini’s awesome spreadsheets in detail and I’ve loved them!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my Goodreads goal of 65 books – I’ve not looked at my other reading challenge progress yet!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Probably The Final Empire because I keep being told how awesome it is!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Of Fire and Stars – tell me this doesn’t sound awesome?!
A princess with a forbidden magical gift is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom to marry a prince, but she has to choose between her duty and her heart when she falls in love with his rogueish horse-training sister instead.
Audrey Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars pitched as Malinda Lo meets Game of Thrones, about a future queen who falls in love with her fiancé’s sister.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
As always, just read more and blog more! I’m also hoping to start using Instagram which I’ve so far not really used at all…