2015 End of the Year Bookish Survey

Posted January 1, 2016 by Emma in Book Blog, books, reading, ya, young adult / 0 Comments

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A note from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner:

My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2010 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in and has turned into such a fun end of year event that I have LOVED hosting and has made my TBR list grow crazily! Seriously, 360 people linked up last year and I know even more participated on their blogs and on Youtube!! So without further ado: the 6th annual End of Year Book Survey!

I know the year isn’t over yet but, as I said in year’s past, this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead because I NEVER get much reading done during December with the holidays and what not! I’ll be filling mine out soon (I know I said that last year and never did but I have motivation this year…last year I was just DONE with all the things) but I’ll be revising if I happen to read something absolutely earth shattering that would need to be on here!

So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it (please credit me!)…whether that’s today or in January   — I know everybody will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Book Survey and visit others on the list!”

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!


2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 58
Number of Re-Reads: 13
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

The best book I read in 2015 would have to be Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. This was the first Young Adult Thriller I read this year. I picked it up because I loved the color scheme and the image on the cover. I literally could not put this book down. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming. I am usually really good at being able to predict what is going to happen in books and I couldn’t do that with this one and I loved it. Lauren Oliver wrote an amazing story that everyone should read. I am planning on reading more of her books in 2016.

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

There are honestly a couple that fit this question but I am going to go with Half Bad by Sally Green. I gave this book 2 stars. I really wanted to love it but I just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I still kind of want to read the second novel but I don’t want it to turn out the same.

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

All the Bright Places took me by surprise and turned into one of my favorite reads of 2015. I absolutely loved the story and the message the story left me with.

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

I try not to push people to read the books that I love because everyone has their own reading habits. With that being said, I did push people to read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman because I was part of the street team and helped to promote it.

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

The best series I started this year is a tie between The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas.

The best sequel I read this year goes to Scarlet  by Marissa Meyer. I absolutely love this series. I love the fact that it is a retelling of fairy tales. They are told in such a unique way.

The best series ender that I read this year was City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I know a lot of people have negative feeling about Cassie and her novels, but I love The Mortal Instruments so much and she ended the series perfectly.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

I have multiple so I am going to cheat a little on this one.

  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Katie McGarry
  • Jennifer Niven
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Jessie Rosen
  • Marissa Meyer

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I read one of Nicholas Sparks’ books this year that was not the YA novels I usually read. I decided to read Dear John again this year. It is one of my favorite books by him.

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

Again, Vanishing Girls would be the answer to this question. I would also have to add Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry.

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

I think that I would be most likely to re-read All the Bright Places again next year. It was one of my favorites from this year.

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

I think one of my favorite covers for this year was The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi. Everything about it was beautiful and I loved the colors and the font.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Obviously it’s going to be one of the many book crushes I had this year. and of course it’s going to be Oz from Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry. Does it get any better than a bad boy in a motorcycle club? I mean we all know about my obsession with Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. As far as books go, Oz is as close as it gets to Jax for me.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I am going to return to All the Bright Places again for this one. I t was so beautifully written. The characters and the storyline was so realistic. This book was tragic and ripped my heart out, but it was so beautifully written.

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

All the Bright Places takes the cake for this question as well. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say much other than everyone needs this book in their lives.

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

I am going to have to go with The Assassin’s Blade AND Throne of Glass for this one. I wish I would have started this series a while ago instead of waiting so long.

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

There are too many to choose!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Is it bad that I am going to use Vanishing Girls for this one too? Because that’s my answer. I won’t spoil anything.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

It’s 2015 and I still don’t have an ultimate OTP. There are too many characters I love together to choose. The closest I could come would have to be Malec (Alec and Magnus).

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Calaena and Chaol. I really like the way the two of them work together and the way they interact with one another.

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

If I have to choose a novel from an author I previously read then it would have to be City of Heavenly Fire.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

All the Bright Places thanks to all of the lovely book bloggers and readers on the internet.

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

As stated in question 11, bad boy Oz from Nowhere But Here.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

The best 2015 debut I read would probably have to be Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen. I received this book as an eARC and could not put it down. I have discovered this year that I am a huge fan of thrillers and mystery novels.

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

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  2. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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

I absolutely loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. She wrote Cath to be so relatable and I loved her relationship with Levi.

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

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven takes the cake on this one. For those of you that haven’t read it, you need this book it your life. Stop what you are doing, pick up a copy, and read it.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Breed Queen by L.A. Hendricks is my choice for hidden gem. I had never heard of this book before I was given an ARC of her second novel. I found that I really liked the story and the characters once I started reading.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

All the Bright Places absolutely broke me. It was so tragic and sad, but so worth the read. Everyone needs to experience this book.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Is it a cop-out to say that all the books I read were unique in their own ways?

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

The book that made me the most made was Black Five. I really wanted to like it, but it was awful.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

The answer to this question would definitely have to be Nose Graze. Ashely has so many helpful tutorials, some that I have already put to use and some that I am saving for later. If I have a question about something blogging related I know that I can turn to Nose Graze or email Ashley directly.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I didn’t write very many, but my favorite would probably be my review for Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

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

This would have to be the first discussion post I did when I finally started blogging on a schedule. It was “Let’s Talk About…Fantasy”.

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

The best even I participated in would have to be getting the chance to work with Erin Bowman as part of the Vengeance Road Street Team over the summer. This was the first street team that I participated in and I had so much fun meeting new people and getting to spread the world about the novel.

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

The best moment(s) of this year would have to be hitting 100, then 200, and then just this month (December) hitting 300 followers on Tumblr. I never even imagined that I would gain that many followers ever, let alone in a year. Thank you to everyone who reads what I have to say. It means so much

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

My most popular post would have to be a picture I posted of my copy of Red Queen with a quote from the book on Tumblr. As of right now it has almost 1,000 notes which is unbelievably amazing to me.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

This is my first year book blogging and honestly I can say that I am pretty happy that people have just taken an interest in my blog. Maybe next year I will have a real answer for this question.

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

My best bookish discovery would have to be Nose Graze and Evie Seo’s society6 store.

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

I was able to complete the reading goal I set for myself. This is the first year that I actually set a goal so I set it low because I honestly had no clue how many books I was able to read in a year. I set my goal at 25 and was able to end the year at 52 books!

Looking Ahead

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

Definitely Six of Crows. I was hoping to end the year with it but then I built a Christmas Tree using all of my physical books. I am hoping that I am able to start the new year with it instead.

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

Honestly there are a couple that I am looking forward to finally being able to hold in my hands such as: Lady Midnight, This Savage Song, Passenger, A Gathering of Shadows, The Siren, The Raven King, Glass Sword, and many more.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Girl from Everywhere or Blackhearts would have to be the answer for this. I love a good pirate story.

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

The Raven King. I have enjoyed this series so much and am looking forward to the final book, but not looking forward to it ending…

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

I hope to be able to post quality reviews that other bloggers/readers care about and are helpful for them.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I don’t have an answer for this question although everyone should go and read Passenger, Truthwitch, The Crown’s Game, Glass Sword, and more.


Survey hosted by: The Perpetual Page Turner

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