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Book Blogger End of Year Survey —
Did I do this last year? I don’t remember if I did…BUT ONWARD WE GO. Survey and image credited to Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner.
I held a book awards ceremony two weeks ago that featured my own picks from best animal side kick to best fight scene and even character awards for best hero in an fantasy/action/sci-fi etc.
This survey is an extension to that post. Ish.
On Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read:
I tried to get to 25 but nope…I could only make it to 24. Damn, I’m at this book blogging shit.
Number of Re-Reads:
Zero. I don’t really re-read books in their entirety. It’s only chapters that I-do-not-understand-wtf-is-happening that I’ll read things over again.
Genre You Read The Most From:
I think this year was dominated by everything fantastical.
On Books Read in 2015
Best Book You Read In 2015?
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. lolbye.
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I hate everyone and their hype. 2014 saw We Were Liars. Red Queen for 2015. WHAT’S 2016 GOING TO ENTAIL?! (Rage review here.)
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Kim Thuy’s Ru. It’s CanLit (I don’t normally read CanLit). It’s a literary novel (I rarely read stuff that is heralded with merit). This is also one of the books I didn’t review.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Um…I’ll have to just say anything Patrick Ness? After A Monster Calls and Chaos Walking, I can’t keep track.
Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
The only series I started and finished was Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. I did haul multiple series during the year…I just didn’t get a chance to read any of them LOL.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Victoria Schwab. This is a hype I can get on board with.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Historical Fiction meets Alchemy. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. The pacing was just on point.
Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
None. I don’t really re-read.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Most memorable character of 2015?
Oh my god this question is impossible.
Anonymous (Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld)
Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Nikolai Lantsov (Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Bridget the Pigeon (The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands)
Mikey (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness)
Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
For it’s prose: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.
For world building: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Thought provoking due to being weird: The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Most of what I read was 2015 releases and those that weren’t are worthy of this prompt.
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.
– Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Ru by Kim thuy (141)
Longest: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld (546)
Book That Shocked You The Most?
THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF SO BADLY ERMAGERD (in a good way?). You’ll understand if/when you read it.
OTP of the Year?
Sorry books but television is where it’s at.
Fitz Simmons from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Tom and Elizabeth Keen from The Blacklist
Bellamy and Clarke from The 100
Connor and Oliver from HTGAWM
Helena and food from Orphan Black
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Ravi and Olivia from iZombie
Brian Finch and anyone from Limitless
Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Hello Patrick Ness…
Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
None. I don’t base what I read solely on what someone says. Multiple sources influence what I read; the main one being myself.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Best 2015 debut you read?
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
I remember tearing once this year. It was in The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands and it wasn’t even 1/4 way in that I was broken. Shit.
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger. Why? Because it’s narrated by anorexia from a male’s body. It has it’s drawbacks but maaaaan is that eating disorder narrator a jerk.
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
[See previous answer on making me cry]
Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
I’ll extend the definition of “unique” to encompass the “weird” — and Josh Malerman’s Bird Box was just plenty of wtf-worthy awkwardness.
Book That Made You The Most Mad?
The year isn’t over until I find that one book that pisses me off. And maybe This Is Where It Ends (Nijkamp) takes the cake. Yes…that super hyped school shooting book that’s coming out in 2016 was a mess for me.
New Favourite Book Blog you discovered in 2015?
As much as I have open dialogues with many of you Internet friends, 2015 was the year of building bridges outside of the online community. So it is in this reason that I will have to say Amanda @ Brains, Books, and Brawn (and her now-reader boyfriend Jerome) who I chilled with on many bookish occasions.
Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Take your pick:
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Literally like asking me to choose my favourite child (jokes on you, there’s always a favourite).
#14 – “I Let Out A Breath I Didn’t Know I Was Holding” (5/9/15)
#15 – Not All Fictional Men Smell Like The Great Outdoors (5/15/15)
#20 – What-If Bloggers Had Blurbs? (7/9/15)
#22 – “Ships Don’t Sink…They Turn Into Shipmarines” (8/20/15)
#24 – “13 Types of Readers You’ll Encounter on Public Transit” (11/04/15)
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Either of these events for different reasons:
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
The feels you get from talking about books in person with people from the community.
Had to edit this in because it literally happened yesterday. If you didn’t know, in the 2 years that I’ve been book blogging, I haven’t actually reached out to publishers [for ARCs] for various reasons that all link back to feeling inadequate. So it was extremely surprising to get an email from one of big four to join their blogger database. I died a bit. What a way to bring in the new year, yeah?
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Commenting back. I was (and still sort of am) slacking in this department, and so I apologize.
Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Any of my Brandon Sanderson reviews, particularly Firefight (which is actually indexed pretty high in Google searches!)
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any discussion post. I feel like most of the time my noone understands my brain vomits.
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Just meeting the community in person!
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself?
Challenging a mood reader is literally the worst idea ever.
One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. I bought this on Dec 23 WITH ALL THE INTENTS TO READ IT BEFORE IT RELEASED TO EVERYONE ELSE. But I suck.
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Self host (LOLOL I TOLD MYSELF THIS LAST YEAR TOO).
A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
It’s a hard sell to recommend Truthwitch. It’s world is intriguing like Avatar: The Last Airbender (at least, that’s what I’d best compare it to). Plus plenty of ships and other shit for you to enjoy.
Hello, goodbye, and hello again.