2015 End of Year Book Survey

This is the 3rd time I’ve participated in Jamie’s annual reading survey, and each year I feel like it gets more difficult to choose favorites-there are just so many good books!  But I will persevere.  Here goes:

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Number Of Books You Read: 204
Number of Re-Reads: 31
Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary realistic fiction, as always

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

 

There were so, so many books I loved this year that I think I need to make some top 10 list type posts to give them all the love they deserve.  But I would say the one book that I still think about ALL the time, really enjoyed, and am most eagerly anticipating the sequel to is QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas.

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

AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes.  I had heard a few raves of this book, and it wasn’t bad by any means, but I also didn’t find it as funny or interesting as I was hoping.

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

THE SHADOW CABINET by Maureen Johnson.  This series is just…I honestly don’t know what goes on in MJ’s head when she is writing.  I had no idea this is where the story was going, and I’m still not sure I fully grasp everything…but I still can’t wait for book #4.

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

All of the THRONE OF GLASS books, probably.

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

The best series I start was ABSOLUTELY the GEEK GIRL series by Holly Smale.  I LOOOOVED those books so much that after I read the first one, I bought the next 3 during my visit to London over the summer because I was too impatient to wait for them to be published here.

As for the best sequel…HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas.  Because ROWAN.

And the best series ender was definitely MANNERS AND MUTINY by Gail Carriger.  I adored the characters in this series so much and I will miss reading about their antics and adventures.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Ellie Marney.  Can’t wait to read more from her.

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

I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but Stacey Lee’s UNDER A PAINTED SKY was awesome.

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

Have to go with QUEEN OF SHADOWS again.  With SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo as a close second.

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

Always Harry Potter.

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

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

ROWAN from HEIR OF FIRE/QUEEN OF SHADOWS.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

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

ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  EVERYONE should read this book.

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

CINDER/SCARLET/CRESS by Marissa Meyer.

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

“…love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

from NONE OF THE ABOVE by IW Gregorio

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (128 pages)

Longest: Queen of Shadows (648 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

SEE HOW THEY RUN by Ally Carter

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

AELIN + ROWAN FOREVER (Queen of Shadows)

(honorable mention: Watts and Mycroft from EVERY BREATH)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

TOO MANY TO CHOOSE.

Cinder + Iko (Lunar Chronicles)

Cinder + Thorne (Lunar Chronicles)

Reagan + Victoria (JUST VISITING by Dahlia Adler)

Nicolette + Caro + Fin (MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell)

Sydney + Layla (SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen)

Ok, I’ll stop.

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

SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen.

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

All of the books in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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

Rowan.  Always.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

There were so many good debuts this year, but I think my most favorite was WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed.

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

I know I sound like a broken record, but…QUEEN OF SHADOWS.

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

THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak

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

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler.  I feel like this book hasn’t gotten much attention, but I loved it so much.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger.

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

Probably ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

 

 

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

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

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

Throne of Glass #5

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ugh, just one?!?! Probably A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

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

THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkowski

AND

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

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

  1. Write more.
  2. Read more widely.
  3. Meet more people from the bookish community.

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

WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

 

There are SO, SO many other books I read in 2015 that weren’t even mentioned in this survey, so hopefully I’ll get around to gushing about them in some upcoming posts.  Hope you all had excellent reading years in 2015, and that 2016 is equally awesome.

 

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Challenging Myself in 2016

Although I don’t really blog regularly, I’ve long been a follower of many bookish blogs, and have seen the variety of reading challenges that take place each year.  I’ve never really been tempted to jump in; the only challenge I’ve participated in is the one I set for number of books on Goodreads.

This year, I finally met my Goodreads challenge goal of 200 books after trying and failing for several years.  Looking back on the books I read (end of year survey soon to come), I definitely noticed some trends.  Although I would say this was probably my most diverse reading year, I still read mostly contemporary realistic fiction, and mostly white women.  I want to continue to branch out in my reading in regard to genres, authors, and representation in the books I read, so I am finally jumping into a few different reading challenges this year.  (As a side benefit, hopefully staying on top of these challenges will actually make me write more regularly.  But I make no promises.)

So here are the challenges I’m planning to participate in this year:


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I love learning about new authors, and one of the things I look forward to each month is Kelly’s list of debut titles over at Stacked.  Although I didn’t participate in a challenge last year, I did read 25 books by debut authors in 2015; I’d love to keep better track of them, and spread the word about amazing new authors, so participating in Jana’s challenge seems like a great way to do that.  I set a goal of reading 24 debuts, but honestly, with all the great ones coming out this year, I’m hoping to exceed that number.

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After contemporary, fantasy is probably the genre I read most frequently, but there is still so much more within the genre to explore, and 2016 especially looks like it will be an excellent year for YA fantasy.  I read 29 fantasy books in 2015, so I’m going to set a goal of 35 books for the Flights of Fantasy challenge.

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Finally, the last official challenge I’m planning to take part in is Mishma and Shelly’s challenge to read more diverse books.  I read 35 books by and/or about people of color and/or the LGBTQIA+ community, but as a percentage of the 200+ books I read, it’s…something I could improve upon.  I would like to read at least 50 books that can be considered diverse in 2016.

While these three are the only official challenges I’m planning to participate in, I’m also hoping to read more adult fiction and nonfiction (YA or adult) this year.  I don’t tend to read much of either, so I would like to read at least one adult book and one nonfiction book each month, for a total of 24 books.

And, of course, I’ll be trying to reach my Goodreads challenge goal of 200 books again this year.

What challenges are you participating in this year?  Do you set a yearly reading goal?  Do you plan out the books you’ll read each month, or are you a mood reader?  Let me know!