2015 is coming to a close and Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner has a very fun end of year survey that I try to complete every year. Here are my answers for 2015. As you can see a few books dominated the categories. Be sure to link me to your own in the comments so I can stop by if you've done it (and visit Jamie's blog too because she is awesome).
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: Zero, sadly. Haven't re-read any this year.
Genre You Read The Most From: It looks like a mix but with a slight emphasis on contemporary
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)
This is the hardest question. I did a post all about my best of 2015 picks. I would say Me Before You was my absolute fave this year but A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Queen, and Six of Crows are a close second.
2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff. I thought I was going to love it and just didn't end up loving it anywhere near as much as I expected to.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I was surprised at how much I loved this book. It was quiet, magical, and simply wonderful.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Me Before You, and yes. I've given it to so many people as a gift, or simply lent them a copy. Most have loved it as much as I do.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best start up - A three way tie between Red Queen, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Six of Crows. All are stunning starts to fantastic series.
Best Sequel of 2015 - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (that counts, right?)
Best Series Ender of 2015 - Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Goldy Moldavsky and Dawn Ius. Cannot wait for each of their next books.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu. I am not normally drawn to religious books but this one was surprising and simply wonderful.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Six of Crows and Queen of Shadows. Flew through both of these.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Me Before You right before the movie version comes into theatres.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Red Queen. Stunning and amazing.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Vivi from When We Collided, and the fangirls from Kill The Boy Band, Will and Lou from Me Before You and Anne from Anne and Henry. Also, the group of six from Six of Crows. Too many good characters this year.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
When We Collided by Emery Lord or My Diary From The Edge Of The World by Jodi Lynn Anderson
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and When We Collided by Emery Lord
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Me Before You. It was all over the place but I only finally got to it this year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
I love so many. SO MANY. I am going to share my top 5 because, honestly, I cannot pick.
The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
It isn’t one of those lonelygirl Tumblr fantasies about meeting your biggest celebrity crush. This is the story of me and my friends and the time we met The Ruperts.
Kill The Boy Band by Gold Moldavsky
This is where I am, somewhere between the night's total darkness and the light's utter brilliance and I grin as I dance and the night wind kicks up Jonah's hair. The glow of my birthday candles and the fairy lights would have been more than enough. But Jonah Daniels? He lit up my whole world. Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
My new world is etched in diamonds and sealed in gold, drowning in pretension.
Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius
You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest Book - When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid
Longest Book - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Red Queen. That ending?! Insane.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Um... Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows or Lou and Will from Me Before You.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Dorian and Chaol from Queen of Shadows. Bromance for the win.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Hello? by Liza Wiemer. It was recommended to me by a few people (most notably Kelly)
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
New? Kaz from Six of Crows. Not new? Dorian from the Throne of Glass series.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Tie between Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy or Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. We're talking full on ugly crying.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Hmm... I think this means underrated book that more people should have read. My Diary From The Edge Of The World by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It's a charming, whimsical middle grade that I loved so much.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Still not over this book and I doubt I ever will be. Closely followed by When We Collided by Emery Lord.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Anne and Henry but in the BEST way. You get angry on Anne's behalf. You want things to turn out differently even though history tells you otherwise. It was amazing and wonderful because it created those emotions (it also had THE BEST ending of any book I read in 2015).
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Thanks to #otspsecretsister I have discovered a lot of new blogs this year, so it's impossible to select just one but I will say that it's been lovely getting to visit Amanda over at Brains, Books, and Brawn.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I have a few but I would say Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I had zero discussion posts this year but non book review posts... my fave would be my American Horror Story: Hotel recap series. I had so much fun writing them.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
BEA. Getting to meet so many authors is incredible.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Going to BEA as always. I love getting to see bloggers that I normally do not get to see and just getting to socialize with everyone. That is my favourite part of BEA.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the time to comment and be involved more in the community. That may have to take priority over a few other blogging aspects in 2016.
7. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Has to be society6. So many fantastic shops that are bookish related and I want so much from there.
8. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only one I took part in is the Goodreads challenge and I completed it.
Winter by Marissa Meyer. It is inexcusable that I have not read it yet. I blame life, and the holidays.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Non debut? Heartless by Marissa Meyer or Overdrive by Dawn Ius
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Sequel for 2016 - A tie between Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I need them both.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Comment more. I am seriously the worst at this and I need to be involved in the community. I love the community and the people I've met. I just need to make it a priority for 2016 to be more involved.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read And Recommend To Everyone:
This is easy! Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. Seriously, read it. So good. Darkly funny and filled with a pitch perfect voice.