Saturday, December 26, 2015

Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 Edition!!

So, I did this weeks ago and totally thought I posted it.  Oops! Better late than never!  Here is the 2015 End of Year Book Survey, hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 38

Number of Re-Reads: 2

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

2015 Questions

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
It’s a tie between Ruin and Rising and A Discovery of Witches

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy, I still enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it the way I thought I would.

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

Umm… Shatter Me and A Discover of Witches maybe?  I didn’t expect to enjoy the books as much as I did.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t really “push” people to read books. I supposed the book I suggested most to read was Mockingjay, before the movie came out.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Starter: Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler, just amazing
Sequel: Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo
Ender: Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo (a fantastic series)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Umm… A bunch?
Andrew Pyper
Deborah Harkness
Jasper Fforde

I don’t think I can pick between them.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi.  It’s non-fiction, which I don’t read a lot of, but I want to read more.  I’ve actually read a couple non-fiction books this year, so yay!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Discovery of Witches, which I may have already mentioned a few times (and we’re only on question #8)

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
None?  I don’t re-read much, and when I do it’s not something I just read the year before.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
The Eyre Affair or the covers for The Grisha series.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Thursday Next

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
I don’t know about “life-changing”, but the most thought provoking books I read were Embroideries, The Flying Troutmans and Death of A Salesman

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Dawn of the Dreadfuls, I’ve had it forever and finally got around to reading it earlier this year.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
MacBeth had a lot of great quotes and here is just one:
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing." – Act V, Scene v
Depressing, but darkly beautiful.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: MacBeth (I’m not including the Short Stories I read.)
Longest: A Discovery of Witches (by one page over The Diviners)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Girl Who Played With Fire, I think.  It was a shocking, cliffhanger, ending.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Evie and Jericho, from The Diviners, even though I feel like Evie is going to end up with Sam, based on how I think the story will go, but if she ends up with Jericho, I would be so happy.
Also, I would have liked Thursday with Bowden in The Erye Affair. There’s lots of books left in the series, so who knows.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Hattie and her niece and nephew from The Flying Troutmans

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Eyre Affair because of What Red Read.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Matthew De Clermont from A Discovery of Witches. Also Nicolai from the Grisha Trilogy.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I didn’t read any.

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

The world in the Grisha trilogy.  It just came to life.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully and Return of the Padawan, MG graphic novels that are just super cute.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Flying Troutmans, the whole thing is just so tragic.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I think it’s a tie between Ruin and Rising and A Discovery of Witches.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Waves, by Virginia Woolf.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I think The Diviners, because I kept being frustrated by Evie’s decisions.

Book Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Seeking a Little Truth

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

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

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I heard Andrew Pyper speak about the process of writing.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Umm… all of them?

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I got a new job. So, Yay! But also, it’s a lot of work and it has totally cut into my reading blogging time.  After spending 8 hours (minimum) a day staring at a computer screen, I don’t want to do that when I’m done working. I need a better blogging app for my phone or tablet.  Just finding a better work/life balance is what I need too.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I’m surprised, my most popular post this year has been my thoughts on Jane Austen’s classic, Northanger Abbey.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I don’t know…. Let’s just go with my most recent read, As Birds Bring Forth The Sun and Other Stories.

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

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I participated in the Classics Club Spin twice this year with The Waves and MacBeth.  I look forward to the next Spin too!

Looking Ahead – Books 2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Raven King, by Maggie Steifvater

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don’t really keep up with debuts. I just go with whatever catches my eye or what others are talking about.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven King…. Should I find another answer to this question?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Finally find a work/life(blogging life) balance that makes me happy.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Not that lucky this year.  Maybe next year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!


  1. A Merry Christmas/New Year to you & your family... Watch out for that Lego. It HURTS! (as you probably know all too well by now).

    Thanks for the mention. I've probably got quite a bit coming up that you might like. I've been low on Fantasy this year though so will try to do better in 2016. Oh, and there will be Classics... LOTS of Classics..... [grin]

    1. I plan on reading more classics this year too! I've got to catch up on my Club list.

      I'll keep an eye out for the Fantasy and Classics *love* that stuff!

  2. I am totally going to snag this survey from you. And I'm glad I babbled on enough about The Eyre Affair that you picked it up and liked!!

    1. So good! I've already picked up Lost in a Good Book, I was so excited by The Eyre Affair. I also saw Shades of Grey on sale and grabbed that too!

  3. Shatter Me is one of my favorite reads! I also read Macbeth this year and really liked the quotes. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I'm excited to read the rest of the Shatter Me series!
      MacBeth is full of amazing quotes and dark characters.

  4. Sounds like an active year! I'm ambivalent about "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" -- I'd almost like to read it for the silliness factor, I just don't want to PAY for it. :p

    1. I enjoyed Dawn of the Dreadfuls and Dreadfully Ever After. You could always see if they're at the library... :)

  5. You've listed so many of the books I really wanted to read in 2015! I'm hoping to find a balance between blogging and family too; wishing you all the best in 2016 :)

    1. I had a really great year in books. Nothing I disliked. Pretty much all great. I think I'm just getting better at picking books for myself.
      Balance is important!
      Thanks and all the best in 2016 to you too!

  6. Glad to see the Jane Austen love on your survey! I haven't read Northanger Abbey yet, but I plan to get to it in 2016, my favorite Austen is Emma, highly recommend if you haven't read it. I also want to get to the Thursday Next series in 2016, so I'm glad to see you recommend it! Happy New Year!
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

    1. I love Austen. As of 2015, I read her 6 novels. I loved Emma, but Sense and Sensibility is my favourite, though Northanger Abbey comes in a close second.
      Thursday Next is amazing! Definitely read it.