2015 End of Year Book Survey

Posted January 1, 2016 by Bonnie in End of Year Survey / 13 Comments

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I love looking back and reflecting on the year and this survey created by Jamie is the most comprehensive and fun way to do that! It helps me reminisce on the best books I read and even the books I didn’t manage to squeeze in (because it helps me plan for the new year!) All links go to my review (if applicable) and Goodreads if not.

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Total Books Read: 188
Number Of Physical Books You Read: 159 (51,066 pages)
Number of Audiobooks Listened To: 29 (214 hours and 44 minutes)
Number of Re-Reads: 13
Genre You Read The Most From: 1st place Mystery, 2nd place Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

This book basically took home all the awards this year. I love that my favorite book of the year was read in the final days of the year. It ain’t over till it’s over, people.

Book Review – Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

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

I’d been anxious for this one all year. Big time black sheep, here.

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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

Nova Ren Suma continues to amaze me with her magical realism worlds and her beautiful words.

Early Review – The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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

I wanted anyone and everyone to read this one. Maggie is such a fantastic character and I need more of her.

Early Review – The Awesome by Eva Darrows

The Awesome by Eva Darrows

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

Best Series I Started: Throne of Glass
Best Sequel: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Best Series Ender: Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3) by Barry Lyga

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Jonathan Tropper. I read This is Where I Leave You and promptly added every single book he’s written to my TBR.

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

I’m not usually one to pick up non-fiction but this book definitely made me rethink that stance.

National Book Award 2015 Finalist – Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

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

Early Review – Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

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

HARRY POTTER 4 LIFE.

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

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

I’m one of those people that love the villains and Queen Levana was perfect to me.

Book Review – Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Seriously, the most incredible writing ever. Absolutely stunning.

Book Review – Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

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

This one definitely gives you a plethora of things to consider when it comes to being a writer. I loved listening to this audiobook – King narrates it personally.

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On Writing by Stephen King

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

Post-Apocalyptic Horror by Stephen King. Seriously. Why did I wait?

Book Review – The Long Walk by Stephen King

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman/Stephen King

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

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― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Physical Book
Shortest: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (16 pages)
Longest: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin (1,154 pages)

Audiobook
Shortest: The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket (11 minutes)
Longest: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness (23 hours and 52 minutes)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

One seriously shocker of an ending that left me gasping.

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The Uninvited by Cat Winters

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

Shahrzad and Khalid (The Wrath and the Dawn).

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Noel and Vee in Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. Noel is a ten year old boy and Vee is his temporary guardian during WWII. They team up and concoct a scheme to make their own personal profit off the war. They’re quite the unlikely duo and I loved them.

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

Since J.K. Rowling is a given, I’ll use another favorite: Karen Marie Moning.

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

I finally caved from peer pressure and started Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. Yay for peer pressure.

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The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

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

While book crushes aren’t typically my thing, I quite loved Rowan Whitethorn from The Throne of Glass series.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

I didn’t seem to read as many debuts as I seem to typically, but this one really impressed me.

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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

I’m going with most vivid setting for this one. This book made me want to eat all the things and visit Wisconsin. Because food.

Early Review – The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

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

This one was such a hilarious read and I picked it up at the absolute best time. This one got me out of my book slump quick.

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This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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

I know, I know. I’m starting to sound like a broken record. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry but there were some incredibly moving stories in this collection.

Book Review – Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

It’s easy to say that something is incredibly original and have it be anything but. But this really was. Imagine a story interpreting a teenager coming of age as a werewolf that prowls the night.

Book Review – When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Oh man, this book was incredible but rough. So rough.

Audiobook Review – Blindness by José Saramago

Blindness by by José Saramago

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

This is one weird ass book. I’m still unsure whether I actually liked it or not. I’m leaning more towards no, but it was certainly original.

Book Review – The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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

No mistaking it, this book made me straight up irate. Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins was her newest endeavor in adult fiction, however, she opted to drop her standard verse style. Plus, the story was preposterous. This one definitely brought on the rage.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Paper Riot. I love, love, love their posts. They’re hilarious and snarky and so entertaining.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My favorite review was for one of my least favorite books of the year so at least something good came of it.

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

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

National Book Awards 2015: My Pick. I did a spur of the moment Reading Challenge where I read all of the National Book Award Finalists and chose my own winner before the real winner was announced. (I picked right!)

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

Ha. Nothing. 🙁 Next question.

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

Discovering that googling “banned book bell jar” or even “reason why the bell jar was banned” puts me in the #1 slot. I even beat out buzzfeed. My The Bell Jar review is my most viewed post for 3 years running!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Where to begin? I’ll give you a top 3.

1. Time. I got a second job back in April so I work 60 hours in a normal week.
2. Netflix. While this happened a little late in the year, I finally caved and got a membership in November and discovered all the things I haven’t watched. It has wreaked havoc on several weekends that I intended on doing nothing but reading.
3. Shit Books. 2015 was full of them! They kept putting me into book slumps. New Years Resolution: Don’t read shit.

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

Release Day Feature + Giveaway! Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

National Book Awards 2015: My Pick again. It didn’t get a lot of love despite the big name picks this year. And did I mention I actually picked the right winner? haha

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

I discovered the Bustle Books page and it’s something I now visit daily. They have the best book discussion posts!

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

I continued my Bookish Bingo winning streak. My Classic Curiosity Reading Challenge was a bit of a fail though; I only posted three. ha

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

I’m ridiculously nervous about starting this one but it’s kind of necessity. I mean it’s Maas. But… I’ve heard enough bad things to be worried. But it’s happening in 2016.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

An astonishing, even shocking debut–darker than a bad night in hell–that is written with both humor and heart by “a writer with abundant and scary gifts and consummate skill.”

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Nitro Mountain: A novel by Lee Clay Johnson

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

FINAALLLLYYYYY

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The City of Mirrors: A Novel (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin

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

Get in the “quality over quantity” mindset. Because if I read as many shit books as I did this year I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. And if it is shit, not being so damn hard on myself if I want to dnf and move on to the next one.

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

I’ve read only 4 2016 Releases (so far) and while it wasn’t the greatest, it’s still worth recommending.

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

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13 responses to “2015 End of Year Book Survey

    • It’s my third (I think.) time doing this survey and it’s a ton of fun although it took me FOREVER. Some books didn’t get included that I think should have so that’s frustrating but eh. I’m not usually one for memoirs either but her writing is SO beautiful. It doesn’t really read like a memoir, I felt, but rather a bunch of disconnected stories about her life. And she’s a pretty fascinating individual. Hope you love it if you do take a chance on it. 🙂

      I also wanted to thank you for being my highest commenter for 2015! I appreciate you sticking with me even with how absent I’ve been from commenting this year. 🙂
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  1. It looks like there are so many great books on this list. A Court of Thorn and Roses is one of my priority reads for 2016 as well. You did a lot better with re-reads than I did this year. My goal was at least 5… I made it to 1.
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