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2017 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2018 Bonnie End of Year Survey 4 Comments

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Total Number Of Books You Read: 135
Pages Read: 42,930
Minutes Listened To: 511 hours, 24 minutes
Number of Audiobooks: 49
Number of Re-Reads
: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy. Urban Fantasy came in second.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

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

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

I loved This is Where I Leave You and thought it may have been a fluke, but I loved this one too.

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

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one was especially fantastic on audio.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueEarly Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsOminous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

Best New Series: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
Best Sequel: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
Best Series Ender: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ruth Reichl. I read and loved Tender at the Bone and can’t wait to read more of hers.

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

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(Poetry) Late Wife by Claudia Emerson

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

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Isolation by Bex-chan

Never have I read a 1,000+ page book faster.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Harry Potter 4 Eva.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

Lightwood by Steph Post

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Misery by Stephen King

For not the best of reasons.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation by Lama Surya Das

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

ittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Oddly enough, my shortest and longest were both Stephen King books.

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Guns by Stephen King (25 pages/49 minutes)
It by Stephen King (1,169 pages/44 hours and 57 minutes)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

18. OTP OF THE YEAR

Hidden Legacy Series: Nevada Baylor + Connor “Mad” Rogan

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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The Weight of This World by David Joy

Thad Broom and Aiden McCall

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Tybalt from Rosemary and Rue.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Book Tour Review – The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

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

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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

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Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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

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Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews

This one made me mad because I love Ilona but hated this. lol

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I wasn’t super social online this year so I’m really not sure I discovered anyone new. lol

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

These were crazy ass books but the reviews came out pretty damn funny.

Short & Sweet – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control, Beyond Denial

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

The End of Your Life Book Club

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

I actually attended a few bookish events this year and they were all fantastic: in April there was an Ellen Hopkins book signing and Independent Bookstore Day and in September I went on a Lit Crawl.

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

I went through some major life changes this year and it got me in a rut of epic proportions. I didn’t read a book for months. So, life, in general, was definitely the most challenging thing.

6. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Overcoming that epic rut and finding enjoyment in reading again was definitely a great moment.

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

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m always pleased when anyone reads or comments. Any love is better than no love at all. 🙂

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

I discovered bookish podcasts, but more specifically: Potterotica. This shit is so funny guys. SO FUNNY.

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

I wanted to work on getting better at DNF-ing because honestly, why continue to suffer through mediocrity? I had 17 DNFs in 2016 and 33 this year. I also continued to keep up with my book spreadsheet where I keep track of all the details of the books I read (or the ones I DNF).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Well, at this point I’ve already read 9 books this year but the one book that is a top priority would be…

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’d really like to implement a new theme this year.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Only 2018 release I read in 2017:

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2017 Bonnie End of Year Survey 11 Comments

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In 2016 I finally decided to do some intense spreadsheet keeping to help me evaluate the end of the year a little better. It went VERY well and wasn’t nearly as time-consuming as I thought it would be to keep up with it. I kept track of the basics (total books, total page numbers, average rating) but I kept track of a few other stats that I wanted to focus on like page counts, genres, and my individual ratings. Here is a basic overview of my 2016 reading year:

The one key thing I changed from the typical Goodreads stats is for my audiobooks. I listed a page count as well as the minute totals so that they are technically included in my page count length. My audiobooks have separate stats, but I felt that they should be included in my total pages as well since THEY COUNT AS REAL BOOKS.

I read more audiobooks in a single year than I ever have.

And WAY less YA than I’ve read in recent years.

And my resolution to read more purchased books was clearly a total fail. #2017goals

Could be better, could be worse. I’m pleased. 🙂

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Book Review – The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray PollockBook Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey
Tie between: The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock and Fellside by M.R. Carey

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

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The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion

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

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

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

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(Starter) Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey
(Sequel) Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
(Ender) End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Clive Barker

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

Audiobook Review – Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
(Non-Fiction) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

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

Ominous October – Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Book Review – Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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Lady Killer
by Joëlle Jones

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Book Review – The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?

Book Review – Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)
by Ilona Andrews

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“…there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

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(Longest) The Stand by Stephen King – 1,348 pages
(Shortest) When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – 56 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

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

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre and Rhys

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Audiobook Review – The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1) by Kristi Charish
The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1)
by Kristi Charish – Kincaid and Nate/Cameron

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Veiled by Karina Halle

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Book Review – The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Rhys

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Book Review – The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva

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

Book Tour Review – The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling trilogy

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

Audiobook Review – Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
by Sarah J. Maas (I tried not to have any dups but I CAN’T HELP IT)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Ida, Always by Caron Levis

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?

Audiobook Review – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Outlandish Lit brought so many books to my attention that I otherwise wouldn’t have looked twice at this past year!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Everything Box Tour Recap: Reno — only because it was my very first author event so memorable for me. 🙂

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
End of Watch (Stephen King) Tour Recap: Reno

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Whenever my recommendations go right for someone… that’s gotta be the best thing about blogging.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
For me, it was getting back into the swing of things after I quit my second night job in mid-February. I had kept up with my blog consistently but having so much extra time on my hands suddenly was a bit of a change.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
(Post from pre-2016) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (967 views)
(Post from 2016) The Universe of Us by Lang Leav (527 views)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
They’ve been gaining attention as it progresses but my new Blog Feature I came up with — Recommended Reading 101.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
A bookish app — Serial Reader — I absolutely love the concept of this and think it could really help me finally knock out some of the classics I’ve been meaning to get to for years. Haven’t actually used it yet but it’s downloaded and waiting for when I’m ready!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed a lot more ongoing series which was awesome but other than that not really. lol I’m really hoping to take a step back from ARCs this year, not completely but would really like to focus on my owned books. I took a tally and I purchased 55 kindle books last year and only read 22 of them. TERRIBLE.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist #1)
by Richard Kadrey

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

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Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
by Sylvain Neuvel

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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If We Were Villains
by M.L. Rio

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I really love my new features I implemented towards the end of 2016: Recommended Reading 101, Short & Sweet Reviews, and Life’s Too Short (DNF reviews). I really hope that this time next year I can say that I kept with it.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None. hahaha I’ve only read two 2017 releases and they weren’t awesome enough for me to be shouting from the rooftops.

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2015 End of Year Book Survey

January 1, 2016 Bonnie 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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2014 End of Year Book Survey

January 3, 2015 Bonnie End of Year Survey 2 Comments

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
Hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

Is it seriously 2015 already?? How did that happen?! 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!)

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Number Of Books You Read:

B – 188. I’m definitely going with a lower goal for the new year. Getting there really kicked my ass.

DD – 150

Number of Re-Reads:

B – 9. Far more than I typically do!

DD – 11

Genre You Read The Most From:

B – Horror. Fantasy a close second.

DD – Young Adult! Usually it’s Sci-Fi or mystery/thriller, so color me surprised.

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Best Book You Read In 2014?

B –The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

B – Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers. There was love for this one but not nearly as much as there was for the first two installments.

DD – A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

B – (In a good way) Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan. I usually go into chicklit type novels with low expectations, just looking for some entertainment value but this was an incredible read.

DD – (In a bad way) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – so much hype and Harry Potter weight, and it just didn’t deliver for me.

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

B – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

B – Best Series Started in 2014: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Best Sequel of 2014: The Whispering Skull by by Jonathan Stroud – Best Series Ender of 2014: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

DD – Respectively: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, A Better World by Marcus Sakey, The Atlantis World by A.G. Riddle

Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

B – Jonathan Stroud. I’ve been meaning to read something of his forever. I finally did. I can’t understand why I waited so long.

DD – Rainbow Rowell – I was seriously missing out before she came into my reading life!

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

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I never used to read a lot of non-fiction and I read several awesome ones this year. Definitely showed me I needed to read more in that genre.

DD – Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal – I’m huge on autobiographies, but tend to stay away from the celebrity ones. This book wound up being one of my favorites for the whole year.

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

B – A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

DD – Night Film by Marisha Pessl – To be fair, I listen to this book, but I found myself driving longer routes home just to get in a little bit more of the story.

Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I listened to this one and Patti narrates it but I’d love to read this one in print and really savor it.

DD – What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

B – 11464058

D – 13538873

Most memorable character of 2014?

B – There were several, obviously, but the character that first comes to mind happens to be a novella I read on December 30th. Joellyn from If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki.

DD – Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir

Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

B – The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

DD – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

B – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

DD – The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

B – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This was such an amazing and beautiful read I can’t wait to read more from this author.

DD – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

B – ‘There was something magical about an island – the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world-an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.’ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

DD – “And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man.” We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

B – Shortest: – Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (115 pages) Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,216 pages)

DD – Respectively: The Egg by Andy Weir at a whopping 4 pages, and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin weighing in at 1216 pages.

Book That Shocked You The Most

B – Iced by Karen Marie Moning (and not in a good way)

DD – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara

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

B – Arcadia and Lon in Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett.

DD – Jamie and Claire in The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

B – Lockwood, Lucy and George in The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

DD – Dorothy and the Scarecrow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

B – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

DD – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

B – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Dani convinced me that never having read any Christie was officially unacceptable.

DD – The Collector by John Fowles

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

B – Gansey in Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes I know, this is the 3rd installment in the series but I only just now realized this.

DD – My one and only fictional boyfriend since 2002 – Captain Mal Reynolds of Serenity by Joss Whedon

Best 2014 debut you read?
B – Bird Box by Josh Malerman

DD – One More Thing by B.J. Novak

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

B – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

DD – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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

B – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson. HILARIOUS. YOU MUST ALL READ IT.

DD – Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

B – Real tears? The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki and I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. Laugh tears? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

DD – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

B – Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Sarah Pinborough

DD – Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

B – The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan

DD – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

B – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

DD – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

B – Sunrise by Mike Mullin. Talk about cruelty to characters.

DD – September Girls by Bennett Madison

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

B – The Book Smugglers. I’d always heard of this site but never actually stopped by to take a look. They have some of the most interesting and informative articles!

DD – For the Love of Words!! This probably shouldn’t count since I’m now a contributing member, but by far the best blog I encountered for the first time this year.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

B – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett. Although the reasons behind this are mostly because I gush about being blurbed in the published copy of this book. 😀

DD – Elevated by Elana Jonhson – because it justified the use of a Beyonce gif.

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

B – All Four Stars by Tara Dairman Blog Tour.

DD – Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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

B – Halloween Thrills & Chills: 10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud

DD – Paws 4 Love doggy read-along at Grassroots Bookstore

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

B – Getting a new co-blogger has made blogging so much more fun. I have a go-to person to always chat books with now!

DD – Becoming a co-blogger at FTLOW 🙂

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

B – The Recaptains. This is not a brand new discovery but this was the first year I used it A LOT. Super helpful when it’s been quite a while since you read the last installment of a book.

DD – I know I am a little late to the game, but Goodreads.com and Kindle Unlimited.

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

B – I didn’t set this goal at the beginning of the year but I completed all squares in Bookish Bingo three times this year! It’s officially my most favorite reading challenge. 🙂

DD – A few Bookish Bingos and my Goodreads goal for 2014

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

B – Thursbitch by Alan Garner

DD – Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

B – A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

DD – Armada by Ernest Cline

2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

B – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

DD – The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

B – The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3) by Jonathan Stroud

DD – End of Days by Susan Ee

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

B – Getting caught up on my ARC mountain and making more time for my already owned books!

DD – Read more of my own books!

A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

B – First Frost (Waverley Family #2) by Sarah Addison Allen

DD – Amherst by William Nicholson

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2013 End of Year Book Survey

January 1, 2014 Bonnie End of Year Survey 9 Comments

Survey and Graphic courtesy of Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Yep. Totally cheating.

Literary FictionLife After Life by Kate Atkinson
Dystopian/Post-ApocalypticOryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
Historical FictionIn the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Urban FantasyBinding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3) by Jenn Bennett
Science FictionFortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
FantasyDreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Mystery/ThrillerThe Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Romance/Chick-LitHow to Love by Katie Cotugno
Middle GradeThe Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
AudiobookThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal

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

Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler was the final book in her Jane True series. I’ve loved that series from the beginning but the ending was one big disappointment for me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

This book shows up often on this list but it’s still the most surprising: How to Love by Katie Cotugno. I don’t often read Contemporary YA but I really loved this one and I still can’t quite put my finger on why.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Probably Darkhouse by Karina Halle, or the Experiment in Terror series in general. Such a fantastic series.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I didn’t start too many new series this year since I was trying to work on catching up on the ones I was already in the middle of but…The Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle or the Fables graphic novel series by Bill Willingham.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Karina Halle. I read 15 of her books this year alone.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Tampa by Alissa Nutting was leagues outside of my comfort zone but despite the icky subject it was surprisingly well done.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach. I read it in almost a single day which is pretty unheard of for me. I usually get distracted by other pretty books.

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Honestly, I read some amazing books but I hardly ever re-read.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Tie between Lex (Croak series) and Sybella (Dark Triumph).

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Beautiful Indifference: Stories by Sarah Hall impressed me so much. Brilliant writing, I would love to read this authors other works.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Reason I say this is it opened my eyes to the southern-gothic/country-noir genre that I found I really, really like. I read a few other books in that genre that I don’t think I ever would have picked up normally.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Atonement by Ian McEwan. The film is one of my favorites, ever, and I’ve always meant to read the book. Might not have beat out the film but was a beautifully written novel.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

“Each leaf that brushed his face deepened his sadness and dread. Each leaf he passed he’d never pass again. They rode over his face like veils, already some yellow, their veins like slender bones where the sun shone through them. He had resolved himself to ride on for he could not turn back and the world that day was as lovely as any day that ever was and he was riding to his death.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Child of God

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“I think of how it felt to lose him, slow and painful and confusing, and how it felt to wonder if I’d ever really had him at all.”
― Katie Cotugno, How to Love

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest– Night by Elie Wiesel (120 pages)

Longest — NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (709 pages)

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The ending of Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett. Oh my GOSH. I will say no more.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Lex and Driggs (Scorch/Rogue)
Blue and the Gang (Dream Thieves)
Sybella and The Beast of Waroch (Dark Triumph)
Devi and Rupert (Fortune’s Pawn)

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

More Than This by Patrick Ness. This book was intense and lovely and everything I’ve come to love from Patrick Ness.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Rory and Kate were both after me to read this. I’m glad I caved. 🙂

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I read a lot of Horror and Mystery/Thriller types this year and a lot more Adult novels than YA.

22. Best 2013 debut you read?

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

23. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

I remember Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn being extremely vivid in detail, whether that’s a good or bad thing I’m still undecided on. The comparison to Stephen King is spot-on.

24. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

I think the most fun I had reading was doing a re-read of the first three Harry Potter books on audio. I had only read them once before but it was YEARS ago, plus the narrator (Jim Dale) does an amazing job.

25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

The Book Thief had me SOBBING. I listened to it on audio too and it was intense. I read Rose Under Fire immediately after to (which was a huge mistake) and that one almost had me crying.

26. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith was a Post Apocalyptic story that didn’t get nearly enough attention. There are currently less than 900 ratings and under 250 reviews on Goodreads. TERRIBLE. Orleans had fantastic world-building and surprisingly enough, NO ROMANCE. Check it out.

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A to Z Bookish Survey

August 16, 2013 Bonnie End of Year Survey 22 Comments

I’ve totally fallen behind on my blogging duties and am feeling fairly uninspired this week so I decided to do something fun and different instead this Friday. Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner came up with this survey so go check out her post and participate too if you want!
 

Author you’ve read the most books from

If I count all the kids books I’ve added and rated to Goodreads then R.L. Stine (46) because I was OBSESSED with Goosebumps. If I don’t count them then Iris Johansen (20) because her Eve Duncan series was never-ending.
 

Best Sequel Ever

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon was an amazing follow-up. But so was Dark Triumph by by R.L. LaFevers. And The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.
 

Currently Reading

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.
 

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea. Specifically Chai Tea.
 

E-reader or Physical Book?

I love the convenience of my Kindle and it goes everywhere with me but nothing beats a physical book.
 

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Considering I had horrible taste in men in high school I probably would have dated someone liked Draco Malfoy. 
 

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I really had never intention of picking this up because of the yucky subject matter but was extremely emotional and powerful.
 

Hidden Gem Book

Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller. This was the first vampire and romance book I ever read and I remember adoring this series. Linda Lael Miller is known for her cowboy books but did you know she wrote an entire vampire series? Worth checking out.
 

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I’ve been a huge reader my whole life but discovering Goodreads took it to a whole new level. It became a hobby and ended up getting me into blogging as well. I don’t know what I’d do without Goodreads!
 

Just Finished

Night Film by Marisha Pessl and Shooting Scars by Karina Halle.
 

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

I do try to be open and willing to try any and all books but I’m super picky when it comes to Paranormal Romance, fantasy and sci-fi.
 

Longest Book You’ve Read

According to Goodreads it’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon at a whopping 980 pages.
 

Major book hangover because of

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Nothing sounded good after this and I went on a bit of a southern-gothic-noir spree afterwards. Still haven’t found anything to compare though.
 

Number of Bookcases You Own

2. One large and one small. (Plus tons of boxes and assorted piles for the ones that don’t fit.)
 

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

I am not a re-reader by nature but I’ve been trying to squeeze in time with some of my favorites. Recent re-reads are: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. I’m currently re-reading Little House in the Big Woods and plan on joining in on a huge Harry Potter re-read in November.
 

Preferred Place To Read

I love reading in bed but I also love napping so sometimes the two clash. 🙂
In the summertime I love sitting on my balcony.
 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

“The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.”
-Susanna Kearsley, Mariana

Reading Regret

Missing out on reading some really great kids books when I was younger that I didn’t know about. I went on to read them later in life and loved them but I can’t help but think I would have loved them so much more if I had read them when I was younger. A few are: The Golden Compass, Winnie the Pooh (seriously, how did I miss this?), Roald Dahl in general (I only read James and the Giant Peach), The Enchanted Wood and The Little Prince.
 

Series You Started And Need To Finish

I have so many series I need to catch up on but these series are already completed: Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Saga, Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series.
 

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Three?? *sigh* Fine….
 

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Ellen Hopkins. I’ve read all of her books and adore her writing. She also lives in the town next to me. I was once at a stoplight and I could have swore she was in the car next to me and I almost had a melt-down.
 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. They keep pushing out the release date too and it’s driving me MAD.
 

Worst Bookish Habit

I set myself up for failure when requesting ARCs. I’ve gotten better in recent months though. Also? Buying books that sit on my shelf and gather dust. Operation ‘Read My Own Damn Books’ needs to occur, now.
 

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
 

Your latest book purchase

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This was spectacular and not only did I stay up way too late to read it but I would daydream about this book at work. 🙂
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