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2015 End of the Year Book Survey

December 29, 2015 | 4 comments


 

Since 2010, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does this end of the year book survey. I’ve been participating since 2013, and it is a fun way of looking back at what you read during the year so of course I need to fill it out again.

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2015 READING STATS:

Number Of Books You Read: 194
Number of Re-Reads: 24
Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery

BEST IN BOOKS:

1. Best book you read in 2015?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Martian by Andy Weir, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. I loved his previous book The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, but The Girl… was just weird and not nearly as funny. Another book that did not live up to my expectations were Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Graham, and she is amazing and hilarious so I thought the book would be all kinds of amazing, but it was just very slow going and not that funny.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. How much I liked this book was definitely surprising. It’s not a book I would have picked to read, but Rory recommended it when I needed to get out of a reading slump, and I loved it and the rest of the trilogy (Paradox).

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
The Martian by Andy Weir. Everyone should read it.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
I read a lot of good series this year, but my favourites of the ones I started (and finished) are probably The Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
There are so many, but a few of them are Tana French, Erin Morgenstern, Keigo Higashino, Steven James, and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
All of the Paradox books by Rachel Bach, The Martian, and Ready Player One.

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I usually wait a few years before I reread a book, but maybe Ready Player One.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
My three favourite covers are The Night Circus, The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride, and Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Devi Morris from the Paradox trilogy and Mark Watney from The Martian.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Without a doubt, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is absolutely breathtaking.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern were both thought-provoking (but not life-changing).

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The most recent installment in the Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is one of my favourite series, and I reread the first 7 books while waiting for the 8th book to be released last summer. I even had it pre-ordered, and somehow I didn’t start reading it until over a year later.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
There are too many to choose between, but some of my favourites are listed here.

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2015?
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (842 pages) and Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill (39 pages).

17. Book that shocked you the most
None of the books I read this year really shocked me, but Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn definitely had one of the biggest plot-turns.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Obviously, Claire and Jamie from Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year
That of twins Alex and Conner in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously
Almost half of the authors I read this year were ones I had read before, but one of the best ones that I have not yet mentioned is The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler.

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
None this year.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I did not read any 2015 debuts, but two of the best new authors I read, published in 2015, are All Fall Down by Ally Carter and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
All the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, which I reread this year (audioversions narrated by Jim Dale).

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and the Harry Potter books.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.

28. Book that crushed your soul?
None I think.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I was pretty upset after finishing The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell (although it was really good).

YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Not sure. I think all my favourites are ones I was already following.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I didn’t write any proper reviews this year. (But I did have some thoughts about The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that I put together in a semi-coherent post).

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
No idea.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Clean Your Reader challenge and the #BlumeALong event, both hosted by the fabolous Kerry, were great.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Not sure.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding time to read/blog while finishing my Phd, writing >90% of my dissertation and defending.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Not sure. I usually don’t keep track.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
Maybe the one about my obsession with British tv shows.

9. Best bookish discovery?
A beautiful edition (in mint condition) of Extraordinary Voyages by Jules Verne for $5.00.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I participated in a lot of reading challenges but I didn’t complete any of them (other than the clean your reader challenge). I finished a lot of my reading goals, but only read one of the 8 books from my 2015 TBR list that I wanted to definitely read.

LOOKING AHEAD:

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
The remaining 7 books from my 2015 TBR list.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut)?
I have honestly not checked the releases for next year yet.

3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating?
None yet.

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2016?
Don’t know yet.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016?
Actually write some book reviews, and finish some of the series I’ve started.

6. A 2016 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone?
No. I haven’t ready any.

 

See my answers from 2013 and 2014.

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