Can you believe we've come to the end of another year? I seriously don't know where these last six months have gone - I swear it's still July! I hope you've all had an enjoyable holiday period, and have something fun and relaxing planned for welcoming in the new year.
I hope you've also had a really great reading year! I've had such a fantastic year book wise, and I've read some amazing books. So to recap my year of reading, I'll be doing Perpetual Page-Turner's '2015 end of year book survey.' Go check out Jamie's blog as it's fantastic!
So, without further ado, let's get started!
Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
Total Pages Read: 13,676
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
It's a draw between Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I'm going with my lowest rated book of the year - Printer's Devil Court - by Susan Hill. I was pumped to read this at Halloween and Susan has a great reputation for horror writing, having written The Woman in Black. I was really disappointed that it wasn't scary in the slightest.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Illuminae. I had heard brilliant things about it, but was skeptical because it's science fiction (a genre that I don't turn to often) and it's told entirely through documents, which I didn't think would be a successful way to tell a story. I was so surprised to love it so much!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I can't really recall pushing books onto people this year - guess I better start in 2016!
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series: The Selection by Kiera Cass - one of my new favourite series.
Sequel: Torn by Amanda Hocking - love this trilogy so much, and the second book is amazing.
Series Conclusion: The One by Kiera Cass - Even though this isn't the end of the series, it is the end of the original trilogy, so it counts! I haven't actually finished any other series this year.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Hands down Kiera Cass! I've read all but one of her books, and I plan to read the next three in 2016 (The Heir and her two new releases - The Crown and The Siren). Her books have been fabulous so far, and I love her writing style - it's so easy to get into and quick to read. I highly recommend her if you haven't picked up her books yet!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I mentioned it above - Illuminae - science fiction isn't a genre that I go out of my way to read, and it's not a genre I've even been drawn to. Now, I think that is beginning to change because this book was fabulous!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I could not put down a few books, and I'm worried I'm eventually going to be very repetitive!
Illuminae, Red Queen & The Elite and The One! I had trouble putting these books down because there was just so much happening!
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
While I love rereading books, I always prefer reading books I haven't read - there's too many books to be rereading all the time! Nevertheless, I do enjoy a good reread now and then, and one book I plan to pick up again is Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines. It was such a fantastic read and the sequel/companion is coming out next year, and I just feel like I'll need a refresher since the next book follows a new set of characters from the first book.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
There have been so many beautiful covers! Here are my top 3:
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
There's just too many! I loved a majority of the main characters that I read about this year.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is such a beautifully written book and one that I'll come back to time and time again!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
J.K. Rowling's Very Good Lives.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan! I can't believe it's taken me until the age of 20 to start this series - can't wait to continue it in 2016!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?`
Whenever I think of book quotes, by mind instantly goes to The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - "We accept the love we think we deserve."
Although, I do love "Anyone can betray anyone" from Red Queen.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Longest: Illuminae with 602 pages
Shortest: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore with 48 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I don't even need to elaborate on this - Red Queen!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Mare & Cal from Red Queen! I don't care what people say about her and Killorn, I will go down fighting for Mare & Cal!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Wendy & Willa from the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. Love their friendship!
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Most of the authors I read this year were actually new to me, so I am very limited with this answer. I could cheat an author that I read a few books from, but that's cheating. I'm going with Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling, because she can literally do no wrong!
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
This book kind of fit this question - The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab - by Fergus Hume. I had to read this book for university, and would not have picked it up otherwise.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Maxon from The Selection series, or Cal from Red Queen - love them both!
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
There have been a few, but I'm going with Red Queen - I just love it so much!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Narnia, as created by C.S. Lewis. I love the world and it's one that I would move to immediately if I had the chance.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I read How The Grinch Stole Christmas! for the first time this year (appalling I know) and it was such a joy to read!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
I cry very easily in books, whether it be a sad moment, a happy moment, or something in between - I'm a very emotional reader. The two most memorable were Until Friday Night and The One.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Nightingale Circus by Ioana Visan. I think I won this in a LibraryThing giveaway and I really enjoyed it - I definitely need to finish the series in 2016!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Red Queen! The plot twist right at the end had me so shocked and I was left sitting there, wondering where on earth the twist came from and wondering how I was going to survive until the next book to find out what was going to happen to the characters!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Mobile Library by David Whitehouse. It was a good mad - the way the main character Bobby is treated by his father at the beginning of the book is appalling!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I haven't really been reading too many book blogs this year (I will have to fix that in 2016!) but one I do enjoy checking in on it Perpetual Page-Turner (and I'm not sucking up! haha). I just really enjoy Jamie's blog and she is literally blogger goals!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I've written reviews for almost every book I've read this year, so it is hard to narrow it down! However, I am going with Illuminae.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I love my Carrie's Book Club unboxing posts :)
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I love participating in the BookTubeAThon back in August! It was so fun doing all the video challenges and getting through some more books - I can't wait for the 2016 one!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Being added to blogger lists by publishers and receiving books for review. I know it sounds cliched, but it meant a lot that publishers saw potential in my blogging and reviewing. Also having so many people pass through my blog each week - it was so unexpected to see so many views in a short period of time!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing it with study commitments! I have a lot to read for university, and I always feels like I'm dropping the ball on actual reading. I know it's not about reading the most books in a month, but I need to commit time to reading every day, as well as studying.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My review of To Kiss Or Not To Kiss by Julie Mullins
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
A recent post - my Top 16 Most Anticipated Releases of 2016 - go an get excited about some new books!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I'm going to have to say my local new & used bookstore. It had been a while since I'd been and I totally forgotten about it. The last time I went there was around the time it opened, so it wasn't that good, but since then they've gotten thousands of used books in, so I am planning to shop there more often in the future.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I set myself the goal of reading 30 books, which I surpassed in September, so I upped it to 52, which I passed in November :)
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I want to read The Lunar Chronicles in 2016. I planned on starting it this year, but didn't get round to it, so I am definitely planning on a marathon next year!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Get ready for some repetition here - Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard!
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don't really have that many debut's on my list of anticipated releases, but one is Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I already have my hands on it but Glass Sword. Other than that - The Crown by Kiera Cass!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I really hope that I can crack 250 subscribers on my YouTube channel. It's a stretch, and I'm not going to be disappointed if I don't reach that number, but it has been great meeting new people this year, and I would love to get to know more book-loving people from all over the world.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
Okay, so I technically haven't finished reading it yet, but it's amazing so far - GLASS SWORD!
Wishing you all a safe and happy new year - see you in 2016!