We've come to the end of another year! 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 a really great 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 '2016 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: 37
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From:
Total Pages Read: 9,416
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Very tough! A few of my absolute favourites are Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (really the entire 'Too Far' series), and Heartless by Marissa Meyer
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
There hasn't really been a book that I've read this year that didn't live up to my expectations. I loved all the ones I thought I would, and the few that I was iffy about were mediocre like I expected.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This year one of my subjects was about The English Novel, which required me to read several classics. I'm not big on classics, yet, so was worried that I would struggle with the books and the style in which they are written. Jane Eyre really surprised me - it was so easy to follow and the story was really enjoyable.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
One book that I really wanted other people to read this year was A Rose For The ANZAC Boys by Jackie French. While I don't think they've read it yet, I know several people have added it to their TBRs because of my insistence.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Series: The Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines! I've talked about this series so much these last few months, that I'm sure people are annoyed with me, but I don't care because it's such a fun series!
Sequel: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard - I loved the first book and this second instalment delivered even more twists, turns & shocks! Bring on King's Cage in 2017!
Series Conclusion: I've started a lot of series this year but haven't actually managed to finish any. However, I'm going to go with Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines, which is the final book in the 'Too Far' series, which is part of the Rosemary Beach series.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Despite reading a lot of new to me authors this year, none standout more than Marissa Meyer. I read Heartless in November and absolutely loved it. I am yet to read her other work, but am planning on getting to the Lunar Chronicles in the New Year.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
As stated above, this year I read a few classic novels for university. I'm not big on classics as I haven't read many and, to be honest, they intimidate me. But I really enjoyed what I read this year, for the most part, and plan on reading a few more classics in 2017. My favourite is a toss-up between Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
As far as action goes, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard was a book that had me hooked from the first page and didn't let go until the last.
However, Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, and Rush Too Far, all by Abbi Glines, were definitley the most unputdownable for me. I read the first book twice in 24-hours (as I didn't have the others in the series yet), and then I read books two, three and four in about 14 hours, starting at 1am in the morning, sleeping for about four hours at about 5am, and finishing just after midday.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Seeing as I've already re-read some of Abbi Glines' books already, I definitely see myself rereading some of them again in the New Year. However, I also see myself rereading A Rose For The ANZAC Boys by Jackie French again, around Anzac Day, as well as Heartlessby Marissa Meyer.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I hate to say it, but a lot of the books I read this year had sort of boring covers (or at least not ones that stand out a lot to me), but here are two:
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Either I'm that obsessed or it's because I've only just read the books recently, but I'd have to say Rush Finlay is my most memorable character for the year
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Most definitely A Rose For The ANZAC Boys by Jackie French. It was so beautifully written and so extremely moving, especially as I had read it the day before Anzac Day.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I can't really say that a book has been very thought-provoking or life-chaning for me this year, but a book I did think a lot about after I had finished it was The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood. The final page of the book was unexpected and really left me thinking about the character and why they did what they did. I was even tempted to go back an read the book again to see if there were any clues about the event.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Similar to my answer in 2015, I can't believe it has taken me so long to read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan! Last year I only managed to read the first book, but I don't know why I just didn't continue straight on with the rest of the books! This year I read Sea Of Monsters and The Titan's Curse, and I really wish I had finished the series this year!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I'm never a good one for remembering book quotes - maybe in 2017 I should write down some after I finish each book. But here are a few that I particularly like (thank you Goodreads for having quotes from books!)
“How many times have I told you? Polite persons do not take supper in the nude.” - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (You can't not laugh at this line!)
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.” - Glass Sword
“I’ve missed you. I’ve had to put up with Rush’s sulking ass. So trust me I missed the fuckin’ hell outta you.” - Never Too Far
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: Winnie The Pooh And The Royal Birthday - 28 pages
Longest: Jane Eyre - 548 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
That's a toss-up between The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. All three had twists, turns and shocks that were very interesting and shocking to see unfold.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Raise your hand if you can guess?
RUSH FINLAY AND BLAIRE WYNN from the Rosemary Beach series! Although, Cath and Jest from Heartless are a close second.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
It's a draw between these two, which seem to be dominating this entire year in review post!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
Not really a recommendation or peer pressure, but since I had to read some books for univeristy, I suppose they were forced onto me, and I actually liked them! It's a draw between Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Surely I'm just boring you right now - RUSH FINALY!
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
I actually haven't read a 2016 debut! How is that possible?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I loved the world of the peculiars in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculair Children!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan & Phil was such a blast to read!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
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. I think I cried reading every Rosemary Beach book (Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Rush Too Far, Twisted Perfection, and Simple Perfection). But the one book that turned me into a blubbering mess was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I accidentally spoiled myself as to what was going to happen, but reading it still shocked me to the point where I had tears running down my face, my nose blocking and a heartache forming!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker. I picked this graphic novel up on a whim and it was great! I haven't seen many people talking about the series, but I highly recommend it.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Probably Heartless. As I mentioned above, it left me an emotional wreck.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
That would have to be The History Of The World According To Facebook by Wylie Overstreet.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
None of the books I read this year made me mad.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Once again, I haven't really followed other people's blogs - I will definitely be better in 2017! But one I do like, particularly since it's by Aussie bloggers, is Happy Indulgence.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
It's hard to pick a favourite, but I did like my review for Heartless.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Definitely Don't Ruin Our Publishing Industry about the law changes the Australian government were/are planning on making in regards to importation and copyright laws.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to my first book launch this year! While in Melbourne with friends to attend an awsome Harry Potter party, we made a quick pit stop at Dymocks for the launch of Jay Kristoff's Nevernight. It was so great to meet Jay, get my book signed and see people in the crowd that I'd watched on Booktube. While we couldn't stay long, it was still such a great experience. Check out my Snapchat vlog here.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Again, it was probably meeting Jay Kristoff! It was the first time I had ever met an author, so it was an awesome experience.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
This year I fell victim of the reading slump, like a lot of people actually. Adding to that the fact I had to read/study for univeristy, it was hard to fit reading, and blogging, in around everything else. I feel like this is always going to be problem, finding a balance, but it's something that I will continue to work on.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I'm not entirely sure, but a few are:
- 21 Book Recommendations!
- 2017 Anticipated Releases | January - April
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
There were two awesome discoveries this year, which I am definitley going to continue using:
- Booko - a site that compares book prices across a variety of online stores
- The Book Grocer - an Aussie bookseller that has both an online store and physical stores. They sell new books for under $10 and it has been an awesome find this year.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My goal was to read 100 books this year, which I cut back to 50 books in about August as I was soooooo far behind. I didn't even make that, but I'm okay with not having reached the goal - I'll just push myself to reach my goal in 2017!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
So many that it's not even funny!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
KING'S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Not really sure about debut's on my list....
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
There's two that I'm excited for - King's Cage, and After The Game by Abbi Glines.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Just to reach more people and get to know some more amazing people in this community!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I've been lucky enough to recieve 3 books for review, but I haven't finished them yet. The one I'm currently reading it Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which is great so far!
It's been such a great reading and blogging year and can't wait to see what 2017 has to offer!
Hope you've had a wonderful 2016 and that 2017 brings you everything you want!
See You in 2017!